grill~mouth grill

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Aug 7 00:36:10 UTC 2012

On Aug 6, 2012, at 6:06 PM, victor steinbok wrote:

> To be honest, it did not even occur to me when looking at Lochte's photo
> that he was wearing jewelry. I thought it was some sort of braces.
> VS-)

So my only problem was that I started wearing braces 60 years too early to get away with convincing people I was blinged out and not just buck-toothed.

> On 8/5/2012 11:46 PM, Garson O'Toole wrote:
>> Here is an excerpt that mentions the creator of the grill.
>> Title: Acclaimed Grill-Creating Rapper Paul Wall Designed Ryan
>> Lochte’s Mouth Jewelry
>> Author: Evan Sporer
>> Pasting date and time: 10:44 am, August 1st, 2012
>> Website: Sports Grid
>> [Begin excerpt]
>> Ryan Lochte was wearing metal by the pool even before he won his first
>> race in London at the Olympics. The 27-year-old American-born swimmer
>> has been wearing grills throughout the 2012 Games, designed by none
>> other than one of the pioneers of icy mouthware, rapper Paul Wall.
>> But Lochte’s grill sparked some controversy, according to ESPN
>> reporter Wayne Drehs.
>>     Lochte told me he tried to wear his grill on the podium only to
>> have an Olympics official tell him if he did so he wouldn’t get his
>> gold.
>>     — Wayne Drehs (@espnWD) July 28, 2012
>> Then, XXL Mag learned that it was Wall, along with
>> partner-in-grill-making TV Jonny, who designed the grill for Lochte.
>>     “The grill he’s wearing is all hand-prong set, all VS diamonds and
>> custom red rubies,” Paul Wall said. “What he has in his mouth is all
>> hand crafted. Every diamond is set by hand—one by one, prong set and
>> all custom red rubies. Of course we gave him an Olympic discount.”
>>     Although Wall didn’t disclose the exact price tag of Lochte’s
>> particular grill, he did mention that such a customized mouthpiece can
>> run “anywhere from $15,000-$25,000.”
>> [End excerpt]
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