The Great Frog in Hero

Legendary London jeweller The Great Frog has teamed up with artist Wes Lang on a limited edition ring in line with the launch of The Great Frog collection at Dover Street Market London.

 

Adorned in skulls, daggers and snakes The Great Frog’s jewellery runs a consistently rebellious aesthetic perfectly in tune with their red hot customer list – a who’s who of rock ‘n’ roll cool, including Keith Richards, Led Zeppelin, Billy Idol and Slash, to name a few. It is this combined with their intricate artisan production (handmade in their Carnaby basement since 1972 no less) and sustained family direction (Reino Lehtonen-Riley, whose parents founded TGF, works at its helm today) that makes The Great Frog the ultimate go-to jewellers for bikers and rockers. And a fair few of us more meagre folk to boot.

 

The collaboration with Wes Lang feels a long time coming: the artist, known for his iconic artwork for The Grateful Dead – and more recently Kanye West’s Yeezus tour merchandise – draws on iconic references to rock n roll and the rich history of the American tattoo.

 

The 18kt gold ring features Wes Lang’s signature Native American skull motif, accented with diamonds and crushed coral. With all this in mind it’s no wonder the ring has been made in a run of just five pieces to be sold worldwide, of which DSM London has two. But if your wallet won’t stretch that deep fear not: there’s also a detailed skull ring part of a special collection made exclusively for Dover Street Market to celebrate the retailer’s 10 year anniversary, now available at in store alongside a fuller range from The Great Frog’s mainline.

 

Alex James Taylor: So how did the collaboration with Wes Lang come about?
Reino Lehtonen-Riley: We met while Wes was doing a residency at the Chateau and were introduced by a mutual friend over the phone. He wanted to turn some of his ideas into jewellery and was already a customer of ours but we hadn’t met. Then he sent me a photo of my name tattooed on his hand which was somewhat scary, thinking I had bitten off more than I could chew, but I share the same name as his uncle (Reino) so with that the deal was sealed, it was fate.

 

AT: Was it planned or more spontaneous?

RLR: It was quite spontaneous but due to us being in London and Los Angeles it took a while to get it together. However once we sat down to it the ideas flowed easily.

 

AT: How was it decided that it would be a ring?

RLR: Wes’ imagery lends itself well to our style of jewellery, we have always been heavily influenced by our biker roots and heavy rings have always been synonymous with outlaw biker get up so it had to be thus.

 

AT: How did the design process work between the two of you?
RLR: Wes is prolific and constantly working so there is a massive outpouring of ideas to draw inspiration but the Reaper and Skeleton Chief stood out, they are a widely used motif through a lot of his works.

 

AT: Were these rings any more difficult to create?
RLR: Yes, I’m a huge fan of his work so had a lot of internal pressure to do it justice. As we are both extreme perfectionists sometimes this caused friction but it just worked!

 

AT: What was it about Lang’s style that encouraged the collaboration?
RLR: The symbolism that Wes uses throughout his work is very close to the imagery we use at TGF and both draw influence from the same worlds, plus I really wanted to make some big fuck-off gold rings! It’s not that often that you get to do something so immense!

 

AT: Both TGF and Wes Lang have a heritage rooted in rock ‘n’ roll, did this shared passion influence the collaboration?
RLR: We share a very similar aesthetic and also an interest in cars and motorbikes so we just hit it off. We both live very unconventional lives and since working together we have become good friends.

Anthrax

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Charlie, Scott and Joey of Anthrax picked up their limited edition TGF rings this past weekend before their killer sets at Sonisphere.

New at TGF

It’s been a busy few weeks at The Great Frog with lots going on and some new pieces being worked on that will be unveiled over the Summer.

 

Here is our brand new Ornate Skull Belt Buckle, available to buy with either 925 sterling silver or 9ct gold skulls affixed to it.

 

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New Shirts!

To celebrate the opening of our brand new Los Angeles flagship, our very own Isabel White/Elfin designed these awesome shirts for us. We are currently stocking them online and in London and Los Angeles TGF shops.

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Brit Awards 2014

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Alex Turner from the Arctic Monkeys wearing our Crest Pendant at the Brit’s last week, always representing TGF.

Typhoon Haiyan Relief

The beginning of this month saw the Philippines ripped apart by a storm with a ferocity and intensity that has to this date affected 11.5 million people. Typhoon Haiyan has proven the second most deadly Philippine typhoon to ever occur and with 2.5 million of the population in need of food aid and many thousands displaced or with their homes destroyed we felt it was of the utmost importance to contribute to the relief effort in some way.

 

We will be donating 50% off all apparel sales to http://www.sos-childrensvillages.org/ to help with their work in the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.

 

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If you use Instagram we will also be sharing an image that for every repost we will donate an additional £1. Just share our image and use the #TGFphilippines to make a contribution.

