PROS BEFORE BROS

An art book / jewelry pairing from author Ariel Meadow Stallings

The first edition of PROS BEFORE BROS premiered January 2019, with a limited run of 100 numbered and signed books coupled with one of two hand-stamped raw brass jewelry pieces.

The book

A true story about sex work

PROS BEFORE BROS is a 114-page erotic memoir by Seattle author and publisher Ariel Meadow Stallings. A true story about sex work and grabbing your own healing by the balls, the narrative explores identity, feminism, shame, surrender, gender roles, bdsm, empowerment, embodiment, and trying to get out of your own damn head.

The book is intended as a talismanic object, designed to be held and felt deeply. A compact 4"x6" luxe hardback, it fits in your back pocket (in part because it really wants to touch your butt). The gold-embossed canvas cover feels good under your fingers, and the cover illustration by Seatac artist Stasia Burrington stands on its own as a work of art.

This is not a book to be hidden in a drawer, or slid into a stack. It wants to be out and proud, inviting the eyes and hands of beloveds. It's a book to be whispered into your partners' ears, a book to invite contemplation, a book to open conversations.

 Read an excerpt

The jewelry

One-of-a-kind hand-stamped raw brass wearable art

Each book is sold as a pairing with one of two jewelry options, exclusive wearable art pieces designed by the author in collaboration with Tacoma, WA-based wearable art and jewelry designer, Squirrel vs Coyote.

Ariel and artist Alexis Devine worked closely to design the two pieces of jewelry: a gender-neutral wrist cuff, and a quartz crystal lariat that convert to handcuffs. Alexis handcrafted the jewelry, free-hand stamping the raw brass of each piece of wearable art with the book's title, letter by letter. Each is truly one of a kind.

This jewelry acts as an invitation to carry the book's themes on your body. The impact of the book's work is meant to be felt against your skin, bringing the book's ideas into your daily experience. Allow the metal, stone, and letters to combine with your body and create its own kind of magic… if you want, it's a form of spell-casting and intention setting. Or it's just gorgeous, uniquely raw jewelry. Up to you.

 See the jewelry

Package 1:

Book + Wrist Cuff

$200 (50 available online and at Ada's Technical Books)

  • Signed & numbered copy of the limited first run of the PROS BEFORE BROS book
  • Hand-stamped raw brass PROS BEFORE BROS wrist cuff
  • All exquisitely packaged in a slow-reveal luxe gold-embossed sliding box

The wrist cuffs are solid brass, gender neutral, and designed to fit on wrists in a wide range of sizes. See more photos here.

Each package is lovingly assembled by the author.

Available online or in-store at Ada's Technical Books in Seattle. Ada's copies are stocked behind the counter — just ask for the book by name!



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Package 2:

Book + Crystal Lariat Necklace / Handcuffs

$300 (50 available online and at Ada's Technical Books)

  • Signed & numbered copy of the limited first run of the PROS BEFORE BROS book
  • Hand-stamped raw brass PROS BEFORE BROS quartz crystal lariat necklace
  • All exquisitely packaged in a slow-reveal luxe gold-embossed sliding box

The quartz crystal lariat hangs on a raw brass chain, with the book's title hand-stamped across the brass hanger. When the brass lobster claws are clasped to each other, the piece hangs as a necklace. When the claws are clasped to the brass of the lariat chain, the piece converts into a pair of handcuffs, with the quartz hanging between your wrists. This wearable art piece is intended for only for soft bondage — the 6.3×5.7mm chain can take light pressure, but not your full strength. See more photos here.

Each package is lovingly assembled by the author.

Available online or in-store at Ada's Technical Books in Seattle. Ada's copies are stocked behind the counter — just ask for the book by name!


Payments processed via Paypal.

Questions?

The mostly commonly asked questions are addressed in the PROS BEFORE BROS project FAQ, but you can also…

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