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Richard Prince and Supreme Won’t Let You Forget President Trump's Alleged Sex Crimes

The artist and the streetwear brand collaborated on a shirt featuring a composite of 19 women who have accused Trump of sexual misconduct.

by Emma Specter
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Nov 2 2018, 8:59pm

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Supreme is the latest streetwear brand to get in on the political action, teaming up with artist Richard Prince to release the “18 & Stormy” T-shirt, featuring a composite image of Stormy Daniels and the 18 other women who have accused President Trump of sexual misconduct, with all proceeds going to the political action committee Downtown for Democracy.

The T-shirt dropped at Supreme stores and online on Thursday, just before Election Day, which hardly seems coincidental. Given the relentless pace of the 24-hour news cycle, it’s difficult for any one story to prevail for longer than a day or two; the Supreme-Richard Prince collaboration feels like an effort to keep the stories of Daniels (whom Trump just sued for over $300,000 in legal fees) and the other women on Americans’ minds as they head into the voting booth.

This isn't Supreme’s first foray into the political milieu—as HighSnobiety notes, the streetwear label has been overtly political since its inception, devoting designs to topical issues from George W. Bush's presidency to the legacies of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. The brand’s collaboration with Richard Prince also has precedent: the artist, whose High Times exhibition debuted at Gagosian in New York on Thursday, previously worked with Supreme on a skateboard design.

It’s hard not to wonder whether any individual label or artist can meaningfully take on the absurdity of the current American political climate, but who knows? Maybe a Supreme x Richard Prince T-shirt has just the right level of art-world/streetwear “cool points” necessary to cut through the noise. One thing’s for certain, though: a donation to an organization like Downtown for Democracy is one of the surest ways to help the progressive cause, so go forth and purchase.

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