Published Feb 15, 2016While the clothing brand Supreme refuses to go out of style, you probably won't find Morrissey in line for the next big streetwear drop. After all, the cantankerous indie pop legend has spent the last few days beefing with the brand.
It all stems from the above photo. Shot by Terry Richardson, the image was one of many taken for a Supreme ad campaign. When it came time to actually print the posters, however, Morrissey hated them all. Since then, the two parties have had a public spat.
In his first post last week [via True to You], Morrissey said, "I considered the photograph to be fit only for a medical encyclopedia and I pleaded with Supreme not to use it." He also accused Supreme of having ties to "the beef sandwich pharaoh known as White Castle."
In turn, Supreme released a lengthy statement about their working relationship with Morrissey. Read it below [via Stereogum]:
In July of 2015 Supreme approached Morrissey to participate in one of it's poster and T-Shirt campaigns. The scope of the project was explained in full detail to Morrissey, including the intended look, the setting, the photographer, as well as the items that would be produced: a T-Shirt and a poster. An agreement was entered which named the photographer as Terry Richardson, who has shot many of Supreme's campaigns, and whom Morrissey has worked with before. Images of past campaigns were sent to Morrissey for reference so that the intended result was clear. Morrissey required a substantial fee for his participation in this project which Supreme paid up front and in full. The photo shoot lasted two hours and Morrissey was free to do, and pose as he wished. The agreement prohibits Morrissey from "unreasonably" withholding approval of the use of photographs taken at the photo shoot.
After offering Morrissey several options of images from the shoot, Morrissey rejected them all with no explanation. Instead, Morrissey insisted on using a photo that he had taken of himself wearing a Supreme T-shirt for the campaign. This image was later made public on Instagram by his nephew.
Unable to use this image Supreme repeatedly offered Morrissey three very reasonable options as a remedy to the impasse: 1) To do an entire re-shoot at Supreme's sole expense, 2) To select one of the many options from the shoot with Terry Richardson that were offered to Morrissey, 3) To return the money that was paid to Morrissey by Supreme.
Morrissey repeatedly ignored all three options with no reason given as to why. He then proceeded to assert a sudden and ridiculous claim that because Supreme had used the White Castle logo on a group of products in the past, and because he is a known vegetarian, that the agreement was supposedly terminated.
In light of this ploy, Supreme once again requested the return of the money it had paid to Morrissey so that both parties could walk away from the project. However, he refused.
After many attempts to solve this problem, and left with no other viable options, Supreme proceeded to publish these images as per it's agreement with Morrissey.
Today (February 15), Morrissey responded yet again in a new True to You post called "Supreme, yet not." Morrissey wrote, "I do not have, do not want, nor do I need, any money from the company called Supreme," adding that if there was money on the table they wouldn't get it back because they've already run the ads.
"I write these statements because there is no one else to write them," Moz added. "The joy I receive from such statements is non-existent."