Some people live a very loved life, some people receive that love even after they are gone. Not in memories, but in a literal sense. Case in point, air-conditioned coffins for loved ones or gold-plated coffins for celebrities; it’s not like they can enjoy the service or the grandness of your gestures now that they are clearly dead but that doesn’t stop loved ones from making them. Helping make an easy transition to another life by taking a small piece of the current life is Craftsman Joseph Tetteh Ashong, otherwise known as Paa Joe. he is known to be the most yielding coffin artist in Ghana. With his out-of-the-ordinary handcrafted casket designs, you can imagine anything from Air Jordan sneakers to a Louis Vuitton x Supreme bag. These designs, he says, are requested by some of the most extreme shoe and fashion lovers in Ghana. We have shortlisted our favorite pieces of Paa Joe’s work:
1. Louis Vuitton Coffin: I can think of so many friends who would love to be buried in a Louis Vuitton bag-shaped coffin. A lifetime of fandom does make this seem like a good way to go. It gives you the feeling of making a woman happy as she sleeps forever with something she’s loved all her life.
2. Air Jordan sneakers: After literally walking through life in your pair of Nike’s it does seem like a good idea to rest in their comfort too, right? Paa Joe does a fabulous job with use of color and fabric design in the interior.
3. Rhinoceros coffin: This one is treated like a piece of art, cause it sure doesn’t look like anything else. The Rhino proverbial coffin has made its way to the art collection of Stefan Simchowitz.
4. James Dean Porsche coffin: This has got to be a house favorite! It’s a full-size James Dean Porsche coffin fit for any man or woman who led a life full of style and panache. James Bond, are you paying attention here?
5. Walkman coffin: You can take the man away from the music but you will never be able to take the music away from the man. A music lover would love to rest in one of this walkman shaped coffins. Can you think of a better place to rest in peace for a music addict?