mastermind Japan Elevates the Gravis Tarmac & Rival With Bold Branding

Luxurious iterations of two classic skate silhouettes.

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mastermind Japan has teamed up with heritage skate brand Gravis for elevated re-works of the Tarmac and Rival. With four makeups in total — two Tarmacs and two Rivals — each dressed in mastermind’s signature mix of black and white or a sporty combo of white and red, the co-branded collection provides luxurious takes on old-school skate staples.

 

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First up is the Tarmac, a classic blocky skate shoe with a full leather upper. Bold mastermind text branding and signature skull-and-crossbones motifs reach across the midsoles, the latter of which is also amplified on the heel for a dash of sinister style. Perforated quarter panels enhance breathability, Gravis branding appears on each tongue and insoles are split between both brands’ logos to finalize the look.

 

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Next is the Rival, a hybrid design that combines skate shoe sensibilities with a basketball-esque silhouette. Uppers mix leather with a breathable mesh piece towards the eyestays, directly under which sits a mastermind text hit — contrasting on the black pair, tonal on the white/red pair. Skull-and-crossbones graphics take a place on the heel, and unlike its counterparts the black/white colorway brings a third hue into play on the Gravis-branded heel and tongue tabs. Sport-geared outsoles finalize the look.

The mastermind Japan x Gravis Tarmac & Rival are each priced at ¥23,000 JPY (approximately $214 USD), and will release at retailers like BILLY’s Tokyo on March 21.

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