KOTA / Oakley Longboards Featuring James Dietz Artwork
Those shady masters of eye protection at Oakley are gearing up to launch a new line of war fighter-inspired sunglasses
Those shady masters of eye protection at Oakley are gearing up to launch a new line of war fighter-inspired sunglasses leading into Memorial Day.
For the new specs, Oakley commissioned legendary military artist James Dietz to create sketches of three iconic weapons to pair up with three of Dietz’ paintings depicting scenes from some of the bloodiest battles in three eras of military history.
The artwork is integrated in the eyewear line, with the sketches on the inside of the frames and the battle prints part of the holder bags.
Then Oakley went one better — three better, actually.
Each of those battle scenes and weapons have also been emblazoned on custom-built KOTA longboards. Military Times spotted a prototype of an Oakley/Dietz board recently at KOTA’s Denver factory. The battles are on top, the weapons on bottom.
The battle painting/weapon combos include:
- “Silencing the Guns,” a World War II D-Day depiction, with an M1 Garand
- “Task Force Ranger,” the Somalia “Black Hawk Down” battle, with a .50 Cal. machine gun
- “I Shall Defeat Them on the Field of Battle,” from a fight during Operation Iraqi Freedom, with an M4 assault carbine
“James Dietz Collection” eyewear will be available at www.oakleysi.com on May 16.