Better halves have typically been the ones interested in china, though that's hardly surprising considering they're all about gymnastics. Giving men a reason to care about the porcelain variety: Vandalized Vintage.
From an Auckland-based artist, VV's an irreverent collection of 50+ year-old flatware now decked with designs from facial hair & f-bombs to narcotics & nudity, collectively warranting the disclaimer "if you require dinnerware to use on a daily basis my stuff won't be suitable", because family gatherings are all about the three D's (Drugs and Double D's). Brushing over their original inlays with black paint, text-heavy designs include a seven-piece set listing the deadly sins in elegant script (surrounded by floral designs), and a similar group titled the Seven Deadly Hits ("Nicotine", "Ecstasy", etc); there's also a mismatched nine-plate offering of adjectives inspired by Dennis Hopper's character in Blue Velvet, from "menace", to "badass", to "pervert", though everyone already knew he was an easy rider. More cartoonish pieces also abound, including individual pieces art'd with the faceless hairstyles of the Arctic Monkeys and a masked lucha libre, plus there's a set of matching teal & gold dinner plates boasting sketches of topless pinups, which hopefully do more than what's being served on 'em to make you wish you were eating out.
Filling out the collection're a handful of teacup/saucer pairings, from a matching pair scrawled with "Nerd" and "Dork", to a standalone number stamped with "Freak", also the primary requirement to do a floor routine for China.
Published: August 24, 2010 at 4:00am EDT
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