Match Set: Trading Class for Crass Edition

Upgrade your bar car with Titantic-themed glasses, and besmirch your driveway with a Viper pickup.

byBen Keeshin| PUBLISHED Dec 3, 2015 10:03 PM
Match Set: Trading Class for Crass Edition

Here’s to the ladies who drunk-brunch. Here’s to fellows who Ed Hardy. Here’s to Graceland. This week on the newly named Match Set, we’re dipping toes into the sinful and delightful of bad taste. Life is a panoply of pleasures and opportunities—why waste time, in mincing steps, following the narrow, impoverished path of “good taste?” If America offers you a tacky tchotchke or a ludicrous vehicle, you mortgage the house, swan dive into high-interest credit card debt and purchase.

NYTimes Store

This five-piece decanter and glass set, available from the venerable New York Times, is adorned with the logo of the RMS Titantic. You know, the British luxury liner whose sinking caused the loss of 1,500 lives. This tasteful collection of glassware bears the ship’s insignia, along with the phrase: “First Class.” That is, the class of passengers not trapped in the bowels of the ships, resigned by their financial circumstance to a watery grave. Surely, it makes an elegant addition to any parlor. I like my Scotch cold—iceberg cold! Chuckle, chuckle, clink, clink.

Auto Showcase

For callousness at a higher speed, try this 2005 Dodge Ram SRT-10, a bright yellow pickup truck with the 8.3-liter V10 from the contemporary Dodge Viper. This rolling testament to all-American indulgence has all the requisite options: tinted windows, a power-bulge hood and a basket-handle rear wing. Notoriously tricky handlers, this SRT-10 should get you axle-deep in neighborly animosity in under six seconds, or at least upside-down in a ditch.