The Craftmanship of a Gentleman
A Man, above all, must Respect Himself
On Pipe Smoking & The “Hipster Trend”
Many young adults in my age group are part of a sub culture known as hipsters. While I don’t concern myself with labels I have been, at times, grouped with Hipsters.
I wear Pendleton flannels, Levi’s 501, boots and classic vans/converse, and sport long hair & a beard. That, by today’s youths, categorizes me as a hipster. I don’t believe so. I don’t pretend to know about music or craft beers; I don’t grow a beard and moustache in order to be part of a trend. So when I picked up pipe smoking a year ago, I wasn’t expecting to further encase my image with that of those hipsters.
I was always drawn the allure of pipe smoking rather than cigarettes. I don’t condone nor do I condemn smoking but I usually learn the pros and cons of each. Smoking always carries its risks of health problems. The key is moderation. Naturally I decided to go with pipe/cigar smoking. I have not regretted the decision since. The aroma of the tobacco is pleasant, sweet and I quite enjoy it. Even the process of packing the bowl and lighting is an art that takes practice. Similar to how one goes about cutting and lighting a cigar. Smoking a pipe relaxes me and helps me enjoy the tobacco. Sometimes I’ll pair the tobacco with a whiskey to further enhance the experience. Pipe smoking is something I’ll always consider as being “manly”– granted that a defining characteristic of being a “man” doesn’t limit it to smoking.
I enjoy pipe smoking outdoors. That being said I always ask the people sitting around me if they mind if I smoke. It’s “manly” to be polite and respectful. They usually don’t mind and a small conversation ensues. The common factor being that it’s pleasant and not pungent. But recently I have seen surge in popularity amongst “hipsters” to start pipe smoking so they can claim that they “did it before it was cool”. I know of someone who picked up pipe smoking for that exact reason. It’s a shame. I have met older gentleman in my local B&M store and they too express the fate of pipe smoking with the recent trend. With the popularity of Instagram and Pinterest I have noticed more and more people smoking pipes. Some actually smoke often and have been doing it for a while, while others simply do it to look “cool” in their photos.
While I don’t usually concern myself with the actions of others, since everyone is free to act upon their own accord, I wanted to address to anyone who was curious of picking up pipe smoking to not be discouraged. Eventually the hipster will turn to something new and shiny to set their eyes upon. Pipe smoking will endure the fad and still remain .
Many young adults in my age group are part of a sub culture known as hipsters. While I don’t concern myself with labels I have been, at times, grouped with Hipsters. I wear Pendleton flannels, Levi’s 501, boots and classic vans/converse, and sport long hair & a beard. That, by today’s youths, categorizes me as…
Hipsters Turn to Hookahs & Pipes
After years of cigarette smoking being on the decline,new trends show teens and young adults lighting up again with two new dangerous habits. Hookahs and pipes are finding popularity among a new generation of hipsters who think these smoking habits are less dangerous.
While hookahs are relatively new to the U.S., the hookah has a long history in the Middle East and Asia. The habit is seen as something social, with hookah bars and cafes popping up all over.
Unfortunately, there’s a misperception among the youth that hookah smoking is safer than cigarettes because the smoke is filtered through water.The truth is that water pipe smoking carries the same serious health effects as smoking cigarettes. There is also an increased risk of cancers of the lower lip, esophagus and stomach from a water pipe.
Water pipe smoke contains nicotine, carbon monoxide, and carcinogens. Researchers say water pipe smoke may contain even greater amounts of tar and heavy metals than cigarette smoke. 
After years of cigarette smoking being on the decline among teens and young adults, new trends have this vulnerable group lighting up again