Why Rebels, Badasses and Dangerous Types Wear Stripes In Popular Culture

I remember seeing the Helvetica documentary for the first time in 2007 and thereafter picking up on the typeface’s crazy ubiquity. I had known it was common, but I hadn’t realized it was everywhere, and never thought to consider why.

Now – thanks to Jack Nugent and his Now You See It web series – it’s the turn of stripes, which have historically been employed in fashion and film to denote nonconformity and general badassery.

“After reading Michel Pastoureau’s ‘The Devil’s Cloth: A History of Stripes,’ I saw an opportunity to expound upon his ideas and apply them to the movies. Once you’re on the lookout for stripes, you can see just how nicely their historical significance aligns with the significance of striped characters in the movies.”

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