Punks, Spikes & Chokers ……. In Love with Janie Jones

A lot of people commented on my chunky chain designs, which made me think; Why do we like wearing chains? This is a good question.

You may have noticed a few black thorny pieces I put up on the site recently.  No, they are not sea urchin shells although the resemblance is uncanny.  They are in fact pieces of black lip shell that also lived in the ocean. I got hundreds of them in a bumper pack and I made them into spiky chokers and triple-strand necklaces with gold and silver chains.

The chokers fit high up on the neck, quite dressy, I think, not as aggressive-looking as bull-dog collars, and they go great with a black leather jacket or lamé dress, perfect embellishment for Christmas gatherings. Triple-strand ones can be detached and worn separately – versatile as well as different.  

A lot of people commented on my chunky chain designs, which made me think; Why do we like wearing chains? This is a good question. A chain on your body is usually controversial, associated with slavery, incarceration, sadomasochism…. (better stop there) but it can be fashionable, stylish e.g. famous Chanel handbags. Some body chain outfits are intricate works of art but they can easily be provocative.  Chain is an incredibly versatile medium.

I believe our familiarity with chain stems from the 1970s punk fashion to go with spiky hair and dog-collars. Wearing things not associated with normal fashion like bin liners, industrial chains, safety pins, was a show of defiance and rebellion. There was a lot of angry, aggressive defiance about then. Gigs were loud, sweaty and smelly, it was noise rather than music. I don’t think punk could be revived because it was a reaction to the political and social tension in Britain at that time in history. Of course there were the New York punk, Tokyo punk, French punk even, but they were different and they could not possibly rant ‘God Save the Queen’ and make sense of doing it.  Enough said, I have dedicated the group of spiky designs to the Clash and named them ‘Janie’ after Janie Jones.

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