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How the Pictures Generation Challenged the Concept of Originality and Authenticity
September 18, 2022

How the Pictures Generation Challenged the Concept of Originality and Authenticity

The name "Pictures Generation" comes from a 1977 exhibition held at Artist's Space in New York, featuring the work of Troy Brauntuch, Jack Goldstein, Sherrie Levine, Robert Longo, and Philip Smith. They showed a critical analysis and view of US culture, demonstrating the dominance of consumerism in the population.

Asian Extreme at its Finest - Takashi Miike and his Fascination of Violence
September 17, 2022

Asian Extreme at its Finest - Takashi Miike and his Fascination of Violence

Among the names of Kinji Fukasaku, Takeshi Kitano, and Kiyoshi Kurosawa, there was another film prodigy that established himself as a prominent figure in the scene of gruesome, horror, and violence films in the late 20th century, Takashi Miike. Employing over-the-top plots and unapologetically capitalizing on violence, Miike in the early days of his career is a one of a kind director that fascinated the world with the so-called “Asian Extreme” genre.

How the Mafia K'1 Fry Showed the Aesthetic of the Suburbs
September 11, 2022

How the Mafia K'1 Fry Showed the Aesthetic of the Suburbs

In the 90s, French rap groups mainly took inspiration from American rappers, with the best-selling artists signed to major labels that hired commercial directors for their videos. The Mafia K'1 Fry collective decided to keep an authentic aesthetic that would change forever how the French suburbs were portrayed.

Amapiano: The Online Heartbeat of SA's Youth Culture
September 09, 2022

Amapiano: The Online Heartbeat of SA's Youth Culture

Over the past year, Amapiano has taken over dancefloors and playlists around the world and has become the driving force behind some of TikToks most viral dance challenges. But where did the sound come from? For those unlucky enough to be uninitiated, Amapiano is an electronic music movement - created and still most popular - in the townships of South Africa’s Gauteng province.

The Game Boy Color - The Story of a Childhood Icon
August 29, 2022

The Game Boy Color - The Story of a Childhood Icon

The Game Boy Color was initially released in Japan on October 21st, 1998, while it was released in the rest of the world in November. As the successor of the Game Boy, it represented a new step in the history of Nintendo, the GB line, and a piece of childhood for millions of people worldwide.

How The A$AP Mob Combined Fashion And Music Like Never Before
August 28, 2022

How The A$AP Mob Combined Fashion And Music Like Never Before

Discover our latest in partnership with Phorin Collective, detailing ASAP Mob's role in strengthening the relationship between Hip Hop and fashion like never before, from the streets of Harlem to the runway shows of Paris Fashion Week.

The Rise and Demise of the Outlandish Custom Motorcycles - Reminiscing the Glory Days of the Bosozoku
August 14, 2022

The Rise and Demise of the Outlandish Custom Motorcycles - Reminiscing the Glory Days of the Bosozoku

From the car tuning of Akira Nakai to the custom motorbike buildings of Hideya Togashi, it's safe to say that Japan today has a rich culture in vehicle modification. However, most nowadays aren’t aware of the demographics of the bike customization scene back in the 20th century, a golden era for bike modification, when the Bosozoku ruled the streets with their flashy, over-the-top, style-oriented Kaizosha (custom vehicles).

"Roots" - A Conversation with Photographer Remi Bouvier.
August 08, 2022

"Roots" - A Conversation with Photographer Remi Bouvier.

One Block Down linked with photographer Remi Bouvier for a special interview, from his background, growing up in Ghana, to pursuing photography in Europe and his new book "Roots," all shot in Ghana in February 2020.

The New Monkey: The UK Club You’ve Probably Never Heard Of
August 06, 2022

The New Monkey: The UK Club You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

If you are someone who is au fait with the rich tapestry of hard dance music, you will know all about Makina. If you don't do speed and aren't too keen on wearing cut-price sportswear in clubs, you probably won't. Emerging in the late nineties, Makina fused European hard dance genres and became the instrumental backing to a generation of MCs like Rockeye who used it to talk about the intimate details of their lives, whilst hyping crowds at 180bpm. It is pioneers like him, along with a new generation of youth in the region that are continuing to push the genre forward and make it their own: undiluted and untouched from the outside.

Antagonist Fashion - Style Representation of Yakuza in Films
July 31, 2022

Antagonist Fashion - Style Representation of Yakuza in Films

The Yakuza, much like otaku, punk, and other subcultures, despite being considered despicable by the general public, their lifestyles usually do make up for successful and popular entertainment content due to the stark contrast between their lifestyle and that of a regular citizen. Today, we look at the depiction of the Yakuza in films through the lens of style, and break down how outfits make up for the fascination of these Yakuza characters.

