Top image: Misty and Jimmy Paulette in a taxi, NYC (1991) / Photography by Nan Goldin
Supreme has become synonymous with New York City – mainly due to the traffic-blocking lines of kids that queue outside its SoHo flagship every week – now, the streetwear brand has delved further into the city’s underground by tapping legendary photographer Nan Goldin for a new collaborative capsule collection.
Given Supreme’s subcultural standing, it’s a team-up that makes absolute sense. Known for presenting slideshows of her work in New York City nightclubs in the late ’70s, Goldin’s uncompromisingly candid approach placed those at the fringes of society at the forefront of her work. Here, those images of transsexual performers and drag queens come printed across t-shirts, hoodies, coach jackets, and skate decks.
Born in Washington D.C., Goldin left home at fourteen to join a hippie commune in Massachusetts. Finding her place amongst society’s outsiders, the lenser intricately captured a world of sexuality, violence and addiction in her work. Having burst on to the art scene in 1986 with her opus, The Ballad of Sexual Dependency, Goldin currently lives between New York and Berlin. Last year she created the campaign, P.A.I.N (Prescription Addiction Intervention Now) to campaign against opioid manufacturers the Sackler family, and has since led protests against museums and institutions who take donations from the family.
Nan Goldin x Supreme collection will be available online and in-store across NY, Brooklyn, LA, London, Paris on 29th March and in Japan on 31st March 31st.