Dripped: LA Fashion Week Runway Soiree And Trunk Show, March 15th!




KidViskous will be selling jewelry at Pop Tart Gallery's Dripped Trunk Show and L.A. Fashion Week event, come by next Thursday March 15th for shopping, djs, runway shows, performances and general fashion debauchery. 

We're pricing pieces to go, most items will be $3-$10, nothing over $25!

Yes, credit cards accepted ;).
Note: There is a $10 cover with RSVP y'all.
STAYDRIPPED@GMAIL.COM



The space is particularly amazing, and home to LA's polysexual hard-partying Rhondavous event, and was previously owned by Prince! This is gonna be nuts!

New Additions: Black and Mirrored Feather Ear Cuffs


Did some experimenting with new pieces on Instagram, and people really dug these--so now they're for sale! I'm always showing my followers jewelry I'm messing around with, so if you see something you like, let me know and just maybe it'll be the latest addition to my shops :).

These feather ear cuffs are a dramatic accessory that are a centerpiece to any outfit, no other jewelry necessary (at least around the neck, rings would work). I took one out for a test drive and I got a ton of compliments. Especially with the mirrored ones, a little turn of the head will give someone a flash from across the room. They have clip-on earring backs as opposed to a normal cuff that you have to bend to open and close. So you can clip these to your ears, to shirt collars, the side of heels, breast pockets, and anything that needs a "bird on it".


KidViskous Jewelry For Over 60% Off Now On Fab.com!

Good news everyone: We've made it on Fab.com

My favorite discount shopping destination, KidViskous is featured in Fab.com's new weekly fashion shop, discounted over 60%! Within an hour of the sale being live today, I was getting message and email props from people I haven't spoken to in years--I knew Fab was big, but not this big! It was thrilling to see KidViskous featured in their email blast, which goes out to over 1.6 million users so of course I had to celebrate with some Cat Paint!

Update: Sale ended, thanks so much everyone!

It's an invite-only site and there's a waiting period to be approved, but you can use our special invite link to get access immediately! They're featuring 24 KidViskous styles, including moustache rings and necklaces, beards, feathers, big crosses, glasses, vampire teeth, word bubble necklaces and more. 

The KidViskous sale goes until February 28th, 7pm ET / 4pm PT -- check the nifty countdown clock on the top left corner in red!


Along with fashion, Fab.com is a must-shop destination for all design-savvy folks, from chic housewares to sleek electronics, and even organic foods and fancy stuff for you pet. Stunningly designed, beautifully curated, the site is alluringly formatted to make you want to shop 'til your mouse/tap finger falls off! They also have a fantastic mobile app which I personally used to shop in bed a minute after waking up in the morning (twice). I've already bought a gold umbrella and a cool poster of legendary designers Charles and Ray Eames riding a motorcycle. Not to get nerdy, but the user experience of the site is phenomenal!

A little insider knowledge. Once I was approved for the sale, I had to hold the inventory I had until the sale started. Because of that, if things sell out on Fab (which they hopefully will!), they're gone for good! I'm no longer making any more of these styles, so if you've had your eye on something, now is the last chance to snatch it up! xo

Day 11: Post-Physical & Occult One-Stop Shopping With Actual Pain and Black Milk


Oh man, it's getting rough narrowing down all the killer stuff I'm finding for our 12 Days of Xmas countdown! As I'm saving the ultimate holiday gift for the last day tomorrow, I'm combining two lines for this post. If these sites don't help check things of your holiday shopping lists for your favorite street goth or rave punk, nothing will!

Loving the graphic bathing suits, leggings and dresses from Australia's Black Milk and the tongue-in-cheek occultist tops, caps and jewelry from Seattle's Actual Pain (they have a .org website, ha!). With differing degrees on the darkness spectrum, what the two lines do share is a surprisingly expansive selection within their respective design themes.

Black Milk has the slick website, hot models and the high-quality photography expected of an established fashion brand, but still retains a sense of DIY initiative. Focused on bold colors and eye-popping graphics, the line turns stretch fabrics into photographic canvases, creating bathing suits featuring skeletal structures, outer space vistas, beach sunsets, wildlife closeups and film art from the likes of Rocky Horror and Metropolis.

