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THE 360 TAKE ON SUSTAINABLE THINKING

By Lamia Rasmussen

THE 360 TAKE ON SUSTAINABLE THINKING

SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTION

It is important for us to keep the environment and health of the consumers in mind in our production. Therefore, we choose to produce our designs in Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX certified textiles with OEKO-TEX certified print. Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX is a guarantee of a sustainable production and ensures that the product does not consist any damaging health or environmental chemicals.

"If a textile article carries the Standard 100 label, you can be certain that every component of this article, i.e. every thread, button and other accessories, has been tested for harmful substances and that the article therefore is harmless in human ecological terms. (...). In many cases the limit values for the Standard 100 go beyond national and international requirements. The criteria catalog is updated at least once a year and expanded with new scientific knowledge or statutory requirements."
From oeko-tex.com

 

MADE IN EUROPE

We have also chosen to work with the best suppliers in Europe to ensure a good work environment, a shorter transport, and a high-quality production. Therefore, all products are Made In Portugal. Portugal is currently one of the strongest textile industries in Europe and is known for its impressive craftsmanship and expertise.

 

 

360° ICÔN x REPACK

We believe that the world needs a better solution to single-use packaging. That is why we offer an alternative. It’s called RePack - reusable and returnable delivery packaging. RePack is a super simple solution to an ever-growing problem of packaging trash. It simply reduces trash and saves you money.

How to get RePack delivery?

  1. Choose "I want sustainable packaging on my entire order" off during check out.
  2. After you receive your order, you simply drop the empty RePack packaging off at the nearest post box.
  3. After returning your RePack your will be rewarded with a voucher, which will get you 10% off your next order on 360-icon.com.

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"EYESCAPE": Live Perfomance by Christian Lemmerz & Lars Top-Galia

By Lamia Rasmussen

"EYESCAPE": Live Perfomance by Christian Lemmerz & Lars Top-Galia

At the end of August, we had the pleasure of experiencing a live art and music performance by the Danish artist Christian Lemmerz and the guitarist of Sort Sol, Lars Top-Galia.

The event took place in one of the great halls at Copenhagen Contemporary and was a total of six performances over six nights in two weeks. At each performance, Christian Lemmerz painted a large white canvas with dark black paint to the tones of Lars Top-Galia and his electric guitar.

"Black and white is the essence of all colours. At the moment I reach the strongest expression only using those two." says Christian Lemmerz.

 

 

There was an intense and neurotic feeling in the room as the tones of the music started hitting the audience through a massive setup of speakers. The speakers were turned against the artist who passionately started his work of art. For about 25 minutes the music from the electric guitar played non-stop, as Christian Lemmerz carelessly brought his art to life in the eyes of the curious audience.

After the performance, we asked the artist if he usually listens to music when he works on his art. His answer was short and prompt: "Never".

 

 

CHRISTIAN LEMMERZ X SORT SOL

The performance with Christian Lemmerz and Lars Top-Galia was no coincidence, as Christian Lemmerz is the artist behind the album cover “Stor Langsom Stjerne” by Sort Sol which was released in 2017. Christian Lemmerz tells that he has known the band for many years and that they together chose the drawing for the album cover. 

Our interpretation and design of the album cover are still available at the museum shop at Copenhagen Contemporary, and at our web-shop. Check it out here!

 

 

"EYESCAPE" AT COPENHAGEN CONTEMPORARY

You still have the chance to experience the exhibition of the six artworks by Christians Lemmerz accomplished by the music of Lars Top-Galia at Copenhagen Contemporary. The exhibition is open until November 11th, 2019. 

 

 

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The End Of Trash Is Here

By Nanna Marie Lund

The End Of Trash Is Here

The obsession with cheap, disposable products has created a serious environmental crisis. It doesn’t come as a surprise for most people that plastic is one of the great sinners. 40% of all plastic produced is packaging used just once and then discarded. Since plastic isn’t biodegradable like paper or food, it stays in the environment for hundreds of years. Each year 8 million tons of plastic end up in the ocean causing the death of 100.000 marine mammals and turtles and one million seabirds.

