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

Resisting the Cold - Life Beyond The Zero
gennaio 01, 2022

Resisting the Cold - Life Beyond The Zero

Some seek it for adventurous challenges, some use it as a tool for health therapy, some get miserably overwhelmed by it every year, and for some, it's just a part of everyday life: There are several widely differing perspectives on harshly cold temperatures that go far beyond zero.

Past, Present and Future in Dystopia
dicembre 26, 2021

Past, Present and Future in Dystopia

In our latest editorial in partnership with @sabukaru, we discover dystopia's initial concept and development, depicting the terms definition and pop culture's adaptation throughout the decades. The term "dystopia," first coined by the English philosopher John Stuart Mill, plays a pivotal role in the scenery that most Cyberpunk stories are based around.

How Odd Future Attacked on Political Correctness with its Prank Show Loiter Squad
dicembre 21, 2021

How Odd Future Attacked on Political Correctness with its Prank Show Loiter Squad

One Block Down has teamed up with Instagram page Samutaro to offer a detailed account of the history of Odd Future and how through their prank and comedy show "Loiter Squad" were able to attack political correctness.

#BuildForward - How Youth Cultures Shift The Narrative Towards a Promising Future
dicembre 19, 2021

#BuildForward - How Youth Cultures Shift The Narrative Towards a Promising Future

Inextricably linked to the cosmos of subcultural communities, the Timberland 6-Inch Boot is a timeless classic, representing the youth's power of shifting the narrative towards a promising future. Throughout the last decades, the silhouette established itself as a symbol of countercultural movements from Hip-Hop culture to Skate Culture.

When 6-7 Footers Loose Their Cool - A Visual Exploration of the NBA's Greatest Fights
dicembre 18, 2021

When 6-7 Footers Loose Their Cool - A Visual Exploration of the NBA's Greatest Fights

Hefty fines, suspensions over several games, and sometimes even severe injuries: brawls in sports are rather harmful than contributing to the team's success - and Basketball is not an exception.

How The Sopranos Changed Television
dicembre 12, 2021

How The Sopranos Changed Television

"The Sopranos," run from 1999 to 2007, gave the audience six seasons of game-changing television, allowing a new perspective to be built around the stereotypical "mafia guy" and, at the same time, through peculiar aspects of the characters, represented a mirror of society.

Countering the Counterculture - How Minor Threat Twisted the Narrative of Hardcore
dicembre 11, 2021

Countering the Counterculture - How Minor Threat Twisted the Narrative of Hardcore

The "Straight Edge" movement is a countercultural movement that grew out of the Punks’ concepts of nihilism in the early 1980s.

Contest - Vans by Vault: LEICA x RAY BARBEE
dicembre 10, 2021

Contest - Vans by Vault: LEICA x RAY BARBEE

To celebrate Vans' latest collaboration with Leica and skater Ray Barbee, One Block Down has decided to open a  special contest for its Italian and European communities.

How Japanese Video Games Redefined and Shaped the Global Gaming Industry for Years to Come
dicembre 05, 2021

How Japanese Video Games Redefined and Shaped the Global Gaming Industry for Years to Come

One Block Down has teamed up with magazine Sabukaru to explore the history of video games in Japan, from its arrival in the country to how Japanese creators were able to push this form of entertainment forward.

Nothing Like That Dog Love
dicembre 02, 2021

Nothing Like That Dog Love

Embodying unconditional loyalty, dogs genuinely represent an integral value of Hip-Hop Culture by being reliable companions to their owners. This relationship started already in the ‘80s, when dogs such the American Pit Bull Terrier became an indispensable part of street life.

How Tracksuit Became A Symbol of Anti-Establishment Fashion
novembre 28, 2021

How Tracksuit Became A Symbol of Anti-Establishment Fashion

One Block Down has teamed up with Instagram page Samutaro to offer a detailed account of the cultural influence of tracksuits, from movies and tv series like Le Haine and the Sopranos to more recent phenomena like Grime music.

A Calloussed Mind - Aspiring Soldiers Going Through Hell
novembre 27, 2021

A Calloussed Mind - Aspiring Soldiers Going Through Hell

War is hell. The psychological and physical misery soldiers likely have to overcome during special operations extends the imagination of ordinary civilians. To develop this calloused mindset, militaries worldwide have created brutal, almost inhumane training programs, preparing aspiring special warfare operators for the battlefield.

