By  on March 24, 2008

Tom Binns doesn’t exactly strike one as a sunny guy. He drops the F-bomb often enough to make Howard Stern blush; has a Tough Chic jewelry collection devoted to skulls, spikes and studs, and charmingly refers to his fellow nominees for last June’s CFDA Accessory Designer award as “Kmart Jacobs” and “Michael Who Kors.”

Nevertheless, for the past four years, the Belfast-born Binns has settled in Venice Beach, Calif., where his minimalist studio is a block away from the Pacific Ocean. Nothing adorns the stark white walls except for two of his own paintings—one featuring giant bright orange and gold logos of Chanel, and McDonald’s juxtaposed with a swastika.

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