The iconography of Stüssy’s iconic 8 Ball

The iconography of Stüssy’s iconic 8 Ball

Andrea Tuzio · 2 years ago · Style

It is said that the 40 years are an important milestone, a sort of turning point that should not be read in a negative way, but as a turning point towards a stronger self-awareness to better face the second part of life. This is true not only for us individuals but also for all those realities that work in the most diverse sectors and build their legacy through work, dedication and innovation, always remaining firmly at the roots from which they come.
This year one of these realities has reached its 40th anniversary.

Stüssy, the brand founded by Shawn Stüssy n 1980 in Southern California, is celebrating its 40th anniversary with several releases and collaborations that emphasize the legacy that the brand has left in the streetwear world and beyond in recent years.

The symbol that has been part of Stüssy’s heritage since its inception and has returned with devastating aesthetic power in recent years is the 8 Ball.

The 8 Ball, in the American Carom, is the one that decides the match. If you throw it in the hole as the last ball you win, if it falls in the hole first, you lose everything. They call it “ball of destiny” and it symbolizes those who never give up, in the urban language it represents the last man left standing.

From pool hall to an icon of the hotroad and rockabilly world, from a good luck charm to a mysterious symbol, the 8 Ball is imbued with American identity and perhaps that’s why it became a perfect icon for Shawn Stüssy and his brand when he created the first graphics in the early 80s. During these 40 years, the 8 Ball has appeared on every Stüssy garment possible and in almost every advertising campaign until it was shelved probably to refresh the aesthetic of the brand. 

In 2018 this iconic symbol made its return to the scene at the opening of the London chapter store in Soho.

The campaign designed for the event showed a giant 8 Ball rolling through the streets of central London, passing by Piccadilly Circus at the gates of Buckingham Palace and on the tracks of the Tube, ending its journey inside the window of the new Stüssy store.

On the occasion of the celebrations for the 40th anniversary, Stüssy has created, among other things, a special limited edition capsule collection that puts the 8 Ball at the center of the graphic design, as if to emphasize and emphasize the origins of the brand and recognize the importance and centrality of that logo over the past 40 years.

An iconic symbol that, in addition to hiding a myriad of meanings, has also represented – and continues to do so – a certainty for fans of streetwear and the brand founded by Shawn Stüssy exactly 40 years ago.

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The distorted world seen with the fish-eye

The distorted world seen with the fish-eye

Tommaso Berra · 1 week ago · Photography

Locked in his laboratory at John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Meryland, optical physics professor Robert W. Wood was working on an experiment aimed at replicating the way fish saw underwater. It was 1906, and his tools were a bucket full of water, a pinhole camera, a mirror glass, and plenty of light, essential paraphernalia that would not prevent Wood from discovering and inventing what would become known in the history of photography as the fish-eye.
After its first uses in science, the image distortion created with the fish-eye will become perfect for representing in photography the hippie psychedelia of the 1960s and the rock rebellion in the years to follow. Hip-hop will use the fish-eye aesthetic for album covers and videos, as will sports, leveraging its ability to best capture the energy of freestyle and outdoor disciplines.

In 1911 Robert W. Wood succeeded in publishing “Phisical Optics,” the book collecting his research in optics, but the fish-eye still remained for a long time an exclusive for scientists stooped over test tubes and microorganisms.
It was not until 1935 that a patent was filed for a circular lens that used glass and not water as the distorting surface. The patent was filed sharing with the Japanese company Nikon, but again it took more than two decades before the discovery became affordable. Perhaps it is too much to say “affordable,” since the first lens put on sale in 1957 cost $27,000.
The final arrival in stores five years later delivered the fish-eye to the artistic, musical, sports and journalistic culture of the 1900s, now that at last even amateur or semiprofessional photographers could take pictures with that particular 180-degree view.

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Immediately beginning in the 1960s, photographers made important political and artistic portraits and reports, witnessing historical events such as American elections or the albums of great artists such as the Beatles and Rolling Stone; it was in ’66 that the cover of Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass) in which Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones are shot with the fish-eye.
Crossing the fish-eye story is not just rock. The psychedelic ’60s and hippies could replicate with the wide-angle lens the distortion of reality caused by hallucinogens, while hip-hop, starting in the ’90s, that ability to have a more street, irreverent, and if necessary funny point of view, in which the on-camera looks of artists such as Notorius B.I.G., Beastie Boys, and Busta Rhymes were enhanced even more.
Panoramic views of breathtaking locations and even the first photos taken on Mars, the fish-eye has a history that has taken it from being a scientific marvel to a peephole through which to look at more than half a century of artistic and cultural history.

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Bodies in the wild in Lisa Strautmann’s photos

Bodies in the wild in Lisa Strautmann’s photos

Giulia Guido · 1 week ago · Photography

The balance between the human figure and the landscape is the key to Lisa Strautmann‘s shots. Born in 1988, Lisa Strautmann is a German photographer who has had a different path than many of her colleagues. In fact, she has earned no less than two degrees, neither of them in the arts or photography: the first in physical education and the second in psychology. 

Her course of study, however, led her to have the approach she has today to the photographic medium and the subjects she shoots. We almost always see one or more figures in the center of the composition, naked, in unnatural and contrived poses. All around are the colors of nature, from the bright green of the grass to the clear blue of the sky. 

With these images, Lisa Strautmann manages to merge her being an adult, feminist woman with a deep love for nature and the connection humans can make with it. 

Discover more of Lisa Strautmann’s work on her website and Instagram profile

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Tatiana Cardellicchio stops the motion of nature

Tatiana Cardellicchio stops the motion of nature

Tommaso Berra · 1 week ago · Photography

Photography, when it wants to convey universal emotions, has more strength when it is shared with other people from its earliest stages. Tatiana Cardellicchio owes much to meeting and collaborating with other creatives, who have inspired her, reinforcing an already clear idea of art that is enhanced when seen as a whole and not as individual shots.
There is often a human figure in Tatiana Cardellicchio’s photos, isolated in the world in a moment of pause, in which the perpetual motion of life seems to have been interrupted in favor of a more meditative relationship with nature and the elements that make it up.

The sea becomes a kind of baptismal water, the blades of grass in the meadow instead the perfect surface in which to abandon the body, often of a young woman, which does not impose its silhouette in the landscape but adapts to the rocks or the stool left in the corner of the room.
With a career as a photo retoucher and photo editor, the shots on the photographer’s Instagram profile show a more intimate look in which enhancing the plasticity of the body is a mission, as is blurring the edges between the human figure and nature, in a game of participation in the natural cycle that it is easy to want to be a part of.

Tatiana Cardellicchio | Collater.al
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Tatiana Cardellicchio | Collater.al
Tatiana Cardellicchio | Collater.al
Tatiana Cardellicchio | Collater.al

A Tatiana Cardellicchio’s shot will be at Collater.al Photography 2022.

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InstHunt – The 10 best photos on Instagram this week

InstHunt – The 10 best photos on Instagram this week

Tommaso Berra · 1 week ago · Photography

Every day, on our Instagram profile, we ask you to share with us your most beautiful pictures and photographs.
For this InstHunt collection of this week we have selected your 10 best proposals: @eli_rmn, @erre62, @sara_gram._, @saraperacchia, @defalcotina, @giulia.pissagroia, @teresa_scafa, @izya777, @marco.pasini.photo, @marcocarta87.

Tag @collateral.photo to be selected and published on the next InstHunt.

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