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The Jesus Piece: A Symbol of Hip-Hop's Rise to Fame
ottobre 15, 2021

The Jesus Piece: A Symbol of Hip-Hop's Rise to Fame

The Jesus piece is one of the most iconic jewelry pieces in Hip-Hop, worn by some of the most famous artists in rap history, such as The Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z, Kanye West and many more...

The Subversion of War Part 4: Terrorism and the Modern Times
ottobre 10, 2021

The Subversion of War Part 4: Terrorism and the Modern Times

With the turn of the new millennium and the inception of the War on Terror, a new concept of war was created. At the same time, the iconography of war and the garments used by soldiers became much more present in the mainstream and gained their definitive place in fashion.

Checkerboard and Tartan: How Two Patterns Changed Connotation Through Centuries
ottobre 09, 2021

Checkerboard and Tartan: How Two Patterns Changed Connotation Through Centuries

Checkerboard and tartan are two similar patterns but distinctive, each one with ancient origins, they became worldwide known and now represents two of the most recognizable pattern. During their long history, they developed and changed, becoming cultural symbols present in subcultures worldwide.

Tiger Stripes on the Block: How ASICS Became a Banlieue Style Staple
ottobre 02, 2021

Tiger Stripes on the Block: How ASICS Became a Banlieue Style Staple

Beyond the borders of Paris – the glamorous and sometimes boringly sleek French capital – there is an exceptionally vibrant creative energy pulsing from the so-called banlieue districts, one of today’s most prolific creative catalysts.

Bootlegs and Knock-Offs: A Visual Exploration of a Necessary Evil
ottobre 01, 2021

Bootlegs and Knock-Offs: A Visual Exploration of a Necessary Evil

Bootlegs and knock-offs have been a hallmark element of the clothing industry since localized trends began permeating the globe. Responsible for moving fashion forward, we document the corenerstone moments of this necessary evil.

A Detailed Account of How Oakley Completely Revolutionized the Sportswear Industry
settembre 24, 2021

A Detailed Account of How Oakley Completely Revolutionized the Sportswear Industry

Originally reserved for surfers and motocross riders, Oakley’s performance sunglasses have surpassed the extreme sports world that birthed them to become a ubiquitous staple in fashion.

How ‘The Wire’ Shook-Up US Television by Portraying the Death of the American Dream
settembre 22, 2021

How ‘The Wire’ Shook-Up US Television by Portraying the Death of the American Dream

Following the tragic passing of actor Michael K. Williams, One Block Down honors his legacy with a visual documentation of his role in American crime drama ‘The Wire’ and analyses the show’s portrayal of the death of the American dream.

A Visual Exploration of Man’s Impact on the Earth and the Beginning of the Anthropocene
settembre 10, 2021

A Visual Exploration of Man’s Impact on the Earth and the Beginning of the Anthropocene

The Anthropocene is a proposed geological epoch dating from the commencement of significant human impact on Earth's geology and ecosystems, including, but not limited to, anthropogenic climate change...

The Subversion of War Part 3: Drugs, Patriotism and Pop Culture
settembre 05, 2021

The Subversion of War Part 3: Drugs, Patriotism and Pop Culture

The 20th century was a time of remarkable change. Known for completely revolutionizing the way people lived, with innovative opportunity harnessed...

An Ode to the Source, One of Music’s Most Iconic Magazines
settembre 03, 2021

An Ode to the Source, One of Music’s Most Iconic Magazines

The last decade marked the turning point for a number of man’s greatest creations. Most notable in the accelerated use of technology in the distribution of information and news...

Nike Air Force 1: All You Need To Know About the Design That Birthed Sneaker Culture
agosto 30, 2021

Nike Air Force 1: All You Need To Know About the Design That Birthed Sneaker Culture

Over the course of more than 35 years, Nike’s cornerstone design, the Air Force 1, has grown to become one of the brand’s most iconic silhouettes...

Whole Lotta Rage: How Rap Is Rewriting Punk’s Whitewashed Past
agosto 28, 2021

Whole Lotta Rage: How Rap Is Rewriting Punk’s Whitewashed Past

The meaning of “punk” is hard to define. Is it a cultural expression? A sound? An anti-establishment attitude?

Under the Hood of Japan’s Illustrious Tuning Culture With Sabukaru
agosto 26, 2021

Under the Hood of Japan’s Illustrious Tuning Culture With Sabukaru

From customizing cars to haul moonshine and escape authorities back in prohibition-era America, all the way to the marvels of engineering seen in contemporary race cars...

The Subversion of War Part 2: The Hippie Movement’s Distinctly Militaristic Wardrobe
agosto 06, 2021

The Subversion of War Part 2: The Hippie Movement’s Distinctly Militaristic Wardrobe

The 20th century was a time of remarkable change. Known for completely revolutionizing the way people lived...

Youth and Innocence Denied: A Look at the Obscene World of Harmony Korine
luglio 30, 2021

Youth and Innocence Denied: A Look at the Obscene World of Harmony Korine

Across today’s contemporary cinematic landscape, few filmmakers and screenwriters stand out as much as Harmony Korine.

