Deadringers, Gimmee

Ok. Fine. I give in. Lust wins out every time with me. Which should not come as a great crashing surprise to anyone. I have a ring on order from Deadringer. Mark and Steve, the main men behind Deadringer, made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. They don’t have a pic of exactly what I’m […]

Ok. Fine. I give in.

Lust wins out every time with me. Which should not come as a great crashing surprise to anyone.

I have a ring on order from Deadringer. Mark and Steve, the main men behind Deadringer, made me an offer I couldn’t refuse.

They don’t have a pic of exactly what I’m getting up on their site yet, but it’s basically a combination of the two rings pictured below. The ring itself is the classic skull (the one on the left), but with the ‘shadow finish’ from the super-high-end armageddon (The one on the right).

Classic-1Armageddon

These rings are made custom, so the lead time was quoted at about two weeks for production, plus whatever it takes for shipping. These guys are way the fuck down in New Zealand, so this will have the distinction of being the best-traveled of my skull rings, at least until I myself get south of the equator again. My other two rings are made in the USA.

The thing I love about this particular ring is that it’s the most realistic skull ring I’ve ever seen, beating out even my clapton skull from Serious Silver. Steve Gillespie, the jeweler behind Deadringer, clearly sat down with a real skull, or at least an anatomically correct replica, and made a ring that re-created the shape almost exactly. I don’t think you’re ever going to find a better, more exact, real skull ring than this.

It’s wholly different animal than your classic rock ‘n roll skull ring, of which my favorite in the universe is the one made by my friend Tony Creed – my Elvis Lives skull. That’s a creature of rock n’ roll and horror comics, bikers and pirates, a thing born of artistic imagination.

The rock n’ roll skull ring has a vast range – most of it ugly, much of it stupid. The standouts though, Creed’s work and Crazy Pig, some of Bill Wall’s work, are a distillation of a Motorhead/biker aesthetic.

Different things. Different ends of an artistic spectrum. I love them both, the realistic skull and the rock ‘n roll skull. And I can’t wait to see this Deadringer piece.

8 thoughts on “Deadringers, Gimmee”

  1. OK, I’m convinced. I might like that shadow finish myself. I’ll think about it, but yea or nay, I’ll order mine this week.

  2. Only issue I can see with the shadow finish is that (I think) it will tend to wear and scratch off. But you can always polish it or have a jeweler polish it to a shiny silver state, or so I assume. It’s worth consideration though. I had a platinum ring that was done that way and after a year of wear it was shiny-bright. I decided to go with the shadow anyway but you might check with Mark and Steve on that before you get your order down. I also do not know that the shadow finish is orderable yet, I think I’ve getting the first one.

  3. Good to see that you gave in and decided to order one! Cant wait to see ya comments once it arrives!

  4. 24 and deadringer

    My deadringer classic ring just shipped, or so they tell me. So I should have it soon. I’m not sure HOW SOON since it’s coming all the way from New Zealand (Carried by hobbits, I should think), but soon….

  5. How can i contact Serious Silver. I like the Clapton Skull Ring,but i cant get through to them on their web site.

  6. Jimmy, as much as i like SS jewelry, I would not order anything from them until they start responding to email. They have great stuff but they’re pretty much completely non-responsive still.

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