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GIVEAWAY: Art of Zippo with Fire Artist Steven Spazuk

There are so many incredible ways to create beautiful works of art. We’ve had the pleasure of experiencing quite a few through personal experiences and through museum visits, but the most amazing form of visual art creation we’ve seen was at the Art of Zippo event with Fire Artist, Steven Spazuk. Using the flame of a Zippo windproof lighter, Steven created some of the most stunning portraits we’ve ever seen, and to celebrate, we’re giving away a really cool Art of Zippo gift set that includes a genuine and original chrome Zippo Windproof Lighter (as seen in Die Hard), and a handcrafted Case Trapper with Caplifter Pocket Knife. Read on for more information on this cool Art of Zippo giveaway.

The unique technique, called “fumage”, allows the artist to paint with fire instead of the traditional tools such as paintbrushes. To showcase this sensational talent, Zippo has launched a captivating video highlighting how Steven uses a flame to create an original artwork and reveals how he expertly harnesses the power of fire.

The extraordinary footage features Steven “attacking the paper” with the flame of a Zippo windproof lighter and other fire tools and then retouching his designs by etching patterns with natural bird feathers and blades. Filmed in his studio in Montreal, Steven divulges how his unique artistic approach originated and his inspiration. Steven’s art style, which originally came to him in a dream, is steeped in improvisation and spontaneity and is something he has worked on perfecting for the last 14 years. His long-held affinity for his own Zippo windproof lighter, dating back to his days as a college art student. Regarding the Zippo campaign, Steven said the following:

“The flame is something that truly inspires my art; once I found my way of working with fire, I knew it would become my voice and I should be committed to that craft. A Zippo lighter has always been a part of my toolbox, and I also love how it can be a piece of art in itself. To me, it’s both a muse and a tool, so Zippo is a stimulating brand to work alongside.”

While at the Art of Zippo event, we also got to see the phenomenal impact and appearances Zippo Lighters have made on not just in the everyday lives of regular people, but in the entertainment industry as well. You may recognize Zippo lighters in the following movies: Die Hard, Charlie’s Angels, Indiana Jones, X-Men, etc

 For 85 years, Zippo has brought unmatched levels of artistic talent to the smallest of canvases – from the early years of etching and hand-painted details to today’s cutting-edge 360-degree MultiCut engraving. With over 300,000 designs created since 1932, Zippo continues to push the boundaries of design, as well as inspire many other brands and organizations, as seen below:

By partnering with Steven Spazuk, Zippo is proud to continue showcasing art in all its forms. Steven has brought his unique artistic talent to a new limited edition Zippo windproof lighter, featuring his unique and hauntingly beautiful artwork, which is available now to order from Zippo.com.

Now on to the giveaway. Want to see exactly what you’re going to win? As stated at the beginning of this post, one person will win a chrome Zippo Windproof Lighter and a handcrafted Case Trapper with Caplifter Pocket Knife (pictured below)

To enter to win this very cool prize, which makes a great Father’s Day Gift, enter to win via our Rafflecopter entry form below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Great American Camping: Zippo Welcomes New Outdoors Line

Although we are a city girl, we’ve always been fascinated with the outdoors and the idea of camping on a tranquil lake, sleeping under the stars, and indulging in an unlimited supply of delicious, freshly caught fish. It may be influence of movies and television, but in our minds, that is our camping fantasy. We’ve actually never been camping but if we did, we’d definitely take items from the Zippo’s Outdoors Line with us. You should already be familiar with Zippo’s windproof lighters that literally take a beating (be it being eaten by bears, swallowed by fish, buried under sand for decades, etc), and keeps on ticking…in this case, lighting, now get ready for the latest additions to their wonderful lineup for the outdoors.

Offering convenience while cooking outdoors are the Zippo’s All-Terrain Grill (pictured above) and Windproof Stove. With the All-Terrain Grill, you can cook anywhere thanks to its easy-transport features. This portable grill fits in any vehicle, and rolls over all terrains, just fold and store it in your car when you’re not using it, and unfold it when ready for use. The cast-aluminum firebox and lid hold in heat longer for prolonged cooking while the plate vaporizes drippings and locks in flavor. The Zippo Windproof Stove features dual burners that boasts a burner and chimney combination that not only protects against wind, but also makes sure more heat is directed to the pot or pan, giving you more even cooking (we’m sure contestants on Top Chef would love this for those rugged, outdoor cooking challenges). The rugged cast aluminum stove also boasts lid-lock transportation bins, adjustable feet, available Propane valve and optional leg storage, and a bubble level for balance.

When camping at night, a long-lasting light source is essential. The Zippo Rugged Lantern will survive a 5-foot drop, can stay out all night in the rain, and be submerged in water without going out. It boasts the brightest light of any LED lantern, and you can even make the lithium-ion battery last longer by adjusting the brightness. Have an emergency? The Rugged Lantern also comes with an emergency S-O-S setting.

Looking for something to warm you up on those cold wilderness nights (or a typical winter New York night? Try the incredible Zippo Hand Warmers. If you need to stay warm while you’re outdoors, you can’t go wrong with these sleek, thin metal warmers that fits both in and out of pockets, provides 12 hours of warmth, and is reusable and virtually odorless. Each Zippo Hand Warmer comes with a filler cup and warming bag, and is perfect as a gift for any winter sport tailgater, hunting and fishing enthusiasts, or anyone who loves the outdoors.

