December 2015

The VICES issue of DIME is out now.

Not unlike Bette Davis sauntering down a New Orleans staircase in “Jezebel” or Vivien Leigh bursting into an Atlanta parlor in “Gone With the Wind,” the Scarlet Pearl Casino is making a grand entrance in the society of southern casinos this winter, joining the ranks of a couple dozen others Mississippi has to offer. The newest gaming resort on the Gulf Coast is in D’Iberville and is as fresh and naughty as a young, shiny pop star from a privileged family. It has 1,350 gaming machines, 45 table games and 10 poker tables. The hotel offers 300 rooms in a 14-story tower. With a miniature golf course and an inside café under an old oak tree, the contradiction dares you to play in an immaculate yet pretty place while pretending to live on the edge.

Being a socially-conscious carnivore in the South is no easy task. It’s naïve at best to expect your local grocery stores and restaurants to direct attention to or even disclose the provenance of their meat. Exceptions like grass-fed cattle purveyors Stonnington Farms notwithstanding, the vast majority of accessible animal flesh in Mississippi comes from grim torture chambers.

Chad and Terri Knight of Laurel’s Knight Butcher are leading the insurgency against sweatshop meat. Sourcing their beef and pork from farms less than 50 miles from their shop in downtown Laurel, the Knights are doing their community a service in the form of ribeyes and pork chops.

Chef’s Table is our look inside the mind and palate of notable chefs and bartenders throughout the South. This month we meet Justin Ferguson, sous chef at Hattiesburg’s Purple Parrot Café.

Ferguson was born in Hattiesburg and raised in Long Beach, Miss. A 10-year veteran of Crescent City Grill and Purple Parrot, he enjoys novels, rock ‘n’ roll music and high-rye, bottled-in-bond bourbons.

Due South Tattoo Expo January 29 – 31 The Golden Nugget Casino Biloxi, Miss. Tattoo artist, Matt Stebly, is the creator of what is hailed as some of Mississippi’s most recognized skin art. Heir of a prestigious lineage of artists, Matt’s home and pedigree are clearly visible in his

While winter brings chillier temps to us in the northern hemisphere, destinations in the southern hemisphere are experiencing the peak of summer and often their best weather all year, making December and January the perfect time to go across the pond—to South Africa. With its rich culture, diverse landscapes and ongoing battle to overcome its haunting history, this is one destination you’ve got to visit as soon as possible.

Picture this: a freshly opened Mountain Dew, Guided by Voices playing through the record player and wood chips flying everywhere. That, my friends, is a typical afternoon for Sean StarWars in his downtown Laurel studio, Woodcut Funhouse.

For 25 years, Sean has been gracing the printmaking world with his colorful and eccentric pop culture infused prints, and he has no plans of slowing down now. In fact, he’s hoping to be cranking out more prints than ever by next year when he hopes to be full-time at the Funhouse.

In 1985 Sean was a 15-year-old skateboarder in Virginia looking for a way to stand out and be original, so he started with his t-shirt.

“I didn’t want t-shirts that other people had so I was like, ‘OK, here’s a magic marker. I’m just going to write something stupid on my shirt so at least no one will think I got it at Belk,’” he recalled with a laugh.

As a kid, Sean never thought of himself as artistic or creative, outside of writing stories that he would occasionally illustrate. It wasn’t until he took a class on making relief prints with linoleum that everything clicked.