Bringing it back: briar pipes

Believe me, you haven’t lived til you’ve had a member of the local constabulary stop you on the sidewalk and ask “whatcha smokin in that pipe, son?” only to regail him with a lengthy and detailed summary of the rare Latakias, Balkans, and Orientals that went into the blend you’re chuffing on through that freehand Erik Nording bent Dublin…only to have him walk away in disgust at not being able to bust another “bath salt” addict.

C’est la vie…such as life…

With the ever increasing cost of cigarettes, you’re going to have to fork over a whole weeks tips just to buy a pack of Spirits before too long…it’s time to start think outside the carton of Parliaments. Cigars just give you the air of snobbery and reek of establismentism and corporatist greed. Who hasn’t seen caricatures of some fat cat business mogul with a big old stogie stuffed in his greedy gob? Enter…the briar. A trend from days past…the practice of pipe smoking goes back a millennium.

By comparison, bulk pipe tobacco tends to be much less expensive than a pack of smokes, especially if you order and deliver from a state that doesnt have majorly draconian and oppressive public smoking regulations and high taxes on smokes.

It never really went out of style in the first place…at least not among the black sock wearing Grampa set, which makes the pipe so much more hip. Think: tiki lounge, Esquivel, skinny ties, fedoras, and your straight apple filled with an exotic Turkish blend.

The trend is still relatively new, but if you wanna be on the cutting edge and way ahead of the learning curve with your friends, make haste, young man and get the to your local tobacconist, or put that Apple Air to some good use and google up a nice church warden or calabash…