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News: Tatuaje Club Partners with Cigar Rights of America

6 May 2019

For the first time since it was launched in 2011, Saints & Sinners—the private, members-only Tatuaje club that annually sends participants exclusive cigars and other branded merchandise—is joining forces with Cigar Rights of America (CRA).

“With all the looming regulations that are plaguing our rights to enjoy cigars, we have decided that the only way we are going to make a change is if we, the cigar community, stand up for our rights,” said Sean Casper Johnson, co-founder and co-president of Saints & Sinners, Inc., in a recent email. “That said, Saints & Sinners has decided to partner up with CRA moving forward and will be donating a big portion of our membership dues to CRA so they can continue the fight to protect our rights to enjoy a product that we love.”

Annual membership fees have increased 17% to $175, with presumably the complete $25 increase going to CRA. This marks the first time in the club’s eight-year history that the fees won’t be $150. But it also means the annual smoke kit of exclusive cigars that won’t be commercially available elsewhere will grow from 15 to 17, and that each Saints & Sinners membership will include membership in CRA.

In addition to cigars, Saints & Sinners members are annually shipped Tatuaje-branded merchandise (i.e., hats and shirts) and other ancillary items of interest (i.e., wine openers, poker chips, lighters, ash trays, etc.). Until it arrives, the contents of that year’s shipment is typically a highly anticipated mystery.

Personally, I’ve been a member all eight years and have never been disappointed. The 10 exclusive cigars alone are always worth it; everything else is icing on the cake. And now, if you do the math, and if you value membership in CRA, the club is a better deal. In year’s past, you’d get 15 cigars for $150, or $10 per cigar; now you get 17 cigars for $175, or $10.29 per cigar—plus CRA membership. (The cigars are almost always terrific, even if we don’t write much about them here; I suspect few want to read reviews of cigars that are not commercially available—but let me know if this is an inaccurate assumption!)

Speaking of access to the invitation-only club, if you’re not already a Saints & Sinners member, now is a good time to find someone who is. Membership renewals for 2019 are currently open and will run though June 15. Each member is able to invite one person to join.

Cigar Rights of America is a national advocacy group that works at all levels of government to protect cigar consumers, retailers, manufacturers, and tobacco growers from regulatory threats, including smoking bans and tobacco taxes.

UPDATE: Sean Casper Johnson confirms the entire $25 increase will go towards CRA. And while he prefers to not cite exactly how many Saints & Sinners members there are, he confirms there are over 1,000. Finally, with regards to the 2019 smoke kit, he says, “This year’s kit will be extremely special. Pete [Johnson] and I selected the cigars last week and he is in Nicaragua blend testing them now.”

Patrick A

photo credit: Saints & Sinners

6 Responses to “News: Tatuaje Club Partners with Cigar Rights of America”

  1. Pete Johnson Monday, May 6, 2019 at 5:43 pm #

    The quantity of cigars is 15 growing to 17. Not 10 to 12.

    • Patrick A Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 7:29 am #

      My bad! This has been corrected in the article. You’d think as an inaugural SnD member I’d remember the number of cigars, but I am getting forgetful in my old age.

  2. Thomas Huxley Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 7:12 pm #

    Sooooo. . . . how does one join? I click on the link, all I see is “apparel – accessories – stickers.” Whaaaaat?

    • Andy L Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 11:20 am #

      As the article states, membership is invitation-only. You have to find a friend who is a member and get him to invite you.

      • Thomas Huxley Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 7:03 pm #

        Sadly, I have no cigar-smoking friends, to say nothing of anyone who belongs to this. Now what?

      • The Stogie Guys Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 9:10 am #

        If you can’t find a friend who is a member, ask someone you know online is a member if they have an extra referral. You never know…