Rucker Park - The Mecca of Basketball
novembre 21, 2021

Rucker Park - The Mecca of Basketball

New York City's Rucker Park is one of those places that can capture an entire culture and unique way of life. Since its opening in the '50s, it became the so-called "Mecca of Basketball," forging a path for multiple NBA stars and establishing itself as a cultural phenomenon.

Blending Architecture with Nature
novembre 20, 2021

Blending Architecture with Nature

Since last century, a popular trend started becoming more popular in architecture, through the concept of “organic architecture”, many designers started looking to reconnect with nature and create a peaceful balance between humankind and the world around it.

Don't Look Down - The Evolution of the Urban Daredevil
novembre 19, 2021

Don't Look Down - The Evolution of the Urban Daredevil

Reckless and often ostentatiously daring - this is how Daredevils are generally defined: People pursuing hazardous activities, not shying away from the fact that every adventure could lead to a cruel death.

Detailing the Windrush Generation Influence on Grime Music
novembre 14, 2021

Detailing the Windrush Generation Influence on Grime Music

The authenticity of the grime movement is something unique throughout the world and, especially in America, seems unreplicable. And that is their real strength: uniqueness. We looked back at its history and influences, tracing it back to one of the most important moments in British cultural history, the Windrush Generation.

Cassina in Pop Culture
novembre 14, 2021

Cassina in Pop Culture

As one of the most relevant furniture brands globally, Cassina has  a lot of iconic moments during its almost 100 years of history.  Loved for its pioneering research & development, high quality, and wide range of designs and styles, it’s one of the most loved brands for industry insiders in various creative fields, from music to fashion and art.

How Nike SB Carefully Positioned the Dunk to be the Ultimate Grail
novembre 07, 2021

How Nike SB Carefully Positioned the Dunk to be the Ultimate Grail

One Block Down has teamed up with Instagram page Samutaro to offer a detailed account of the history of Nike SB, its legacy, and how its success propelled the Dunk into becoming one of the most relevant silhouettes in contemporary sneaker culture.

How Dr. Martens Became a Subcultural Fashion Staple Thanks to its Musical Legacy.
novembre 06, 2021

How Dr. Martens Became a Subcultural Fashion Staple Thanks to its Musical Legacy.

Dr. Martens is one of the most influential footwear brands of all time; since its foundation in 1945, it became a staple of workwear quickly, and then, in the following decades, it soon became a fashion icon, with its boots becoming part of the uniform of various cultures and subcultures.

Gods, Guardians and Shunned Bodies: Japan's Troubled Relationship with Tattoo Art
ottobre 29, 2021

Gods, Guardians and Shunned Bodies: Japan's Troubled Relationship with Tattoo Art

Known for colorful and mystical motifs, traditional Japanese tattoos are loved all over the world – except for the Japanese people. While foreigners flock to tattoo artists versed in Japanese iconography, its homeland still feels more than uneasy about this art form, forcing the few tattooed natives to cover up to be perceived as valuable members of society.

Create Air on Air Max Day
ottobre 25, 2021

Create Air on Air Max Day

Aware of the environmental impact of the clothing and retail industry, One Block Down wants to demonstrate its commitment by actively contributing to the well-being of our planet.

Sneaker Collaborations: How Collaborations Converted Performance Brands To Lifestyle Worlds
ottobre 24, 2021

Sneaker Collaborations: How Collaborations Converted Performance Brands To Lifestyle Worlds

Looking at the current state of sneaker culture, it's quite evident that collaborative partnerships have become an inherent part of the footwear business. One Block Down wants to break down the evolution of sneaker collaborations by observing critical moments shaping the progression of the footwear industry over the decades and understanding the current state of sneaker culture.

Rave Culture at The Hacienda through the lens of Peter J Walsh
ottobre 20, 2021

Rave Culture at The Hacienda through the lens of Peter J Walsh

The Hacienda is one of the most famous and influential clubs in the world; since its opening in the early ‘80s, it became a central element of the UK’s music scene, helping to cement a new scene that was growing in the country and that shaped worldwide music as only a couple of other movements have done, Acid House.

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.