Is the only reason you've considered picking up pipe smoking that it's so badass? That's reason enough, because it is very badass indeed.
Anson Mount, whose great-great-great granddaddy was a Confederate cavalry colonel, and whose full name is Anson Adams Mount IV, smokes a pipe through season 3 of Hell on Wheels. And not only does he smoke a pipe throughout, it's a meerschaum. I would like to move, on the strength of these pictures, to get rid of the idea that a meerschaum is only for the drawing room: let's take them out into the wide world, whether that wide world be the wild west or a movie set.
Feast your eyes on the awesomeness.
|He discovers the pipe clenched between the teeth of a frozen compatriot.|
|The bowl is already conveniently packed. At this point we ask ourselves why the character, a former tobacco farmer, hasn't been smoking a pipe all along.|
|The pipe faces down the hostile board of a railroad company.|
|The pipe gets knocked into the mud. The pipe is angry now.|
|The pipe climbs out of the mud and gets to work.|
|The pipe meets Ulysses S. Grant.|
|The pipe looks its troubles in the eye with a steely resolve.|
|The pipe is contemplative at close of day.|