"There is something more powerful than each of us, a combination of our efforts, a Great Chain of industry that unites us. But it is only when we struggle in our own interest that the chain pulls society in the right direction..." - Andrew Ryan
- “HIRED GUNS - CONTRACTS - PAINTINGS”
- ― Advertisement[src]
Tom & Dave is a jack–of–all–trades business located in an unknown sector of Rapture. Little is known about the firm, but its owners apparently worked as a private security force as well as painters.
- Main article: BioShock
Though the business is never encountered during the events of BioShock, an advertisement for it is featured in one of the most commonly used skyboxes. Actual neon signs can be seen during Jack's descent into the city via Bathysphere. Later on, he encounters the same marquee while journeying through Poseidon Plaza in Fort Frolic.
Behind the ScenesEdit
- The seemingly incongruous juxtaposition of "paintings" with "hired guns" is a reference to the phrase "I heard you paint houses", mafia-speak for a contract killer. These were allegedly the first words spoken by labor union leader Jimmy Hoffa to Frank Sheeran and became the title for Sheeran's 2004 book detailing his career with the mob.
- The "Tom & Dave" from the business' title refer to people associated with Hoffa.
- Dave Beck was president of the Teamsters' Union prior to Jimmy Hoffa's election in 1957.
- After the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa in 1975, Thomas Andretta, along with his brother Stephen, were part of a group of alleged hitmen subpoenaed by the FBI to stand trial.
|Welcome to Rapture|
|The Surface||The Lighthouse · Apollo Air Flight DF-0301|
|The Descent||A Mart · Annie's Tree Farm & Greenhouse · Anton · Capt. Nemo · Cinema Réal · D. Francon Antiques · Demitasse · Fat Cat Lounge · Finley · Hat Shoppe · Heller News · Hotel Monseñor · Joe & Eric · Kitty's Place · Lentz Bijoux & Bibelots · Lisa's Candies · Lost & Found Vintage Clothing · Manor Reserve · Monadnock · Mo's Diner · Nate's · New Worlde Smoker · Rational · Roark Architect & Construction · Spenser · Tasty Plate · Tom & Dave · Vine Ripe|
|Welcome Center||Bathysphere Station · Rapture Metro · Atrium · Le Marquis D'Epoque · Kashmir Restaurant · Footlight Theater · Transit Hub|
|BioShock 2 Multiplayer||Kashmir Restaurant (BioShock 2 Multiplayer)|