Return of the Tobacco Pipe: The 21st Century Pipe Renaissance!
The tobacco pipe has always symbolized a legacy of sophistication and elegance, and has been throughout history, a key item in a gentleman’s arsenal. Humphrey Bogart, Clark Gable, John Mills and Prince Rainer III of Monaco are amongst the men who have made smoking tobacco pipes an art in its own right. Some characters throughout history have permanently associated themselves with the prodigious symbol of the tobacco pipe, like Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, a man that was barely seen without his trusty tobacco pipe.
The 1980s were a decade in which tobacco pipe smoking thrived to a point where it was declared as a worldwide craze, as more and more people took up the hobby of smoking tobacco pipes. However with the advent of the more health conscious years in the form of the 1990s and the new millennium, the popularity of the tobacco pipe had dropped dramatically, as the baby boomers grew up, and pipe smoking was regarded as an indulging and wasteful habit by most, which most young people cast aside.
However recently, trends have shown that the tobacco pipe is making a comeback in all of its splendor and glory. 2011 is all about revival, and the tobacco pipe is no exception. Being the symbol of decadence and luxury in modern times, many men are taking up the pipe as a way to unwind and in retrospect are seeking a connection with their suave predecessors that made the tobacco pipe a significant article of a gentleman’s lifestyle.
Cigars, martinis and lounge music have made their comebacks in this decade, and the tobacco pipe is not far behind. We are slowly witnessing a renaissance of the tobacco pipe, the fashion trends are inclining towards the lost glamour of the 40’s and the tobacco pipe is no exception, as more and more people are embracing creative interpretations of the Fred MacMurray look.
The tobacco pipe is resilient hence it attracts loyalty. Pipe aficionados swear by the soothing nature of the tobacco pipe, and the art of smoking one, saying that one enjoys the process of preparation just as much as they enjoy the process of smoking their pipe.
With the harried lifestyle of most people, the tobacco pipe is a representation for a moment of peace and contentment, which most of us find ourselves craving in this day and age. Pipe smoking embodies contentment. It’s a process of pure luxury and contentment when you are seated somewhere comfortable, smoking a pipe-truly enjoying the finer things in this life.