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CHOKER NECKLACE

Looks so incredibly cheap now but tattoo-looking choker necklaces were the créme de la créme of any boho/goth outfit.

A Choker is a close-fitting necklace worn high on the neck. This type of jewelry can consist of one or more bands circling the neck.

Chokers can be made of a variety of materials, including velvet, plastic, beads, metal and leather.

They are often adorned in a variety of ways including with sequins, studs, a pendant or a cameo.

Chokers can be made out of any kind of fabric by stitching two rectangles of fabric together and then sewing on some velcro.

G-SHOCK

G-Shock is a brand of watches manufactured by Casio, known for its resistance to shocks (eg. hard knocks and strong vibrations). They were, and continue to be, designed primarily for sports, military, and outdoor adventure oriented activity.

Practically all G-Shocks have some kind of stopwatch feature, countdown timer, light and water resistance. Recent models have become more luxury and design oriented as well as becoming very popular among youth.

The Baby-G models were released in 1991. The popularity of G-Shocks increased rapidly throughout the 1990s. By 1998, 19 million G-Shocks had been sold worldwide and there seemed to be a peak in demand as over 220 new models were released in that year alone.

Casio has collaborated with many designers including Dee and Ricky, musicians and other pop culture luminaries to release hundreds of limited edition G-Shocks with custom designs.

This long tradition of unique watches has helped build an avid following among collectors world-wide over the years.

I had a banana-yellow Baby-G and it was my world! Didn’t really know what all the buttons did but it looked PHAT.

LUNCH BOXES

A new school year meant… YAY a new school lunch box!

The Lunch Box also referred to as a Lunch Pail or Lunch Kit, is used to store food to be taken to work or school. The concept of a food container has existed for a long time, but it wasn’t until people began using tobacco tins to haul meals in the early 20th century, followed by the use of lithographed images on metal, that the containers became a staple of youth and a marketable product.

The lunch box has most often been used by schoolchildren to take packed, or a snack, from home to school. The most common modern form is a small case with a clasp and handle, often printed with a colorful image that can either be generic or based on children’s television shows or films.

A lunch kit comprises the actual ‘box’ and a matching vacuum bottle (thermos). However, pop culture has more often embraced the singular term lunch box, which is now most commonly used.

Maybe not during my highschool days but def elementary school! Afterall you didn’t want your symmetrical cut triangle ham and salad sandwiches to be squashed.

I’d like to say I had something buck like TMNT on my lunch box but I’m pretty sure mother dearest got me My Little Pony instead.

RICE JEWELRY

I know they say regret nothing but this rage was just ridonkulous.

I mean necklaces with your name on a grain of rice… c’mon kids what we’re we thinking?

Rice Writing is the art and skill of being able to write small enough on a  grain of rice. Within time rice writing and rice art evolved, soon creating Rice Jewelry where the rice grain was enclosed in a vial with a liquid/oil that magnifies the individual grain making it easier to appreciate the painstaking and intricate details.

This went further with Rice Jewelry like good luck pendants, charm bracelets, anklets and earrings. In modern times most of these artisans and artists set up shop with street side stalls where they would personally write your message or name on a rice grain while displaying your wares.

Rice Writing originated in Ancient Anatolia and India. Many rituals and rites use rice as a medium, but at some point in ancient Anatolia artisans who were skilled in making miniature paintings decided to turn their skill to making art with what had always been an ancient symbol of prosperity.

Most modern day rice writers use the following tools:

  1. Common long grain white rice: this rice is a flat cylinder shape
  2. Sharp utility knife: used to scrape the rice slightly to remove ridges to provide a smooth surface for writing
  3. Clay: some people use a utility gripper clay and others use a modeling clay
  4. Technical pen: a drawing pen with an ultra-fine tip.
  5. Waterproof Ink: ink is sold with the technical pen

I’m going to convince myself that I was ‘conned’ into buying a rice necklace from a seemingly innocent, sweet talking lil’ ol lady from the mall.

I can’t remember how much I paid exactly for this piece of junk but I’m pretty sure I parted ways with a $20 bill.

I know I’m Asian but did I really need a glow-in-the-dark grain of rice with my name on it? Damn you lil’ ol lady! [shakes fist]

SLAP BANDS

Oh snap… I mean Slap!

The ultimate retro accessory Slap Bands or Slap Bracelets are made of layered, felxible stainless steel bistable spring bands within a designer fabric or plastic covered.

The bracelet can be straightened out, creating tension within the springy metal bands. The straightened bracelet is then slapped against your forearm causing the bands to spring back into a curve that wraps around the wrist securing the bracelet on the wearer.

Invented by Wisconsin teacher Stuart Anders and sold under the brand name “Slap Wrap” the bracelet became a popular fad among children and tweens in the early 90s.

Several schools banned the bracelet following reports of injuries stemming from improper use.