There aren’t too many people that have been graced with the presence of Muhammad Ali but if it’s one influential figure that has, it was Andy Warhol. The late pop art king took a Polaroid shot of Ali during his time as a visual pioneer and is back for the latest Supreme release.
For this drop, the collection will consist of two pieces – a hoodie and a tee displaying that very same Polaroid Andy Warhol took during Ali’s prime. Check out the details below and look out for the Supreme x Andy Warhol x Muhammad Ali collection in-store at NY, LA, London and Paris locations as well as online on April 21st. A Japan release will follow on April 23rd.
“Muhammad Ali, born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. in 1942, is a two-time Heavyweight champion boxer considered to be one of the greatest in the history of the sport. Outside of the ring, Ali was a champion of religious freedom, racial justice, and was a fierce opponent of the Vietnam War.
Because of his refusal to fight in Vietnam, Ali was stripped of his passport, as well as his heavyweight title and banned from fighting in the US. Ali’s brash approach and penchant for controversy in boxing and activism made him one of the period’s most famous public figures.From the late 1950s until his death in 1987, Andy Warhol took polaroid portraits of the famous characters he encountered.
On August 16, 1977, Andy Warhol photographed Muhammad Ali as part of his ‘Athlete’ polaroid series. “I only met Muhammad Ali once but I’ll never forget it,” Warhol said. While Ali was always animated, the image Warhol captured was a rare moment of pensiveness.This spring, Supreme has worked with Muhammad Ali and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts on a Hooded Sweatshirt and a short sleeve T-Shirt. The group will be available along with four new graphic T-Shirts”