Review: Pirate Ring

Rating: ★★★★★
Studio City Tattoo
(this ring found under merchandise, NOT jewelry)

To the starboard side, open gunports reveal the large mouth of a cannon preparing to fire. Just beneath is a second gunport, but this one is shut, the left door splintered from its hinge and hanging askew. The port side mirrors the starboard with its own eager cannon above, and closed gunport below, only this time a skeletal hand emerges from the door as if death itself were about to spring forth. The bow, as should surprise none, features a large grinning skull, his teeth gritted in fury and amusement at once – or perhaps it’s just a bloodlust. He sports an eyepatch and wears a captain’s hat, ostrich plumes cascading down to his cheekbone. This maniacal skull is naturally flanked by twin crossed cutlasses, their grips rough and aged, but their blades gleaming. Behind it all is a backdrop of oaken planks, their dark grain in stark contrast to the silvery jolly roger that glares up at you. And last, to the stern, are an assortment of letters, reading simply “”.

That the above paragraph describes a ring is astounding, but true. Studio City Tattoo – California’s #1 piratey tattoo shop – has long sported their own distinctive Jolly Roger by way of a logo. And Skinny Dog Designs – the very artisans that created many of the Pirates of the Caribbean rings and pendants available at the PotC Rides in the Disney Theme Parks – have brilliantly crafted this logo into a ring that is practically a pirate novel in itself.

The Studio City ring is big – it has to be to sport such incredible detail. The face of it is a full 1 and 1/8 inches across, making it ideally suited to full figured pirates with larger hands. My own hands tend to be of the smaller variety, meaning this ring is significantly larger than anything I’ve worn before – it does take some getting used to. The size for one, but also the weight. They did NOT skimp on the silver in making this ring – it’s solid, and it’s heavy. However, both of these factors become less noticeable with time (although the awsomeness of the ring clearly remains!)

The Studio City Tattoo Ring is a definite thing of beauty. This isn’t something to toss on thinking it will blend in and subtly compliment your pirate or civilian attire – this is a centerpiece in itself, certain to command attention and admiration from your jealous shipmates time and again.

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