That is crazy!

Therefore, we have been rethinking our packaging mindset. We have teamed up with the award-winning company RePack, which creates reusable and returnable delivery packaging. The RePack bags are made from recycled materials, which can be used a least 20 times. This reduces CO2 emission by up to 80% compared to single-use packaging.

How to get RePack delivery?

  1. Choose "I want sustainable packaging on my entire order" off during check out
  2. After you receive your order, you simply drop the empty RePack packaging off at the nearest post box
  3. After returning your RePack your will be rewarded with a voucher, which will get you 10% off your next order on 360-icon.com

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360 Pop-Up Shop

By Nanna Marie Lund

360 Pop-Up Shop

For the first time, 360° ICÔN will open a pop-up shop, giving you the opportunity to see the collection in real life. The shop includes the full collection of 360° ICÔN music tees from a wide range of artists like Anne Linnet, TV2, Sort Sol, Prince, AC/DC and Guns N' Roses. The pop-up shop will also showcase the new line 360° RAW - our take on the perfect basic T-shirt. 

The shop will be open six days a week, beginning on the 12th of August.

Stop by to feel the premium quality, listen to our playlists, and get personal service and style advise from our staff.

Opening hours
Monday - Friday 10-18
Saturday 10-16

Location
Ny Østergade 7
1101 Copenhagen
Denmark

Guns N' Roses Bullet Women's T-shirt 

 Sneakers "Katbeat" Moonless Night T-shirt

Guns N' Roses Skull T-shirt in Bright White

Anne Linnet Hvid Magi tee

Lis Sørensen White T-shirt

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Guns N’ Roses, Pistols and Skulls

By Rosa Winther Denison

Guns N’ Roses, Pistols and Skulls

Most people who are interested in rock, are familiar with the name Guns N' Roses. The American hard rock band was formed in 1985, and got its name by combining the names of Axl Rose’s band “Hollywood Rose” and Tracii Gun’s band “L.A. Guns”.



The Guns N' Roses debut album "Appetite for Destruction" was released in 1987 and reached number one on the Billboard 200. The album included one of their most famous songs, “Sweet child o’ Mine”, the band’s only single to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100.

Guns N' Roses Pistol Logo

The first logo that Guns N' Roses used, was the now famous pistol logo. It features two opposing revolvers, a rose stem with thorns, and two blooming roses. If you look a little closer, you might discover a few “hidden” elements like the drop of blood dripping from the roses, said to symbolize the violence caused by guns. You might also notice that the logo taken as a whole looks like the end of a bullet.

Guns N Roses Skull Logo

Later Guns N' Roses introduced a re-design of their first logo. The revolvers are in the new version facing each other, there is only one rosebud, and the rose stem with thorns from the first logo, has been replaced with a barbed wire wreath. On top of the recognizable elements is a human skull with a top hat. The logo was among other times used during the release of the Use Your Illusion albums from 1991 and at the following 2 1/2 year tour.

We have at 360° ICÔN chosen to work with Guns N' Roses because of their iconic music, great anekdotes and strong visual identity. Their prints has become a part of rock history and their strong symbolic use contain many interesting references and twisted allegories, which reveal a very thought through artwork. Want to join the rock club? Check the 360° ICÔN x Guns N' Roses here:

Men's Skull Grey T-shirt
Men's Skull White T-shirt
Men's Bullet Grey T-shirt
Men's Bullet White T-shirt

Women's Skull Grey T-shirt
Women's Skull White T-shirt
Women's Bullet White T-shirt

 

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For Those About To Rock

By Nanna Marie Lund

For Those About To Rock
10 fun facts about AC/DC, the Australian rock band who has sold over 200 million albums and who are rumoured to be working on a new album and tour.

  1. AC/DC was formed in 1973 by brothers Angus and Malcolm Young. They took the name after they saw the initials "AC/DC" on a label on their sister’s new sewing machine. The abbreviation AC/DC stands for alternating current/direct current. The brothers felt that the name suited the energy of the music.

