Supreme has no qualms with provoking the sensibilities of religious groups, as the collaboration with Andres Serrano and his backlash-inducing
The SS21 camouflage “Blessings Ripstop Shirt” features an image on the back depicting the highly celebrated late monk Luang Phor Koon smoking a cigarette. According to
Supreme has used the image and surrounded it with Yant script (a tattoo design reserved for Buddhist monks and Brahmin holy men; it is also potentially subject to copyright), patches, and a Supreme logo. Take a look below.
According to Thailand’s Department of Intellectual Property director-general Vittikrai Leewiraphan, the intellectual property body does not currently maintain a copyright registration for the specific image of Luang Phor Koo or the Yant design, so the Wat Ban Rai Temple will need to present proof that it created them.
Nick Redfearn from Intellectual Property global leader Rouse said that the image of the smoking monk “is probably protected by copyright, but subsistence and ownership may need to be proven.” He added that the Yant script could be considered an applied art and, in Thailand, this copyright expires 25 years from the date that the work was created.
Finally, Tawatchai Sanprasit, manager of the Wat Ban Rai temple, has said a statement “we will discuss the issue [with Supreme], and find out what the brand’s purpose is,” noting that the temple will then decide what action can be taken against the brand.”
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Updates to follow.