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The Beastie Boys are teaming up with New York retailer Opening Ceremony on a new collaboration that reimagines their iconic album covers as concert merch. Each piece was created by an artist commissioned by Opening Ceremony. The artists, which include Kim Gordon, Bill McMullen and Geoff McFetridge, were tasked with creating “new works” based on albums they love.
Highlights from the “Opening Ceremony x Beastie Boys” collection include a “Check Your Head” hoodie by graphic designer Nejc Prah, an oversized “License to Ill” T-shirt by Raymond Pettibon (the American artist responsible for the iconic Black Flag logo), and an all-black “boiler suit” that nods to the iconic one-piece jumpsuits worn by the Beastie Boys in their music video for “Intergalactic.“
“We wanted to transform this idea of tour merch into collectible, covetable art editions,” explains Opening Ceremony founder, Humberto Leon, who says the project celebrates the Beastie Boys’ “legacy and cultural significance across both music and fashion.”
“We proposed the idea of taking their classic albums and singles, pairing them with relevant artists, and creating new versions of the album covers,” Leon says.
The collection comes on the heels of a new Spike Jonze documentary about Beastie Boys that premieres on Apple TV+ this week. Jonze also released a coffee table book this month, that features never-before-seen photos of the group from the first time the director met the guys in 1991, to present-day life in New York City (get the book here).
The “Opening Ceremony x Beastie Boys” collection, meantime, is available now on Farfetch and Brownsfashion.com. Pricing for the limited-edition release stars at $130; the jumpsuit is the most expensive at $560.