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  1. MikeinSanJose says

    For a second I was thinking “tacky”, but after some thought, that’s actually kinda interesting. It looks a little large for a ring, but might make a cool earring or pendant.

    I wonder what materials he used. I don’t see any info on the website.

  2. Anonymous says

    I’m with Kevin on this one. There is nothing attractive about a virus that has killed (and continues to kill) so many people.

  3. Felix says

    It seems like like the designer has not a particular relation/interest with HIV. Calling his model The AIDS ring sounds sort of ignorant.

    ‘Poor taste to post’? Geez people, lighten up

  4. Felix says

    It seems like like the designer has not a particular relation/interest with HIV. Calling his model The AIDS ring sounds sort of ignorant.

    ‘Poor taste to post’? Geez people, lighten up

  5. invisiboy says

    Wow. that’s ugly. tasteless too. This really shows off the designers ignorance.

    Thanks for posting, Andy, we need reminders now and then that there are unenlightened people out there so we can become better people ourselves.

  6. adam says

    i can see where people would bristle at this. but you can also say this designer is trying to make something beautiful out of something horrible. i don’t find it particularly attractive, but at least there is some creativity on the designer’s part. i cannot tell by the website, but are the proceeds from this piece going to HIV/AIDS research? i would hope so.

  7. MikeinSanJose says

    With all due respect…

    It’s interesting that someone from the Ukraine (as is this designer) would have a much more open and enlightened approach to something like this… the marvels of science and nature. Sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s bad.

    It’s further interesting that, without knowing anything about the man’s motivations for doing this, so many people would get their panties in a bunch over his jewelry.

    Art is Art. Think about that the next time someone puts a cross in a glass of urine and the xians and cathlicks get disturbed. You can all be simpatico.

    Sometimes it’s best to step back from emotional knee-jerk reactions and view something as it is, for what it is.

  8. Mitchell says

    simply disgusting!!! it’s ugly and extremely insulting to anyone affected by HIV/AIDS

  9. Will says

    I find the rings more attractive than the tatooed biohazard sign some poz people have. So, instead, they can wear this ring.

  10. wetcnt says

    I am HIV positive and I think the ring is beautiful. And FYI (Will) I also have a biohazard tattoo. But thank you for trying to tell me how to deal with my disease.

  11. Josh says

    I initially thought this collection was appalling, but now I think it’s kind of smart. The ring can clearly double as brass knuckles if shit starts to go down. And with the postings we have seen here of all the violence during Gay Pride in the Ukraine, it would be nice to forever indent some angry protestors’ foreheads with the HIV virus.

  12. peterparker says

    Gosh, just what I’ve been wanting, HIV that I can wear on my finger to go along with the HIV in my body.

  13. Jack says

    Would they make a cancer cell ring? How about a Hep C pendant? The possibilities to offend are endless.

  14. Paul R says

    Has it occurred to some of you that he’s trying to raise AIDS awareness in a country that has little? Or that he’s expressing empathy for people with the disease—wearing AID on the outside regardless of whether you have it on the inside?

    I find this far less offensive than that stupid yet widely used slogan, “We are all HIV positive,” which never made any sense.

  15. Brandon says

    I agree with Mikeinsanjose. My “initial” thought was that is inappropriate, but I stopped myself from taking it further because I don’t know anything about the man from the post. Maybe he’s HIV positive and he’s trying to make a statement. I also acknowledge that art sometimes provokes. Does anyone remember the furor of Serrano’s “Piss Christ?” Or, how about Ofili’s dung Madonna? If “artists” can “offend” Catholics & Christians, is an HIV ring so out of the bounds of art? It’s not something that I would do, but goodness knows what kind of world would it be if everybody did what I think is best.

  16. biffy says

    Dear Brandon.

    Put on your apron and bake a batch of chocolate chip cookies.
    When they are done have some with a glass of milk while you watch the Brady Bunch on Nick at Night.

    Before you go to bed put on your jammies. Don’t forget to brush those teeth and say your prayers.Then just before you hit the sheets DON’T FORGET TO TAKE OFF YOUR ROSE COLORED GLASSES!