  2. Angus is known for wearing an iconic school uniform (which was also suggested by his sister), but he tried many other looks before including Zoro, Spider-Man and a gorilla.

  3. Alcohol and drug addiction are quite common among musicians, but Angus had a much healthier addiction in his early days. He used to drink gallons of milk.

  4. AC/DC released their first international album High Voltage in 1976. The album was described as an "all-time low" for the hard rock genre by Rolling Stone magazine. However, they appeared on the cover of the magazine 32 years later in 2008.

  5. The song "You Shook Me All Night Long" were used as torture by Navy SEALs during Operation Nifty Package in 1989. The song was played for two continuous days in the direction of Panama's leader Manual Noreiga, who had taken refuge in the Vatican Embassy. He surrendered.

  6. Music biopics have been dominating Hollywood in 2019. First, Netflix released the Mötley Crüe biopic “The Dirt”, then we got the Oscar winning film “Bohemian Rhapsody” about Queen, followed by Elton John’s “Rocketman”. When Young and Williams were asked about how they would feel to have their life made into a movie, they said, "You'd want it to be accurate, right? I'd be pretty handsome. Pretty handsome people. You'd need five good-looking Brad Pitts ... Brad Pitt 1, 2 and so on ... " Can someone please clone Brad Pitt?

  7. In the song “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” Bon Scott sings:
    “Call me any time
    Just ring
    36 24 36 hey”
    Unfortunately, the number belong to a couple who were being harassed by calls from AC/DC fans screaming “Hey!”. The couple sued the band, winning $250,000 in damages.

  8. AC/DC has inspired many musicians including Kurt Cobain, Anastacia and Celine Dion. The first song that Kurt Cobain learned how to play on guitar was “Back in Black”, and Celine Dion and Anastacia did a cover of “You Shook Me All Night Long”.

  9. The third lead singer Brian Johnson played with the band from 1980 to 2016, when he was forced to quit by his doctors due to hearing problems threatening total deafness. However, serious rumors have recently surfaced that Johnson, thanks to a new type of in-ear monitor, is working on a new AC/DC album with the band and that they are going on tour. We can’t wait!

  10. Despite tons of memorable hits, AC/DC has yet to release a Greatest Hits album… But we are here to the rescue. Click here to listen to the top AC/DC songs chosen by 360° ICÔN.

OLI in 360° ICÔN T-shirt with AC/DC print. Available for both men and women. 

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A TRUE ICÔN: LIS SØRENSEN

By Lamia Rasmussen

A TRUE ICÔN: LIS SØRENSEN

Lis Sørensen on music, memories and her upcoming tour. 

In the eyes of 360 ICÔN, Lis Sørensen is a true icon. She has been a part of the Danish music industry for more than 40 years, creating a record of 16 solo albums and contributing to more than 100 albums. She started out as part of the band Shit & Chanel in 1976 and began her solo career in 1983 with the album ‘Himmelen ned på Jorden’ (‘Heaven on Earth’).

360 ICÔN has been more than lucky to get the chance to work with two of the icon’s album covers: her second album ‘Lis Sørensen’ from 1985 and ‘Hjerternes sang’ (‘Heart’s Song’) from 1989.

At a photoshoot just 3 weeks before the start of the great ‘Anne, Sanne & Lis’ tour, we had the chance to meet the icon for a talk about her career, memories, and the upcoming tour.

What do you remember from back then?
Actually, I vividly remember the shoot for the cover of my second album ‘Lis Sørensen’ (1985). It all went so fast. That was how photoshoots were back then when we had to make a new album cover. There was no such thing as a stylist - I just brought clothes that I felt good in. I remember only bringing one pair of nylon tights and, clumsy as I am, they were all torn up on one leg. So, when we sat down to go through pictures from the shoot, we of course discovered the torn tights. But then I actually came to the conclusion that it was kind of cool and raw, and it ended up becoming a thing for the cover. That is my greatest memory from that cover and shoot.

