A Supreme x Nan Goldin collaboration seems somewhat opposed — modern masculinity contrasted with the female gaze in oftentimes queer spaces — yet the two fit oddly well together.
In Supreme’s latest artist series, Goldin’s images of drag queens and herself in dominatrix gear are printed on short-sleeve T-shirts, skateboard decks, a coach jacket, and a hooded sweatshirt. The collection will drop this Thursday, March 29, at Supreme stores and online. Japan will receive the collection on March 31.
“Nan Goldin’s work is real and raw – in the time, places and subject matter she shot,” Supreme told Vogue. “It comes from an era where the subjects she documented were taboo by society’s standards. To do this project with Nan Goldin is to celebrate the diversity her work represents and expose young people to it.”
Goldin said she’s excited to have teens skateboarding around with her images of New York life in the ‘80s. “I did this for the kids,” she told Vogue. “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.”
On the shirts and sweatshirts are images of Kim, a transsexual performer from Folies Bergere, Nan herself in dominatrix drag, and one of her most famous images of Misty and Jimmy Paulette, the two drag queens she captured in the back of a taxi in 1991. Goldin’s latest project has been starting an anti-opioid movement after recently recovering from her addiction. She and 100 protesters gathered at the Metropolitan Museum on March 10 and threw pill bottles into the moat of an ancient Egyptian temple. Goldin currently lives between New York and Berlin, where she creates work about the opioid epidemic.