Supreme is dropping a “Gummo” collection based on the experimental 1997 film written and directed by Harmony Korine.
Korine and Supreme go way back, with their shared history beginning in the summer of 1994 with the filming of the coming-of-age film Kids, written by a teenaged Korine. Skaters are seen rocking Supreme gear throughout the film, shortly after the brand opened its first store on Lafayette Street. Korine has since shot various campaign photos and videos for Supreme throughout the years, most recently the SS22 campaign starring Julia Fox.
Gummo was Harmony Korine’s directorial debut at the age of 23. Frustrated by romanticized depictions of contemporary American life, Korine sought instead to create a film that felt true to his experiences growing up in Tennessee. The film depicts everyday violence, poverty, destruction, abuse, loneliness and teenage boredom with moments of Vaudevillian humor, absurdity, and gritty tenderness.
Although Gummo was scripted, many of its scenes were improvised or developed spontaneously. The film itself is a collage-like assemblage of traditional 35mm film, home movie-style footage, and Polaroid photographs – shot partly by the cast itself. “It’s like looking at a book of private photos,” Korine has said of this approach. “There’s a picture of you in front of a castle or maybe a monument. And next to that is a picture of your grandfather on the toilet. And next to that is a picture you took of Michael Jackson. If you looked at them on their own without knowing the context, then they would seem singular or random. But just because one is next to the other, a kind of narrative comes through. That goes along with Gummo. That’s how Gummo was written.”
The Supreme x Gummo collection features imagery from the film as well as original artwork by Harmony Korine. It is comprised of a coaches jackets, football tops, hoodies, tees, and skate decks.
Supreme’s Gummo collection drops on Thursday, April 28th at Supreme locations and on the Supreme website. Available in Japan on April 30th.