My favorites are the Ribs Black Swimsuit ($90) and the Tiger Swimsuit ($90)
I certainly wouldn't restrict these pieces to the pool or beach (especially since I hate sun) and instead would pair with high-waist shorts, mini skirts or for the most daring, just alone with over-the-knee socks and a motorcycle jacket. The site also has an extensive photo galleries of how happy customers styled their pieces if you ever need inspiration.
 Worth noting too, their Beetlejuice Suspender leggings ($125). Such a cute idea!


Actual Pain is the polar opposite of Black Milk in many respects, with it's raw, punk rock website and stripped down, guerrilla graphics. But Actual Pain selection is no less expansive than Black Milk's, exploring droves of goth, occult and pop culture memento mori upon what seems like every blank item in the Hanes catalog. I'm particularly drawn to the more humorous pieces in the line, like the utterly Midwestern pom pom beanies and crew sweatshirts.



Actual Pain just launched their winter collection yesterday (Dec 12) and already pieces are sold out, so be sure to grab anything you can as soon as you can. Oh how I lament that these Sixth Seal ($36) leggings are gone! People of Actual Pain, please tell me there will be more!


Day 10: Leather Trim Sweaters by SGC NYC

After seeing fellow fashion maven Natalie's post for Blackbook on label SGC NYC's one-year anniversary, I fell in love with their effortless street designs and had to add them to my list. In particular, I'm obsessed with SGC's leather trimmed sweater pieces. Being a huge black leather fan, I'm always looking for pieces that uses the material in a unique way. Leather-trimmed cashmere blend? If it had steel beading it would be the hardest to dry clean piece ever, so don't party too hard in it.

Then again, SGC stands for "Social Gathering Clothing" i.e.party clothes. So... dry cleaning be damned!


My apologies for not posting over the weekend, but I didn't want the 12 Days of Xmas Gift Ideas countdown to end on a Monday, so I thought I'd take the weekend off. There was a certain level of incapacitation due to late nights involved as well, but that's what the holidays are about, right?

I only WISH I had one of SGC's leather detailed sweaters to keep me warm through the ice luge's and bikini bars over the chilly LA weekend. While they may not seem like much on the hangers at first, SGC's editorial shows just how effortlessly styled these pieces are. Considering they are handmade in NYC, the prices are super reasonable compared to other handmade pieces involving leather. 



The sweater dress would be perfect with a matching leather five-panel hat (since it kind of reminds me of a baseball jacket), some Doc Martens lace-up boots and patterned black tights. The gray sweater would look great with some crazy black leather platform shoes, metallic gold denim for the holidays and all the long, antiqued metal necklaces you can layer. Or y'know, just black panties works too.

On a side note, I'm totally in love with the blond model. Her and her real-life husband star in Cee-lo Green's stunning, unexpected cover of Band of Horses' "No One's Gonna Love You". The video makes me want to fall in love so much, good times and bad!

Day 8: (Almost) Anything From Chloë Sevigny's Latest Collection for Opening Ceremony


Chloë Sevigny impressed with her fourth collection for Opening Ceremony. The design collaboration started off a little rocky for my taste like most celebrity-designed collections (Kate Moss for Topshop too), but this time she collaborated with vintage-inspired eyewear designer Barton Perreira and heritage street and skate brand Vision. The combination of the collaborators plus Chloë's tastes and OC's talented design team supporting her, it made for a stylistically bi-polar collection with some iffy pieces and some "I will fight a bitch for it" must-haves.

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 Drawing particular inspiration from Chloë Sevigny's Kids days in 90s NYC, the collection is billed as "old-school street wear meets vintage underwear... channel picnic at hanging rock for ultra-feminine silhouettes while 80s-style ra ra skirts key into a different kind of nostalgia—for Chloë’s early days in New York and the skate culture of Kids." While not blatantly 90s, I think they took appropriately small snippets of the decade. Chloë Sevigny herself is even an appropriately small snippet of the 90s!

