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Razzle Dazzle Camouflage

The Royal Navy faced a serious problem during World War I: German u-boats were torpedoing their ships at a rate of almost 8 a day. Hiding an entire ship on open water was not possible, so they opted to disguise what they could- namely speed, size, and direction. That was the theory behind the dazzle camouflage movement, introduced in 1917 by british artist norman wilkinson. Confusion rather than concealment.

By using broken stripes, curves, and contrasting angles, they disrupted the visual rangefinders used in determining where to launch a torpedo. As military technology progressed, the need for dazzle camouflage was eliminated. The navy didn't have the good sense to realize that it looked amazing regardless of it's purpose, and it fell out of style by the end of WWII.

Thankfully, a few years ago Jeff Koons was commissioned to design a yacht suitable for Crockett and Tubbs (I mean, Burnett and Cooper). He mixed razzle dazzle, Roy Lichtenstein, and Phil Collins on a luxury yacht in South Miami. How do I get invited to that party?

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