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Aloha Shirt: Surf, Film and the Far Right Movement
May 16, 2022

Aloha Shirt: Surf, Film and the Far Right Movement

Created in the 1930s by Japanese seamstresses, the Aloha Shirt was initially made from Kimono fabric scraps. The first Hawaiian shirts were made from Yukata cotton, based on a "Palaka," a shirt worn on the island's plantations. But, this simple garment became quickly after World War II a new staple in Americans' wardrobes, getting a completely new subcultural meaning.

Japan's Love for New Balance - A Long Distance Relationship Between Boston and Tokyo
May 15, 2022

Japan's Love for New Balance - A Long Distance Relationship Between Boston and Tokyo

There are fewer brands more “All-American” than New Balance. With quality and authenticity as major brand pillars, the Boston-based company is “east coast” to its core, and in more ways than one. Despite this (or as a consequence of, depending on how you want to look at it), New Balance has achieved absolute cult-status on a totally different east coast: Japan.

So Italian - How the Motor Scooter Became the Symbol of a Nation
May 03, 2022

So Italian - How the Motor Scooter Became the Symbol of a Nation

In 2022, we are used to seeing kids begging their parents for the latest iPhone model or the new Nike collaboration. Still, just 20 years ago, teenagers were crying, asking their parents, as a gift for promotion in school or a birthday, for a Booster or the iconic Honda Dio. This dream gift was life-changing for teenagers and finally allowed them to move around freely, both in the city and in small towns scattered all over Italy.

Dr. Martens x Pleasures:  A Special Editorial by One Block Down and Cold Archive
April 30, 2022

Dr. Martens x Pleasures: A Special Editorial by One Block Down and Cold Archive

To celebrate the release of the new Jorge Mule in collaboration between Dr. Martens and Pleasures, One Block Down partnered with curator and content creator @cold_archive for a special editorial.

An Exploration of "Stoner Movies" - The Subgenre Symbol Of a Generation
April 20, 2022

An Exploration of "Stoner Movies" - The Subgenre Symbol Of a Generation

On the occasion of 4:20, One Block Down decided to look back at some of the most iconic stoner movies in history and how they expanded the reach of cannabis culture globally.

Yung Lean and the Sad Boys - How a Group of Swedish Teenagers Innovated the Music Scene and Influenced a New Generation of Artists
April 18, 2022

Yung Lean and the Sad Boys - How a Group of Swedish Teenagers Innovated the Music Scene and Influenced a New Generation of Artists

When Yung Lean first burst into the scene in 2013, no one was ready for it, and no one was able to fully understand his potential, similar to what people were thinking of Young Thug; even if some liked the music, only a few saw the revolution that these artists were bringing to the game.

Woodstock 99 - How a Festival Turned into a Disaster
April 16, 2022

Woodstock 99 - How a Festival Turned into a Disaster

While the original Woodstock festival from 1969 was born directly influenced by the hippie movement, with the idea of creating a peaceful celebration of music. Its successors, Woodstock 1994 and Woodstock 1999, weren’t as lucky and as influential as the original; someone could say that Woodstock 99 went so horribly wrong that it almost put at risk the idea of future festivals that size.

On Cloudaway “Get Lost in the Clouds” - A Special Editorial by One Block Down and Orienteer Mapazine
April 13, 2022

On Cloudaway “Get Lost in the Clouds” - A Special Editorial by One Block Down and Orienteer Mapazine

To celebrate the release of the new On “Cloudaway” silhouette in its three color ways “Pearl Fog”, “Ice Chili” and “Black Rock”, One Block Down linked up with Orienteer Mapazine to create a unique editorial, “Get Lost in the Clouds.”

“Martyr’s Brigade" - A Conversation with @sakirkhader
April 10, 2022

“Martyr’s Brigade" - A Conversation with @sakirkhader

On the occasion of the release of its debut photo book published by our friends at 550BC, One Block Down had the chance of sitting down with Dutch photographer and film director Sakir Khader. In our conversation, we explored his background, his work, and the concept behind “Martyr’s Brigade,” in which Sakir Khader provides an intimate, unfiltered look at a rebel group fighting in Syria.

Slow Living - A Visual Exploration by One Block Down
April 03, 2022

Slow Living - A Visual Exploration by One Block Down

In our latest photographic editorial project, One Block Down decided to investigate the concept of "Slow Living." The meaning of it is to encourage a lifestyle where people can live more meaningful lives and takes things slow, living with their own pace and values against the fast pace of contemporary society.

Cholo - The Sartorial Identity of Los Angeles
April 02, 2022

Cholo - The Sartorial Identity of Los Angeles

Often affiliated with the Hispanic gangs of Los Angeles, the Cholo style is now represented all over the world. Dickies, Cortez and Pendleton shirts ... this is how we could summarize this aesthetic. However, the Cholo style is governed by codes that have evolved alongside the Mexican community in the USA.

