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A couple of years ago I bought and wore a new mens fragrance by the name of Ed Hardy by Christian Audigier, what drew me to the bottle was its elaborate tattoo-inspired design and deciding there and then to look around for related products saw me begin a new collection of Ed Hardy accessories including drinking glasses, a weekend bag, lighters and the focus of this review the "Love Kills Slowly" mug.
I'm quite a keen collector of mugs, I think they make for a functional and thoughtful gift so was delighted to recieve my mug as a gift from my then other half. It cost about a fiver from a gadget type shop in my local shopping mall and fitted in well with my growing collection of Ed Hardy goodies. The mug is quite large in size and weighs around 500 grams when empty, it's predominately white in colour and and as my picture shows, it features a large skull motif with the "Love Kills Slowly" slogan on the front and eagle and heart design on the back complete with the Ed Hardy signature scrawl. It is obviously tattoo-inspired in its design and when I got my mug the Ed Hardy brand was very much the 'in' thing with the patterns and designs featuring on clothes and both male and female fragrances. Having always been interested in tattoos and body art the whole ethos of the brand appealed to me and I gained quite a collection of related items over a short period of time with a few of the more functional items still being used by me to this day mainly this mug and my collection of brightly designed glassware. It's a chunky mug, very well made with a strong white handle and solid base and being an authentic Ed Hardy product it is stamped on its underside and comes packaged in an equally elaborate gift box when purchased.
I suppose it could be used as a decorative item but for me it's a functional thing that I use every day and have done for a couple of years now, it's withstood many knocks and bangs in the time I've used it and has been washed thousands of times in hot soapy water with the rest of my crockery without ever losing its colour or pattern. Taste is a subjective thing and I'm sure there will be people reading this review who won't like the look of this mug at all, it is quite grotesque I suppose and the slogan definitely won't be to other peoples taste but I think it's quite quirky, I love the macabre nature of the skull design and it holds a fair amount of coffee when it's full which of course is the main thing to be concerned about if you're wanting to use this as a functional item. It's dishwasher and microwave safe and holds comfortably in the hand and is what you'd expect a mug to be.
If you can appreciate the cleverly ironic slogan and the bizarre design of the mug or knows someone who likes things that are a little bit out of the ordinary then this would definitely make for an interesting gift I think, it has it's practical uses and washes well and I use mine everyday. For around a fiver it has been great value for money, it hasn't stained on the inside despite holding tea and coffee for the past two years and has kept its vibrant colour. It won't appeal to many people but if it looks like something that would be appreciated then it's well worth buying as it's still available now online from the likes of amazon where it costs £4.95.
Five stars as a rating from me, thanks for reading my review.