WORDS Lucy Sanderson

PHOTOGRAPHS Robbie Dark

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE IN A TRIBE? CAMARADERIE, FELLOWSHIP, SHARED INTERESTS AND VALUES OR POLITICAL AND CULTURAL EXPRESSION… PROBABLY A SMIDGEN OF ALL OF THAT AND SOME.

Gallery’s tribe edition is being brought to you right at a time when we are apart; social distancing or self-isolating and managing the current, global coronavirus fallout.

While we may all be apart, people the world over are coming together, metaphorically speaking. In fact, feeling part of a tribe has never been so poignant.

Jersey’s little microcosm is home to a vast number of tribes, gangs, groups, squads, cliques… whatever you want to call them. Some are tribes we are grateful to, others make us laugh, some are inclusive, others not too much; all of them have one thing in common – a bit of love and a lot of friendship and familiarity.

 

THIS PARTICULAR TRIBE IS GEARED TOWARD KEEPING BOTH SOULS AND BELLIES WARM AND WELL FED.

A recipe for friendship and some added culinary flair, Pasta Club was set up back in 2018 for a bunch of like-minded out-doorsy boys to get together to cook, eat and discuss things between themselves once a week. Having kicked off to mitigate the boredom and brrrr of winter, this group of guys wanted to be able to meet up on a regular basis to get them through the dark days of the colder season.

The notion of eating what they want and saying what they want has established a kind of tribe culture that promotes camaraderie between the chaps and also, according to one of the boys, gives the girlfriends some respite once a week too! Pasta Club is a closed tribe in that the lads like to keep their circle small(ish) and manageable. By doing so, they know that each week when they come together, they are with trusted friends and can share the good and the bad with one another and know they’ve got a superb support system… That and a bloody great dinner as they all now seem to compete to see who can be the most impressive chef.

Making food and making time together means making great memories and Robbie Dark recounted one particular Pasta Club which took place at Kempt Tower. Cooking Paella on the seawall at high tide, hanging out over a few beers and then a surf at sundown is a time he said will be forever imprinted in his memory. No one wants to call out who’s the best or worst at cooking, that’s not what Pasta Club is all about.

Breeding a culture of communication, camaraderie and life-long friendship is the name of the tribal game here. Cheers to the chaps at Pasta Club; grub’s up, surf’s up… Pepping each other up and keeping the tribe alive. Bravo boys.