Richie Stewart and the Social Club September 08 2012, 3 Comments
In the early 1800's middle class Gentlemens Clubs were popular in most major cities. These were later referred to as Social Clubs. It was a place where people would escape everyday life and could meet, drink and tell stories. It wasn't uncommon to see patrons playing bar games, listening to live music or enjoying a fine rolled cigar. Modern day social clubs have evolved over the years.The original concept has slowly become what we know today as our favorite watering hole. After a long tour of duty, these bars are commonly filled with firemen telling war stories or laughing over the pranks they played on the new guy. These are the times when we celebrate the brotherhood of the fire service.
While researching photos and the history of the fire service we came up with the idea to create our own Social Club. We wanted to have an outlet where our fans could come together to celebrate the fire service and it's traditions. A band of brothers who cherish the history of the fire service and want to carry on its legacy. We want the Hook and Irons Social Club to be there when the bag pipes are filling the streets and when the bartender rings the bell for the last call.
When we set out to create the Social Club, we had one artist in mind. Richie Stewart.
We pitched him the idea and he immediately jumped on board. You see, Richie lives in Boston,one of the epicenters of early American Social Clubs, where he is no stranger to a tall glass of golden goodness. We looked through his logos and agreed on a concept; simple, clean and bold. He took his inspiration from catalogs of old Americana union logos, and a few weeks later he sent us this gem.
The bold typography and his artistic renderings of a drop of water and a lick fire represent "firewater" perfectly. We love the double meaning. Finally, Richie rounded out the design with a smoldering cigar. Richie Stewart's art is unmistakable and timeless, if your interested in seeing more of his retro inspired work, click here.
With the logo complete, the Hook and Irons Social Club has come to life. We invite you to proudly wear the seal of what Hook and Irons Co. represents. There is a lot more to come from the Social Club. Until then, like us on Facebook so you can share a pint with us at our next gathering.