Monday, October 22, 2007
Perhaps Caeser was the original gangster after all?
Last week, I didn't think much about the two finger ring I posted under Medieval Rings. That is, I didn't think much until Wendy singled it out in the comments. Since then, I've seen it in a fashion magazine (and, in a stroke of sublime stupidity, did not tear it out, thinking that I would remember where I had seen it), and many a dream has been populated with a two-digit ring wearing population.
The ring posted on that fateful day last week was a Roman version from the 4th century.
The Medieval Rings website notes that they may have been worn as funereal jewelry, but most people think they were just a quick and easy way to load the fingers with rings, as was common practice at the time.
It seems nowadays that one of the most prominent wearers of the two-finger ring participate in what some may call the "thug lifestyle."
Supporting evidence to this claim found in the lyrics to "Ice Cream" by Raekwon:
"Whos that queen bee chick, eyes curly black
Freaks be movin in fly sneaks
Two finger rings and gold teeth, and aint afraid to hold heat
So when I step in the square dear
You better have cream to share"
Two Finger Men's Sterling Silver ring, $24.99
But maybe I jumped the gun... it seems there's room in everybody's life for some two finger ring action.
Chained Gothic Two-Finger Rings, $3.59
The Whimsical Thug:
Two finger ring by Edith Schenider
The Sports Addict:
Bicycle built for two... fingers ring, $350
The Alien Conspiracy Theorist:
Two Finger Floating Saucer Series Ring
If you are Banksy's girlfriend and need a good gift:
Graffiti Ring, £58 -£75.
A great present for a forgetful friend:
14K Name ring, $962.55. Diamonds extra.
Jeweler Noah Landlow has a whole collection dedicated to the idea of control:
Native American artist Richard Tsosie has more of a one-and-a-half finger version:
And let's wrap things up with some controversy...
Two finger rings played a prominent role in a brouhaha surrounding teachers and the fast food chain Hardees:
"The commercial shows a group of male students in a classroom being taught by a female teacher in a tight gray skirt. The sexy teacher stands at the chalkboard, turns, stands on her desk and begins to dance and pull on her blouse while the two male students rap about their love of "flat buns," to promote Hardee's new Patty Melt Thick Burger, with grilled, flat rye bread.
In once scene, the boys erase a portion of an oversized gluteus maximus on the chalk board, but not before flashing two finger rings that read "flat buns."
From All Hip Hop