This is a new version of a customer favorite – the dogtag pendant is a bit larger than my previous version (approx. 2″, the size of a standard U.S. military dogtag) with clean lined katakana (kanji) that says Meiyo, or Honor. It’s a best seller in my shop – and I think it’s kind of wonderful that “Honor” is a frequently requested kanji pendant.
Like all Paper Jewels, the color and size can be customized. And of course it makes a great Christmas present.
Just thought I’d mention it 🙂
This one’s kind of self-evident: there are a lot of dads (and brothers, and boyfriends, and, well guys) who would appreciate beig thought of as a samurai: a trained, skilled, honorable warrior.
It’s a classic dogtag with ballchain. Your guy will love it. End of commercial.
The dogtag necklace featured here says Ronin in Japanese kanji. In Japan, a ronin is a masterless samurai – literally, ‘wave man’ (understood as ‘a man tossed around like a wave’). I think the connotation has become “lone warrior”.
And a lot of guys seem to identify with being a Ronin. Maybe your guy, or your dad, is one of them? This could be a great gift for him. And Father’s Day is coming up. Just saying.
P.S. Or, you know, if you’re a secret warrior? It doesn’t matter if other people know it – you know. And maybe you too are a secret Ronin.
This was another customer request – a dogtag necklace that says Kamikaze, in deep blue. (The stainless steel ball chain is similar to the type used by the military.)
The word literally means “divine wind” and in today’s world, I think we’ve gotten away from the suicide bomber pilots of Japan’s military in World War II – and embraced more the idea of the inspired, selfless hero.
And that idea still intrigues people.
It might be a comment on the state of the world or something, but really I just think people get a kick out of it. The kanji Ansatsusha, or Assassin, has been requested fairly often in the last few months – it’s a trend 🙂
The last one I made was in dark blue with white kanji – actually I preferred that one personally – and I forgot to take a picture of it! I’ll post a pic of the next one when it’s finished. But at least I can show you an example.
Assassin. What we all secretly want to be, sometimes? (Really?)
I just sent out a man’s necklace to a customer in Matlacha, Florida… I just wish I could hand-deliver it!
Man’s Carved Bone Talon Necklace
Matlacha (pronounced mat-luh-chay) is a small town between Pine Island and Fort Myers, Florida, where I lived for nine years. I love Matlacha. It’s the kind of place that 30 or 40 years ago was a tiny scrabbly fishing village and people there would probably have laughed if you’d said it was ever going to be expensive-ish or (moving) upscale. It’s still not “upscale”, it’s still a village, but it’s kind of funky and fun and they have a great seafood place or three.
Tee shirts and flip flops and not over-developed yet. It’s a really cool place. If somebody was willing to pay the travel expense I’d be happy to hand-deliver. Any time 🙂
Oh I think you are going to love this! Rare Bird Finds is one of my fave online sites. The ladies at Rare Bird have an absolute knack at finding fun, funky, and special goodies. I saw one this morning that made me smile. An eco-friendly shopping bag that GUYS can use too – without feeling weird about it!
Is that not great?
Honestly, you should put Rare Bird in your Favorites. There’s tons of, well, great finds there!