"Grillz" Shop Wants to Make STL the Gold Teeth Capital of America

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"This grill right here is actually called the 'Miley Cyrus.' We named it after her because she wore that style first," he says.

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The "Miley" grill.

Miley has her grill, but so do other megastars like Rihanna and Beyonce, and that has made the trend go from what has commonly been considered a black "urban" style to one sought after by everybody.

"I thought it would be mostly black guys, but it's not," Said says of the people who come into his shop. "It's totally shown me different. I have white ladies, white guys all the time. They're the most curious ones. They'll see some nice work and be like, 'Oh this is pretty cute.' And then when they start seeing Beyonce and Victoria's Secret models -- they all got gold teeth now, too, showing off in music videos. And people be like, 'Yeah, I want that.'"

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Arab Americans are also getting in on grillz, says Said, who is of Palestinian descent, and he has made grillz with Arabic lettering and Palestinian flag colors for a few of his Arab American customers.

Grillz are multicultural now, but it's the ladies who are really helping to make the scene get big again.

"I'd say there are five females for every two male customers," Said says.

With his new shop on Delmar, Said hopes to make a place where people from all over come to St. Louis for grillz. So far, he's doing a pretty good job. An NFL player came in the other day for a set, and Said is currently working on a piece for Miss USA 2010, as well as a few girlfriends of NBA players.

"You watch -- this place is gonna become a tourist attraction," Said says.

Correction: It was earlier written that Said is of Lebanese descent. However, he is of Palestinian descent.

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echojewelryrepair
echojewelryrepair

Visit the globally known and world famous: Gold Grillz Miami their website is www.GoldTeethMiami.com all celebs go there when they stop by in miami. They are really good, and service fast. You can also call them at 305.944.8008

SingleGrillz
SingleGrillz

You can also get instant one-size-fits-all teeth grillz for like $15 if you just wanna have fun with it and not spend a fortune. Also, single cap tooth grillz are really hot right now like the ones at www.blingcartel.com.

Tim Brown
Tim Brown

This was an unpopular story, get your shit straight.

Zach Denney
Zach Denney

... Interesting. I thought these things died out in the late 90s. Clearly I'm not hip.

Keith Mccollum
Keith Mccollum

Aren't they about 10 years too late.....nobody where's that shit anymore

Ed Chris Bender
Ed Chris Bender

Sheesh..don't give people ideas on this stupid as look.

Ed Lomax
Ed Lomax

might aas well! what the hell!!

Tim Brown
Tim Brown

If be popular you mean got the most attention in a negative sense, absolutely. This shit is stupid.

D.a. Jones
D.a. Jones

And the women who claim to love this stuff are already dirty, so they don't matter.

D.a. Jones
D.a. Jones

How is it that people are proud to waste their money on something so stupid? I doesn't benefit you in any way, it ruins your teeth, and it's NOT a status symbol...unless that status is "retard."

Noelle McMinn
Noelle McMinn

Al, Hannah, Mary Kate something we can all be proud of.

Mike Helbig
Mike Helbig

Way to go RFT. Helping make St. Louis even more of a rat hole than it already is.

Diana Burke
Diana Burke

Grillz & taxes done too? So damn ghetto smh

Leah Grace
Leah Grace

Fuck. Yes. #want Honkytonk Angel

Jennifer O'Neal
Jennifer O'Neal

I thought St. Louis was already the gold tooth capital of the world

Sara Ivie-Trankler
Sara Ivie-Trankler

Because we aren't ghetto enough. It's definitely a cultural divide. White people don't want anything in the realm of yellow on their teeth.

Eric Lowdownderty Shame
Eric Lowdownderty Shame

Now they see an opportunities to use st louis. Just add more degrading stuff on the market to make us look appalling. Whats next? Add more liquor stores?

Sylvio Roberts
Sylvio Roberts

Awesome in New Orleans u get a gold cap when u graduate highschool !!!!!!

Paul Huber
Paul Huber

More reasons to nuke the city and start over

Bryan Byerly
Bryan Byerly

This just in... It looked stupid long before Katy Perry wore a "grill"

Mark Sullivan
Mark Sullivan

Just shows the appeasement of ignorance some of us have

Nichole Ann
Nichole Ann

Oh good... golden "grillz" to go along with that "most dangerous cities in America" title... keepin it Classy, Lou!

Ticktick Boomer
Ticktick Boomer

Seeing someone with a mouthful of this ridiculousness from a distance, they look like their teeth are all rotten and nasty. Even up close they look nearly as bad. Who wants to look like that? Guh-ross.

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