How Western Surf Culture Became a Truly Japanese Pursuit
luglio 28, 2021

How Western Surf Culture Became a Truly Japanese Pursuit

Surfing is a multi-faceted subculture that has a rich history and an array of meanings depending on who you are talking to.

The Story of the Original Nuttahs: How Jungle Music Informed Decades of Style and Culture
luglio 24, 2021

The Story of the Original Nuttahs: How Jungle Music Informed Decades of Style and Culture

In the late-80s, a new genre of underground dance music exploded in London. Combining the hyperactive breaks of hardcore rave...

The Subversion of War Part 1: How Vietnam Sparked an Unstoppable Cultural Revolution
luglio 15, 2021

The Subversion of War Part 1: How Vietnam Sparked an Unstoppable Cultural Revolution

The 20th century was a time of remarkable change. Known for completely changing the way people lived, it saw innovation across a great many fields

Fast Food Culture: A Worldwide Phenomenon
luglio 10, 2021

Fast Food Culture: A Worldwide Phenomenon

Food is culture, and it is an integral part of our cultural baggage, each of us got specific memories that often resurface thanks to taste.

Nike Air Tuned Max 99: All You Need To Know the Industry’s Most Reclusive Icon
luglio 03, 2021

Nike Air Tuned Max 99: All You Need To Know the Industry’s Most Reclusive Icon

Widely regarded as the golden era of sneakers, the ’90s was a particularly formative period not only for its spate of genre-pushing designs...

Beyond Ametora: The  Subcultures That Emerged From Japan’s Love for Americana
luglio 02, 2021

Beyond Ametora: The Subcultures That Emerged From Japan’s Love for Americana

Subcultures are identifiable subgroups characterized by norms and practices that are at odds with a larger group.

Nike Air Force 1: The Silhouette That Birthed Sneaker Culture
giugno 30, 2021

Nike Air Force 1: The Silhouette That Birthed Sneaker Culture

Over the course of more than 35 years, Nike’s cornerstone design, the Air Force 1, has grown to become one of the brand’s most iconic silhouettes...

How Nu-Metal Shattered the Trajectory of Early-2000s Sound and Style
giugno 27, 2021

How Nu-Metal Shattered the Trajectory of Early-2000s Sound and Style

In the mid-90s, rock fused with rap and eye-watering haircuts to spawn a new sound. Combining the most aggressive aspects of both with dashings of grunge...

Why It Matters: Detailing the Subcultural Rise of adidas and Its Three Stripes
giugno 12, 2021

Why It Matters: Detailing the Subcultural Rise of adidas and Its Three Stripes

When we look back at the origins of today’s stylistic footprint, it is almost impossible not to spot an adidas item.

(Work)Wear and Tear: Detailing the Understated Beauty of Used Garments
giugno 01, 2021

(Work)Wear and Tear: Detailing the Understated Beauty of Used Garments

Like it or loathe it, when Kanye West wears something, people take notice. Back in 2019, the fashion and music mogul shunned formality at a number...

How ‘Akira’ Shattered Convention To Ignite a Global Passion for Anime
maggio 26, 2021

How ‘Akira’ Shattered Convention To Ignite a Global Passion for Anime

December 25, 1989, the day anime ventured West. With a limited release of Katsuhiro Ōtomo’s seminal masterpiece in the United States...

The Latino Gangs of LA Through the Lens of Robert Yager
maggio 26, 2021

The Latino Gangs of LA Through the Lens of Robert Yager

Robert Yager is a London-born, Los Angeles-based photographer who gained popularity for his particularly visceral reportage of Los Angeles’ Latino gangs.

Why It Matters: How Baggy Denim Came To Lead the ’90s Style Charge
maggio 24, 2021

Why It Matters: How Baggy Denim Came To Lead the ’90s Style Charge

With trends coming and going, the garments of today soon become obsolete, often revived years later by so-called visionaries. No decade defined...

A Detailed Look at Polo Ralph Lauren’s Far-Reaching Influence on ’90s Counterculture
aprile 30, 2021

A Detailed Look at Polo Ralph Lauren’s Far-Reaching Influence on ’90s Counterculture

Although now rightly recognised as an industry titan that has sculpted and redefined mainstream fashion for the last half-century, Ralph Lauren’s ties to...

Street Utility: How Arc’teryx & The Form of Function Redefined Contemporary Stylistic Discourse
aprile 25, 2021

Street Utility: How Arc’teryx & The Form of Function Redefined Contemporary Stylistic Discourse

In recent years, streetwear’s fascination with the functionality and technology of outdoor clothing has grown to become omnipresent. Now an essential...

The Tokyo Skate Scene: A Look at Skateboarding in and Around the City
aprile 17, 2021

The Tokyo Skate Scene: A Look at Skateboarding in and Around the City

Skateboarding and Japan might not be as closely associated with each other as ‘Godzilla’, cup ramen or Shibuya crossing are with the country of the rising sun.

Street Utility: How DMX & The Ruff Ryders Came To Define a New Era for Utilitarian Fashion
aprile 16, 2021

Street Utility: How DMX & The Ruff Ryders Came To Define a New Era for Utilitarian Fashion

To celebrate the life and legacy of the last real Ruff Ryder, One Block Down is dedicating the second installation of its Street Utility series to Earl "DMX" Simmons.