The New York Times recently sat down with longtime Jack Spade collaborator and architect Steven Sclaroff for a Q&A.

Dazzle Camo, Battleships, and Zebras

Dazzle camouflage was invented by an artist and British naval officer named Norman Wilkinson. His advice was that the British Navy should take a cue from zebras. Their contrasting diagonal stripes are confusing for predators. And Wilkinson figured that if this discombobulated lions, it could throw-off German submarines.

So the Navy went ahead and painted their fleet with a jumble of jagged geometric shapes. The craziest part? Dazzle camouflage actually worked. It obviously made the boats a lot more visible, but it also made them difficult for U-Boats to target while in motion. The camouflage’s influence can still be seen today in modern disruptive patterns, like the Swedish M90. 
 
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Join JP Williams, art director and Jack Spade collaborator, for his first exhibition of artwork based on his collections.

Join JP Williams, art director and Jack Spade collaborator, for his first exhibition of artwork based on his collections.

Happy Mischief Night

The Art of TPing

If there’s anyone to teach the ways of mischief, it’s teenagers from 1971.