New York City, 1994. A bunch of young skaters coalesce in a storefront, unaware the shop will one day define a fashion movement. Des Moines, Iowa, 1996. A posse of metal musicians release their first album tapping into middle-American rage.
Instagram, 2019. A rumour emerges that iconic streetwear label Supreme and nu-metal lords Slipknot have collaborated on a line of clothing.
According to @DropsByJay, an account seen by many hypebeasts as a credible source of Supreme intel, the brand is preparing to launch a capsule focussed on the masked metal band.
Along with tees and presumably some of the brand’s uber-famous hoodies, the launch is also rumoured to include a suite of accessories. @DropsByJay appears to have revealed one of those alleged tidbits: a rubber stamp featuring the mantra People = Shit, lifted from Slipknot’s 2001 rager of the same name.
— J (@DropsByJay) January 7, 2019
Given the fact this is Slipknot we’re talking about, there’s every likelihood a collaboration could also kick up Supreme-branded baseball bats, kegs, or gimp masks. Maybe a wallet chain? Who knows? Nu-metal is due for a resurgence, so they may as well get wild with it.
Although Supreme has built a reputation for collaborations with luxury brands like Louis Vuitton and eye-watering resale prices, a collaboration with Slipknot wouldn’t totally abandon the label’s track record.
The brand has used band imagery essentially since day dot, and has worked with harder-edged acts like Slayer, The Misfits, and Black Sabbath.
Slipknot also makes sense for the brand given Supreme’s ever-present popularity in the rap scene and the rising influence of nu-metal on some strains hip-hop. You don’t need to dig far into Lil Uzi Vert‘s discography to link those blown-out beats to Slipknot’s contemporaries, and XXXTentacion even sampled the band before his death.
Neither the brand nor the band have confirmed the rumour, but watch this space.Image: Pacific Press / Getty Images