Earlier this month, Supreme taught us a lesson on functional layering, fashioning a swarm of statement outerwear alongside The North Face. The streetwear titan is back with yet another collaborative venture, this time bypassing structural tech competencies and into the realm of expressive art. And with that, Supreme devised a thematic collection for the estate of late New York graffiti legend Rammellzee. Scheduled to drop as part of the label’s upcoming Spring 2020 lineup, is an expansive range of hoodies, T-shirts, anoraks, track pants and camp hats, all of which call attention to signature Rammellzee renders.
For those unfamiliar with the Rockaway, Queens native, his journey began in the ‘70s, with the artist often scrawling jagged-style typography onto static subway trains. As such, a small sampling of tees do well to highlight this initial chapter. Rammellzee then moved on to abstract paint blotch applications in the ‘80s–more times than not utilizing a full-on symphony of colors, much like we see on the fleece hoodies and GORE-TEX anoraks. The ‘90s, however, were defined by gargantuan sculptures that were created and housed within the artist’s “Battle Station” studio. It was in this Tribeca-area atelier where such figures as “Garbage Gods,” “Vain the Insane” and “Chaser the Eraser” were birthed—of which can be seen strewn across the remaining T-shirt pieces.