Archive for Ed hardy

hookah bars, hookah calm and respecting hookah.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 8, 2010 by Abraham Appel

Originally published on Hypnosis tobacco website.

Hookah smoking is  also a spiritual activity. And how you approach your time smoking shisha, and the enviroment you decide to smoke Hookah in may affect how you approach your life. How you feel inside.

The famous quote for Hookah smokers says that cigaret smokers are fast paced and tense while hookah smokers are calmer. But most hookah smokers today are hookah bar smokers. They don’t make their own hookah. how is that different than cigaret smoking?

It was even more recent that hookah bars opened.

And even more recent that Hookah bars took on the loud music, over TV’s playing, with the expensive prices fast food feeling we enjoy today.

hookah bar at lunch in India

Hookah bars in tradition were friends smoking at the days end. Or time alone to think.

hookah on roof.

In NY in the early 1900’s a hookah bar was a place where Immigrants would reconnect with others just arriving and those in the same upward struggle.  But mostly a Hookah was something you brought out to appreciate a conversation in your house or in your neighborhood.

To truly appreciate hookah we must look at our surroundings and those we are smoking with to decide its spiritual effects on us. Hookah bars are not the tradition. And with the noise, and with us now not even making our own hookahs; smoking Hookah tobacco has become no better than fast food for some.

And if you look at many of the people you are smoking with regularly you may notice that they are looking tired, tense, and getting more broke and are not connected to their Hookah because they only smoke in these hookah bars.

Smoking hookah is a time to let the sounds of the air pulling up the Shisha and bringing reflections of the day to rise up. Let the hookah and silence help inspire the mind to go deeper. Relax. Let the pressures fade away. Maybe even find some new life and energy by slowing down and believe things will get better if you are going through those rough patches. And most importantly make a hookah and appreciate what you made.

Hookah Bliss says stop the Hookapocrisy. Refuses to close

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 21, 2010 by Abraham Appel

Hookah Bliss owner Adam Bliss knows that the North Carolina government said that there is a tobacco ban now.

Hookah bliss myspace photo

Bliss knows that he was supposed to close. But The Hookah bar on Franklin Street refuses.  Bliss sees hypocrisies and double standards to large to ignore. In fact, Bliss would appreciate a few citations and a court date if North Carolina would be so kind.

See the Tobacco ban In North Carolina isn’t really a Tobacco ban entirely.  The Herald Sun reported the details like this.

There are exemptions. But Hookah bars are not included in the exemptions.

Cigar bars are exempted.

A cigar bar that makes 60 percent of its quarterly business from alcohol sales and at-least 25 percent of its quarterly sales from cigars is exempt.

Tobacco shops in North Carolina are also exempt because Tobacco shops makes at-least 75 percent of its quarterly revenue from the sale of Tobacco and Tobacco products while not serving food or alcohol.

And outside Patio smoking seems to acceptable.

Hookah Bliss says that to stay open it may have to change the whole vibe of his bar and stop selling drinks. Bliss tells the Herald Sun that it “makes you wonder whether this law was really about tobacco or alcohol.”

Bliss seems to be arguing that the logic of a bill that is going to take him out of business is to flimsy to destroy his life work, his investments.

Bliss’s logic seems to say that if you’re going to destroy all these businesses and claim it’s a health issue, then shouldn’t the richer cigar smokers have to join in for the peoples health. And if people are gonna lose their income, it should make more sense then this why their being forced to do it.

“(The state government says) this is an employee health issue. But they automatically exempted four different types of places, and notice all those places are where the rich older males go, where the legislators are more likely to go, and they’re saying that the employees that work in the places where they like to smoke do not deserve the protection that the average employee who works in an average bar deserves.”

This is not so much about a lawsuit as about fighting a ticket on the grounds that the law is unfair,” Bliss said to the news. “We are not going to stop serving and we are not closed.”

Hookah Bliss has not yet been ticketed. Tickets are possible if the Department of health receives a complaint. The Hookah bar gets 2 warnings and then will be ticketed 200 dollars.

Ed Hardy and hookahs.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 20, 2010 by Abraham Appel

All Ed Hardy Hookah has done is add to the selection of hookah’s. We work in hookah because we love the smokey culture.

We created Ed Hardy hookah because Ed hardy is a person who represents everything America at its best is about. He is the same story every immigrant dreams of.

A hard worker who came out of the counter-culture through talent, hard work and using his intelligence to back up his individuality and rebelliousness with the bravery to follow his passions. Ed Hardy used his god- given talents to struggle a living out of the toughness of life.  Ed Hardy made it to college, gave it up to follow his passions and then made it in tattoos when tattoos were not accepted.

Ed Hardy was bloody good at tattoos. And he worked his way out of the struggle, sold his art and now finally does his own work, finally can devote his life to what he loves; His own paintings.

I read on a  hookah forum that “just based on the principal of what Ed Hardy stands for in the shisha world upsets me.” This same person turned down our tobacco for no reason. The price was good. And had he smoked the Ed Hardy Tobacco it would have been great. It was just this  invisible Ed Hardy meaning he claims to represent.

What does Ed Hardy Hookah stand for? allow me again  to point you to the life of Ed Hardy for what Ed hardy Hookah stands for. Stand for what you want. We Already know who Ed Hardy Hookah is.

Ed Hardy Hookah  stands for Individuality.

Ed Hardy Hookah stand for small companies working hard against the status que to create something new and better.

sf gate

Ed Hardy Hookah stand for having nothing but the quality of our work speak for us.

Ed Hardy Hookah stand for the working class.

