Retro Olympics F/W18 Explained

I was really inspired by Heron Preston's ability to bootleg whatever he wanted and then on top of that Mike Cherman of Chinatown Market. I had been following both for a few years before starting Wavy Oaks Co. Mike was running ICNY making anything you can think of with 3M. Then Heron was bootleing Givenchy and handwriting on the tags like Asspizza, so I quickly noticed I must create what I feel. Its not about stealing anyones ideas or selling clothes, this is just taking skills we learn throughout life and what inspires us then sharing it through art. There are so many other individuals that inspired this collection, like Paul Mittleman who I remembered from the Stussy days that I recently within the last two years came across his instagram and saw he was still in the field grinding. The work I will continue to produce into 2019 will also continue to show what is inspiring me, which is simply life it self. Specifically from my perspective throughout different parts of my life.

A flower, with each petal representing an athlete practising a winter sport, and which can also be seen as a snowflake symbolising the Olympic Winter Games. The emblem is also evocative of a mountain flower, emphasising Nagano's commitment to the environment, and was thus named Snowflower. The dynamic nature of this vivid and colourful picture foreshadowed the enthusiastic atmosphere in which the Games took place, and symbolised their brilliance throughout the world.

To convey local characteristics the medals were created in lacquer (Kiso lacquer). The decoration technique adopted was embossed gilding (or Maki-e), with so-called shippoyaki (i.e. cloisonné techniques) and precision metalswork. The obverse represents the rising sun in Maki-e, surrounded by olive branches and accompanied by the emblem in cloisonné. The reverse is mainly in lacquer. It represents the emblem of the Games in Maki-e, with the sun rising over the Shinshu mountains. The lacquered parts were done individually by artists from the Kiso region. The medals had a diameter of 80mm with a thickness of 9,7mm; the gold medal weighed 256g, the sliver 250g and the bronze 230g.

Five kinds of official posters and seven sport-specific posters were printed for these Games, In addition, for the first time at the Olympic Winter Games, a special poster was created for the Opening Ceremony. The first poster created was designated as the official poster for the XVIII Olympic Winter Games to be preserved for posterity. It shows a thrush perched on a ski pole with mountains in the light of dawn, evoking the concept of harmony with nature. It was designed by Masuteru Aoba.


Owls Sukki, Nokki, Lekki and Tsukki are also known as the Snowlets. “Snow” recalls the winter season, during which the Games take place, and “lets” refers to “let‟s”, and invitation to join in the Games celebrations. In addition, the first two letters of the four names form the word “snowlets”. “Owlets” means young owls.


Sukki, Nokki, Lekki and Tsukki are four snowy owls. They represent respectively fire (Sukki), air (Nokki), earth (Lekki) and water (Tsukki). The choice of four mascots is a nod to the four years that make up an Olympiad.


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Originally, the Nagano Games mascot was going to be a weasel called Snowple.

Owls are venerated around the world as having the “wisdom of the woods”; in Greek mythology, the owl is associated with Athena, the goddess of wisdom.

The four Snowlets‟ names were chosen from among 47,484 suggestions.

The agency responsible for creating the mascots was the same one that designed the torch for the Atlanta Games in 1996, and also took part in designing the mascots for Salt Lake City 2002.

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Azerbaijan, Kenya, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Uruguay and Venezuela took part in the Olympic Winter Games.


For the first time, professional players from the National Hockey League (NHL, USA) participated.


A 50% discount on all regular Olympic tickets were offered for all schoolchildren.


Official staff uniforms were made from fully recyclable materials.


Originally included for men at the Olympic Winter Games in 1924, curling made its return to the official sports programme in Nagano, where both a men’s and a women’s event were contested.


Snowboard became a new discipline with both men’s and women’s events in giant slalom and halfpipe being contested.


Women took part in ice hockey for the first time in Olympic history.


7 February 1998. Opening Ceremony. Dancers and the planet Earth.

Official opening of the Games by: 
His Majesty the Emperor Akihito

Lighting of the Olympic Flame by: 
Midori Ito (figure skating)

Olympic Oath by: 
Kenji Ogiwara (Nordic combined)

Officials' Oath by: 
Junko Hiramatsu (figure skating)