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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.

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.

Resisting the Cold - Life Beyond The Zero
January 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
December 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
December 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
December 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
December 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.

Contest - Vans by Vault: LEICA x RAY BARBEE
December 17, 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 The Sopranos Changed Television
December 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
December 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.

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