Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Z is for ZIG-ZAG MAN


For the letter Z, let’s focus on....

ZIG-ZAG MAN

The Zig Zag man was everywhere in the 60s and 70s. Tattoos, T-Shirts, Hats…you name it and he was on it. Who was the Zig Zag man? Legend has it that he was a French Soldier named Zouave who lost his pipe to a bullet and rolled his own smoke with a piece of paper that he tore from his gunpowder bag. (and they said tobacco wasn’t addicting back then…ha!)

The name actually comes from the interleaving papers done in a zig zag manner that the Braunstein brothers came up with in 1894. They produced the self-rolling papers and were an immediate hit.

Later, these were notoriously associated with rolling marijuana joints and so the counter culture took this on as one of their mainstay products by using the logo everywhere. You couldn’t say “smoking pot” on a T-Shirt back then but you could have the Zig Zag man. Everything was so subversive then…


So who is this Zig-Zag man and what became of him?

First of all, he’s probably still out there applying mustache wax and trimming his beard. I mean, look at that thing! Good God, what a lot of work. Grizzly Adams had more publicity and he never did any beard grooming.
But you know those French. They’re so particular. He probably has a very specific wine he orders to get inebriated with each night. It’s just the French way.

I guess people don’t bother to advertise using the zig-zag logo anymore because these days they can be specific on their T-shirts.


Oh…and I’ll have you know this concludes my alphabet series with 29 posts. No, I didn’t just roll a zig-zag joint and forget how many letters are in the alphabet. One of the letters was a 2-part deal and one was a 3-part. You realize this is one of the few endeavors I’ve actually pulled off to completion. What in the hell was I thinking…

42 comments:

Mrsupole said...

Zeez it is hard to stay at first. DIA

Mrsupole said...

If you need any zigs so that you can zag, I have some that I can spare and if you need to use a roller I have one of those too. Oh okay I have anything that you might need and all you have to do is ask and it is yours, but then again you cannot have any of my food because that is all mine and I never share my munchies unless you are actually zig and zagging with me. Cheetos Cheese Puffs are one of the best zig-zag munchies favorites of any zig-zaggers that I know. And if you just want to skip the zig-zagging and use a hooka then that works too. I got a big hooka too. And lots of other things. Well you know that fruity tobacky does come in different flavors. Okay this is TMI for some, but what can I say, I like to hooka bazooka along with my zig zagging away.

God bless.

Quirkyloon said...

Zig Zag Man?

What the Zig?

I know I'm gonna sound like a goody two shoes, but NEVER heard of the guy.

Sounds like I should be grateful.

Give me a ZOMBIE any ole' day! ha!

Tom said...

ok. guess i'm out of the loop! Never heard of zig zag. And just wondering, if we can send a man to the moon, why can't someone invent a safe cigarette? Maybe like a spinachrette or the like? There're
millions to be made!

M.Bug said...

Ahhhhhh...those young "whippersnappers" who never heard of the Zig-Zag man! Us "old coots" remember well!

subby said...

L...M...A...O...! Only you, VE would think of the Zig-Zag man; hee, heeeeee! Tho' I've never partaken ( nor inhaled ), I was still round those who did (hey I was just a kid then, waddaya want? )

Hell of a memory jog!!!

subby said...

Roll, roll, roll your own,
Twist it at both ends;
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
Tokin' with your friends! ;)

Roy Scribner said...

29 posts to cover the alphabet, are you smoking dope? Don't answer that.

The Incredible Woody said...

I had a zig zag man t-shirt in college that I got from a thrift store. I had absolutely no idea what it was until now!

Elizabeth said...

I don't remember the Zig Zag Man, but I do remember that little guy with the big nose who looked like he was peeking over a wall or somthing. What his name Kilroy, or am I totally remembering him wrong?

Brian o vretanos said...

Congratulations on getting to the end of your journey. You could go on to the Greek and Cyrillic alphabets next, of course...

Megan said...

Rolling your own is tres difficile.

Matt-Man said...

These days instead of being coy...I just wear a shirt that says:

Got Penicillin?

Cheers VE!!

VE said...

Mrsupole – Ha! Looks like you zigged when you should have zagged. It’s ok though…you have Cheese Puffs…

Quirkyloon – I knew you were expecting zombies and I’ve done my share of zombie stuff so I thought I’d catch everyone off guard. As if that’s hard for me to do…

Tom – A safe cigarette? Isn’t that like military intelligence or school education?

m.bug – I’m glad somebody does. I’m not THAT old and I remember them…

subby – I surprised even you eh? You’re the king of obscure too. Love the song parody…

roy – Actually, I consider that pretty good…I was sure my adult ADD would extend it far beyond that. Be thankful I don’t start on the Chinese alphabet next…

incredible woody – You wore a T-Shirt you didn’t even know the meaning of? Bit of advice…don’t wear an “I (heart) Bush” one in the Middle East”…

Elizabeth – Oh sure, you don’t remember the Zig Zag man but you remember Kilroy! He’s way older than the Zig Zag guy…came from WWII (or was it WWI?)