One Block Down presents "Dog Days", a Special Project with Vans: Release Date, Price & How To Buy
July 26, 2022

One Block Down presents "Dog Days", a Special Project with Vans: Release Date, Price & How To Buy

For its latest project, One Block Down explores the indisputable impact Vans had and continues to have on the world of skateboarding. Entitled “Dog Days”, the project honours Vans’ checkerboard slip-on sneaker – an iconic shoe that is as ubiquitous on the skate scene today as it was in the late ‘70s after its debut.

A Hot Summer Day in Brooklyn - Detailing Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing" Style Influence and Legacy
July 22, 2022

A Hot Summer Day in Brooklyn - Detailing Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing" Style Influence and Legacy

Whenever we get to the summer, and the temperatures start to increase, there is a movie that I always want to watch again; even if I have seen it plenty of times, it never gets old; of course, I'm talking about the 1989 Spike Lee joint classic "Do the Right Thing."

Internet Subculture: Iceberg Explain
July 17, 2022

Internet Subculture: Iceberg Explain

Since 2015, Iceberg charts have been used by internet communities to demonstrate that the tip of the iceberg is the summation of the knowledge of most people, while the much larger submerged part of the iceberg is the sum of all knowledge of a particular topic.

Japanese Working Class Fashion - Designs Originated from the Construction Sites of Japan
July 10, 2022

Japanese Working Class Fashion - Designs Originated from the Construction Sites of Japan

In Japan, an occupation as a construction worker is widely regarded as a “3k” job; kitanai (dirty), kiken (dangerous), and kitsui (demanding). However, in today’s article we will be introducing you to the hidden 4th “k” in the life of a construction worker, which is kakkoii, cool.

One Block Down presents "SUBNOTESFROM"
June 27, 2022

One Block Down presents "SUBNOTESFROM"

"SUBNOTESFROM" is a collection of five publications developed in partnership with external contributors and content creators, Samutaro, Sabukaru, Contemporary Standard, and Otto Resource. Each of the books in “SUBNOTESFROM” provides a framework of cultural analysis and exploration by focusing on a single subculture in a specific region of the world: Brazil, Nigeria, Japan, the US, and the UK.

One Block Down x Porter-Yoshida & Co. "Artist Series"
June 08, 2022

One Block Down x Porter-Yoshida & Co. "Artist Series"

To celebrate its latest collaboration with Porter-Yoshida & Co., One Block Down reached out to its community of artists for a call to action to customize nine bags from the collaboration. All the bags are now available for auction, with the proceeds going to charities chosen by the artists.

One Block Down x Cassina "Floating Opposites"
June 08, 2022

One Block Down x Cassina "Floating Opposites"

One Block Down collaborates with Cassina, the internationally renowned Italian brand characterized by groundbreaking furniture designs. Cassina’s work is revered by countless creatives that operate in several fields, from music and cinema to fashion and art.

How Fitted Caps Became a Staple of Streetwear and Their Newfound Success in the Era of Customization
June 05, 2022

How Fitted Caps Became a Staple of Streetwear and Their Newfound Success in the Era of Customization

The fitted cap. If there’s one item of clothing that’s cemented its place in the pantheon of streetwear staples, then it’s undoubtedly this iconic piece of re-appropriated performance headwear, namely New Era’s legendary 5950 model. In the era of DIY-focused, sustainability-driven fashion trends, the once niche practice of cap customization has begun to gather mainstream traction as a new generation looks to put its mark on a classic.

Son Goku to Jujutsu Kaisen - The Evolution of Shonen Manga Protagonists
May 29, 2022

Son Goku to Jujutsu Kaisen - The Evolution of Shonen Manga Protagonists

While manga is believed to have existed in Japan for hundreds of years, it was in the early 1900’s that the specific brand of manga we have come to know and love today, Shonen Manga, was pioneered. As manga was typically read by young boys at the time, shonen, meaning “boy” or “youth”, and manga, meaning “comic”, made it clear from the beginning who the target audience was for these new hand-drawn adventures.

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.

One Block Down x Porter-Yoshida & Co "Hazy Smoky Night": Release Date, Price & How To Buy
April 20, 2022

One Block Down x Porter-Yoshida & Co "Hazy Smoky Night": Release Date, Price & How To Buy

One Block Down is proud to present its latest collaboration with Porter-Yoshida % Co, a special four-piece capsule that fully encompass the union of these two brands. To celebrate the union, One Block Down has created a unique multi-media campaign composed of three short films and a photography series, with a key protagonist at its center: the "Lobby Boy"

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.