Greetings, my excellent friends!
Who are you?
My name is Blaze. I really love the Jazz design, in case you couldn't tell.
Really, you? How old are you?
Also old enough to remember the cups fondly.
What would compel someone to create a site just for the Jazz design?
You mean to tell me you find my obsession with antiquated disposable cups unusual? Well, when you put it that way...
No, actually, as Tom Jones would say, it's not unusual!
The Jazz design is truly one of the most recognizable symbols in all of pop culture history. It's ubiquity throughout the '90s and early '00s is seemingly unrivaled by any other image of the era. Just those few wavy colored lines alone can bring back so many memories for so many people: bowling alley birthday parties, roller skating under a disco ball, meals with the family. Unbeknownst to all of us, Jazz was hidden amidst the mundane objects we ignored as laughter and joy abounded. Wherever there was fun, Jazz was surely to follow.
Basically, it's an image which deeply resonates with me. If I could capture my life with one image, it would be with Jazz.
Got it. So what do you hope to accomplish with this site?
I started Jazz Pizzazz in April of 2020 in the hopes of it becoming everyone's hub for sharing their memories, creations, and findings with the Jazz design. I've shared my niche interest in the image to many folks over the years, and the one thing that's been made clear to me is that the vast majority of young adults will instantly recognize the Jazz symbol from their childhoods. I was therefore surprised to discover that no such database cataloging examples and preserving the history of the Jazz symbol existed, so I took it upon myself to create this free resource for art enthusiasts.
Awesome! Can I contribute?
Totally! Just use the submit form which you can access up above.
With your help, we can make Jazz Pizzazz the definitive collection of all things Jazz.
Which drink best complements a Jazz cup?
The correct answer is objectively either Crystal Pepsi, Ecto Cooler, or New Coke.
I, however, will personally vouch for either Vanilla Coke or Tab.
Thoughts on red Solo cups?
The stereotype that comes to mind is frat party.
That may be true, but they're also customary at, well, just about any kind of party.
Bland, utilitarian, something Dwight Schrute would serve.
Thoughts on Han Solo cups?
What about Anthora cups?
Ah yes, Anthora. The Wario to my Mario, the Joker to my Batman, the Xenomorph to my Ripley...
The Voldemort-- Listen, you gotta stop me. I could go on all day.
I'll give Anthora this, it's certainly recognizable. I mean, you recognized it, right?
But it doesn't evoke nostalgia, now does it? Nobody was busting out the Anthora cups at birthday parties.
It's all right though, let the Anthora fans spill their piping hot coffee all over their nice white shirts.
Meanwhile, us Jazz fans will be living it up with our bright windbreakers and ice cold beverages.
Ranch or Cool Ranch?
Is the cup half full or half empty?
As long as it's a Jazz cup, it doesn't matter!
Anything else you wanna add?
I'd like to give a shoutout to Dinosaur Dracula! I've been a huge fan of his blog and podcast for years, he's a really big influence for me. Chances are if you're here at Jazz Pizzazz, the stuff he talks about is right up your alley as well!
Also check out Mizucat, she's the raddest artist I've ever come across!
Her work is beyond incredible, she's insanely talented.
Lastly, I'd like to give a huge thank you to Noah Scher! In addition to designing the Jazz Pizzazz logo, he also created the pride Jazz flags and has submitted a variety of digital pieces. He's a talented artist, so hit him up if you're on the lookout for someone to commission professional art from!
Be excellent to each other, and party on dudes!