The leather and cotton "Eyelet Pinafore" dresses show above are my top choices for FAB status (Fight A Bitch, let's see if this catches on), and are, of course, some of the most expensive apparel pieces in the collection: $700 for the white cotton, $1,200 for the black leather. The bathing suits are also to die for, especially since they have structured cups that can accommodate those of us with lesser cleavage--a rarity for most structured bathing suit top designs. Here are some more of my favorites that I think can fit almost any stylish lady you're shopping for. Chloë for OC spans apparel, eyewear, bags, sneakers and also some menswear!









Day 2: Geniune Lady Gaga Platforms from Noritaka Tatehana

So, I started off writing the second of our "12 Days of Xmas" posts about a pair of shoes my friend Dominique of the stunning wedding photography duo Love Me Sailor and I recently saw ("we were ready to pull a bitch by her hair out of the dance cage at Rhondavous for wearing the shoes we had been lusting after"). But after some research, I've discovered something better. MUCH better. Behold, the work of platform shoe artist and Lady Gaga cobbler Noritaka Tatehana


If you can't control your boner for Tatehana's work like I can't...

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Now, none of Noritaka Tatehana's shoes are for the faint of foot, but I like to think I've been working towards my platform blackbelt. Tatehana's shoes are stunning, gravity-defying explorations of fashion, whose conceptual designs are on the cusp of art. Archival pieces are currently being exhibited at the Comme des Garcons Trading Museum and shop in their Paris and Tokyo locations and Dover Street Market in London.

The young designer (a mere 26 years-old) was born in Japan and mentions his family came into money from the "centre of an entertainment and red-light district in Tokyo". The red-light district inspiration can certainly be seen in his work. Starting at 15, he taught himself fashion design and construction processes, later majoring in dyeing and weaving in college. Currently, every single one of his pieces are hand-executed by Tatehana himself! You can't ask for better craftsmanship for shoes ranging from $2,500 - $4,000. Many designer shoes are already in that price range, but can you imagine how much a shoe completely handmade by Christian Louboutin himself, or Karl Lagerfeld himself would cost??
The man himself, makin' your shoes


While no new collections are up for sale on his site, you can still special order pieces from the Tokyo  Trading Museum Comme des Garcons:

Opening hours AM11:00-PM6:00
2F GYRE Bldg 5-10-1 Jingumae Shibuya Tokyo 1500001, JAPAN
TEL +81 (0) 3 3486 8590 

Aaand for those of you who aren't quite up to task for Tatehana's shoes, or perhaps live in the real world and plan on walking on real streets, copy king Jeffrey Campbell's "Night Walker" shoe is a fantastic alternative for the much more affordable price of $170.00. While Tatehana's pieces are a crash course, Campbell's shoes are a nice, gentle beginner's lesson in footwear ergonomics without being ankle-breakingly dangerous (and nowhere near as gorgeous).

EDIT: My friend Joshua reminded me that Campbell's Night Walkers are a direct reproduction of another platform diva's go-to shoe designer Natacha Marro. That diva? Why self-styling fashion maven Ms. Daphne Guiness of course.


12 Days of Xmas - Day 1: The Light Keeper Set

I. Love. Christmas. Call me a sucker, but when the lights go up, the holiday songs start playing and everything has pumpkin spice in it, I get all tingly inside. Stealing Alexander Wang's idea, we're doing a 12 Days Of Christmas gifts countdown (A.Wang will certainly make it on our list) to inspire your holiday shopping this year. If anyone would like to send one of my picks over to me, feel completely free to do so!

 Kicking off the list is a beautiful sterling silver "The Light Keeper" necklace set by James Banks. It comes with a set of tool charms: a screw driver, tweezers and a funnel along with a real glass light bulb. But the real kicker? The lightbulb is filled with 30 loose black diamonds and then some.

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Harmoniously working together, the purpose of the funnel and tweezers is to aid in switching out the jewels (or "the light") inside the light bulb. The filament can also be removed and worn as a charm. I love the ability to customize your necklace with this set, and how everything has it's utility: the bulb for keeping the light, screwdriver for opening the light, tweezers for choosing the light and the funnel for transferring the light. Being able to participate in the design process, however small a contribution, is always a welcomed element--although that might only be because I'm a jewelry designer myself!

How this set actually came to my attention was that one of the James Banks designers is Adam Shulman, a.k.a. actress Anne Hathaway's freshly minted fiance. Along with jewelrysmith Heidi Nahser Fink, who does stunning metal work herself, the duo has so far released a very small collection of antique-inspired necklaces.

