In the Eighties, before Tony ever built cues, he owned and operated a billiards supply company. Ever the perfectionist, Tony was becoming increasingly disturbed by the subpar quality of the cues he had to offer his clients. One night in 1985, while hawking action at Jack and Jill's in Glen Burnie, Maryland (famed for it's sleazy pool hall vibe and, sadly, no longer in business) an epiphany struck like lightning.
Tony's attention was drawn to a mysterious man known as 'Patch-eye'. Patch-eye was sitting quietly by himself and reading the newspaper, all while the colorful characters in the smokey pool room tried to provoke him into a game.
"Come on, man! Get up and show us something!"
"What's the matter? Dontcha have any heart?"
"I can't wait to play you, fish. Been waiting all night."
After a dramatic pause, Patch-eye slowly stood up from his perch, took his cue case in hand, and sauntered his way to the table- never uttering a word. Tony could've cut the tension in the room with a knife.
All eyes were on Patch-eye.
Patch-eye opened up his case and pulled out a sleek, solid black cue. The first eager challenger racked the balls for a game of one-pocket... and the bloodbath began. After making quick work of the first poor brave soul, Patch-eye charged through opponent after opponent like it was nothing. Never even breaking a sweat.
Tony thought to himself, "Just like a wild boar. When left alone, relatively harmless...
...but when approached, extremely dangerous."
Tony's discouragement about the products he was selling- coupled with the inspiration from Patch-eye's pool hall massacre- was the beginning of the brainchild that is now Black Boar Industries.
It was the very next morning that Tony went out and ordered 100 T-shirts that said, "Black Boar - The World's Finest Billiards Cues." His commitment on that day became a manifestation of reality, and the rest is history.
To learn more about the evolution of Black Boar, please check out this highly informative section of the old website here.
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