Dready Tawle Boys – Backgammon

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Tawle is an arabic word for backgammon … and i liked the play on words, eh … tall boys, ‘big man business’ …

I love backgammon. i started playing when I was young; days with my mother and step-father were steeped in backgammon and scrabble and yahtzee …

a few ideas are churning around in this dready …

a few years ago we were in cyprus, and like many countries around it, backgammon is like a spectator sport there; it’s never just the two people playing, in the shade of some tree or the covered recess of some patio, no, there’s always someone is watching …

then the Jamaica backgammon society used to hold a tournament at the strawberry hill hotel, above Kingston – and I love it up there, I love the hotel’s aesthetic and I love the coolness of the hills and the views – the tournament has since moved to Jamaica Inn in Ocho Rios, which I also absolutely adore, completely different vibe, equally cool …

so, I was looking for a kind of combination of all these things and I had a very cool photo of the library/reading room at strawberry hill, with it’s amazing fretwork in the cool vents above the doors, and decided to use it as the backdrop for the idea …

vibes …

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