One thing that must be said about Supreme is its continual collaboration from all walks of life — gifting of several generations of followers with education on important and pioneering elements of culture. Whether it’s music or art, the New York City staple has shed light and helped open doors to several artists in a street authenticated context. The 1970s-founded Wackies — by Lloyd “BullWackie” Barnes on White Plains Road in the Bronx — was established as one of the first and seminal reggae studios in the United States. From his days in Kingston, Jamaica, Barnes was heavily influenced by Duke Reid and Coxsone Dodd. The start of his studio embodied heavy bass and a lo-fi sound and provided an outlet for a new wave of music makers. Along the way, the Wackies featured and nurtured numerous artists ranging from Horace Andy, Sugar Minott and Wayne Jarret to Love Joys, Itopia and Chosen Brothers. In 1977, Wackies also conceived ‘Wackies House of Music,’ a record store devoted to not just the sale of music but an important cultural gathering point.
To commemorate the efforts of Wackies, Supreme launches a small capsule of pieces utilizing iconic elements of Wackies’ record label archives. A total four graphic T-shirts, a tank top, and 5-panel hat all make their way into the collection. The capsule is available in-store in the Western world on June 6 and in Japan on June 8.