Cool S

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A drawing of the "Cool S"

The "Cool S", also known as Superman S, Stüssy S, Super S, Pointy S[1] and Graffiti S[2], as well as many other names, is a graffiti signature of popular culture that is typically doodled on children's notebooks or graffitied on walls.

Shape[edit]

A guide to drawing the "Cool S"

The Cool S consists of 14 line segments, forming a stylized, pointed S-shape. The tails of the S appear to link underneath so that it loops around on itself in the same way as the infinity symbol does.[3] The Cool S has no reflection symmetry, but has 2-fold rotational symmetry and tessellates with squares. As illustrated, a common way to draw the shape begins with two sets of three parallel, vertical lines, one above the other.

Origin[edit]

The origin of the Cool S is unclear.[4] The name 'Superman S' comes from a belief that it was a symbol for Superman, whose costume features a stylised S in a diamond shape, but that shape is quite different. Similarly, the name 'Stussy S' is from a theory that it might be a symbol of the American surfwear company Stüssy.[citation needed] However the company says that is not the case. Because its drawing is aided by lined paper, it is likely that it originated in a middle school setting.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Morgans, Julian (23 July 2016). "That 'S' Thing Everyone Drew in School, WHAT IS IT?". Vice. Retrieved 29 January 2017. people have been drawing this S long before Stussy was established 
  2. ^ "how to make one graffiti S". DrawingNow DrawingNow. Retrieved 2018-05-14. 
  3. ^ "Local Investigates: The Mysterious S Symbol". NYU Local. 12 February 2014. Retrieved 29 January 2017. 
  4. ^ Neelson, Caleb (23 November 2010). "Solve the Mystery of the Pointy S". Print Magazine. Retrieved 29 January 2017.