Graffiti has been making lasting, in-your-face statements since ancient times.
In Ancient Egypt hieroglyphics hit the walls, while trade ships and gladiators were scribbled on columns during the Hellenistic period in Greece. Today though, more modern takes on the art form are wrapping themselves around cologne and perfume bottles and packaging -- making a statement almost as loud and lasting as the scent it’s reppin.
Here are 6 scents taking graffiti to a whole new level.
1. CK One Shock
Sometimes it’s simplicity that raises the most eyebrows; for instance, CK One Shock introduced by Calvin Klein in 2011. Contained in a plain black bottle with the word Shock spray-painted across it in dripping lime-green letters this cologne jolted CK One onto the streetwear scene. Opening with notes of clementine and cucumber that produce a cool, calm, mildly sweet fragrance; a warm, spicy punch of black pepper and black basil hits followed by masculine tobacco and musk base notes.
2. Bond No. 9 Brooklyn
Bond No.9 is holding Brooklyn down! And it’s been doing so since it’s release of Bond No. 9 Brooklyn in 2009. This unisex scent was designed to not only restore artistry to perfumery, but to mark the borough with a scent of its own. Kicking it with notes of guaiac wood, cedarwood, juniper, cardamom, leather, grapefruit, and geranium leaf, it’s Bond No. 9 Brooklyn’s packaging that literally makes the mark -- a sleek bottle bombed with the word Brooklyn in popping, paint marker scribble.
3. Playboy New York
Sensual swag at it’s finest, this cologne combines bottom notes of vanilla, tonka, and vetiver with top notes of lime, apple, and pepper, creating a fragrance that is sweet, woody, spicy, and citrusy. Launched in 2010, Playboy New York strolled onto the scene with it’s iconic, bow-tied bunny head thrown up against a black brick wall, popping with hues of red, yellow, and blue.
4. Coach Poppy Flower
Innocently chic, dressed in vibrant, attitude- filled silver block graffiti lettering, Coach Poppy Flower was released in 2011 with a special type of girl in mind. Inside the bottle aptly tied with a purple bow, bright fruits whimsically mix with soft florals to capture the romantic side the Coach Poppy girl. Sparkling notes of citrus, lychee and cassis blend with water lily and jasmine petals to create an airy, lighthearted fragrance.
5. Solo Loewe Pop
Loewe is about to make it ...Pop! Alright, alright -- technically, the design house has been making it pop since 2010 when the cologne Solo Loewe Pop was first introduced. Inspired by the pop-art movement, this citrusy fresh cologne’s bottle design is a nod to the intersection where pop art meets street art. Solo Loewe Pop is a combustible mix of a unique assortment of notes such as mandarin, pink pepper and lavender, which are offset by subtle warm notes of vanilla and tonka.
6. Kenzo Flower Tag
A tag is the most basic writing of an artist's name...it is simply a handstyle. A graffiti writer's tag is his or her personalized signature, so when it comes to Kenzo's Flower Tag, you could say this perfume’s signature is intensely floral with bottom notes of musk and vanilla and top notes of lily, peony, jasmine, and mandarin. Introduced in 2011, Flower Tag’s slender red bottle reps a simple, clustered “flower” tag in quick white scribble.