Last night we were at a cocktail bar in Los Angeles when a group of, well, “bros,” saddled up next to us and asked the bartender, “What’s on special?” The bartender recoiled, then steadied himself and asked them what kind of spirits they prefer. He talked them up from from well whiskey to a nice Bulleit bourbon. The bros were pleased, they got a taste of the good life and then made their way into the night. After they departed, the bartender remarked, “Drinking off the well/speed rack is the equivalent of picking a tattoo off a flash wall—eventually you have to grow up.” Bartenders are wise.
As tattoos have evolved from markings to art over the past 20 years, the spirits world has also become more sophisticated and discerning. Perhaps that growth wasn’t parallel. Because bartenders and tattooers are in the service industry, it is not until after-hours that they can both unwind, making after-hours party mixers between the two crafts. It is in those golden hours where barkeepers get amazing ink and tattooers have their tastebuds teased. It is during those sessions that the new frontiers of tattoo art and cocktail cultivations are realized.
Last night we were at a cocktail bar in Los Angeles when a group of, well, “bros,” saddled up next to us and asked the bartender, “What’s on special?” The bartender recoiled, then steadied himself […]