Art is a product of the culture or environment in which it develops, and nose art is no different. From the early days of aviation with unit insignias and coat of arms, through World War II’s raunchy pinup works, and onto the modern day’s diverse array of inspirations, nose art traces an evolution that is affected by the changing world in which it is practiced.
Perhaps the biggest shift in nose art’s traditions arose from the biggest change in society: the progressing social mobility of women. As women gained rights to serve in military positions, many forces regulated the sexual content of pinup-style nose art, the most popular variety by the end of the Second World War. In enforcing the military’s changing mission of winning hearts and minds by pursuing an all-inclusive environment, this eliminated much of the nudity and sexual aspects of nose art, and pushed the traditions elsewhere to somewhat less explored inspirations.