  17. says

    I think the shock and outrage over this art work is more than likely exactly what the designer was hoping for. Speaking as someone living with HIV, I’m not in the least bit offended by this. I find the readers’ comments hilarious. The ring is haunting. Indeed, I would gladly wear this, although I am a bit concerned it would tend to get snagged on my sweater.

  18. 24play says

    Such hysterics. Do you all have similarly violent reactions when you see someone wearing a crucifix?

  19. johnny says

    I think it’s more about general HIV awareness, (lord knows we could use it, most of the public has somehow forgotten about this disease) rather than celebrating a deadly virus. And perhaps a tiny bit of hype for publicity mixed in. As an artist, I appreciate that sometimes a bit of shock value is what it takes sometimes to get ANY notice in a world glutted with artists and art, so it’s a win/win. He gets PR and the disease gets awareness.

    I certainly don’t find it offensive. I do, however, find it oddly unattractive and bulky for a ring. Agree with an earlier post about pendant or earrings… but not a ring. Imagine that sucker getting snagged on someone’s fishnet hose.

  20. says

    Scientists don’t even know what the HIV virus looks like. All the images you see in the newspapers are just artists renderings of what they THINK it might look like.

  21. Bob R says

    Stenar, you are wrong about scientists not knowing what the virus looks like. Although it cannot be viewed with the average microscope, it is readily viewed using the electron microscope and has been photographed and observed entering a t-cell and reproducing inside the cell. Perhaps you need to learn a little more about virology and HIV in particular. Try the Google for starters.

  22. Gino says

    “Such hysterics. Do you all have similarly violent reactions when you see someone wearing a crucifix?”

    Maybe we should, since Christianity has been used to kill and destroy lives for a lot longer than HIV/AIDS.

    And it’s the primary reason gays can’t get equal rights in this country.

  23. Zeph says

    Imagine having to explain to people who saw you wearing that ring what it was. Good luck to anyone who dares buy it.

  24. James says

    Indeed I find many of these posts amusing – As a 46 year old gay male with HIV who also is a jeweler I find this piece interesting and aesthetic yet a tad derivative in concept, but hey – someone has got to do it! Here it is. Looks well constructed probably with blue Topaz and Rubellite from the color I can see, looks to be fabricated in white Gold but it’s possible a mass market could be done in Rhodium plated Silver, if a mass market is planned. That’s my guess for the person who speculated on it’s makeup

    Hehehe piss Christ! Will that never go away? Good God. At least for all the offense it caused, that was it’s purpose. The Elephant dung Madonna was actually complementary in cultural context, and not as ugly as it sounds. Not as ugly as the fake controversy it spawned by far.

    But the juxtaposition of beauty and ugliness, the real beauty and symmetry of the design of the HIV virus particle and the horror of what it does is stark. As stark is it’s beautifully evil strategy of combining sex, the very essence of life itself with horrible degenerative death and disease. Making art out of it is just one of many natural human reactions to this weirdness. Making GOOD art though is a constant challenge.

    Everyone meets that challenge in their own way… as the posts here reflect, but the freak-out / holier-than-thou offended ones are a bit over the top really – what’s the worst thing this ring could do – ruin your sweater?

  25. James says

    Actually after viewing most of the designer’s site, the ‘what it’s made of’ question is “electrons in magnetic domains” as it is a tad too regular and symmetrical for real life jewelry. Fooled by a really good 3D rendering, as that seems to be the designer’s specialty.

    …Gotta read the links more carefully before posting!

    Of the designs on his site, this one is one of the makable ones, and looks wearable. I see no reference to any actual jewelry the guy has made, or had made, none actually worn by real people. Too bad, some of it looks nice. (Some not.) Probably a design school project. No real sweaters will be damaged by this it would seem, here in the Real World.

  26. SPOT says

    http://www.giantmicrobes.com/us/products/hiv.html

    I’m pretty neutral to it. And to the plush version above.

    You can be ann iconoclast, or not, or a hypocrite.

    I think the ring is a good idea, and even without knowing the artist’s motivations, has benefits in the fight to keep HIV and AIDS in the public spotlight.

    Is it something I would have done? Probably not.

