In the Hot Tug poppin' bubbly. Big Pun would have most certainly appreciated the classy yet sophisticated hot tub mixed boat. Maybe he would have even been the spokes person if he was still with us today. It is widely known JayZ, Beyonce, and Puff Daddy Sean Puffy Combs or whatever the hell his name is cruise on mega yachts, while little known socialites around the globe are getting rejuvenated with the Hot Tug. This certainly beats your old fashioned bubble bath. Unfortunately these things haven't reached Manhattan's East River, but across the pond you can navigate some seemingly seedy canals in the UK, Netherlands, and Denmark. The toy boat is fueled by a wood stove which allows you to navigate whatever sewer system you're on, all the while it heats the interior water, thus enabling you to sit comfortable in your own filth. It can accommodate up to 8 folks and innumerous wildlife including fish, eels, seals, lobsters, crabs, and narwhals.
Based on the Hot Tug's advertisements, it is encouraged that drink and drive. So before pounding a few tallboys aboard Captain Crazy's cesspool, beware it is most likely you neighbor has peed, if not once, then certainly twice, possibly even the entire length of time you've been in the damn thing. Who knows, there's probably semen swimming around, but don't fret, just think of it as egg-drop soup.
Hot Tubs are by far the "best" spot for sex parties and to get hammered. Shots of Jägermeister or Fire Water, lit on file, are encouraged to warm your insides. An entire bottle per-passenger is suitable, although if you were already worried about excrement, you're in fora treat with a puking party. To avoid a vomiting vehicle, bring a pizza or sub, heck nothing goes better with a toy boat than a submarine. Maybe even some marshmallows to roast in the fire, just don't burn anyone. Nothing is classier than eating in the bath, well maybe the toilet or shower. But who wouldn't want to do this? I mean come one, you have your friends, water, and a vehicle. Sure there's the risk of someone seeing you... in your bathing suit, with shrinkage, in a dirty-ass canal; while possibly sinking ship, finding dead bodies, being covered in a strangers semen, and then burning to death by marshmallows; but isn't this just your average Saturday afternoon?
100 Objects of Popular and Material Culture is an blog exploring the manifestations of human consumption and commodity-ization. The purpose of this experiment is to explore material and popular culture in contemporary society by using objects and concepts to prompt wider questions and reflections. So by emulating The British Museum's and Neil MacGregor's format of A History of the World in 100 Objects I plan to satirically analyze and reinterpreted 100 material culture objects over the course of 2014. Material Culture is the study of our culture's consumption of stuff; namely the manifestation of culture through material productions where people's perceptions of objects is socially and culturally dependent. With this, objects reflect conscious and unconscious beliefs on the the individuals who fabricated, purchased, or used them, and by extension the society where they live. So examining materiality, cultural truths and societal assumptions may be discovered. As anthropologist Arjun Appaduai states "in any society the individual is often caught between the cultural structure of commodity-ization and his own personal attempts to bring a value and order to the universe of things." Objects and commodities make up a much larger symbolic system consisting of want and need, socio-economic status, fashion, etc. Often times form follows function whether the commodity, market, and or consumer forever evolve around one-another. Philosopher Pierre Bourdieu's theories of capital flow full circle; where regardless if you are a minimalist or a hoarder the world is made up of things and everyone will leave their footprint on the earth. So by humorously analyzing marketed objects and concepts, hopefully this blog will provide further incite into ideas of over-consumption, a disposable society, consumerism vs. anti-consumers, planned obsolescence vs. sustainability, as well as the greater good of mankind and future generations.