In addition to a collaboration with founding Wu-Tang member GZA, Supreme is releasing a joint effort with American artist and performer Stephen Tashjian, better known as Tabboo!, for Fall 2018. The drop includes two T-shirts, two hoodies, and a 6-panel hat.
Below you’ll see a closer look at the two T-shirts from the collab — the Group Tee and the Faces Tee — each featuring original artwork by Tabboo!.
Stephen Tashjian was born in 1959 in Worcester, Massachusetts. Prior to moving to New York in the early 1980s, he attended Boston’s Massachusetts College of Art, where he met fellow artists Nan Goldin, Jack Pierson, and David Armstrong, who would go on to become both friends and collaborators.
Tashjian made the move to New York’s East Village in 1982. There, he immersed himself into the underground scene, regularly performing at the drag-punk Pyramid Club alongside other drag legends such as Rupaul and Lady Bunny. The then aspiring artist also participated in the annual Wigstock drag event, and even appeared in 1994’s Wigstock, The Movie.
Tashjian’s ties to the Pyramid Club extended beyond that of performances, however, as he went on to design the venue’s subversive advertisements. Under the name Tabboo!, he also created flyers and record covers, including one of his most well-known pieces, the album artwork for Deee-Lite’s World Clique. His curly lettering ultimately became an iconic image for the band, as well as for early ’90s rave culture.
Since, Tabboo! has covered various city buildings with murals and had his work exhibited in a number of galleries worldwide. To this day, Stephen Tashjian continues to perform in New York, while also showing his paintings at art installations.
One of Tabboo!’s more noteworthy showings came in 2006, curated by Jack Pierson at New York’s Paul Kasmin Gallery. The exhibit featured a selection of pieces from his private collection, in addition to works by Matthew Barney, Nan Goldin, David Armstrong, Jack Pierson, and Mark Morrisroe.
For more on Stephen Tashjian, aka Tabboo!, check out Tabboo! The Art of Stephen Tashjian.
Supreme’s Fall 2018 collaboration with Tabboo! launches in-store in NY, Brooklyn, LA, London, and Paris, as well as online, September 20. Supreme Japan will make the goods available on September 22.
In other news, Poppy saying “Supreme” for 10 straight minutes is somehow oddly satisfying.