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In 2007, checkered print was everywhere. Checkered pyramid stud belts from Hot Topic and checkered slip-on Vans were staples in every emo kid’s closet. Even backpacks and fingerless gloves were covered in this two-toned alternating square pattern. You couldn’t walk down a middle school or high school hallway without seeing a glimps of this print, most likely on someone with jet-black hair and comb-over bangs.
Of course, checkered print isn’t just associated with late-2000s emo kids. It actually dates back to medieval times when it was used as a tool in accounting. Since then it has been adopted as a symbol for police in some countries, as a marker of the finishline in racing, and as a board design for checkers and chess. However, I most strongly associate this print with the emo kids of my youth and since I never went through an emo phase, I decided to use this challenge as an excuse to tap into a bit of that rebellious adolescence I missed out on. Here is my review:
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