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05.08.2019

Smoking Pelican

The Smoking Pelican is a mascot for the simmering temper of our region. Bad times, good times – this Pelican is rolling with the punches and always ready for a power play of his own.

Photo: Michael Tucker
Model: Merle

The Smoking Pelican is a mascot for the simmering temper of our region. Bad times, good times – this Pelican is rolling with the punches and always ready for a power play of his own.

The Smoking Pelican embodies the righteous anger of the neglected gulf south — the region that’s been abused, exploited, and ignored by all y’all. Deep down, the Pelican just wants to pass a good time and longs for a world where our recreational landscapes are here to stay.

A swampy riff on Miami’s Ibis mascot, the Smoking Pelican character is our lighthearted way of channeling real frustrations with environmental issues and cultural erasure at the bottom of the map. It ain’t right - and this Pelican is pissed!

For too long, the upright voices of coastal communities have been suppressed. Our times are desperate, and the Smoking Pelican is our collective conscious, a mascot to rally around – a figure that accurately expresses a true passion for our environment and culture.

Rough around the edges he may be, this Pelican carries a hopeful confidence as deep as the gulf he vows to defend. His smoke stack serves a necessary reminder of local oil-disasters and ominous refinery-laden skylines; his jersey bearing the stripes of his favorite turn-of-the-century hockey gang, motioning us to join the team.

The Smoking Pelican is available in four color ways: Aerial Tie-Dye, Sunshine Tie-Dye, Terracotta, and Blue Jean.

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“Justice without force is powerless; force without justice is tyrannical.”

   
   
   
   
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