Custom-Painted Cigar Boxes

Art and cigars has always shared a certain kinship, and now Manhattan tobacconist Cigar Inn is offering a novel product that strengthens their ties: custom-painted cigar boxes.

Customers who purchase a box of cigars from the shop can, for an extra $20, have an image of their choosing painted onto the box’s top. Whether you want a personal photograph, famous painting or something else, the personalized paintings take about one to two weeks to complete.

All paintings are being done by New York-based artist Elena Yakovleva. Yakovleva, a graduate of Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, is the talented artist that Cigar Inn commissioned to paint a mural for its 1016 2nd Avenue location.

To submit a photograph, purchase a box of cigars from either Cigar Inn’s 2nd Avenue location or the one at 1314 1st Avenue.

Float Dub July 19, 2012 12:13pm ET
Castro? Really CA? That's the one you had to pick?
Tony S. Toronto, ON, Canada, July 20, 2012 7:18pm ET
Float Dub: No, that's Che Guevara. Amazing how you Cuba-haters have already made up your mind about that country and its government, and yet know nothing about it, or its people, or its politics.
Daniel Björnstam sweden, July 21, 2012 7:14am ET
it´s Castro all right, but really CA?
Ben Toro July 21, 2012 11:45am ET
Wow what a great Idea, Thank you CA for sharing it with us. Float Dub and Daniel you guys are close minded people, haters and narrow minded guys. CA is showing us a form of Art, a new concept that one may use of the Cigar box, and you guys are stuck on the image on the box. Thank you again CA for this great Art story.LOVE IT
Paulo Vieira Ontario, Canada, July 23, 2012 8:17am ET
I thought it was George W Bush Jr. on there???
Tony S. Toronto, ON, Canada, July 23, 2012 11:45am ET
Holy Mother of God. It's NOT Castro on that box! It's CHE GUEVARA! Do a Google search! and VIVA CUBA!
Michael Rosario July 26, 2012 1:39am ET
Wow people trolling in CA
and by the way thats Benicio Del Toro
Roberto Austino Miami, Fl, USA, July 26, 2012 12:35pm ET
Michael you need glasses, its the Dr. El Che. Man I have to have one of these. Can you make an astray with our President. LOL
David Savona July 26, 2012 1:28pm ET
It's Che Guevara. July 30, 2012 4:34pm ET
Che was one of the more ruthless mass murderers in relatively recent history. Pop culture has ignored the reality. Probably could have used a better reference.
Jim Tighe hazleton, pa, usa, January 20, 2013 4:08am ET
Putting a murderer on a cigar box isn't my idea of art
Jim Tighe hazleton, pa, usa, January 20, 2013 4:08am ET
Putting a murderer on a cigar box isn't my idea of art
Jim Tighe hazleton, pa, usa, January 20, 2013 4:11am ET
"We don't need proof to execute a man. We only need proof that it's necessary to execute him. A revolutionary must become a cold killing machine motivated by pure hate." -Che Guevara

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