LRKRS, 2016

Fabric patches based on original NRO designs on denim jackets


All work and photographs © Thomas Mader

Thomas Mader

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    In the 1960's the American National Reconnaisance Office unwillingly gave away too much information about a mission on one of their mission patches. Soon people figured out that what looked like purely decorational elements were actually precise indicators of mission details.
    As a result the NRO's design department decided to take their patch designs entirely over the top in order to avoid future information spilling. The result is a strange combination of military symbolism and pop culture elements that resemble biker club or band logos.


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