Cigar Advisor Publishes New Article on Tattooed Cigars

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Cigar Advisor Magazine is a digital publication dedicated to providing cigar enthusiasts with entertaining and informative content about cigars and the cigar lifestyle. A recent update to their August 2013 issue contains an article called “Cigar Ink(ed)”, which profiles one creative Cuban who uses a staining technique to impart his own original art onto cigar wrappers without imparting any additional elements into the tobacco.

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"Cigar Ink(ed)" - by Manny Almonte

Carlos has developed a staining technique using tobacco to create cigars that look as though they were painted or tattooed, but which indeed contain only tobacco.

The all-new Cigar Advisor Magazine is an online cigar magazine that brings a fresh, irreverent, and down-to-earth perspective on all things cigars to thousands of smokers. In addition to educational cigar content and behind-the-scenes cigar industry articles from some of the business’s top names, Cigar Advisor delivers an array of content about a variety of topics of interest to people who enjoy the cigar lifestyle. The magazine also features cigar reviews and ratings submitted by real smokers. Cigar Advisor has just published “Cigar Ink(ed)” – the profile of a Cuban man and his fascinating art of the “tattooed cigar.”

People get cigar tattoos all the time, but what if cigars got people tattoos? Cigar Advisor contributor Manny Almonte tells the fascinating story of Cuban expat Carlos Manuel Matalobos Fernandez, a self-taught 53 year-old artist who lives and works in Miami.

In his article, Manny describes Carlos as a humble man who grew up around tobacco and had been childhood friends with many torcedors, or cigar makers. He decided he wanted to learn the trade himself, if only to smoke cigars suited to his own personal tastes, like his friends did. But when he sat down at the rolling table for a lesson, instead of tobacco and a chaveta, he saw something different altogether: ink, color, and a canvas, being rolled into a cigar.

That through experimentation and artistic curiosity, Manny explains, “Carlos has developed a staining technique using tobacco to create cigars that look as though they were painted or tattooed, but which indeed contain only tobacco.”

Carlos' favorite subject is women, whose bodies contour the natural curves of the cigars themselves. Using his techniques, he is able to produce up to 60 shades of green, brown, black, and other colors.

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