Golden Gems, home decor and accessory shop on Cherokee Street, and Andy May, local tattoo artist housed out of Tower Classic Tattooing, have ​teamed up to release a limited run of pins and patches with original artwork during ​Death and Fortune​, an in-store event celebrating the creative collaboration at 3156 Cherokee on Friday, July 20th from 6-10pm. ​The event is free and open to all.

“The inspiration for me was the idea that life and death, and many other aspects of life, are a matter of luck and fortune. While death is certain, how or when isn’t set in stone. We’re all just rolling the dice while walking through life,” comments Andy May on what inspired the artwork for this collaboration.

Golden Gems, sisters Amanda Helman and Susan Logsdon, and Andy May invite the public to take in their latest creative collaboration in a festively dark and mysterious release party. Attendees will be able to enjoy party favors, complimentary libations and small eats, taking a spin on the wheel of fortune, temporary tattoos and more. A fortune teller will be doing readings at the event in a semi-private area for $20. Small bites will be by Good Fortune, new American Chinese eatery located in Botanical Heights.

“We’ve known Andy May for almost six years now. He does all of our tattoos and we love his aesthetic. We were talking one night and this collaboration came up naturally. We’re really excited about the outcome–the elements of Andy May and Golden Gems mesh together so well,” Golden Gems states about how the collaboration came to be.

Golden Gems is comprised of two sisters, Amanda and Susan, who make cool stuff and want to change the world with well-designed, witty home decor and accessories. They recently opened up their brick and mortar retail location at ​3156 Cherokee Street, St. Louis. R​ aised in Central Florida, the sisters now reside in south St. Louis and love finding the best-kept-secrets in the city. Golden Gems offerings are mix of simplistic beauty and a sense of moxie to inspire others.

Andy May has been tattooing for seven years, all at Tower Classic Tattooing. May also has a hand in Co-Owning May’s Place. May’s Place offers a unique variety of vintage, antiques and locally made goods.

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