Last week, when two music videos by semi-pop stars Rihanna and Azaelia Banks spread around the web, they incited some to protest. Their crime: dipping their toes lasciviously into the tropical laser-hemmed fountain of ’90s seapunk aesthetics. The Times once described the look like this:
The iconography, which exists almost entirely online, includes clip art of dolphins jumping through pyramids, aquamarine-haired mermaids with SpongeBob T-shirts, and psychedelic orbs flying over computer-generated waves.
- by Jacob Ciocci