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The Tokyo-based design collective was started in 2002 by Young-Kee "VERBAL" Yu and YOON. Inspired by the phrase "ANYTHING GOES", they draw ideas from the many creative outlets in Tokyo to produce original designs.
In 2004 they launch the jewelry brand, Antonio Murphy & Astro. Using 18K gold, platinum, diamonds and other precious stones, they designed their own comical renditions of the mainstream Hip Hop jewelry popular at the time. Their diverse range of fans include celebrities and discriminating buyers alike, in and out of Japan.
In 2008 they launched AMBUSH, the second line to Antonio Murphy & Astro.
AMBUSH is more experimental using different types of metals, stones, plastics, etc., to express yet another realm of jewelry design.
When they are not designing, VERBAL is a MC/ producer of the music group m-flo and TERIYAKI BOYZ, and YOON is a DJ/ stylist/ and also PR for BBC/ ICE CREAM.