the social contexts of zippo lighters
this really interests me.
what is it with the zippo?
from the bad guy in a movie dropping a zippo in some petrol, to Bender on Futurama lighting one of his cigars, how is it they came to saturate our culture??
I bought my pearl-white one years ago, before I ever even bought a pack of cigarettes. It went hand-in-hand with the cigar habit I had when I was 17. It's what I pull out when women ask me if I've got a lighter at shows. It's what I incorperated into my graphic design assignment, when I made a business card and letterhead.
It's actually less handier than my Victorinox (another tool in the urban landscape), but somehow it's still more important and valued higher?
For me, to put it dramatically, it's the culmination of the age old battle of fashion versus function.
but right now, I'd really like to know what you think
what do zippos mean to you, and what do you think of their place in society?