Brian – I was toying with the Chinese alphabet. That should last me until 2017…

Megan – I suspect some stories there…

VE said...

matt-man - I've got moldy bread...that's pretty close! Nice of you to "finally" drop by this year! ;)

Baino said...

Clearly "Tally_Ho" papers were the big sellers out here. Never heard of zig zag. Then spliff just gave me the munchies.

Perpetual Chocoholic said...

Now what?

ReformingGeek said...

Sheesh! I was expecting Zipper. I guess you will have to do another one.

;-)

subby said...

VE, Kilroy was from the WWII era...still not sure if that was really solved tho'...

Ronda Laveen said...

I think MrsU meany DEA instead of DIA.

Michelle Ann said...

Pot isn't a form of rebellion anymore...especially here in CA. We practically hand it out and we just had a ruling that refuse specify a 'legal amount' to possess of medicinal green. Hell, we collect sales tax on the stuff here.

VE said...

baino - Now I have a new visualization of the term Tally Ho...

perpetual chocoholic - Just the usual nonsense...in random anarchy

reforminggeek - I aim to be unpredictable...well, I don't even aim...

subby - I thought so but then again, I'm not Kilroy expert...

ronda - Either one are better than DOA!

michelle ann - It must be really prolifirant there because nobody seems to be revolting over the cost of housing in California...

Uncivil said...

Yeah, I zigged when I should have zagged.
We used "Job" rolling paper back in the day.

Chris C said...

There were also papers with the little wire in them back in the days. Instant roachclip.

I miss college hehe.

On a side note maybe that's why so many adults are going back to college.

Janna said...

And here I was expecting Ziploc bags with Zebras inside.

But there are Zilch! Zip! Zero!

Zebras don't really stay fresh if you roll them in ZigZag wrappers.

It does make an interesting conversation piece, though.

California Girl said...

Clever boy. I still like the Zig Zag man. Who cares what dopey kids wear on their tees today anyway?

CatLadyLarew said...

Congratulations on a job well done. Loved this series of posts! And I remember Zig Zag papers well. We did a lot of "herbs" back in the day.

aladdinsane12 said...

this is the strangest thing ever. i wish he was a superhero, though. it's bird, it's a plane, no, it's ZIG ZAG MAN! but it would take him 3x and long to get anywhere because he could only fly in zig zag patterns...

Gladys said...

I had a friend whose grandpa used to roll his own. When we were in Junior High he would ask us to go buy him some rollin papers. We would buy him Zig Zags and giggle all the way home. :)

The Blue Zoo said...

I must be a total dork. I have never heard of the Zig Zag man.

Maureen said...

Okay I must need some medical Zig Zag stuff for my glaucoma; I really thought that carton was called "Reefer" milk.

Cool man.

VE said...

uncivil - Back when they still made real paper?

chris c - I see you are not a novice here...

janna - See...even with Z I was completely unpredictable!

california girl - Not me...I can't look at them anyway because it bothers me that their pants are fallen down...

catladylarew - I think some of my readers have convenient memory lapse when it comes to Zig Zag man...

aladdinsane12 - Marvel is runnning low on superheroes for their movies...we should definitely pitch that concept to them...

gladys - Trafficing drugs at an early age, eh?

blue zoo - Where you been all your lives...watching Sesame Street and bad mouthing your country? Oh wait, that's a line from "An Officer and a Gentleman"...never mind...

maureen - I don't think Reefer milk is exported to Canada...

Jaime said...

zig zag man? is this another one of your lesser known super heroes?

VE said...

jaime - Ha! You needed to get out more when you were young!

teeni said...

ROFL. My grandfather used those papers to roll his own "legal" (tobacco) cigarettes. Wish I could have bought him a zig zag man t-shirt.

gab said...

OK OK I must have lived under a rock!!!!!!! I remember the shirts but who the hell is zig zag?

VE said...

teeni - You had to go underground to find them. Most people don't like to go underground...spiders...

gab - I've been reading comments and apparently living under a rock is more common than I imagined!

lime said...

well yo could add letters from other languages to really extend the alphabet.

VE said...

lime - I could...but I kind of like knowing that I actually finished something...

C said...

LOL! Sorry...just laughing at Jimbo's (Uncivil's) comment about using "job paper back in the day"! Too funny. Speaking of Zigs, I was purging our house of all the junk we've collected over the years and found a box of an ex-bf's stuff. Guess what was in it?! Some Ziggies and ONE sock that had marijuana leaf designs all over it! LOL! All I could think of was my ex now being almost 40 years old and wearing one sock with marijuana leaves all over it.

VE said...

c - Ha! The gnomes are calling him up as I write this....

The Silver Fox said...

I remember those "roach clip" papers with the wires in 'em, too! Ahhhh, the seventies!