About back then, a lot of the external factors are different today, but the actual making of an album cover - taking the picture that matches the songs and the mood – is still kind of the same to me. I still work closely with the photographer and the whole team, and often, you still just choose one picture out of the many that are taken. Personally, I think it’s very important to take the perfect picture with the right expression to match the 12 songs on an album, which has taken a couple of years to write and make. I don’t need too many ideas on layout, style and so on, but it’s crucial to get a strong portrait of the face. All of my covers have a portrait of me to emphasise that I am behind the album.

Lis Sørensen in 360° ICÔN T-shirt. Available in white or iron gate

What do the two albums mean to you?
The two albums are very important to me. They both contain songs that I still play every time I have a show. Especially ‘Tæt på ækvator’ (‘Close To Equator’) and ‘Ind til dig igen’ (‘Into you’) on the ‘Lis Sørensen’ album from 1985, and then ‘Mine øjne de skal se’ (‘Me Eyes They Must See’), ‘Fri for at drømme om dig’ (‘No Need To Dream Of You’) and ‘Hjerternes sang’ (‘Heart’s Song’) on the ‘Hjerternes sang’ album from 1989. They both contain a couple of songs that remain popular and that my audience knows really well.

Right now, I’m working on my next album, my 17th album, and the starting point is still the same as it was back then in the ‘80s. It’s all about finding the right song whether I write it myself, co-write with others, or look for a specific kind of song, and it still gives me the same kind of feeling back then as now. I go hunting and take in all kinds of ideas during the process.

After all these years, it’s still amazing what it does to me when I create and work with a new song. That feeling is essential to me and gets me every time.

Which of your album covers is your personal favourite?
My favourite album cover is ‘Lis Sørensen’, the one that you’ve also worked with. I also really like the cover of the album ‘Under stjernerne et sted’ (‘Under the Stars Somewhere’) from 1993 in which I tried to get the same kind of expression as on ‘Lis Sørensen’ with a black and white picture.

Those two album covers are my personal favourites. Both with black and white portrait pictures - one with a purple frame, and the other one with a graphic red frame.

What now?
Now, I’m going on the Anne, Sanne & Lis tour. We rehearse - and we rehearse a lot. We’re very focused, and that’s a great feeling since there is no doubt that something is at stake for us. We have a ton of huge concerts throughout the summer, and we will have a party!

But, it’s not only about playing – it is a show. And it’s bigger than anything else any of us have ever done. Of course, we have played at Grøn Koncert and similar events, but the indoor venues are bigger than anything else in our career. It will be a fantastic show, and we have a great team helping us, so we have time to focus on the music.

It’s in three weeks’ time from now, and no, we are not ready, but we will be!

Lis Sørensen in 360° ICÔN T-shirt with print of her album "Lis Sørensen" from 1985. Check it out here

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The cover that catalyzed a career

By Rosa Winther Denison

The cover that catalyzed a career

In the process of launching 360° ICÔN we have seen a lot of different album covers. Choosing the right artist and album can be hard, but there were no doubt that we had to work with the album cover for "Katbeat" by Sneakers. Luckily the artist behind the cover, Simon Bang has invited the 360° ICÔN Designer Rosa to his studio for a cup of tea, and a talk about how the cover was made, artist life in the 80s, and what he is up to now.


I met Simon at his studio, which is inside his Østerbro apartment in Copenhagen. It feels like walking into a miniature museum filled with art, sculptures and bright colors. The studio is bursting with creativity with small sketches and drawing stations everywhere. He has just made a pot of tea, and we sit down at the dining table where I start showing him pictures of one of the original Sneakers albums, the “Katbeat” cover. Simon donated a lot of his work from the 80s to the Danish Design Museum, where I’ve just collected it from the archives. He reminisces on how it all started, which brings a smile to his face.

Why art?
I’ve always had a passion for drawing. I’m the 5th generation of a free-spirited artist family. My mother always asked us whether we wanted to do the dishes or go draw, and I always ran as fast as I could out the door to grab my pencil. I defined my style at an early age, and people hired me to paint pictures of their homes and farms.


