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Flasking.com for Great Holiday Gifts

Have you been to Flasking.com?

Flasking.com is a new website offering hundreds of unique and limited-edition flasks, handcrafted by artists nationwide—with a style to suit every taste imaginable.  Flasks are priced from $18-$28. For Limited/Signed Editions, most are between $34-$54.

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L.A. entrepreneur Brad Copeland and his Flasking Krew are thoroughly reimagining the humble flask—an everyday object that hasn’t had an upgrade since Carry Nation was smashing it with her hatchet.

Now Copeland has put the plain flask on trial (really!) and found it guilty of aggravated assault (on drinkers’ refined senses), of unlawful impersonation (of a proper libation-storage device), and of human rights violations too numerous to name.

Flasking.com Puts a New Twist on the Old Flask

DNA_005-front Flasking.com offers hundreds of gorgeous handcrafted flasks in a range of sizes, designed by artists nationwide in a boundless array of styles.

Campy? Elegant? Madcap? Even a bit… bawdy? Yes, yes, yes, and goodness gracious, yes! Flasking.com flasks aren’t just for storage or cocktail delivery, they’re portable works of art—truly a product for the ages.

DNA_013-frontFlasking.com is where the good times never stop. They’re always happy to spread some cheer on their social media (see links below) channels. Exploring Flasking.com, you’ll find a brash, fun-filled flask-centric universe to enjoy—from useful tips and recipes like their signature “Pocket Cocktails” (crafted with a flask in mind) to “Flaskified Facts”—their madcap alt-universe exploration of Flasking history through the ages!

The plain silver flask is now an object of the past: nowhere but Flasking.com can you find signed and numbered flasks handcrafted by artists nationwide.

DNA_034-frontEach one in their limited-edition line is the result of individual craftsmanship; these collectibles are therefore in extremely high demand.  They’re perfect for experienced flaskers and novices alike: anyone who wants to make a statement with a durable, beautifully designed piece of art that goes wherever they do. Break it out on Father’s Day, Fourth of July, the autumnal equinox, or anniversary of your first tipple. Or, you know, on Tequila Tuesday. (Tequila Tuesday being a very special day here at Tequila Aficionado.) Whenever the mood strikes, your flask will be there.

Brad Copeland, Founder & CEO of Flasking.com

foam“It was deceptively simple,” says the Los Angeles-based Brad Copeland. “It started with a plain flask and an unformed idea, then became something much bigger.” With Flasking.com, Copeland’s vision is nothing less than the reinvention of camaraderie itself. Partnering with a large, eclectic group of artists, writers, and other creative types, Copeland has reimagined the basic drinking flask as art object, conversation piece, and—lest we forget—still the most practical, portable conveyance for beverages of all kinds. Copeland’s keen understanding of online marketing and commerce make Flasking.com the culmination of his business experience and a reflection of his celebratory outlook on life.

Brad’s Flask: Foam Sweet Foam. In Brad’s Flask: The “Pocket Paloma”: fine reposado tequila, fresh-squeezed lime juice, and soda water.

Connect For more information:

www.flasking.com

Twitter: @flasking

www.facebook.com/flasking

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Dia De Los Muertos Sugar Skulls

Sugar Skulls as Art

The sugar skull is becoming an exciting art form.  Though sugar skull artisans seemed to be dying out for a while, the rise of the internet has brought the sugar skull out of the coffin and into the mainstream.  Here are just a few examples of how the sugar skull is evolving.  (Click on any of the images to see these and many more in our Dia de los Muertos Pinboard.)

 

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Dia de los Muertos: Pan de Muerto

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Pan de Muerto (Bread of the Dead)

Don’t let the name fool you, the living enjoy eating this sweet bread too!

(Click on any of the images below to see more Pan de Muerto and enjoy some of the delicious recipes on our Dia de los Muertos Pinboard.)

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Dia De Los Muertos Altars

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(Click on any of the images to see our Dia de los Muertos pinboard with more altars.)

The home altar is meant to serve as a welcome for the long lost loved ones who have passed on before us.  Just as we might welcome guests from out of town with a fine table, flowers, and food, so too will we welcome home our dearly departed for their short visit on Dia de los Muertos.

Elements of the Dia de los Muertos Altar:

We start with the table and a favorite tablecloth.  Upon those, we’ll add photos of our dear ones.  Personal belongings, favorite foods and beverages (like a good bottle of tequila) will make them welcome.  It may be difficult for our spirit friends to open and pour, so pouring a glass of tequila is often done.  Traditional foods like pan de muerto are also laid out to welcome our otherworldly guests.

Next we’ll add the four elements in nature.

Clay bowls of corn or fruits represent the earth and her harvest.

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Papel picados, the delicately cut paper banners represent wind.

An open container of water will quench the thirst of our loved ones.

The fire of burning candles guides them home and represents the souls themselves.

Salt on the altar purifies the spirits.

Incense, rising like the spirits themselves, sweetens the air as it burns in clay “Copaleros” or “salumerios”.

Marigolds, or tissue flowers, brighten their path and adorn the altar.

Lastly, a simple woven mat is placed at the base of the altar for our weary travelers to rest.

Altars will vary with family and regional traditions, but this should give the unfamiliar a basic overview of the elements of a Dia de los Muertos altar.

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Dia de los Muertos Makeup & Masks

You can find these ideas and many more for Dia de los Muertos Makeup and Masks our Dia de los Muertos Pinterest board.  Click on any of the images below to see more!

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