In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Drew Estate’s ACID brand, the company has launched Kuba Arte, a limited edition cigar packaged in a series of seven collectible water tower humidors. Each tower features art that was created in collaboration with five of Brooklyn’s most legendary and respected graffiti artists.
ACID Kuba Arte is a 5 13/16 x 54 limited edition torpedo wrapped in a lush Broadleaf maduro capa, bright Indonesian binder and a blend of hearty Nicaraguan fillers. Each 20-count limited edition water power is packaged with a Boveda inside and features one of seven unique designs. A total of 1,7550 sets of 7 were created for this limited release.
As previously mentioned, the Kuba Arte is packaged in tins that were designed by five well-known graffiti artists from Brooklyn, New York. The only guidance these artists were given was that each piece needed to proudly proclaim, “THIS IS OUR NEW YORK ACCENT!” The artists who took on this challenge were:
CHINO: One of the foremost practitioners and ambassadors of graffiti culture in the world, David “Chino” Villorente spent eleven-years as editor of the “Graf Flix” feature in The Source magazine which cemented his position as an important arbiter within the global graffiti community. He has coauthored numerous books on graffiti culture, most recently with The ABC’s of Style (Testify Books, 2018) as well as being an artistic collaborator with brands including, Nike, Redbull, Adidas, Mass Appeal, VH1 as well as co-curating the groundbreaking Beyond the Streets exhibitions in Los Angeles and New York. Villorente currently resides in his native borough, beautiful Brooklyn, New York. Instagram: @chinobyi.
DOC: A living, breathing legend and the very personification of Brooklyn. DOC worked the Moving Art Galleries (a.k.a. the NYC Transit System) at the dawn of street writing culture where his mission to ask “Who is Doc?” catapulted him to global recognition. Instagram: @DOCTC5.
KEO; TOP TC-5 X-MEN a.k.a SCOTCH70: A bona-fide Brooklyn legend in the realm of NYC graffiti & hip hop. Weaving his charismatic “old school” aesthetic into the tapestry of urban art & pop culture, while redefining classic graffiti styles into fresh new work in fine art & design outlets. Instagram:@KEO_XMEN.
QUEEN ANDREA: A NYC-based fine artist, graffiti artist, typographer and graphic designer & is a leader in the newer generation of early 1990’s graffiti writers. Queen Andrea finds her creative inspiration in the diversity & crazy energy of city life and especially graffiti. Out in the streets Queen Andrea has developed a reputation for her oversized typography murals, influenced by an endless appreciation of typography, as well as themes of urban life, hip hop lyrics & empowerment. Instagram: @queenandreaone
VERS: Born and still based in Brooklyn, where for over 30 years with a spray-can in his hand, Vers has created unforgettable murals in his signature technical style full of energy and movement. His work is known around the globe from Iceland, Europe, Japan & even Mongolia! But NYC will always be home. Instagram: @VERS718
Jonathan Drew, president and co-founder of Drew Estate, commented: “Kuba Arte is a groundbreaking project that has never been seen in the cigar industry. For inspiration, we returned to our roots in DUMBO, the origins of Drew Estate and ACID, and meditated from the Brooklyn rooftops finding our Chi. We witnessed a skyline to behold, decorated with water towers, graffiti and of course the illustrious Manhattan Bridge. It was on those rooftops that we spent many of our nights dreaming of what Drew Estate would become, that ‘Kuba Arte’ was born.”