NAPULITALIAN. NAPLES NARRATED BY POP ICON BY FABIO CATAPANO
Earlier this morning I found a fantastic print series about the pop icons of Naples, one of the coolest Italian cities well known for its architecture, culture and cuisine, and football mostly because Maradona played for the Naples during big part of the 80s, and those icons are precisely represented on the illustrations made by Fabio Catapano, an Italian London-based designer, illustrator and art director whose Napulitalian. Naples Narrated by Pop Icons series is astonishing and made me wonder how they would look on my studio walls. This is Fabio’s statement towards this series:
“Naples is a city full of elements that set it apart. Whenever he tries to tell a Neapolitan of his country must first tell you about how it works in Italy and then open a small parenthesis explains that, instead, how it works in Naples.
My project is a tribute to this city, so big and so full of heroes,symbols, objects, beliefs, vices, virtues and dangers that make itunique.
An overview of each icon as a piece of a big puzzle or a book ofinstructions. We are Italians, but we first of all, the Neapolitans”.
What I like the most about this series, besides how great it is, is the how Fabio identified some of the pop icons of the city and try it to reproduce to promote it, just like the I Love NY shirt or the double deck bus of London. After I saw the series I immediately start wondering about the pop icons of my city if I’d did the same thing and lemme tell you soemthing, it wasn’t an easy exercise.
Now, I have absolutely no idea if this is just a project of his or a commisioned work, if they’re only images or actually prints for sale, the only thing I know is that they’re so cool looking, I bet some of you are thinking the same, right? Enjoy.