Hori Smoku Sailor Jerry: A Film on a Tattoo Legend
Before tramp stamps, barbwire armbands, and tribal whatevers, tattoos were actually a subculture–a relatively low-profile underground phenomenon that only gained steam several decades ago. One guy in particular helped advance the art of the tattoo (both literally and figuratively) onto a higher plane. Sailor Jerry, a salt of the earth son of a bitch who actually was a sailor, was a legendary tattoo artist who inked some of the most iconic pieces of artwork in the genre. As colorful a character as his tattoos, Sailor Jerry went far and wide to hone his craft and pick up influences from different cultures. Some of the people interviewed look like the craziest motherfuckers alive too.
TBOTW (Tall Boy of the Week): Narragansett Lager
From fisherman docks, to the dorms at Brown; from Harvard Yard to alleyway sessions in Southie, Rhode Island-born Narragansett (known as 'Gansett) has been getting the Northeast buzzed since 1809. We love its crisp and dry mouth feel, we love that script on the can and, of course, we love its old-school slogan: Made On Honor, Sold On Merit. Word!
Drink your Dessert
Think root-beer flavored liquor. It's the pour when dessert is the main event of the meal. Having the quadruple-scoop banana split or the two-pound New Orleans-style bread pudding? Then get three fingers of this 80-proof punch with a few ice cubes. It's sweet and mildly earthy (in a good way), with healthy hints of vanilla, nutmeg, and cloves. (Note: Great for spiking eggnog come triple-Xmastime.) Best after: Gut-busting desserts.
Good News For 'Gansett
Second quarter business results for Narragansett Beer were announced this week demonstrating a steady increase in sales and brand awareness throughout New England, also entering new markets, such as Philadelphia this past June. Narragansett’s CEO, Mark Hellendrung, is an East Providence native who is credited with resurrecting the brand when he bought it in 2005.
Mavea Water Filtration Pitcher
I’ve been using a Mavea water filtration pitcher for around a month, and I couldn’t be happier. As evidenced by the shot of my fridge, all I do is drink water, and this makes it delicious. The design is pretty rad too, with four rubber corners on the bottom for supreme traction and sleek lines all around. Mavea pitchers are made in Germany by the company who sold the Brita naming rights to Clorox years ago, so if you want some luxury filtration with no bleachy associations, look here.
Art in the Age
To be honest, I’m not exactly sure how to put what Art in the Age does into words. But I like it…a lot.
Their full name, Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, was inspired by an essay written by Walter Benjamin in 1936 entitled The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, in which Benjamin “mourns the loss of ‘the aura’, the moment of awe seizing the first time beholder of a singular work of art.” He argues that “forces of commercialization have subject ‘the aura’ to a perverse transmutation of value, resulting in cheapened ‘cult value’.” Inspired by his piece, Art in the Age is “determined to prove the possibility of increased artistic accessibility across cultural forms without the sacrifice of value.”