Who or what are your influences?
My main influence in creating Tar Tar was Jean Michel Basquiat. I was doing some research on graffiti art in school and was totally blown away with his world of symbols, colors, references; his artistic world in general. I then decided that I was going to create my own label named Tar Tar (Tar is a word he repeatedly uses in his works) with his crown symbol upside down as the logo. I wasn’t sure what I was going to be selling at the time, but two years later I finished my studies, quit my job at the University, and Tar Tar was born.
Pinar Gercek, Tar Tar
Pinar Gercek, founder and creator of Tar Tar Jewelry, was inspired by graffiti artist Jean Michel Basquiat—so much so that upon completion of her studies on experimental costume design, Gercek set out to make jewelry that’s an homage to both his style and meaning.
In 2010, Gercek first designed Tar Tar’s signature rope necklaces as part of a fashion design class. In 2011 she held an informal trunk show featuring the rope necklaces along with a few other designs, and the unanimously positive response snowballed from there.
Gercek assembles hand-crafts all of her original designs in a home studio by the sea, utilizing a variety of materials from ropes and textiles to pipe fittings, popsicle sticks and precious stones to create her fun, colorful designs.