ATOMIC PRINT?

Discussion in 'PUBLIC Vintage Fashion Q & A' started by 55dice, Dec 7, 2010.

  1. 55dice Guest

    CAN SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME WHAT ATOMIC PRINT IS AND WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A SHIRT? I HAVE THIS HAWAIIAN SHIRT AND NOT SURE IF IT IS ATOMIC OR NOT .
  2. cactusandcattails Super Moderator

    Can you show us a photo of the shirt? I am sure you would get some honest opinions.

    Atomic is often mis-used as a descriptor and hard to define, but generally "you will know it when you see it" applies.
  3. 55dice Guest

    HERE ARE A FEW PIX
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  4. cactusandcattails Super Moderator

    Not seeing the shirt as a whole, it is a bit difficult to say, but I am not getting atomic from what I can see. But maybe others will see it differently.
  5. Linn Trade Member

    I am not getting "atomic" from it either. I think of this type of print as atomic:

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    I think that originally the term referred to prints that reminded people of the atomic blasts - so patterns that radiated but has come to mean mid-century abstract patterns. I did a VERY quick search and "some" but not all of these are what I think of as "atomic."

    http://www.barkclothhawaii.com/abstracts.html


    Hope this helps.

    Linn
  6. 55dice Guest

    THANK YOU BOTH FOR YOUR REPLY. IT REALLY HELPS
  7. Leonardo da Vintage Administrator

    I've always thought it referred to atomic diagrams, rather than the atomic bomb and blasts. Therefore inspired by this kind of image:
  8. vintagemerchant Administrator

    Ross Sutherland is a good quality Hawaiian shirt maker. Tthose metal buttons (often petrogyph or royal crest motifs) and tapa inspired print indicate 1960s vintage. and i agree, that small star burst effect isn't really enough to qualify as "atomic" imo.

    cool shirt. Aloha!
  9. Leonardo da Vintage Administrator

  10. 55dice Guest

    WOW THIS SITE IS REALLY HELPFULL I DIDNT EXPECT SO MUCH FEEDBACK THANK YOU ALL.
  11. Leonardo da Vintage Administrator

    ... and another:

    (Sorry for going on and on, but I love this kind of stuff! )
  12. Leonardo da Vintage Administrator

    ... and last one I promise!

    To me these kind of graphics used for scientific diagrams, that are associated with the 'atomic age' are what are the inspiration behind atomic prints. These are all more modern, but I think the idea is sound.

    This one apparently is a diagram of "Dilepton production from a nuclear collision"
  13. Linn Trade Member

    This is what I call an "Atomic Brooch" - C. 1950's.

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    Linn
  14. Leonardo da Vintage Administrator

    Oh yes, absolutely! That's totally atomic - as is your fabric. I love atomic styling.
  15. 55dice Guest

    i have a brooch very similar to that . sterlin silver belonged to my grandmother
  16. Leonardo da Vintage Administrator

    There was an interesting exhibition a couple of years ago at the Wellcome Collection in London, who specialise in scientific exhibitions, called "FROM ATOMS TO PATTERNS: Crystal structure designs from the 1951 Festival of Britain"

    The link below has details, and if you click on image galleries, there are lots of good images of both design patterns and the original scientific drawings that inspired them.

    http://www.wellcomecollection.org/whats-on/exhibitions/from-atoms-to-patterns.aspx

    Ruth
  17. TheVintageVortex Trade Member

    Your shirt is Tapa Print inspired. Very cool!
  18. vintagemerchant Administrator

    great minds think alike, Amber :D

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