Animal Worship are pretty unique in the Japanese silver scene in that they have successfully managed to maintain enviably broad appeal while being incredibly specialised. Their niche is to expand on western classical jewelry and run with it in a thoroughly edgy way that fits with a black on black gothic fit, classic biker or even a Mori girl on her way to Grimoire. In their work they bring together Venetian vanity jewelry, Catholic religious imagery and even German hunting motifs into one cohesive old-world package. But make no mistake, this is not twee whimsical frippery, this has teeth and it will grab you.
Continue reading for stunningly well-crafted and atmospheric jewelry taking in gold, Sterling silver and some nicely tarnished brass along the way. You are going to love it, and that is a promise.
Animal Worship have been around since 2003 and without any significant promotion got themselves a cult following pretty effortlessly. Their big break came when they were picked up by a couple of the big magazines as “ones to watch” with their now iconic lion ring. Since then they have got themselves stocked in the Shibuya biker haven Oval Orange and have even started selling abroad online (regrettably still a rarity). But enough of that, on with their magically macabre work.
And you know what you need to do right now? Scroll back up and go through it again. There is no way you can possibly take in all that hand detailing, symbolism and subtle patina work in one go. The next thing you need to do is go along to the official site and see more.
On a practical note I am a big fan of this kind of jewelry anyway, but what Animal Spirit do particularly well is make it out of seriously hefty materials so that you get the kind of sturdy durability that this kind of work usually lacks. On top of that, together with Skuranger and And Meat…, Animal Worship uses brass really well, not just to save on the cost of silver, but to embrace the unique colours you can coax out of it.
As I mentioned above this is actually fairly accesible outside Japan and from what I hear they are a pleasure to deal with so definitely check their stuff out if you are in the market for something that bit different from the usual biker fare – you won’t be disappointed.