The set comes in a beautiful leather "tool" pouch and a polished wooden box with instructions on how to use the precious tools. Any guy or girl will be thrilled to receive this set (I know I would), but with a $1,100.00 price tag, you may just want to keep it for yourself.

Check back tomorrow for #11!

KidViskous Black Friday Jewelry Sales!

Hopefully not too many of you have been trampled by this morning's rush. Avoid the lines and shop online (I know I am). KidViskous is having it's own holiday sales, tons of pieces for 20%-50% off in all of our online shops.

At our main Supermarket.com shop, we've taken 20% off our Vampire Teeth necklaces and Feather Earrings, along with discounts all across the store.



On our KidViskous Facebook Shop, we've added a few more items, including our Double Crossed Rings. These items have the same discounts as our Supermarket store, but have the added bonus of an additional 10% off if you "Like" our page.



And finally, at our shop on Etsy, where you can find pieces that are not part of out main collections, you can get an additional 15% off the whole store with the coupon code: BlackFriday throughout the whole weekend!

So what are you waiting for? Shop easily online this weekend and avoid the trampling!

xo
KV





KidViskous Exclusives Shop Launches On Facebook

Hey y'all, it's been a long long time. Exciting update for today, we've officially launched our very first Facebook shop via the KidViskous Facebook page! The purpose of this shop is to offer our Facebook fans exclusive pieces and discounts you can't find anywhere else. Just click on the "KidViskous Shop" tab on the left.

I was also lucky enough to do a mini shoot (first I've done myself) for some exclusive cross pieces that have not been available online in the past, and only have been sold two boutiques across the country. See more photos after the jump.



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We'll be doing weekly secret sales of one or two items that'll be at least 50% off the original retail price. Plus, this is the first time our Inverted Cross Necklace has been available for sale online. Before that, we've only had them selling at Love Brigade in Brooklyn, NY (and I heard from a customer they're sold out!).

On top of discounts of over 50% off the original prices, fans who "Like" our page will get an additional 10% off. Now isn't it time you came to the dark side?

CHECK OUT THE KIDVISKOUS EXCLUSIVES SHOP


Thanks to my lovely models, dancer Zak Ryan Schlegel and spiritual phenom Hiram Camp. I live you two!

Guest Curator Feature On FashionStake.com

I had the unique pleasure of being chosen as a featured Guest Curator on online shopping start-up FashionStake.com! As an independent designer and inherent techie, I was immediately drawn to the site not only for their support of new designers, but also the innovative way they operate. Instead of faceless buyers deciding on what they think shoppers would like, users are invited to vote on a wide range of carefully selected pieces. The highest rated pieces are then featured in their "Crowd-Favorites," and users are rewarded if they choose correctly. Top style sites like Lookbook.nu and Chictopia understand the power of user interaction, and it's fantastic to see a beautifully curated shopping destination harnessing that power while introducing fashion's freshest faces.

I particularly like their choice of words to describe me in the banners and preview text, appeals to my dark soul.

Check out my Guest Curator Feature here:


Shop my picks here & get 10% off with code TIFFANY10:





NY - You Are Invited: Comme des Garcons 70% Off Shopping FESTIVAL

Oh to be a New Yorker this weekend. Comme des Garcons are not just having a sample sale, but a shopping festival--ill at 70% off, good lord. But this isn't just to liquidate last season's pieces, they're bringing out pieces from ALL their past collections, including pieces from Comme des Garcons, Junya Watanabe, the recently discontinued women's line Tao, Homme Plus, Junya Watanabe Man, Comme des Garcons Comme des Garcons. All pieces, including vintage pieces (vintage is considered anything pre-1975, so some serious rarities and relics to be had), have been "carefully preserved" and are all brand new.

And in dramatic CDG style, the extravaganza is being held at the Croation Church of Saints Cyril and Methodius, plus food vendors will be present to keep you sifting all day. Merch will be replenished daily, so it sounds like you should take Friday and Monday off work too.

Personally I'd be interested to see if there were any Junya Watanabe Man Pink items there. It was a line of menswear pieces for women that was discontinued as well.

