The motivation behind successful people usually stems from someone insinuating that the possible is impossible. Josh Warner credits this type of philosophy as his inspiration to start Good Art HLYWD more than 30 years ago.
“Body piercing was taking off in 1989 and 1990. It was becoming this thing where there were these studios you could go into and say, ‘Pierce my nipples, pierce my ears,’ and do it in a professional environment as opposed to what used to go on at parties,” Warner explains. “I went in to get some earrings, but I wasn’t hip to the scene, and I didn’t understand what was going on. And the guy said, ‘Well, the holes in your ears aren’t big enough, and there is only one, and you can’t have a pair, and they are $80.’ So on the way home I grabbed some silverware and I made something.”
While Warner may have started Good Art by making jewelry for piercings, it quickly morphed into a luxury line attracting clients such as Elton John, Sylvester Stallone and John Galliano.
Good Art hosted a four-day trunk sale at Saks Fifth Avenue at the Fashion Show during Fight Weekend and if you missed it, there’s still a chance to snap up these unique items. While at first glance a jewelry line composed of skulls and collectibles like sterling-silver cocaine vials may not scream “Saks!,” Warner credits the department store for shaking things up a bit and understanding its market:
“This is Vegas. There are zero rules.”
Warner’s debut at Saks also combines what he likes most about the jewelry he creates and the people it appeals to: the absurd mixed with function, bought by pirates.
“The whole pirate thing is less literal and more of the idea of walking your own path,” Warner says. “I sell to a lot of people you might expect, like bikers, actors, musicians and all that, but I have an equal number of bankers, which is the thing you might not expect. I mean, guys with their own planes, serious business guys, and to do that, believe me, you are a pirate. You have definitely bucked the establishment in a lot of ways; you have seriously thought about things in a different way because you are in an elite sort of class. So to be the biker and the banker are one in the same.”
But you don’t really have to be either to appreciate the craftsmanship of a Good Art sapphire ID bracelet, the Cutout Rosette rings or a Kilroy pin—you just have to appreciate art in its highest quality made in the best way possible.
“There were a lot of things I could have done in life pretty easily that would have made me money and given me an occupation and a thing to do all day,” Warner says. “What I decided was, for better or worse, that my purpose was to put aesthetics into daily life in a very simple way. What I hope is that people will come and see my work and they find something that affects them or moves them in a way that they want that piece with them all of the time.”