New York-based manufacturing company Knickerbocker has tapped illustrator Ben Kocinski for a run of bandanas and prints. Inspired by wartime fighter pilots and the nose art on their planes, the collection attempts to reinstate a tradition first adopted by air crew during WWII. It wasn’t unusual for pilots to become sentimentally attached to their aircraft, all of whom took great pride in their vessels. Nose art included everything from pin up girls to cartoon characters: examples of artwork that denoted luck in combat.
Kocinski’s nostalgic prints are drawn in an aesthetic intrinsic to the era and can be purchased now through the Knickerbocker website.