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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After a two year long struggle with his health, Jeff Hanneman of Slayer passed away on Friday at the age of 49. All at TGF were saddened to hear this news, and our thoughts are with his loved ones and bandmates. This truly has been the untimely loss of a true metal legend and one of the founding members of an iconic thrash metal band.
His memory will forever be immortalised in Slayer records and in the memory of those fortunate enough to see him play in one of The Big Four.
Below is a link to a great interview with the legend himself.
Visitors to our London flagship store are often puzzled by the buzzing noise they can hear beneath their feet; “Is there a tattoo shop downstairs?” is a common question we get asked. “Handmade in London” is no exaggeration; each and every individual piece of jewellery purchased from our London, LA and NYC stores is hand crafted in the basement of our 41 year old Carnaby Street residence.
Remember when ordering that as each piece is sized to order, this can take time. We recommend allowing at least 2 weeks when ordering online to allow us time to fulfil your order; from us ordering from our casters, to the work on the piece of jewellery, to having the metal stamped with a hallmark, it’s a timely business and we always want to give you the finest finished product.
Take a look at some parts of the process that goes into each piece we sell.
We are very excited to announce that our latest collaboration has landed!
The Great Frog teamed up with Fly 53 and Arturo Vega to compile this very collectable piece of punk history, producing a replica of the ubiquitous hatchet pendant that Arturo himself wore during the 70′s.
Limited to just 100 for sale worldwide, we’d advise heading over to the Fly 53 site to check them out and get your hands on some cool shirts, a zine (which contains an interview with TGF owner, Reino Lehtonen-Riley) and the TGF hatchet in either bronze or silver.
Thirty-five years in the making, we are very excited for this (click image for a teaser video). Artwork by our very own web designer, Nick Dart.