Reimagined Components: Vintage Playboy bunny pendant with black spade and vintage "ON/OFF" NCR analog register programming key strung on a 25' 3mm gunmetal box chain
1888's Take: Taking the time to honor our sensual nature is not only healthy but a form of self care. After all, sexual energy is the very same as creative energy. It's one way that we can connect with the vibrant resonating strings that sing this dimension into existence. Imagine the world and your position in it as the player of an ethereal stringed instrument. When our world view is small we may only strike a few strings...maybe if we're lucky we hit a cord or two...but as we open ourselves up to being comfortable with aspects of our nature that may be taboo or perhaps didn't even realize were there...it's as if our instrument grows more complex and before you know it.. your 4 string ukulele becomes a classical harp. This piece reminds me to be playful with the song of life...and whether my key is turned on...or turned off, there's always music to be played.
This world-renowned brand created in 1953 had a huge impact on the sexual revolution of the 60s and 70s. Creator Hugh Hefner set out to publish a magazine that reflected the “playboy lifestyle” which was coined in the beginning of the 20th century. The famous bunny logo was designed by Art Paul as an endnote for the magazine’s second edition, which Hugh ended up loving for its “humorous sexual connotation”, and kept as the brand’s official logo.
~Ace of Spade~
The history of the modern spade symbol came from somewhere around the 14th century. The French simplified their suited playing card to the spade symbol that we recognize today based off of the original Latin suit of the sword- the spade is a portrayal of the head of the spike. The sword, and therefore, the spade, were representational of nobility and military. In fact, in 17th century Britain, King James I ordered all packs of suited playing cards to display the insignia of a member of a noble house on each spade card.
~Keys / Locks~
The right key can unlock the door to a lover’s heart, a new and bright opportunity, a once in a lifetime adventure, a chest of treasure, a deep and dark secret, or even change time itself by the winding of an old grandfather clock…
Historically, Companies like PF Corbin (known for their beautifully engraved “Carded keys”) or the Tower company (1865 founder John Tower) who was responsible for the first metal handcuff, can serve as a reminder that there is beauty in having the key to free ourselves…but taking the first step through the door is entirely up to you…one key, one lock…but what’s on the other side of the door is infinite possibility.
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