Cubone Club was started by Rei and Tallis as a way of expressing their shared creative vision for jewellery. Working on individual, custom pieces (still to this day), the pair rose to notoriety with their infamous custom made grills. Since then they have worked on some of the most unique pieces you’ll see for some of Australia’s most diverse movers and shakers.
We talked to one half of the increasingly busy pair about their humble origins, crazy designs, how the local jewellery scene is shaping up and what to expect from the iridescent duo in the future.
We were already bouncing ideas off of each other whenever one of us were making or designing something, so it just made sense to combine our powers officially as things were already heading towards a collaboration.
Almost everything involves the two of us, from the initial conversations with enquirers to the designing process. However, Rei does do more of the concept design and social media related stuff, while I do most of the face-to-face and bench work.
(And Salty plays a very important role of always being in the way ;'( )
(Hi Kev!) It’s a very personal experience with each client, whatever we design and make can only be worn by them. Every mouth is different, teeth are so unique, no set of grills is the same – the variety keeps it interesting.
The initial response was surprisingly good; had no idea that so many people want mouth bling. Originally I only planned to make a pair requested by a mate, Rei uploaded a progress photo to Instagram and the enquiries just flooded in from there.
Thank you! Most of the weird skull designs are from my own brain, the ideas sit in there and annoy me until I finally poop it into life with my magical hands. The challenging (and cute) ones are the funnest to work on, it’s my favourite when someone orders something, or a variant of my own designs. But in saying that there have been some sweet requests that i’ve really enjoyed such as the recent Japanese character pendants (Pipo-kun and Peko-chan), and some heart shaped gap-tooth grillz we’re currently working on <3
We feel like more people today identify with local and “home-made” jewellery that’s niche to a designer. It’s quite impressive how young jewellers keep making their own trends and changing up the self-expression scene.
Things can get a bit “same same” out there so it’s good to keep evolving your game and give customers a chance to see what you can do.
Finally getting around to making our website would be a good start, then releasing a proper custom range. We have always wanted to hold an exhibition of one-off majestic skull jewellery pieces, all with tsavorite eyes. The green mountain baby!
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