Artist Surgically Removes Own Skin to Make a Ring Out of It

Pic: Sruli Recht (C)

Pic: Sruli Recht (C)

Fresh on the heels of that post about engagement rings being a huge scam comes the story of an Icelandic artist who surgically removed some of his own skin in order to make this unique, hairy ring. It’s for sale, if you must have it: Only €350,000. Not sure if an engagement ring made of your own skin is a scam, but I wouldn’t recommend trying to make one yourself, in any case. The artist, Sruli Recht, makes a lot of other interesting stuff. I suggest you check out his site.

Via Beautiful/Decay:

For your consideration: a $500,000 ring mounted with a tanned sliver of hairy human skin. The piece, titled the Forget Me Knot ring, is the creation of boundary-pushing Icelandic fashion and jewelry designer Sruli Recht. For these one-of-a-kind works of art, Recht had a 110 by 10 millimeter a strip of his skin surgically removed from his abdomen; the artist then salted it, tanned it, and embedded it on a gold ring.

The work, though grisly, carries with it a raw sexual potency. Its title refers, of course, to marriage, or “tying the knot;” in this way, the piece is unabashedly intimate, tying literal bodily fleshiness with the idea of love and intimacy. The ring’s beauty lies in its refusal to be pretty; its hairy, gray, and it’s gruesome physicality operates as a strangely comforting promise that two people might become “one flesh.”

Keep reading at Beautiful/Decay.

Video of the process: Potentially NSFL.

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  • trompe l’oiel

    Those crafty Icelanders and their skin sorcery… first it was those fabulous skin pants that duplicate $ in the coin pouch, now this…

    If I ever visit Iceland I’m staying away from barbers, butchers…. and now ring makers too I suppose.

  • Rhoid Rager

    a ring of salted skin? yum. it’s like having hairy beef jerky around your finger. i might just scrounge under my couch cushions and car seats to snatch this piece right up.

  • Thurlow Weed

    This article is a great way to permanently lower page-views. Good job!

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