The three new sizes of the Tatuaje Tattoo are on their way to retail, as once again a store with a close connection to Tatuaje is one of the first to report having them.
Dan Welsh of New Havana Cigars announced the Tattoo’s arrival on Monday morning; Welsh has had a long relationship with Tatuaje and is one of the founders of L’Atelier Imports, a separate company started with Pete Johnson and his brother K.C., as well as a third partner, Sean “Casper” Johnson. Pete Johnson told halfwheel that the cigars began shipping last Monday.
One size in the Tattoo line, the 5 x 50 Caballeros, has been on store shelves since early May, with an MSRP of $5 and 50-count box packaging. The remaining three sizes, the 6 x 50 Universo ($5.50), 6 1/8 x 52 Bonito torpedo ($6) and 5 1/2 x 58 Adivino ($6.50) were all on display at the 2014 IPCPR Convention and Trade Show. Each vitola comes in a box with unique artwork that draws from some of Johnson’s own tattoos.
The cigars are made at My Father Cigars’ Tabacalera Cubana (TACUBA) factory in Estelí, Nicaragua. The Tatuaje Tattoo uses an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper and Nicaraguan binder and fillers.
Last week, L’Atelier Imports began shipping the two new sizes of its Selection Spéciale line, a torpedo and the 38 Special lancero, with New Havana Cigars the first to report getting them.