The Always Strapped AK-47 Ring *NOW UNISEX*
The amazing, vertical Kalashnikov - AK-47 ring . I wear this in solidarity, and to take back ownership for a weapon that dominated my country's recent history, and people.
In sizes US 7 (average female ring size), and size US 10 (average male ring size). Not just for womxn anymore!
The AK 47, the Kalashnikov, the Kalash. I chose the AK 47 as a symbol, because without it, I wouldn’t have Blingistan. The Kalashnikov is indirectly why I started Blingistan. It’s the reason why I can speak English. The AK 47 had been in and out of Afghanistan before, but when it entered on the shoulders of the Soviet army when they invaded Afghanistan, it took on a truly different meaning. The AK was used when the Soviet fought Afghans, when war broke out, when Afghans were forced to flee the country, when Afghans fought back, when the Soviets withdrew and left Afghans with more AK’s on their shoulders, who went on to create all around chaos through internal faction fighting between different ethnic minorities of my country, more Afghans fled, more Afghans died, all because of the AK. If those first AK’s brought to ignite a war that set off a domino effect on the country where my mum ran to school as a teenager, becoming more and more beautiful by the day, where my father smoked his first cigarette, where my great-great x30 grandmother is buried; and I want to remember that, I want to honour that. I want to wear the AK on my hand in remembrance, in solidarity. For all the lives killed with this machine, for all the money it illegally and illegally Ade for the wrong reasons. But I also wear it because, everyday when I look down at the machine, I am reminded of the fact that had AK’s and thus war entered into Afghanistan, I would be living a much, much different life. We all would. The AK 47 ring is not an argument, it is not a debate, it is an opinion and a choice. And we must not forget, that our brothers and sisters all over the world, fighting against colonisation, imperialism and capitalism, fighting for freedom, independence, and for the right to live happily and safely as themselves, have all used the AK 47. From Leila Khaled to the Black Panthers, we stand with all our fellow freedom fighters.
Handmade, beautiful and unique gold jewellery, from Afghanistan with love.
Main Image, Photographer: Astra Pentaxia, @AstraTakesPhotos
Third Image, Model: Shaima, identifies as half-English, half-Pakistani but feels like a child of the world, music is her passion and aims to break prejudices amongst races and religions that separate people (inspired by the likes of Bob Marley).