Cast of Vices Hospital Bracelets for Hypochondriac Fashionistas
jeremy | September 14, 2012 | Design, fashion, popjects | 2 Comments
Cast of Vices has a new line of jaded jewelry, this time inspired by the humble hospital ID bracelet. You might recall last year’s Pendants for Pill Poppers:
Born from a desire to create artifacts out of our vices, Cast of Vices celebrates the inherent design aesthetic of these substances while casting a critical eye on pop culture and our obsession with self-medication and addiction.
Although the Coming and Going bracelets are not as in-your-face as Vicodin on a chain, most people who have checked into (or out of) a hospital will recognize the aesthetic.
Artist Tim Biskup is a fan, shown below wearing three of the bracelets. They’re available in neon lambskin leather ($65) and gold and silver ($85) here.
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This is definitely going on my shopping list! What’s next – a fetus in a jar earrings?
Hmm…I don’t know if I’d say that having to visit the ER or hospital on a frequent basis falls under the umbrella of a vice. I think Cast of Vices is reaching a little far with this bracelet as some kind social commentary, or at least their kind of social commentary. Perhaps if they were using these bracelets to illustrate our current healthcare crisis and how so many uninsured and under-insured depend on emergency room services for non-emergent care, this ‘hospital chic’ look might make more sense to me.
And, as someone who has spent too much time wearing those damn bracelets when in the emergency room or hospitalized, the idea of paying to own and wear a neon yellow leather version, when not stuck in hospital hell, does not appeal.