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The Hunt and Ralph Steadman


This spring, on a late night over a lager I asked my computer screen, if I were able to get one artist to design a label, anyone in the world, who would it be? Ralph Steadman was the clear first answer. With the help of The Google I found his address, crafted a note, and emailed him and then went upstairs to tell my wife that I was quite (overly) confident that it was going to work out… Ralph Steadman would design a label for us… Her eyes rolled with a laugh… another one of a million ideas… I am full of them, amongst other things. The next morning there was already a reply. I couldn’t feel more honored…incredible artwork from an incredible artist.
Ralph Steadman, the British cartoonist/artist who is perhaps best known for his iconic Hunter S. Thompson art, has illustrated numerous books, including Alice in Wonderland, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and The Grapes of Ralph, amongst many others. If you are unfamiliar with his art it is well worth the time to familiarize yourself, as he is one of the most iconic imagery creators of our day.

We are SO appreciative of his working with us on this label, and took a great deal of time selecting the beans that go into this Sumatra-based blend. So it has arrived… Hunting Season, 2012, the earth is shifting…Get thee to thy forest… HUNT.

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3 Comments

  1. Julie–
    Thanks for staying with us at the Lazy Lizard. This coffee and the label look fabulous!
    And this website is great! I can’t wait to come and visit
    Say Hi to “Rockin” Bruce for me.
    Charlie Bruce
    the Lazy Lizard

  2. This comes off as mocking hunting. Is that the case? Love the art, just wondering about its message, especially for a coffee whete hunting is part of the culture, as opposed to G.reat Britain.

    1. Hi John,
      I assure you we don’t intend to be mocking hunting at all. As a Montana company made up of folks that hunt and fish, we pursued a label for this coffee that is outside the box and outside of what might normally be offered. Ralph Steadman was our very first pick for a label design and we were honored that he agreed to work with us. He gave us this image to work with and we love how it is akin to the work he did for Hunter S. Thompson and is not what might typically be thought of as a hunting themed label. We realize it is different and that it leads one to pause and perhaps reflect on it a moment, but this is exactly what we love about it. Thanks for reaching out. Hope you enjoy the coffee.

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