Here’s How This Artist-Alchemist Duo Distilled Mezcal into Art
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Here’s How This Artist-Alchemist Duo Distilled Mezcal into Art

Click here to read the full article. For Elliott Coon and AdrinAdrina, it began with lightning. The duo grew up together in the mountains of Virginia—their families were close, so the two artists gravitated toward one another. They began collaborating. But even amid the throes of the gallery world, the two remained true to their roots. Born into a bootlegging community, Coon and AdrinAdrina’s hometown revelries were characterized by how much self-made moonshine folks brought along for the ride. So when the two bought up their own studio and art space in Oakland, they embedded an underground speakeasy therein. They dubbed the outpost Gem&Bolt. There, they experimented with mezcal . And as the two swirled infusions and herbs into spirits, their curiosity grew. That was when they heard mezcal’s story—according to legend, it was birthed hundreds of years ago when a lightning bolt struck an agave plant, a plant that, beneath its prickly exterior, looks almost like a gem. The synchronicity with the speakeasy’s namesake was impossible to ignore, so the duo made the decision to transform it into a larger mezcal brand. Keeping, of course, the name that inspired it all: Gem&Bolt. “It didn’t feel like a radical […]

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