Depicting the Cultural Significance of the Porsche 911
March 27, 2022

Depicting the Cultural Significance of the Porsche 911

When Ferdinand Porsche could not find a sports car he dreamed of, he decided to build one himself. The vision he created has moved the world for over 74 years and while the German car company counts many impressive innovations to its legacy, one model has stood out above the rest - the Porsche 911. A practical daily driver, a status symbol, a performance benchmark and a race-winner, the car and cultural icon is loved by legions of fans worldwide.

How Colors Magazine Predicted a New Visual Language
March 26, 2022

How Colors Magazine Predicted a New Visual Language

Colors Magazine was founded by American graphic designer Tibor Kalman and Italian photographer Oliviero Toscani in 1991 as a new "sponsored" editorial project by Benetton. Published quarterly in two languages and with versions available in 9 different languages, it represented a magazine for a globalized audience before the advent of the internet.

Otaku is The New Cool: How the Image of the Japanese Nerd Transcended Through the Ages
March 20, 2022

Otaku is The New Cool: How the Image of the Japanese Nerd Transcended Through the Ages

Though the details of its origins can be found in the specificities of postwar Japanese experiences and imaginations, the global circulation of ‘otaku culture’ has grown from a trickle down to a tidal wave in recent years, transforming a niche, stigmatized, cult-community into an international pop culture phenomenon. Explore our latest editorial in partnership with @sabukaru.online

The Creative Tension Between Brightness and Obscurity: Meet Perry Farrell Style’s Evolution
March 19, 2022

The Creative Tension Between Brightness and Obscurity: Meet Perry Farrell Style’s Evolution

Born Peretz Bernstein on March 29, 1959, Perry Farrell is a man of many talents: painter, artist, entrepreneur, and style figure. But while the firsts are well documented and often celebrated, the latter seems like a less explored aspect of his character. The crucial element in Farrell’s style evolution lies behind the complex and layered background that took him from being a Queens teenager, son of an emotionally remote jeweler and a sculptor mother who killed herself when he was three, to lead one of the most critically acclaimed bands of the 80s and 90s.

How “Lords of Dogtown” Celebrated the Early Days of Skateboarding Culture in California
March 15, 2022

How “Lords of Dogtown” Celebrated the Early Days of Skateboarding Culture in California

Lords of Dogtown is a 2005 drama film directed by Catherine Hardwicke, the director of the critically acclaimed teen drama “Thirteen,” and written by skateboarding legend Stacy Peralta. The plot explores the start of the skateboarding subculture in the area and how success impacted the lives of the young skateboarders that grew the movement and is the fictionalized adaptation of the 2001 documentary “Dogtown and Z-Boys”.

How Designer's Republic created Y2K
March 12, 2022

How Designer's Republic created Y2K

A visual and artistic movement, Y2K has structured itself as a major trend of our time. However, its iconography respects codes posed at the beginning of the data processing. Here, together with @wavefr we explored the history and legacy of tDR (Designer's Republic), founded by Ian Anderson, and how it created the fundamentals of the Y2K aesthetic

Champions League Koulikoro" - A Conversation with @emilesamory on European Football Culture in West Africa.
March 08, 2022

Champions League Koulikoro" - A Conversation with @emilesamory on European Football Culture in West Africa.

As Africa and Europe's history has been intertwined forever, it's not strange that something like European Football culture became so popular in the African Continent. To better analyze this, we met Émile-Samory Fofana, a 25-year-old Parisian-born artist who created the project "Champions League Koulikoro."; a project that aims to highlight this culture, its meaning, and what separates West African football culture and their relation with football jerseys from any other part of the globe.

Support Ukraine
March 05, 2022

Support Ukraine

One Block Down stands against the brutal and barbaric invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Army at the hands of Vladimir Putin. We are against every sort of oppression by a dictatorship. Here you can find a comprehensive list of sources where people can get information and donate money to support Ukrainian army efforts and the works of humanitarian volunteers.

Athletes Wanna be Rappers, Rappers Wanna be Athletes
February 27, 2022

Athletes Wanna be Rappers, Rappers Wanna be Athletes

Music and sports are two things that go hand in hand, even in more in American culture, where hearing Hip-Hop music during training sessions and before games is a staple for basketball players, from High School to the NBA. Lil Wayne talked about this during an interview with ESPN in 2015, while talking about his much-anticipated album “Tha Carter V”, when he said that “Athletes wanna be rappers, rappers want to be athletes."

Exploring the Nepenthes Universe
February 20, 2022

Exploring the Nepenthes Universe

We explore the world of Nepenthes, one of the most exciting realities in Japan, and the umbrella for many brands, such as Needles, South2 West8, Engineered Garments, and many more. From its foundation by Keizo Shimizu to its most recent collaborations with contemporary brands like A$AP Rocky's AWGE.

Richardson, Pornography, Street Culture and Freedom
February 18, 2022

Richardson, Pornography, Street Culture and Freedom

Andrew Richardson founded Richardson Mag in 1998, focusing on the world of pornography. Together with Wavefr we explored its history, legacy and how he was able to build one of the most subversive brand in contemporary street culture.

