Michael V. Stidham
The themes and elements present here are a recontextualized imaginings of the aesthetics presented by Raekwon and Ghostface Killah on Only Built For Cuban Linx, by Mobb Deep’s Infamous, by Nas’s It Was Written, B.I.G,’s music videos and Slick Rick’s truck jewelry. This aesthetic is nostalgic to me, it represents value, prestige, self-satisfaction, grandeur and pride. These pieces celebrate that invaluable and sought-after sense of self-worth that inspired me in my youth. In that vein, all small pieces are chained and wearable as jewelry.