With the NBA Finals upon us a doozy of a series between the Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks I got to wonder what some of these prized athletes like LeBron James or Dwayne Wade do with their money.
I came up with the following answer due to the mixture of the following: a) I had watched part of Game 5 the other night, and b) I was doing so while trying to come up with a fun Friday metals-related post. And so here it is: gold grillz.
Grills, or “grillz as they’re known after a song released by rapper Nelly, are simply a type of jewelry worn over the teeth, according to the Wikipedia definition.
Of course, neither LeBron nor Wade has indulged in purchasing gold grillz (at least not for themselves; and even if they have, they certainly don’t wear them). In fact, using the latest in Internet search methods, I couldn’t find a single NBA player on record that wears them.
So there goes that theory. (Although a faux news article entitled “Struggling car customizers, gold teeth manufacturers eagerly await NBA draft is worthy of a chuckle, if only for the doctored image of Shaquille O’Neal wearing fake grillz.)
Nonetheless, upon further investigation it cannot be denied that gold, silver, platinum and other metals play a large role in the “grillz business, as many figures in the rap music industry have adopted it as an indispensable image-branding tool. The American Dental Association has put out a report citing that base metals may cause allergic or other adverse reactions, but that may not prevent buyers from going to such providers as krunkgrillz.com for their metal-mouth fix.
While it’s hard to put an exact dollar amount on the grillz industry itself, it’s easy to see the interesting and often intricate designs that come out of this niche. So without further ado, we give you: gold grillz.
Possibly the most famous individual sporting gold grillz — entertainer Flavor Flav. Source: teethgrillz.blogspot.com
Oh, and Go Mavs.