"My jewelry definitely started with my mom," explained Second Skin surivor and Chelsea visual artist Eryn Lefkowitz. "When I was in high school, I kept receiving silver and sterling bracelets for gifts, and I would just keep piling them on. This Cartier lock bracelet was my dad’s first gift to my mom. She had my initials engraved on the inside and then gave it to me as a gift."
"I keep adding pieces, because they tell a story that continues to evolve. I can take away a few and feel OK, but a cuff always has to be on my right hand or else it feels like there's too little. Once I had to go without my watch because the link broke. It was the strangest feeling -- it was a weight off my arm that I wasn't used to. During sleep, I usually take off the stud bangles and the big rings on my pointer fingers. But other than that, it all stays on… unless a gentleman requests me to take them off. A lot of people ask, 'What, do you wear you your whole jewelry box?' It either inspires people or they're like, 'Oh god, you're sick.' "
"I felt lost and insecure. I kept trying to play with a ring that wasn’t on my finger," says Eryn, when she was forced to trade clothes with Greenwich Village flower child Heather Boo for Second Skin. "I was walking around feeling like something was wrong -- like something was missing. My confidence was gone and I couldn't conduct my day normally. As cathartic as it was, and as much of as lesson as it was, it made me realize how much my jewelry and the way that I dress helps me feels safe."
"People perceive you as tough, dark, and creative if you wear all black. I walk tough, I dress tough, but, if you know me, I’m not that tough. I’m actually much more guarded. The creative part is obviously true. But my clothes have nothing to do with being a dark person or a dark soul. If you look at my work, it’s very much the opposite."
"I build sculptures, and I come out with these photographs that are seven feet tall and four feet wide. They're all glitter -- I call it 'glittering the grotesque.' It’s a way to bring light to the dark. When I glittered a swastika, it caused a controversy. People associate them with the Holocaust, but originally, it was a Buddhist symbol for peace."
If Eryn's story inspires your style, then add her things to your closet!