Here at Flavorpill, we love looking for patterns in the culture around us — and patterns there are aplenty. This week, we’ve been thinking about the trademarks that often span artists’ bodies of work. Like a stamp on an official document or a secret code rapped through a bedroom door, many artists, directors and authors have these calling cards — trademarks that they either slip into their works on purpose or that just tend to crop up time and time again in their work. Whether they’re tributes, fascinations, or just stylistic choices that the artist never tires of, we think it’s fun to look for these identifying marks. Click through to read about the calling cards of ten artists across fields, and let us know which easter eggs and trademarks we’ve missed in the comments.
Wes Anderson — The Slow Motion Finale
Anyone who likes movies can tell a Wes Anderson film a mile off — it’s in the color scheme, the special tactile quirkiness, the Owen Wilson — but we were surprised to learn that he has ended almost every one of his films (with the exception of The Darjeeling Limited) with a slow-motion shot. There’s also, as far as we can tell, almost always an underwater scene of some kind.