Robert Dennis Crumb is an American artist and illustrator recognized for the distinctive style of his drawings and his critical, satirical and subversive view of the American mainstream.
In 1968, R. Crumb self-published the first issue of Zap Comix and its success quickly established Crumb as the best-known artist of the underground comics movement.
Crumb's artwork references details commonly found in early 20th-century cartoon styles. However, his stories are frequently satirical, sexual and politically outrageous.
In the pages of Zap, the East Village Other, OZ, Motor City, Yellow Dog and scores of other comics, Crumb created characters that soon became symbols of a subculture: Mr. Natural, Angelfood McSpade, Flakey Foont, and Crumb's Fritz the Cat, have all become widely known cult icons. For over three decades, R. Crumb has shocked, entertained and challenged the imaginations (and the inhibitions) of comic fans all over the world.
Supreme produced a series of two t-shirts and a zip-up hoodie incorporating the artwork of R. Crumb.
Murakami & Mr. for Supreme
World-renowned Japanese artist, Takashi Murakami, was born in Tokyo in 1962.
By proposing the concept of “Superflat”, he interprets modern Japanese culture in a state where the line between high and low culture has been melted. As an artist, Murakami questions the relationship between East and West, past and present, fine art, pop culture and mass media.
In 1996, Murakami founded the Hiropon Factory in order to produce large scale art works with his group of assistants and in 2001 it evolved into KaiKai Kiki. With bases in Tokyo, Saitama, and New York, Kaikai Kiki is a pioneering organization which aims to broaden the horizons and parameters of Japanese contemporary art.
One of Murakami’s most loyal assistants, also known as Mr., born in Cupa in 1969, has a body of work that thrives on the “otaku” culture of Japan. Mr. adopted his name from the national baseball superstar Shigeo Nagashima’s alias “Mister”.
His work often portrays cute cartoon characters in a highly sexual context and embodies the Lolita-esque fascination with young children which are commonplace in Japanese comics.
Supreme will release a series of limited edition skateboard decks designed by artists Takashi Murakami and Mr. The series will consist of three decks designed by each artist.
They will be available exclusively through the six Supreme stores (New York, Los Angeles and four locations throughout Japan) and selected retail accounts.
On September 20th, the skate decks will also be available in our new online shop (u.s. only).