We do not stand for the billion dollar brand of Ed Hardy Shirts. We stand for the meaning of the tats on those shirts. Ed Hardy Hookah stands for the story that created those tats.

Palo Alto; murder;Da Hookah Spot drama

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 19, 2010 by Abraham Appel

The article came out  five days before the arrest of Palo Alto’s, Da Hookah Spot owner, Paul Zumot. Da Hookah Spot was becoming a place to be.

da hookah spot photo from sf gate.com

Today the press follows  “Da Hookah Spot saga.” Murder charges on the past owner Bulos “Paul” Zumot, and the candlelight vigil greeting the new owner of Da Hookah Spot against the past owner of Da Hookah Spot.

Meanwhile; Department of Justice tests have begun to challenge the police’s first assertions that Mr. Zumot  (The hookah spots previous owner) doused his girlfriend, Jennifer Schipsi with gasoline before setting their apartment on fire. Causing  both sides to start digging in their heels. Those who feel their friend and Hookah bar owner could never do this murder might now be as convinced that he’s innocent, as the victim’s family is sure he’s guilty.

People at first thought she had died in the fire with no foul play.

But police, citing the history of restraining orders against Mr Zumot, and the police claiming that it appeared that Ms. Schipsi had been strangled, arrested Mr. Zumot 4 days after the apartment fire.

That was the beginning of what appears to be a story twisting  stranger, deeper and more painful for everyone involved.

picture of vigil published in the mercury news.

It is hard to imagine how Da Hookah Spot is going to survive the reporters walking in and candlelight vigils outside.

And this just in: The case is being moved form the Palo Alto court-house because of shouting matches and security concerns between supporters of Mr Zumot and supporters of the deceased.

Canton OH hookah bar closed.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 19, 2010 by Abraham Appel

Over  the weekend police in Cleveland closed down  Helios Shisha Lounge.

According to police quoted in Cleveland news sites, the Hookah bar owners were allowing kids into the Hookah bar.

“About six months ago, we started getting complaints from parents that their kids were coming to Canton to this hookah lounge to smoke this tobacco,” Police Lt. James Cole told Malcolm Hall of Canton Rep.com. “We did surveillance on it a couple times.” And on saturday police raided the Smoking lounge.


According to Canton Rep.com the police found  150 people in a Hookah bar that is allowed a maximum capacity of 47 and sales to children under 18. It is not clear if the sales are assumed because the kids under 18 were in the bar.

“What we found were between 150 to 160 people, (inside the smoking lounge)Police Lt. James Cole said told reporter Malcolm Hall.

“Probably 40 percent of the patrons in there were juveniles, ” Cole is quoted  as saying. “We closed it down. The youngest, I believe, was 15. I didn’t cite the kids. I took all their names and they will be used as witnesses,” Cole told the Canton Rep.com.

According to the Myspace page the owners may have thought they were complying with Law,  because they warn that you must be 18 and over to purchase Tobacco products. But the law seems to be like a liquor bar where you must be 21 and over to enter. It remains to be seen if this becomes a defense that Helios Shisha Lounge takes up.


Hookah business. remember to listen to the tone of debate

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 19, 2010 by Abraham Appel

Ed Hardy Hookah clearly spent a lot of energy reaching out in honesty to clear up some false rumors about Our hookah’s. We were sincere and we mentioned how frustrating the anger and drama was in the Hookah business as we are attacked by agents of different Hookah companies that don’t care about hookah, or smoking but only about continuing a perception that enhances their profits at the expense of the Hookah customers.

But we thought we had it pretty cleared up until baffled by comments that ignored the conversation completely. People who ignored everything all of us had said and just repeated the rumors “maybe if ed hardy didnt make shitty hookahs you wouldnt have a problem selling them. i have a km, well worth the money now some ed hardy poser chinese knockoff shit not worth it”

Now Ed hardy hookah is not insecure. We smoke out of a KM also. But we Know we have made a great hookah. But we know that there are many different types of hookahs and you may not like ours for some reason. A friend of mine simply thinks its to big for her house. We’re working on making a smaller one. cause thats what good business does.

But to say that were having trouble selling Ed hardy Hookah and then saying we sell shit. Well, if you knew anything about Ed hardy hookah you would know these are hookahs to be very proud of, and you would know we have no trouble selling them.

Ed hardy Hookah thinks that customers are being cheated by comments like these on hookah forums across the internet. We don’t want to add to the confusion be being disingenuous but instead approach hookah smokers with respect and honesty. And those of you lying about its quality; well we hope people remember what they bought from you and know how truthful you are after they smoke an Ed hardy.

response to overstatements

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 18, 2010 by Abraham Appel

When I started at Ed Hardy Hookah I made a commitment to be honest, fair and to appreciate hookah culture even over the Ed hardy brand. The reason this is so important to me is because Hookah companies and their bosses today spend so much time rejecting each-other they ruin Hookah culture for the readers.

I don’t want Ed Hardy Hookah to ever be seen or act as the scared, half truth telling company that I know many other Hookah and Tobacco companies are. So many Hookah Tobacco companies act like scared and weak people forever afraid that someone will buy another tobacco or hookah. or go to another hookah bar. We need to change hookahs companies to be about the Hookah culture and its patron, not the hookah Tobacco company.

proud of our Ed hardy Hookah's

This  afraid and defensive personality permeates Hookah lounges and Hookah companies and Tobacco shops across our industry. It’s why hookah forums and the hookah community can get so twisted. It’s why so many customers never fully appreciate Hookah culture. The customer is treated like they have to be loyal to us instead of us being loyal to the customer.