The Gun Boom

Having in mind the recent armed conflicts taking place around the world and their subsequent coverage in daily news, or tragic events such as the one that occurred a few months ago in a school in Connecticut, it is a fact that firearms stand out as a concrete hot topic.

There is little surprise then in realizing that items such as shotguns and rifles appear as a recurring source of inspiration for creative minds wishing to express their opinions regarding the related conflicts and dreadful events where they appear. For example, the message conveyed by Japanese artist Tsuyoshi Ozawa was to poke fun at the stupidity of war and violence, while promoting healthy peace.

Vegetable Weapon by Tsuyoshi Ozawa Advocates Healthy Peace

Vegetable Weapon by Tsuyoshi Ozawa Advocates Healthy Peace

The weapons which appear in his series of photographs were made out of vegetables, later cooked as an interpretation of “a scene of ordinariness and interaction in the form of the sharing of a meal” as the artist depicts it.

Others would rather use real-life weaponry and turn it into something nice and useful, such as Pedro Reyes in his work when he disassembled 7.000 firearms and transformed them into 50 musical instruments.

Confiscated weapons into musical instruments

Confiscated weapons into musical instruments

But the most interesting project in this regard comes from craftsmen of social Business Saught, who create jewelry from landmines and unexploded ordnances (UXOs) found littered around Cambodia to support sustainability in post-conflict countries.

Earrings made of brass from war remnants

Earrings made of brass from war remnants

Fashion echoes back to this topical trend, as in the editorial of Vogue Paris’ February issue, where surely they had to think twice before having Milla Jovovich appearing with innocent “hand guns” instead of real ones.

Milla Jovovich for Vogue Paris

Milla Jovovich for Vogue Paris

On the contrary, designer Jeremy Scott exhibits in Arabian Spring how he translated current political events into a pop fashion collection filled with references to the Arabian Revolutions, such as rifles and military vests.

Jeremy Scott’s Arabian Spring Collection

Jeremy Scott’s Arabian Spring Collection

The controversy surrounding weapons is tangible enough and even more significant when it frivolously interacts with the most common objects such as ice cubes shaped as bullets or the cute crayon ammo belt for kids, which has already received its share of infuriated criticism and resentment from some Net users.

Crayon ammo belt

Crayon ammo belt

At last, a video feature from Vice magazine sheds Light on Tel-Aviv Fashion Week and photographer Leo Nordman for his work and visual interpretation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Link to the video: FASHION WEEK INTERNATIONALE – TEL AVIV 

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This entry was published on April 14, 2013 at 11:36 pm. It’s filed under Branding, Hot topic and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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