Whereas many dream of changing into a physician or proudly owning their very own enterprise after they develop up, Whitehorse resident and tattoo artist Jamie Regulation has a extra uncommon profession purpose.
He needs to be the following Sourtoe captain on the Downtown Resort in Dawson Metropolis.
“I immediately fell in love with [Dawson City],” stated Regulation, referring to his first time visiting the group. “I used to be launched to the custom that’s the Sourtoe Cocktail and it was simply up my alley.”
The Sourtoe Cocktail has been drawing vacationers to Dawson Metropolis’s Downtown for practically 50 years. It is a easy drink consisting of a shot of whiskey with an uncommon accompaniment: a dried human toe.
It is not simply the individuality of the concoction that has Regulation . It is the historical past of how the drink got here to be and the characters who serve it.
That is when Regulation had an thought.
“I believed, hey, I’ve owned a captain’s hat for a few years, and possibly it is future, possibly that is what life has been main me to,” he stated. “I believed that is what I need to do with my life. I need to be a toe captain.
“The best way I see it’s there’s extra people who have astronaut on their resumes than toe captain.”
Making ready for the function
The sourtoe captain is accountable for serving the toe to these courageous sufficient to attempt it.
Regulation says he is created traditions that groom him for the function. Any time he’s in Dawson he’ll have a shot each evening he is on the town. He says it is to indicate his loyalty to the custom.
To this point, Regulation says he is had near 30 Sourtoe Cocktails.
Regulation has additionally taken his dedication to the toe one step additional.
“I took it upon myself to get Captain Dick tattooed on the facet of my knee to pay homage to the OG of the Sourtoe Cocktail,” he stated, referring to Captain Dick Stevenson who invented the cocktail after discovering an amputated toe whereas cleansing out a cabin. He died in 2019.
Regulation additionally obtained the present Toe Captain Terry Lee tattooed on his different knee.
‘The very first thing I ask is why?’
Present toe captain Terry Lee has been within the function for the previous eight years.
When he heard that there was somebody who wished to be the following toe captain, one query got here to thoughts.
“The very first thing I ask is why?” Lee informed CBC.
Lee defined that he doesn’t have a say in terms of hiring a toe captain. Northern Imaginative and prescient Improvement owns the patent and copyright on the toe, and the bar supervisor on the Downtown Resort is accountable for the hiring course of.
“I am only a flunky,” he stated. “I am the man that serves the toe. They’ve gone by means of so many toe captains, good and dangerous, since Captain Dick.”
Lee stated it takes a particular type of particular person to carry the title of toe captain.
“An excellent captain has to know how you can emote,” Lee defined.
“Over-emphasized performing is emoting — like Jim Carrey in Liar Liar. As quickly because the particular person is available in I see their physique language. I see the expression on their face. I really feel their enthusiasm of their voice. I say that particular person would make a great toe captain.”
Lee has no plans on handing over the cap anytime quickly, however he says that Regulation undoubtedly has what it takes to be a terrific toe captain.
“I actually like Jamie,” he stated. “He has the character. He is an emoter and he appears to have the presence.”