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Tea Drunk Vs. Actual Drunk

A couple of weeks ago, I was in a chatroom. Okay, that alone isn’t worthy of note, but this was a tea chatroom. And for some reason – some awesome reason! – the concept of “tea drunk” popped up in mid-conversation. It’s a phrase that gets bandied around a lot in the community. Mostly for comedic effect, and all of us know it really is a thing.

Think actual drunkenness but without “most” of the weaknesses associated with it.

Art by Jason Norman; Concept by Me.

Art by Jason Norman; Concept by Me.

In the middle of this chat, I began to wonder how tea drunkenness and actual drunkenness would compare and contrast. And also, how best to illustrate that dichotomy. Truth was . . . I couldn’t.

I needed an artist, and I only knew of one “fit” for the job.

Self-Portrait by Jason Norman

Self-Portrait by Jason Norman

Yes, my cousin – Jason Norman – art-fu master extraordinaire. I hadn’t seen the li’l doofus in almost a year, and this provided ample opportunity to play catch-up. Brainstorming was just icing on the cake.

Last week, we got together at Good Coffee – a nifty li’l Portland spot in the middle of Southeast. My cousin ordered their House Blend. I settled on their Song Tea Golden Needle, a brand I’d recently been converted to.

Golden Needle Tea

Over the course of two hours and several steeps, we came up with something. Over the course of a weekend, my cousin brought our ideas to glorious fruition. Behold . . .

Art by Jason Norman; Concept by Me.

Art by Jason Norman; Concept by Me.

For more of Jason Norman’s artwork and hilarity, you can follow him on Twitter HERE.


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  1. This is beautiful! And quite accurate from my recollection of the periods of non-tea inebriated states.

  2. Now I get it 😛

  3. Margo Hutchinson

    You cannot get a DUI from Tea! 🙂

  4. Cwyn

    The peeing on the wall is funny.

  5. Sounds like I need more tea in my life. 😉

  6. This made me laugh! Especially the aftertaste illustration.

  7. Ha! This is so great! You are both very talented 🙂

  8. Raz

    This is funny and real!

  9. Super cool. This reminds me of visiting a tea fair trying all kinds of teas and ended up tea drunk at the end of the day. I am looking forward to more funny tea art from Jason 🙂

  10. Jen

    Awesome. Just awesome.

  11. Haha!!! I definitely have felt the tea buzz on occasion since I don’t drink coffee or consume that much caffeine but like the cartoon portrayed, it’s much more pleasant than being alcohol drunk!

  12. Fascinating, very nice sharing.

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