The story behind that 'S' we used to draw in our school books as kids

Lots of us remember that moment as a kid when someone showed us how to draw the mysterious 'S'. 

Vice did an investigation into we were the obsession with covering our books in these 'S' came from. 

It seems that the 'S' appeared throughout all of North America, South America, Europe, Russia, Asia, Australia and of course here in Aotearoa.

People report seeing it as early as the 1960's. Some think it originated from a metal band; others thought it might have been the original logo for the clothing brand Stussy. It might have also been a variation of the Superman Logo. 

According to Emmy Coates who worked alongside Shawn Stussy:

No, this is not an original Stussy Logo. 


A professor of language at the University of London was, according to him, the theory that it was a hair-metal symbol was also ridiculous—"It's certainly not the Saxon logo," he said. "Theirs was far sharper and had a staff." Then he offered the most likely yet bland explanation of all. That is:

It's fun to draw.

When it comes down to it, even if we aren't sure where it comes from, it was just a dope symbol that we drew to take our mind off school work as a kid.