    I remind you guys, there’s not much difference between this and those stupid yellow bracelets some of you undoubtedly wear as fashion statements, or the festive red ribbons people used to wear.

  27. Crash says

    Ok, y’all need to take a massive does of Xanax. For pitties sake. What about all the artists who have made cancer paintings. What about them, are you saying that their disease and choice of context is just as tasteless? get over yourselves. Like some here, I was also at first appalled at the idea that someone would desing a piece of art with that theme, but then, the more I looked at the ring, and studied it, the more I began to like the concept and design, and yes, the beauty of the ring, and the horrid virus that it is based on. One can both be appalled at the virus, and admire the beauty of it at the same time.
    So, for all you hysterical psychophants raving about the tackiness, again, take a pill, or two, and go rock yourselves in the corner. Get a life.

    PS: he (the artist) is currently working on some way of selling his designs here in the states, and before y’all blow up with disdain, YOU DONT HAVE TO BUY HIS WORK IF YOU DONT LIKE IT!!!!

  28. Oscar says

    Interesting.
    As of today anybody that gets AIDS is because he/she wants it.This is not the 1980’s where ignorance was the norm.Anywhere in the world today people know how the HIV is gotten.If you are so stupid to get the virus, you deserve it.
    The ring is not pretty but I’ve seen uglier jewelry.

  29. James says

    NO ONE DESERVES A DISEASE.

    The idea that disease is caused by a moral status, or is OK to exist in those of inferior moral status is a legacy of rancid misinterpretations of Christian eschatology especially infecting America’s moral underbelly as we were founded and filled up by a significant proportion of Europe’s religious rejects. NOWHERE can you find in anything the Jesus folk are so fond of quoting or misquoting saying any such thing, he was too busy healing the sick, and addressing social justice. DESERVING a disease? Beyond Dickensian.

    Certainly disease causation, choices of behaviors, these are issues more properly assigned to individual responsibility, etc. One can be responsible, which I think the poster meant in part, but the phraseology “deserves” means more. Much more. It means YOU vs. ME; US vs. THEM; ‘I did the right thing, you didn’t, so fuck you.’ “Deserves” was invoked on us all in the ’80s when GRID mysteriously broke out, and apparently has just not stopped showing up at this 27 year or so party to make everybody’s lives miserable and help no one in the least. Even here, on Towleroad.

    Perhaps HIV related pop-culture oddities whether ‘good’ or ‘bad’ all do serve the purpose of promoting dialogue, or eliciting random comments so they can be aired out. Thank You for providing that opportunity.

  30. says

    OK! SO I’M NOT THE ONLY ONE WHO HATED THAT GAWDAWFUL FLOWER RING SAMANTHA JUST HAD TO HAVE!

    OH. SORRY. WE WERE DISCUSSING SOMETHING IMPORTANT WEREN’T WE? OOPS.

    YEAH, BAD AIDS RING! BAD!

  31. says

    I concur with Phil, and add that people with HIV do not speak for all people with HIV. I am HIV+ and this is not offensive to me in least – it’s science and art combining, and we know it’s true art because of all the controversy! To me it is much ballsier than bracelets or ribbons, to each their own…

    It’s also “funny” to me how much of the Gay Voice sounds like the people who don’t want to see gay couples hold hands and kiss… “That’s just not right; I shouldn’t have to see that; I don’t want to have to explain that to my children, It’s offensive to me…”

    It’s some metal and stuff you could wear as a ring – if you wanted… Those Giant Microbes are awesome, science can be fun!

  32. says

    I concur with Phil, and add that people with HIV do not speak for all people with HIV. I am HIV+ and this is not offensive to me in least – it’s science and art combining, and we know it’s true art because of all the controversy! To me it is much ballsier than bracelets or ribbons, to each their own…

    It’s also “funny” to me how much of the Gay Voice sounds like the people who don’t want to see gay couples hold hands and kiss… “That’s just not right; I shouldn’t have to see that; I don’t want to have to explain that to my children, It’s offensive to me…”

    It’s some metal and stuff you could wear as a ring – if you wanted… Those Giant Microbes are awesome, science can be fun!