Supreme x Mark Leckey is a lesson in Scouse excellence

Supreme x Mark Leckey is a lesson in Scouse excellence

by Ollie Cox
2 min

Supreme has teamed up with British Artist Mark Leckey for Fall 23. The collaboration follows the highly-anticipated MF DOOM instalment of its collaborative series. 

Mark Leckey is a Turner Prize-winning British Artist born in 1964 and grew up on the outskirts of Liverpool. Born into a working-class family, Leckey left school at age 15, later attending art college in Newcastle before moving to London in 1997. 

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Throughout his teenage years, Leckey identified with the casual movement (today’s Blue Posts blokes and blokkettes could never), which he referred to as a “kind of dressing up, a disguise,” adding that it was a means of “using style to transform yourself”. 

His understanding of the power of image came to inform his artistic practice, which incorporates video, sculpture, sound, installation and performance as part of his exploration of British Culture. His work has been widely exhibited internationally, with collections held at the Tate and Centre Pompidou. 

In 1999, Leckey released Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore, his seminal video essay, which was made up of found footage chronicling British dance movements from the 1970s through to the 1990s. Clips from discos, raves and the emerging Northern Soul scene were set to an abstract, almost melancholic soundtrack. When discussing the project, Leckey posits that “something as trite and throwaway and exploitative as a jeans manufacturer can be taken by a group of people and made into something totemic, powerful, and life-affirming”. 

For Supreme, a collaboration with Leckey makes perfect sense. The New York-based streetwear label has consistently tapped into subcultures from skateboarders to punk, with collaborations regularly crossing the Atlantic. 

The Supreme x Mark Leckey collection will drop on September 14, with a Japan and Seoul drop on September 16. 

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