SUPREME X DANIEL JOHNSTON COLLABORATION DROPS THIS WEEK

Kurt Cobain’s favorite performer is the inspiration behind Supreme's latest offering

By Balthazar Malevolent

SUPREME X DANIEL JOHNSTON COLLABORATION DROPS THIS WEEK

Following closely behind a collection inspired by the seminal shoegaze band My Bloody Valentine which dropped last month, Supreme has just unveiled their new capsule collection, featuring artwork by legendary musician Daniel Johnston this time.

Supreme capsule collection featuring artwork by legendary musician Daniel Johnston - White shirt.

As it's been revealed in an Instagram message, the offering consists of tees, work shirts, hoodies and beanies that bear Johnston's typical scrawly and subversively images.

Supreme capsule collection featuring artwork by legendary musician Daniel Johnston - Black shirt.

Renowned for his childlike discovery of love and life on tracks like "True Love Will Find You In The End" and "Casper The Friendly Ghost," Johnston's sweetly sincere lyrics and imperfect music made him a kind of idol for several grunge bands such as Sonic Youth, Yo La Tengo or Nirvana.

Kurt Cobain named him as “the greatest songwriter on earth” and has been famously pictured wearing a t-shirt featuring the 1983 "Hi, How Are You" iconic album cover art. Johnston passed away last year, aged 58.

The collection is scheduled to land on May 14th on the Supreme website. We also recommend adding to your watchlist "The Devil and Daniel Johnston" 2006 documentary.

Supreme capsule collection featuring artwork by legendary musician Daniel Johnston - White pants.

Johnston spent long periods in mental hospitals and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. In the 1980s, he gained a local following by handing out tapes of his music while working for a McDonald's in Austin, Texas. When Nirvana's Kurt Cobain has been noticed wearing a t-shirt that featured artwork from Johnston's 1983 album "Hi, How Are You", his cult status has been propelled.

Supreme capsule collection featuring artwork by legendary musician Daniel Johnston - Green jacket.

Beyond music, Johnston was successful as a visual artist, displaying his paintings at numerous galleries across the globe. The 2005 documentary "The Devil and Daniel Johnston" telling us about his experiences with mental illness. He died of what is believed to be a heart attack in 2019.

This is always so intriguing when the fashion world does references to either music scene of the past or the pop culture. Rick Owens created the entire line of Larry sneakers dedicated to Larry LeGaspi, the artist who designed the black Kiss unitards and peaked the collars and shoulders. He dressed LaBelle in transcendent silver leotards and vests (where Patti LaBelle got her start). LeGaspi helped Grace Jones unleash her divine superstardom and he created clothes that matched the rainbow hair and aura of George Clinton. But then, at the age of 50, he passed away from AIDS complications in 2001, leaving behind his wife, Val, and a treasure trove of drawings, samples, press clippings, and photos in his home in Long Island. It was a rare archive that hid in plain sight — and it was then discovered by Rick Owens.

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