"Rivalries" is a 100 hand numbered copies zine.
"Historic rivalries are the life and soul of sport; that boost of adrenalin that can transform a simple match into an unforgettable event, something to tell your children about, one of those moments in a fan’s life that’s beaten only by their wedding day and birth of their firstborn.
Sports rivalries usually have ancient roots, often connected to territory or a sense of belonging, but sometimes motivated by political, cultural or economic reasons. One thing is for sure; the vast majority of fans generally have no idea why the rivalry even exists.
In the States however, sports rivalries don’t equate to hooligans, violence, burnt cars and the scent of teargas. Americans have their own vision of supporting their teams, a vision deeply rooted in the Stars & Stripes culture, which leans far more towards the concept of a show and a picnic than love, loyalty and belonging.
While the rest of the world shows devotion to its team by getting to the stadium three hours before the match to unroll banners and prepare placards for the choreography, American fans express the same concept with extravagance, an OTT dress code, a hot dog washed down with half a litre of Miller Light and attempts to be the most responsive when the ‘Kiss Cam’ makes its rounds.
There is no organisation, there is no aggregation, being a fan is something personal, to be shared with family or your season ticket holder pal that’s sat alongside you for the past ten years.
This approach means that sports rivalries in the USA become vast carnivals where getting the better of your adversaries requires exuberant wigs, strictly handmade A4 posters, original merchandising and gigantic foam hands.
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thanks to: Luca Zamoc (illustrations & cover) - Giulio Cubo Ferrarella (layout) - Walter Proserpio (text) - Vicky Miller (translation)