 

Thank you for reading,

 

All at The Great Frog

Halloween 2013 at The Great Frog

If you didn’t manage to make it down on the night, we managed to throw a pretty damn good Halloween party with the help of our friends from Kraken rum (and our amazing shop manager Jess!). Thanks to everyone who did swing by to sample our ghoulish treats and complimentary rum; we were all nursing ferocious hangovers the following day.

 

Here are some photos taken by Edee of the evening.


Put A Beast In Your Belly This All Hallows’ Eve

Naturally, Halloween is The Great Frog’s favourite holiday and so to make this year a memorable one we have teamed up with our friends at Kraken Rum to offer a late night shopping event in our Carnaby Street flagship.

 


Join us on Thursday 31st October 2013 from 5pm onwards for an evening of music, spooky edible treats, free shots of rum, a free bottle of rum for every purchase over £250.

 

Be sure to come down and check out our Kraken Halloween window display; we will be running another competition from that evening. Take a photo in front of our window, upload it to Instagram and tag us and we will pick our favourite to award a limited edition Kraken skull ring, and 2 runners up will win goodie bags.

Josh Homme of QOTSA/Them Crooked Vultures

While we are only slowly recovering from missing out on QOTSA’s crazily intimate set at Rough Trade the other month, we were pleased to see Josh still sporting his Enamel Skull Shield Ring for The Fly and CRACK magazines.

 

 

So for your viewing and listening pleasure we have compiled our favourite videos with JH in, looking fucking cool.

 

Queens of the Stone Age – Make It Wit U (How many children have been conceived to this song, we wonder?)

 

Queens of the Stone Age – Little Sister

 

Them Crooked Vultures on Jonathon Ross (Everyone loves Wossy, and bonus points for his mispronunciation of Josh ‘Homie’…)

 

Queens of the Stone Age – If I Had A Tail

 

 

Them Crooked Vultures – Nobody Loves Me and Neither Do I

Queens of the Stone Age – I Sat By The Ocean

Queens of the Stone Age – No One Knows (The ubiquitous QOTSA track with over 15 million YouTube views but with good reason. The soundtrack to a good time.)

TGF x Brat Style

We are pleased to finally announce our latest collaboration with cult Japanese bike builders Brat Style (click for their site) and graphic designer Knuckle.

 

The Shiisaa wind devil is from Japanese mythology and is widely used in Okinawa to ward off evil spirits said to be carried by the wind. This imagery has been adapted by Knuckle and Go Takamine as a mascot and talisman tied in with the Brat Style brand, to protect a rider at high speeds (no guarantee included).

 

We have translated this into a solid sterling silver ring; each will be laser engraved with a number and are limited edition.

 

 

Born Free 5

TGF London is currently praying with everything crossed that the package we sent out yesterday is very close to arriving at it’s destination, come on FedEx, you have to pull through for us!

 

These solid sterling silver pins are winging their way to Trico in Los Angeles, California to be awarded to each of the builders participating in Born Free 5.

Brand New Skull & Dagger Ring

We are very excited to announce the arrival of our latest skull ring; the Skull & Dagger.

 

Available to purchase now from our London store and through the website. We will be sending some to New York and Los Angeles very very shortly!

 

Black Skulls in Jocks & Nerds

 

If you manage to pick up a copy of the latest Jocks & Nerds then be sure to check out pages 20 & 21; our partner company Black Skulls London is featured. Click here to check out the Black Skulls site & shop. Leather jackets are coming really soon, so be sure to keep checking.

 

 

Georgia May Jagger in Dazed & Confused Korea

GMJ has been a customer and fan of ours for some time. Here she is pictured wearing our Bird Skull Pendant and Key Pendant in the new Korean Dazed & Confused.

Black Sabbath – 13

So the new Sabbath record came out yesterday and we were straight out to buy it. What does everyone think?

Our verdict is: lyrically perfect and reminiscent of classic Sabbath, Ozzy’s vocals are excellent and Rick Rubin has done a cracking job on the production.

Not that we are biased or anything, but our web wizard Nick Dart and the guys he works with at Zip Design did a brilliant job on the album artwork. A massive burning wicker 13? Awesome.

Summer Gems

The weather may have taken a slight turn for the worse this week (in London, at least!), but we can guarantee our Winged Gem ring will brighten your days until the sun reappears.

 

 

You can buy the Winged Gem with peridot by clicking here, or pop in store to view the full collection. If you aren’t near our London, New York or Los Angeles stores then do not fear, we will be adding the full selection to our web store very soon.

Black Skulls London Shirts Now In Stock

As if our office couldn’t be crammed full of boxes of wonderful shirts already (click here), this morning Drew Black Skulls popped by to deliver us a bunch of shirts that we are selling in store. Pop by to check them out or head over to their web shop if you aren’t London based. Hold tight for the jackets.