Kool Keith's alter-ego, Dr. Octagon's song "Half Shark, Half Alligator, Half Man" is the inspiration for the Ambush x a Bathing Ape Kaiju (strange beast in Japanese) mini collection that comes out in spring 2010.
Extroverts Verbal and Yoon’s label Ambush have joined forces with a Bathing Ape to produce this jacket, shoes and complementary accessories. Performing as Dr. Octagon, Kool Keith created the half-shark-half-alligator-man image and the Japanese designers have realised it. As with previous Bape jackets, this one is split in half – one half takes familiar shark form with the other taking a similarly styled (and fully ‘ambushed’) alligator, which is complete with an Ambush eye and scales over the body. Alongside the jacket, are these Baby Milo rings and a Bape head necklace; both have also been mutated, with Milo’s head being cut to reveal his brain, and with the Bape head being melted. The latter is available in a range of both single and two-tone colourways. As you can see, further accessories along the same theme have also been created, as has this new partially-woven shoe. Again available in prominent colourways, the lace up shoe appears clean, with only a small Bapesta logo on the side-heel. The Kaiju (Japanese for ‘strange beast) mini collection will available Spring 2010.