Bling. The hip-hop jewelry book
Reggie Ossť, Gabriel Tolliver
London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2006
Technical data: 176 pp, text in English, hardcover
Price: from $ 15.96
Bling is here to stay. Originally representative of all things hip-hop, now used in car commercials and advertising, it represents a degree of wealth. And we love it. In Bling: The Hip-Hop Jewelry Book, Reggie Ossé and Gabriel Tolliver, two gentlemen in the thick of pop culture, have created a gorgeously illustrated paean to jewelry-all things shiny and stylin.’
The book begins with a brief history of the term, gives props to its progenitors,—Jamaican slang and Liberace—introduces readers to the godfather designers of flashy jewelry, and tells the tale of bling through the decades. Truck jewels, ice, grills, pimp cups, Jesus medallions, and rings are all given their due alongside artists such as Jam Master Jay, Slick Rick, Lil’ Kim, Tupac, Fifty Cent, Paul Wall, Kanye West and Fat Joe.
Profiles of hot jewelry designers like Tito and Manny, Avianne & Co., and Arsham A. Salam are loaded with photos of their sweet watches, earrings, and necklaces, so that you can drop the right names at parties while you show off your style.
More than just a picture book, Bling is an exploration of the influence of hip-hop jewelery on American/Pop culture. Cheeky, irreverent, and smart, it is the perfect book to dress up a coffee table or inspire a visit to the neighborhood jewelry store. All that glitters may not be gold but it’s bound to be blingin’.