No Power to Drugs - Discovering the U.S. Anti-Drug Media Advertising
February 14, 2022

No Power to Drugs - Discovering the U.S. Anti-Drug Media Advertising

The "War on Drugs" defines a global campaign initialized by the U.S. federal government to reduce illegal drug trade & consumption in the United States in the early 1970s. We presented a broad overview of the U.S. government's attempts to prevent people from using drugs by producing propaganda movies and print & television advertisements.

A Ticket To Sound: Beyond The Covers' Photograph
February 12, 2022

A Ticket To Sound: Beyond The Covers' Photograph

We took a look at the making off, camera rolls, as well as behind-the-scenes footage of some of music's most iconic photographic album covers; From Biggie Smalls's "Life After Death" cover, shot by Michael Lavine in 1997 at the Cypress Hill Cemetery, to Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here," conceptualized by Storm Thorgerson and Aubrey Powell.

Digging Crates: Tracking Down a Track's DNA
February 07, 2022

Digging Crates: Tracking Down a Track's DNA

The art of discovery, meaning finding rare information about a subject of personal interests, has experienced a revolution thanks to the internet's ever-increasing flood of information. While this democratization provides desirable comfort for all of us, it partially displaces the pre-internet generation's romantic idea of hunting; it is the lost art of crate-digging for Hip-Hop culture.

Finding Peace of Mind - How the West Got Introduced to the Practice of Meditation
February 05, 2022

Finding Peace of Mind - How the West Got Introduced to the Practice of Meditation

In the late 1950s, a giggly, long-bearded Indian man called Maharishi Mahesh Yogi started crossing borders to teach the world "the one thing he knew that could be useful to every man" - Transcendental Meditation. Today, the stories of culture-defining icons like Phil Jackson, Steve Jobs, Rick Rubin, and David Lynch, among others, imply the method's credibility as a suggestable part of everyday life and inspire more to give it a try.

Irrationality, impulsivity, Meanness: Embodying a Criminal Psychopath
January 31, 2022

Irrationality, impulsivity, Meanness: Embodying a Criminal Psychopath

Irrationality, impulsivity, and a stark lack of empathy: perhaps, nobody who has seen the likes of Patrick Bateman, Hannibal Lecter, or Norman Bates would wish to meet such a person in real life. Still, these energetic, individual, and tragic characters are fascinating to observe, pulling a large audience into theatres.

A Bunch of Virgins with Mum’s Credit Card - A Conversation with @ThrowingFits on Internet Fashion Culture
January 16, 2022

A Bunch of Virgins with Mum’s Credit Card - A Conversation with @ThrowingFits on Internet Fashion Culture

One Block Down sat down with Throwing Fits, "the only podcast that matter", to discuss the pros and cons of Social Media, the journey to adulthood, the Metaverse’s possible impact on human culture and much more.

One Block Down x 90sAnxiety team up for the new AJ 4 Crimson "Red Thunder" - Chapter III
January 15, 2022

One Block Down x 90sAnxiety team up for the new AJ 4 Crimson "Red Thunder" - Chapter III

One Block Down and 90sAnxiety are partnering to honor the upcoming release from Jordan Brand, the Air Jordan 4 Crimson ‘Red Thunder’. Here, we look at how the digital revolution and the rise of social media allowed fans from all over the world to discover more and get passionate about Michael Jordan, the Jordan Brand, and its history and legacy, creating a new kind of digital community.

One Block Down x 90sAnxiety honoring the AJ 4 Crimson "Red Thunder" - Chapter II
January 11, 2022

One Block Down x 90sAnxiety honoring the AJ 4 Crimson "Red Thunder" - Chapter II

One Block Down and 90sAnxiety are partnering to honor the upcoming release from Jordan Brand, the Air Jordan 4 Crimson ‘Red Thunder’. Here, we look at the years after Michael Jordan retired from the NBA in 1998 and Jordan Brand’s evolution in the early 2000s to express the underlying meaning of 'Red Thunder’ - a symbol for passion, culture, and energy.

One Block Down x 90sAnxiety honoring the AJ 4 Crimson "Red Thunder" - Chapter I
January 08, 2022

One Block Down x 90sAnxiety honoring the AJ 4 Crimson "Red Thunder" - Chapter I

One Block Down and 90sAnxiety are partnering to honor the upcoming release from Jordan Brand, the Air Jordan 4 Crimson ‘Red Thunder’. We’ll be exploring the model’s legacy and cultural relevance from several angles, expressing each through unique visuals that, when pieced together, tell the story of a profound cultural shift.

You're Part of The Crew: Cultural Symbols of Belonging
January 03, 2022

You're Part of The Crew: Cultural Symbols of Belonging

Symbolism is and has always been an inextricable part of human societies. Looking at the dawn of civilization, one encounters a seemingly infinite pool of cultural marks, signifying an individual's affiliation with a group as well as its role and status within its particular community.