Classy events can pull you out of your comfort zone, as very few galas are held in your parents' basement, on the left-most side of the couch next to the black light. Helping you keep it comfortably nerdy at your next black tie bash: Crimson King.
A Littleton native who studied graphic design at the CO Institute of Art, CK produces "recycled, retro" cufflinks, pendants, and belt buckles rocking themes from across all of dorkdom; his goods start by buying, selling, and trading for Star Wars figurines, Scrabble pieces, and LEGOs with people around the world, though not ones from Russia, as they'll always have Marx. Undeniably poindexterous designs include Star Wars offerings like Vader/ stormtrooper helmets (or a full-body Vader in a tux to keep it extra classy), LEGO Indiana Jones, the Zelda tri-force (if you don't know, you don't want it anyway), plus a range of cleanly mounted Scrabble pieces from a collection he boasts contains 10,000+ tiles, before lamenting that "everyone wants a J", which ironically makes it super challenging to spell anything. For only semi-gigantic dorks, he's got links cut from "vintage style wood playing cards" (including jokers), a smiling Cheshire Cat joint, finely detailed baseballs (it's something outside kids do), and a range of steampunk designs made from Citizen watch movements, as they just pay people at the nursing home to do that.
And to ensure everyone knows what's what even on days you don't wear French cuffs, he's also got a grip of belt buckles made out of single massive LEGOs -- but not massive "leggos", as those only pop up when someone else thinks he can be player one.
Published: March 24, 2011 at 4:00am EDT
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