Terminology Tuesday #14: grills

It’s Terminology Tuesday today, a good day for a little bit of mouth bling,

“Grills, golds and fronts”

“Metal removable jewellery worn over the front teeth, a style that originated with those participating in Hip Hop culture in the 1980’s and has continued.”

definition from:

The Fairchilds Books Dictionairy of Fashion by Phyllis G Tortora and Sandra J Keiser

 Ditto for gold teeth and diamond crusted teeth.

Who’d have thought this would ever take off????

I’d love to know how it all came about?

Was it a savvy dentist? Hey dude, why don’t we drill holes in your teeth and insert a few diamonds, leaving your teeth open to decay should you neglect their regular maintenance. Kaching!

Or an orthodondist… hmm we need to make braces somehow more hip and fashionable…. I know! Kaching!

Ah, what funny crazy people we are. Does any one know how this came about?


Grill photo source:https://www.flickr.com/photos/mistmax/3686712003/

Lil' Wayne

Lil’ Wayne photo source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/joegall/6190178656/

Amber's grill is blinged-out at Rock the Bells 2008

Amber’s grill is blinged-out at Rock the Bells 2008 photo source:https://www.flickr.com/photos/fissionmailed/2699343911/


Grill$ photo source:https://www.flickr.com/photos/toksik1/5080426838/

And here is the kind of establishment you need to visit to acquire such mouth art…
uptown grillz

uptown grillz photo source:https://www.flickr.com/photos/caylan/412106211/

mr bling bling gold tooth

mr bling bling gold tooth photo source:https://www.flickr.com/photos/whizchickenonabun/267266410/

Gold Teeth Master, Oakland, CA

Gold Teeth Master, Oakland, CA photo source:https://www.flickr.com/photos/25229906@N00/8031719566/

Canine golds? Please let there be a good reason for this. Poor darlin’.
Mouth Bling

Canine Mouth Bling photo source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/faunatic_bob/3082872661/

No way!!!!! Really? Who makes this &%$@! Oh right, they do. Sigh.

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Bling Teeth photo source:https://www.flickr.com/photos/anksmcskanks/4972599384/

Ohhhh Nohohoho!!!!!!!


Run, people run! photo source:https://www.flickr.com/photos/denaldo/2407694028/

 Baha ha!

duck grill

duck grill. photo source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/cool_colonia4711/754554859/

Ok, it’s lame I know but you laughed didn’t you?.

Happy Tuesday


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* Bibliography: The Fairchild Books Dictionary of Fashion 4th Edition by Phyllis G. and Sandra J. Keiser


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