How did it all start?
A while after sending my designs in, Sneakers invited me to their studio. I remember entering their studio at Østerbro - actually, the space where Normann Copenhagen is located now. They had placed all the album cover proposals on the floor, side by side, and I remember being completely stunned. They then told me that I had won competition. Both my first and second proposal were picked as their favorites, and they eventually chose the cover you know today. I was only around 22 then and didn’t realize how big of a deal it was.

What were your thoughts behind the cover?
I wanted to create an image reflecting the title “Katbeat.” I also wanted to capture the wildness of Sanne Salomonsen’s expression, portraying her “cat woman” image. The cover also had to reflect who I was as an artist but at the same time contain a twist of something original. Back then, I was constantly researching new art trends and tried to experiment with various modern techniques.
The 360° ICÔN take on Simon Bang's famous album cover for Sneakers. Available in white or black for women, or black or blue for men. 

How did you make it?
I normally sketch all my ideas first. It’s more of an intuitive process, just getting everything on paper. What works graphically, what color palette to use, etc. I didn’t use any digital equipment - I made it purely analog. With Katbeat, I made a lot of variations. I created various color combinations, lines and detailing elements. I remember using Pantone markers, paper cutouts, fine tipped pens and crayons on the top layer. We met a few times at Sanne and Morten’s apartment, settling details over cigarettes and beer. We went back and forth on various versions, but in the end, I was a little bit cheeky. I didn’t want to make countless variations and told them, “You are beating the drums and making the music, I am making this cover,” implying that I was a little tired of all the back and forth. Of course, we had to agree on the final cover, but it was essential that the cover showed it was a piece of art made by Simon Bang.

How was your life in the 80s?
It was in many ways a wild time. Life was freer, we were pushing boundaries and living much more carefree. My environment, which consisted mainly of artists and musicians, might have deviated a little from “normal” life. We lived wildly during the nights and artistically during the day. It was not unusual to go out after work every day during the week. We drank and smoked a lot more compared to today – a bohemian lifestyle with ladies and parties at night. I recall it being a much messier life – less structured and more spontaneous. Being a popular artist meant being the talk of the town back then. There were fewer of us, and it was much more prestigious. It was also a tough life. I had to “smede mens jernet var varmt”. I was also really young, networking and figuring out my personal and visual identities at the same time.

How was the aftermath?
Seeing it in retrospective, winning the competition catalyzed my career. I must have captured the present zeitgeist. Suddenly, Kim Larsen wanted me to do a cover for him, together with Moonjam and Nanna. I then made a cover for Sebastian’s musical “Skatteøen“ and later on a poster for the Miles Davis art exhibition in Denmark. I eventually got into the film industry making storyboards. My character suddenly shifted to being the “invisible artist,” developing movies together with the director. I was actually only creating these record covers for around five years.
The album cover that Simon Bang did for Kim Larsen's debut album. It is the second-biggest selling album in Danish music history.  
Simon Bang's cover design for Moonjam from 1984. 
Poster design for the Miles Davis art exhibition in Denmark.
Album cover design for the musical Skatteøen with music by Sebastian. The album include songs performed by Lis Sørensen, Søs Fenger, Flemming "Bamse" Jørgensen and Lars H.U.G.
How to you feel about the “Katbeat” cover so many years later?
I still really like it. It brings up a lot of good memories and reminds me of my youth. It’s interesting that some of my old work is making a comeback. It confirms that I’ve created something timeless, appealing to several generations. It remains iconic and popular so long as the art is good enough, and I can only be very happy and thrilled about this.

What now?
I am currently working on a new art exhibition. I’ve always wanted to paint more. It’s been a while since I have immersed myself in painting. I feel like there is something unfinished, and there is more to discover. I am also working on a film about my grandfather called “Captain’s Heart.” He was a captain, sailing for 50 years, while his wife and children stayed at home. Once he passed away, I inherited his old sailor suitcase and started investigating his past. I discovered some surprising things about him and wanted to tell his story.
Who: Simon Bang, 58 years old
Education: Skolen for Brugskunst
Occupation: Painter, storyboard maker, documentarist
Instagram: @simonbangart

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