The details:
Comme des Garcons Shopping Festival
Croatian Church
504 41st Street
May 6, 7, 8 - 10am to 7pm
May 8th - 12pm - 8pm


Can someone buy my ticket to NYC for the weekend?

You Are Invited: A Current Affair Pop Up Marketplace Returns!

A Current Affair returns for it's third edition for spring! Curated by vintage dealer Richard Wainwright and Joey Grana, designer and owner of Scout, with additional vintage selection by Emmy Award-winning costume designer David Zyla. This is not your usual extremely marked-up flea market pickings sale: Along with more than 25 local vintage retailers and private dealers, you'll find choice vintage clothing, jewelry, eyewear and more from labels like Balmain, Halston, Chloe, Comme des Garcons and Lanvin. ACA alumns Weltenbuerger, and Reclaimed In L.A. will be returning with a new addition of rustic jewelry line Alkemie.

Be sure to come on Saturday evening for an exhibition of 10 vintage looks curated by Zyla, and hi, OPEN BAR sponsored by Pama Pomegranate Liqueur, Izze Sparkling Juices and Smartwater. Note: admission is $10 at the door each day, but considering the kind of one-of-a-kind pieces you'll find, it's more than worth it.

A Current Affair
Cooper Design Space
860 South Los Angeles Street, Penthouse
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, April 2 from 6pm-10pm
Sunday, April 3 from 10am-5pm.

Jeffrey Campbell 'Lita' Platform: Over The Moon Or Overkill?

Just an observation: Best friend to every girl (who can't afford the designer version), knock-off king Jeffrey Campbell is just cranking out the 'Lita' platform in any conceivable color, material and pattern. And the ladies are still eating them up almost a year since its debut. I could swear in the design room there's someone who said, "My aunt is pulling up her shag carpeting, let's just throw that in there," and voila! The styles shown aren't even all of them, there's probably a dozen more that sold out, then another dozen coming out most likely. It's a great silhouette for a base design, and if my legs were longer / ankles skinnier I'd be all over this style, but when is enough enough?

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I would however overlook my leg situation for the original 'Dungeon' design (love that name) by clunky platform king Charles Anastase from his Fall 2009 collection. Still, Campbell makes the style much more accessible by toning down both the design and price. Although a quick search reveals the Dungeon shoe might not have even been available for sale. But isn't it just a little irking to see this knockoff being sold in every way possible, Charles?

I can't remember a fad this in-demand with girls across the board since those foam platform thong sandals with the bamboo insoles in middle school, or the Rocket Dog platform sneakers with that fat toe in high school. Sadly, I wasn't cool enough to have either of them, probably still not. I guess it's just smart business to just keep striking that iron to death if there's even a little smoke coming off it.

I made this color grid thanks to my go-to shoe shopping site SoleStruck.com. Click on the image to get a giant version for a desktop background if you so desire!

What are your thoughts on the 'Lita' saturation?

LOVE / LUST: Clear Spikes x McQueen Silhouettes

LOVE:

Sass and Bide Clear Spike Harness Top - $424, Pixie Market
Spring 2011 trend alert: delicate pastel fabrics and clear spikes. We're dying over this combination and the first conception of clear spikes we've seen. That bag of Lite Brite pegs should be put to good use, they're pointy on one side, right? Utter bliss for the femmextremist in all of us, just put the chicken fighting on hold while wearing this.



LUST:

Iris Van Herpen X United Nude Platform Boot - $1,295.95, Solestruck
Everyone's first thought about these beauties is of Alexander McQueen's Armadillo heels of 'Bad Romance' fame, and makes sense as Van Herpen was a McQueen collaborator. But with these, the domed shape is softened by the slatted leather for a springy, more wearable design. Only 100 have been made, so if for some awful reason your bulging wallet passes on the McQueen shoes, your next choice should be these. Buys us a pair too while you're at it babe, size 7.



You Are Invited: A Current Affair Pop-Up Vintage Marketplace

Not KidViskous Jewelry-related, but thought I'd share!



