Would you wear meat around your neck?

Lady Gaga caused a huge stir when she wore a “meat dress,” topped by a little meat pill box style hat and matching meat boots, to the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards.  When talk show host, comedienne, and vegan Ellen DeGeneres asked her why she wore the outfit, Lady Gaga said it could be interpreted in a variety of ways. “If we don’t stand up for what we believe in and if we don’t fight for our rights, pretty soon we’re going to have as much rights as the meat on our own bones. And I am not a piece of meat,” Lady Gaga told DeGeneres.

Now, Celebuzz reports that the L.A.-based jewelry company, Onch Movement, has taken Lady Gaga’s statement wardrobe one step further, with a “meat lace” necklace. Of course, it’s not real meat, but it looks pretty darn close. This cruelty-free “Meat-Lace” necklace hangs on a gold and black chain, and is on sale at Big Cartel.

What intrigues me most about this necklace design is the way that Onch Movement has identified and capitalized upon a trend to advance their business. Isn’t this something we all need to do as handmade artists? What’s more, this necklace gives consumers a fresh new way to express themselves. As I always say, jewelry is both art and self-expression disguised as a fashion accessory.

Tell me, would you wear a slab of beef around your neck to make a statement? I’d love to hear your comments on this.