By Jacob Shelton
This ad for Tiparillos posits a reality where two things are certain: violinists are always good to go, and they love a tasty mini-cigar with a plastic filter on the end. Cigarette ads from the 1960s made sure to push the idea that sex was better with a cigarette, preferably before and after, but the ways in which they spread the idea are mind boggling. Aside from the fact that it’s shocking to see a cigarette ad when they’ve been banned for so long, it’s wild that the violinist’s barely there blouse made it past the advertising censors of the day,
Jacob Shelton is a Los Angeles based writer. For some reason this was the most difficult thing he’s written all day, and here’s the kicker – his girlfriend wrote the funny part of that last sentence. As for the rest of the bio? That’s pure Jacob, baby. He’s obsessed with the ways in which singular, transgressive acts have shaped the broader strokes of history, and he believes in alternate dimensions, which means that he’s great at a dinner party. When he’s not writing about culture, pop or otherwise, he’s adding to his found photograph collection and eavesdropping on strangers in public.