For the letter Z, let’s focus on....
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…