Ice Cold. A Hip-Hop Jewelry History


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Ice Cold. A Hip-Hop Jewelry History.
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Ice Cold. A Hip-Hop Jewelry History

Ice Cold: A Hip-Hop Jewelry History presents the bling culture of rappers and their jewelry. Drawing on 40 years of iconic imagery and compelling stories.



The definitive photographic history of how hip-hop redefined the world of jewelry, luxury and style. Whether it's diamond-encrusted grills, oversized "truck" style necklaces, bust-down Rolex and Patek Philippe watches or a Tiffany necklace, jewelry is a cornerstone of hip-hop culture. Glittering, blinged-out jewelry is the shining statement of a collective identity: unapologetic, charismatic and street savvy.

Ice Cold covers the history of hip-hop jewelry, from the 1980s to the present: A Hip-Hop Jewelry History is a stunning compilation of stories and images. Hundreds of extraordinary images of every major hip-hop artist celebrate how "Ice" has become a proclamation of identity and self-expression.

Starting with Run-DMC's gold Adidas pendants and Eric B. & Rakim's gaudy dookie rope necklaces and Mercedes medallions, jewelry then transforms from street style into a thriving design culture. The hip-hop tradition of "show up and show out" reaches new heights with artists such as Pharrell Williams, Jay-Z, Gucci Mane, and Cardi B, whose over-the-top pieces integrate unique pop culture references, unconventional materials, and enduring collaborations with artists such as Takashi Murakami.

Author Vikki Tobak reveals - in great detail - the work of pioneering jewelers such as Tito Caicedo of Manny's, Eddie Plein and Jacob the Jeweler, as well as newer artisans such as Avianne & Co, Ben Baller/IF & Co, Greg Yuna, Johnny Dang, Eliantte, and many more.

Ice Cold is a treasure trove of stunning, inspiring style, featuring the work of leading photographers including Wolfgang Tillmans, Janette Beckman, Jamel Shabazz, Timothy White, Gillian Laub, David LaChapelle, Danny Clinch, Chris Buck, Mike Miller, Phil Knott, Raven B. Varona, Al Pereira, Albert Watson and many more.

Ice Cold goes beyond flashy bling to reveal a transformative story that is loud and proud.

Author: Ice Cold. A Hip-Hop Jewelry History
Publisher: Taschen
Size: 250 x 340 mm
Size: 388 pages
Weight: 2860 grams
Language: Dutch, English
Material: Hardcover



TASCHEN is a leading art book publisher known for its dazzling and bold world of striking coffee-table books on architecture, aphrodisia, art, design, fashion, photography, pop culture, style and travel. Working closely with renowned creative partners, the company has published thousands of titles in dozens of languages. From the essential Basic Art series to SUMO-sized Collector's...