A Current Affair: Pop-Up Vintage Marketplace

December 10-11, 2010
Opening party TONIGHT (Friday) 6-10pm

Bringing together over 25 premier vintage retailers and private dealers from Los Angeles and beyond, A Current Affair presents a unique opportunity to shop a select assortment of vintage apparel, jewelry, accessories, eyewear, and ephemera including the likes of Azzedine Alaïa, Balmain, Chanel, Chloe, Comme des Garcons, Givenchy, Issey Miyake, Halston, Lanvin, and Yves Saint Laurent.
 
The combined forces of LA It-boutiques Scout, Richard Wainwright, Beau & Aero, Weltenbuerger, Siren & more
Music by DJ Nguzunguzu
Sponsored by PAMA pomegranate liqueur, IZZE sparkling drinks, and Smartwater.
 

You Are Invited: A Holiday Quickie Sample Sale


Why wait in long lines at stores?  Tired of fighting LA drivers for parking? 
You are cordially invited to our HOLIDAY QUICKIE!  It's so simple, just park, and shop!  :)



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A HOLIDAY QUICKIE!
Shop your favorite local LA designers at deep discounts!
Saturday & Sunday, December 4th & 5th
From 11am - 6pm both days

Located at Jenny Dayco's studio:
7428 Hollywood Boulevard, #305
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(Tall brown building on southeast corner of Hollywood Blvd & Vista St)

Free 2 hour parking on Vista Street!  (Whew!)
Entrance to building on Vista, buzz #305 and come on in!
Cash preferred, but credit card payments are acceptable online through PayPal.

 
Featured clothing designers are:
Laeken
Maxine Dillon
Smoke & Mirrors
 

Featured accessories designers are:
KidViskous jewelry (duh)
Ankh by Racquel Honoré
The Brallet by Jessica Hardesty
Felicity Joy jewelry
Jenny Dayco jewelry
Jennifer Shon jewelry
Lok'D by Gadgiz Galore
Sweet Evie

Hope to see you there!

KidViskous on the Today Show's Holiday Gift Ideas!

KidViskous makes its TV debut! This morning we were featured on the Today Show as part of a Lucky Magazine segment on Holiday Gifts for Under $25 repping our favorite online retailer Supermarket. You can check out our KV Diamond Necklace in gold around 2:15 on the segment online, and peek the Supermarket clip below!

Made of mirrored gold Lucite and a 14k gold-filled chain, you can get our KV Diamond Necklace for only $24 (40% off the original $40 price).

PLUS we're offering FREE SHIPPING anywhere in the US and CHEAP INTL SHIPPING ($5 flat!) for any international orders until December 31st!


xo


Four Superhero Dresses We'd Totally Wear + Hero Stats


 Stolen Girlfriends Club White Cape Dress; $394, Pixie Market

Superhero Name: Lady Icarus a.k.a. The Serpentine Swan
Abilities: Flight, speaking to animals, flinging headband with retractible blades, french kissing
Nemesis: Stalkeratti
Weaknesses: Volcanic dust, red wine stains, logical paradoxes, airplane engines

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Shape Shiftr Silk Charmeuse Tail Dress; $242, Pixie Market

Superhero Name: Hell Dancer a.k.a. The Disgruntled Ice Skater
Abilities: Glides on self-producing flame trails, demon conjuring, spirit crumpling via heat-seeking apathy
Nemesis: Her therapist 
Weaknesses: Rash competitiveness, up-winds, slushies, pushy parents




  
 Maurie & Eve Torture Me Studded Dress; $220, Nasty Gal

Superhero Name: Caressa a.k.a. The Deadly Embracer
Abilities: Instantly disembowels victims from a mere caress to complete implosion with a hug, hypnosis via ultraviolent color changes, radioactive sassiness.
Nemesis: The Double Downer
Weaknesses: Reinforced steel, reflective surfaces, panty lines, folk guitar



    
Tutu Blu Rope Mesh Dress; $228, Pixie Market

Superhero Name: Lashula a.k.a. The Pied Piping
Abilities: Shoots ropes like tentacles out of her dress, can control anything of a sturdy cotton weave to fight opponents, instantly builds semi-precious body armor by pressing her amethyst cuff
Nemesis: DJ Steve Aoki 
Weaknesses: Knives, cubic zirconias, floodlights, crowd surfing