by Julia Barnes
Are you a Vaper that believes drip tips cannot affect your vaping experience unless you are using them for strictly “dripping” purposes? Do you think that any drip tip will do if it’s for use on the end of a cartomizer or tank? Do you believe that fancy drip tips are just an extravagant way to spice up your vaping hobby? If you believe any of that, I politely suggest to you that you are wrong. Drip Tips matter. In more ways than one.
The term “drip tip” in the vaping community applies to any mouthpiece, really. While some veteran Vapers use drip tips to, ah, drip, most other Vapers use them as mouthpieces. The mouthpieces (drip tip) that come with your tank, Clearo, or what-have-you is usually a Delrin plastic or chrome tip. They are inexpensive and inconsequential.
Drip Tips that are sold as standalone drip tips come in many shapes and sizes, and are made of many different materials like metal, jade, glass, Plastic, rubber. You could use one on the end of a cartomizer or on the end of a CE3/4/5 or anything else that doesn’t already have a mouthpiece built into it like a Kanger T3 or the new MT-3. The drip tip, or mouthpiece, can be simple or complex, inexpensive or “the sky’s the limit”, but one thing is for sure; a drip tip can be a very personal matter.
The drip tips from Molehill Mountain Art are something else altogether.
If you screwed an atomizer onto a battery and dripped a few drops of eLiquid into it you would then put a tip on the atty and inhale. That, in essence, is “dripping”. Personally I have zero interest in dripping. It’s kind of hardcore when you think about it. But many people love it, and they really get into it, so a fancy drip tip gives the experience an overall fancy look and feel.
The shape of the drip tip matters as well… somewhat. The shape especially matters when you ‘drip’ because of the amount of vapor the drip tip can hold. People that focus their vaping hobby around dripping usually own more than a few drip tips. By owning various shapes and sizes they can alter or tailor their dripping experience by using a specific drip tip.
The attraction, as I understand it, to dripping, is that by using a battery, atomizer, and drip tip you can get a much more powerful vapor hit. Pure flavor comes through the drip tip because there is no filler material, no wick, or anything else getting between you and the vapor. The atomizer vaporizes the eLiquid, the drip tip funnels the vapor up and through the tip and directly into your mouth and lungs. Dripping is a pure vaping experience that is as far from “smoking” a cigarette as you can get in the vaping universe. I hate to say this, but when I see someone in the office dripping it akin to watching someone snorting cocaine. But that’s just me; I’m weird like that. I mean, I’ve tried dripping and the flavor is intense and the throat hit is incredible, but it’s nowhere near as relaxing as sitting back with nice PV and an awesome drip tip, lazily vaping away. Ah, the life of a Vaper.
But rather than turn this into a tutorial on dripping I’d like to talk about the drip tips made by Molehill Mountain Art, and more specifically the ones I recently purchased.
Molehill Mountain Art Drip Tips
While I was surfing the web looking for a drip trip for my boss I happened across Molehill Mountain Art Drip Tips. The drip tips made here, by Doug and Tammie, are all handcrafted, meticulously turned, painted, and sealed so as to produce a level of quality I’m betting you’ve probably never seen in a drip tip before. I know I sure haven’t.
Whether or not you’re interested in drip tips for actual ‘dripping’ or to use at the end of various devices like a DCT, a Vivi Nova, or something else, a top quality Drip Tip from Molehill Mountain Art is very much worth every penny you will spend on it.
Tammie and Doug, owners of Molehill Mountain Art, are, first and foremost, extraordinary artists. Doug is a renowned “wood turner” who has had his work shown in galleries across the globe. His work has been shown in galleries such as Joe Wade Fine Arts, Christine’s of Santa Fe and Laguna Beach, The Mariposa Gallery of Fine Art and many others throughout the United States.
Tammie enjoys working with polymer clay, as well as inks and paints. Doug and Tammie have collaborated on quite a few pieces (wood and clay or wood and ink/paint) and they’ve been shown at the The Albuquerque Museum Gallery, the Del Mano Gallery (the premiere wood gallery in the western half of the U.S.), and the Gallery M in Half Moon Bay, Calif. There are sizable collections of Doug’s work in the U.S., France, and other parts of Europe, Canada, Japan and so on. Like I said, Doug is a renowned wood turner in the art world.
