Designer: Brian Roettinger
Label: Roc Nation
Magna Carta Holy Grail features photography by Ari Marcopoulos, a very relevant and driven artist. The statue shown is Alpheus and Arethusa by Italian Renaissance sculptor Battista di Domenico Lorenzi, which resides at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Regardless of the mysterious reason Jay chose this subject, the sculpture along with a blocked out "Jay Z" creates an appealing clash of old and new. Like a lot of the street culture we've seen this past year, throwbacks to historical artwork seem to symbolize the beginnings of power and knowledge—certainly two qualities most rappers are looking to represent.