Photographer Nan Goldin, who captured downtown New York City in all its gritty, pre-gentrified glory during the late 1970s and ’80s, will have her iconic images of LGBTQ nightlife turned into streetwear for Supreme’s latest collection.
Supreme has a long legacy of collaborating with artists—that is when they haven’t been on the jock of the great designer Barbara Kruger, who memorably called the brand “a ridiculous clusterfuck of totally uncool jokers” for taking perhaps too much inspiration from her graphic design. The brand has worked with artists like Takashi Murakami, Damien Hirst, and David Lynch in the past, but Goldin’s photos of NYC drag queens and trans performers, like Goldin’s 1991 photos “Misty and Jimmy Paulette in a taxi, NYC” or “Kim in Rhinestones, Paris,” feels like surprisingly intimate material to plaster on Supreme’s skateboards and t-shirts.
“I did this for the kids,” Goldin told Vogue UK. “I’m looking forward to seeing teenagers skating on my images and wearing them. To my mind, people have become so conservative, especially the millennials—it’s like the 1960s never happened—so I like the idea of them being exposed to my real world.”
The collaboration drops March 29, but knowing Supreme-obsessed hype beasts, they’ve probably already started lining up outside stores now.