Having both Doug and Tammie turn their attention to making drip tips as resulted in the creation of functional art on the level that we have yet to see in the vaping community. Best of all, they are not only beautiful creations they are affordable as well.
Doug and Tammie
Vaping came into their world on January 2, 2012, just a year ago, when Tammie made the decision to quit smoking. She had received an eCigarette starter kit for Christmas and when she had passed the 3-day mark without a cigarette she knew that vaping was the answer. Tammie refers to herself as a “reacher”, someone that has a difficult time quitting cigarettes because she would often find herself “reaching” for a cigarette whenever she was concentrating elsewhere. I can relate to that, and it is THE most difficult aspect of quitting. This is the reason why electronic cigarettes are the absolute best way to quit for many many people.
About 8 months into vaping, Doug and Tammie decided to apply their artistic talents to the business of making high-quality, yet affordable drip tips. The result is a fast-growing company that produces the most incredible drip tips I have ever seen.
Using only the finest materials to create each drip tip, as well as the decades of experience creating masterworks of art pieces using the very same materials used in the making of their drip tips, you’ll know the second you hold one in your hand that what you have isn’t just another drip tip, it’s a work of art. Each piece of wood or acrylic used to make a Molehill Mountain Art drip tip has it’s own characteristics and they are shaped in a way that will enhance and not detract from it’s original beauty.
The (Molehill Mountain Art) Drip Tips
When I say that each drip tip is a work of art I mean it. Molehill Mountain Art only produces about 5 drip tips per day! (6 on a good day Tammie tells us), so they are never mass-produced. In fact, you cannot buy these drip tips from a vendor because they are produced in such limited numbers.
Chechen inlaid with Polymer Clay – $22 – While I was browsing the Molehill Mountain Art website looking for that beautiful drip tip I happened along a page that featured this drip tip. The photo cannot do this drip tip justice, but as you can see it is one magnificent drip tip. Made from an incredible species of burl wood and handcrafted with the inlaid polymer clay, it was the one I decided to buy, though there was another one that I was considering.
The Navajo – Polymer Clay on Ash 9-23 – A similar shape to the Chechen, but lighter in color with the inlaid clay work a bit different as well, this is the one I will get next, or at least one similar to it. You see, the photos on the website are the actual drip tips you will buy. Once its sold the photo moves over to the “Sold” gallery. As you can see you’re not buying some mass-produced, identical tip, each one is unique.
Acrylic Drip Tips
The drip tip I have for my personal use is a pinkish acrylic drip tip that Tammie and Doug made especially for me. I had asked for something specific, and (as you can read in the accompanying interview here), I was asked what my favorite color was and they created one like this.
All the drip tips from Molehill Mountain Art are sealed inside and out with CA, an acrylic finish that lasts forever and day, and produces a lustrous, hard, protective shine. Wood does not like to get wet, so Tammie and Doug recommend gently cleaning the surface with a slightly damp Q-Tip and drying with a soft cloth. They say to never immerse your drip tip in water, so, ya know…don’t.
Real World Experience
Since the day I presented John with the Chechen drip tip he has used nothing else. He tells me that it feels incredible on his lips and provides the smoothest vaping experience he’s ever had. It has sparked a new hobby for him, and he intends on frequenting Molehill Mountain Art often to add new, unique, one of kind drip trips to a growing collection.
As for me, it’s easy to say I’ve used nothing other than the pink acrylic drip tip that Tammie and Doug made for me. It’s true, of course, and for the very same reason that Johns states above. I love the way I have been able to remove the drip tip from tank to tank and it still fits every bit as snug as it did the first time. Having said that, I received a couple of extra O-rings and should the O-ring ever wear out due to taking it off and on many times a week all I need to do is replace the O-ring and its brand new and ready to go.
There are two things that make buying a Molehill Mountain Art Drip Tip a no-brainer; At an average price of $20 they are every bit as affordable as any wood or fancy chrome drip tip you see on every vendors website, but, because it’s a Molehill Mountain Art drip tip, it is an authentic work of art.
I hope that you will soon visit their website to take a look at their currently available drip tips. If you’re in the market for one this is a great chance to add the first real piece of art to your drip tip collection. I can promise you that once you receive your drip tip you will understand why I was so excited to get mine, and why I use it every single day.