Tigers with Saddles
January 10, 2017 10:25 AM   Subscribe

I've found three ties from different brands featuring tigers wearing saddles. Does this relate to something?

A friend found a Brooks Brothers tie with the design in a thrift shop a few weeks ago and sent me a picture. Today I found a tie with a similar motif (but different) from a no-name brand in another thrift shop (different part of the country though). After trying to Google it, I found an eBay auction for a third tie with almost an identical pattern but different colors.

Are tigers wearing saddles just a obscure-but-semi-common tie design or do they relate to something?

Pictures of the ties.
posted by Deflagro to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (9 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Do they perhaps represent tigers from a carousel? Carousel animals generally have saddles, even if they're cockerels or tigers.
posted by pipeski at 10:33 AM on January 10, 2017 [4 favorites]

"Ride the Tiger" is a phrase that is used in several contexts. In philosophy, it refers to surviving modernism. There is a documentary about bipolar that uses the phrase to describe living with the condition.

It is also a Jefferson Starship song.
posted by a fiendish thingy at 10:44 AM on January 10, 2017

Oh, and according to urban dictionary, it can mean shooting heroin or the initial high after taking hallucinogens.
posted by a fiendish thingy at 10:45 AM on January 10, 2017

Probably carousel animals. Hermes did a line of scarves with a carousel print in the 60s, and the trickle-down nature of fashion means everyone has to get on board.

If your'e curious about the origins of the phrase "riding the tiger", here you go.

Also, I've noticed similar patterns in thrifting myself. I chalk it up to a)someone with particular tastes spread around their largess to different stores, b)the universe is trying to tell me something significant, and c)I tend to overthink patterns in shopping
posted by ananci at 10:46 AM on January 10, 2017 [4 favorites]

“Those who foolishly sought power by riding the back of the tiger ended up inside”
― John F. Kennedy
posted by evilmonk at 10:47 AM on January 10, 2017 [1 favorite]

Carousel Tigers.

A couple of your tie images look almost exactly like the ones found above.

Now why they are doing it I don't know.
posted by wwax at 11:05 AM on January 10, 2017 [2 favorites]

Very possible that the second and third tie were just ripping off the Brooks Brothers design. That sort of thing happens all the time.
posted by showbiz_liz at 11:10 AM on January 10, 2017 [7 favorites]

The Young Lady of Riga,
Who smiled as she rode on a tiger?
They returned from the ride,
With the lady inside,
And the smile on the face of the tiger.
posted by LizardBreath at 11:40 AM on January 10, 2017 [1 favorite]

There's also always Dio. "Holy Diver" has the line "Ride the tiger" in it. Most metal of ties.

Obviously probably not the actual origin but it makes me giggle.
posted by fiercecupcake at 12:28 PM on January 10, 2017 [1 favorite]

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