Last but not least, Zippo and 125-year old American manufacturer of premium quality knives, W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery, welcome new styles to their collection of very high quality, luxury knives, including traditional folding pocket knives, fixed blade sporting knives, limited edition commemorative and collectible knives, and home cutlery. Case & Sons Cutlery have collaborated some of the most respected brands to bring you stunning, and uniquely designed, limited edition knives. Some collaborators include award-winning, internationally-known custom Knife-maker, Tony Bose, and Harley Davidson (both styles shown above). While these styles would make any rugged outdoorsman very happy, we find ourselves infatuated with the more fashionably designed patterns and colors as seen below (the T. Bose is a favorite as well):

What do you think of these Zippo products? Are you ready to go camping?

Zippo Interactive Media Experience & Limited Edition #SharethePain Lighter Giveaway

How would love like to win a Limited Edition lighter from Zippo, the makers of the incredible, iconic symbol, which has been around for nearly eight decades? We had the great pleasure of attending a Zippo interactive media experience, which featured first-hand connection stories shared by Zippo owners and their families with some amazing lost/found stories received over the past 80+ years. To celebrate these heartfelt and sometimes hilarious stories, we are giving away five of the below #SharethePain Zippo Windproof Lighters to some lucky readers….just in time for Father’s Day (more details at the end of this post).

During the “Share the Pain” Interactive Media Experience, we got the opportunity to take a mobile walking tour through time and listen to first person accounts (via provided headphones) of lost Zippo stories while walking through the displays. The experience featured examples of past customized pieces, and other Zippo lifestyle products, including lighters, wallets, cologne and watches.

From lighters eaten by bears, swallowed by fish, and even one lighter that was found after four decades, there were tons of extraordinary tales of lost Zippos shared. The event also gave us the chance to check out the Zippo car. Fun fact: the original Zippo car, a 1947 Chrysler New Yorker Saratoga, was actually lost in 1950’s after being taken to a Pittsburgh Ford dealer for renovation and to this day has still never been found. What you’re seeing below is the second Zippo car purchased and customized in 1996.

Although the handwritten letters have changed to tweets, Zippo continues to receive stories of lost lighters (and some found lighters) with the #sharethepain hashtag.

As stated at the beginning of this post, we are giving away five limited Edition Zippo Windproof Lighters, which make excellent gifts for Father’s Day. If you or someone you know has lost their Zippo lighter, this is a great time to surprise them with a new….and special lighter. To enter, check out the rafflecopter entry form below:

Zippo Introduces #ShareThePain Virtual Support System for Owners of Lost Lighters

It’s a fact that some items collected throughout our lives become keepsakes and hold great sentimental value. Sometimes it’s obvious items but then there are those surprising and extraordinary items like Zippo Lighters, that strike a cord. Zippo is the iconic symbol for the American male and is known for their flip-top lighters that may just be lighters for some of you, but for many, they are “treasured gifts, mementos, keepsakes and symbols of American history”. With a history that includes fan mail from some famous military generals and other military personnel, along with appearances in some of the biggest blockbuster movies as well as several Oscar nominated and winning films, it’s no surprise that Zippo leaves a lasting and personal impression. That impression can be tested if you lose your lighter…..and unfortunately many have. For this reason, Zippo presents the #ShareThePain virtual support system for owners of lost lighters.

This virtual support campaign came about after Zippo continually received thousands of messages from heartbroken lighter owners who lost their cherished Zippo lighters. A recent survey by Zippo found that the average American spends 54,180 minutes, or 903 hours, of his or her life searching for lost belongings*. Did you know the U.S.’s top 5 most commonly lost items are:

  1. Pen
  2. Money
  3. Lighter
  4. Car keys
  5. Jewelry

The study also showed that 68% of Zippo lighter owners in the US have lost their lighter and of those respondents, nearly 20 percent noted that they were “devastated”. As Zippo lighters can be personalized and made unique with engravings, personal photos (you can now upload personal pictures and have them printed on a lighter) or favorite sports teams and brands, losing one can take an emotional toll on the owner. take a look at some tweets below:

Now despondent owners who lost their lighters can log on to www.ShareThePain.com to share their pain of losing their treasured Zippos, interact with the brand and Jax McFlame, the ultimate Zippo man and all-American tough guy, receive his words of wisdom, and start the healing process.

“We’ve been receiving letters, calls and e-mails for decades from Zippo fans sharing their sadness at having lost a cherished lighter,” said David Warfel, global marketing director, Zippo. “These run the gamut from matter-of-fact messages about a fisherman dropping his Zippo overboard to heartfelt notes from American war veterans whose military-issued Zippos disappeared during combat.”

Zippo Lighters make great gifts year’ round but are especially great as Father’s Day gifts, especially if someone you know has lost theirs. Just make it unique and personal to the intended recipient, be it your Dad, brother, uncle, etc. To  bring the sharing full circle, www.ShareThePain.com will also act as a forum to promote stories of “found” Zippo lighters.

*The Zippo study into lost items was conducted in January 2014 amongst 11,117 people across 10 countries and three continents. 1,030 Americans were surveyed as part of the study.