Girly accessories are a dime a dozen, but those with aggressive attitude are harder to come by. Enter Noli Coronado and Dante Dizon, two Kustom Kulture-fueled sculptors who are responsible for the spunk and grit behind Lucky Monkey Silversmiths, an artisanal accessories brand not at all seeking to adorn those in search of dainty, colorful baubles that prettily complement their tea-length, floral sundresses or breezy, jewel-toned maxi skirts.
No, Lucky Monkey caters to those dressed in leather and the like, the rough-and-tumble kind whose favorite films include American Graffiti and can ride with the tough ones in custom hot rods or Harleys while rocking 501's and well-worn leather jackets. Zoom in on the knuckles throttling those handlebars and you could very well see the unburnished skull rings of Lucky Monkey—raw, unpolished, osseous and truculent. But don't let the macho, counter-culture sensibility distract you from the craftsmanship behind the pieces. Noli and Dante are craftsmen devoted to intricate handiwork, producing limited runs of meticulously sculpted silver skull rings inspired by "vintage motorcycles, dirty engines, rock 'n roll, tattoos and the Kustom Kulture movement."
There are only 13 or 26 pieces of the rings depending on the style, but fear not if what you want is already sold out. Noli and Dante accommodate bespoke orders, as long as you're inclined to their bold greaser aesthetic. As Dante says, "We see commissions as some sort of a collaboration with the client." Similarly, and obviously, Noli also enjoys working with clients who understand and share their aesthetic.
Currently, these two silversmiths are experimenting with different techniques and materials that depart from the scrupulous silver sculpting of their current collection. They reveal that they're "adding or 'bridging' different materials such as brass, gold, and various stones" to their next pieces, which, aside from rings, will include chains, wallets, money clips and cuff links.
Regardless of the medium they choose and the items they produce, we're certain their next collection will bristle with their characteristic imperfection and spunky attitude.
Read on to find out more about Noli Coronado and Dante Dizon, and click on the photo gallery to view the pieces from Lucky Monkey Silversmiths.