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Jude Lobasso

Posted on January 25, 2016 by Raven Scott | 0 Comments

 

Jude Lobasso is a true to heart artist from Long Island, New York. He loves the process of making and creating art; he can take any thought or idea and turn it into a fun new project. His work is honest, reactive and expressive. His style is loose but fun. He is a caring and respectful person that truly values art in its many different forms. Jude has several independent projects and collaborations that he is currently working on. His work can be seen through various Sticker Social Club events or through his own artist pages and sites. Jude and his wife are also producing a Zine that will showcase the many talented artists that they know and work with, the Zine will be released later this quarter. As busy as he is, he was kind enough to fill out one of our surveys, here's what he had to say;

 

When did you first notice your artistic abilities?

I started messing around with art after seeing graffiti in my town when I was like 12 or so. In high school I was put in a program for the “throw away” kids, there I was able to meet a wonderful teacher who helped me gain a real love for all art; His name was Mr. Johnson, if it wasn’t for him I never would have pursued art in any form, nor would I have graduated.

 

 

When did you get into smoking weed?

I started smoking in 11th grade, and it became a constant in my life; that was around 96' or 97'.

 

Do you prefer indica or sativa? Do you have a favorite strain?

I live in NY, so I’m pretty much at the mercy of the dealers. You get what they get and it sucks. For the last year or so, I’ve its dabs of shatter.

 

 

When did you first realize that smoking weed could help/enhance your creativity? And how does it help with your creative process?

For me, getting high helps with everything. As far as the creative process goes, it just helps me mellow out and stay focused.

 

 

 

Has cannabis ever helped you to meet, collaborate or network with other artists?

Sure, show up anywhere with some bud and any other smoker will sit and talk with you while ya smoke... At least most will, some people are dicks.

 

 

What is your favorite method of getting high?

For group settings it’s always nice to smoke a blunt. But when I’m at home and I’m feeling like, “Let’s get fucked up and make some shit happen,” I grab the torch and rig and dab that shit up.

 

 

Who are some other cannabis advocates that you may respect or that have inspired you?

The guys who did the union are awesome. Joe Rogan and Ari Shaffir are two great comics that also show support to the marijuana community.

 

Has being a cannabis user ever affected your life negatively?

Yes, I live in New York and its not legal here yet. I have been arrested, been pulled out of my car and detained while I was illegally searched. This has also forced me to me to go through black market dealers which afforded me the opportunity to get harder drugs, not saying that I would have done harder, or as I refer to them "Real Drugs," it’s just that having to go to the black market opened doors that wouldn't normally have been available to me.

 

 

Do you feel that bringing public awareness to cannabis inspired art and music can help lift the stigma that cannabis artists and users throughout the world might feel?

Maybe, but at this point if you have some moral issue with people smoking’ pot, then you’re an asshole. The sooner that people understand its benefits, the sooner the world will be a better place. That might sound harsh but if a kid who has a 100 seizures a day can get relief through a fucking plant that won’t further poison him, then it should be an option. And if you have an issue with me getting high and watching TV, then fuck you.

 

 

What do you think is the biggest misconception that anti marijuana advocates might have about cannabis users? How do you think that we can eliminate the negative outlook that non-cannabis users might have for cannabis using artists and musicians?

The biggest misconception is that pot makes you lazy. I’m lazy as fuck but I do a dab and then that shit makes me want to make some shit happen.

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For more information on Jude please check him out on Instagram, @judelobasso

 

For details on, Become a Pal of Jude and Val Zine information or contribution inquiries, please check out Instagram as well @becomeapalofjudeandval

Or email them at, becomeapalofjudeandval@gmail.com

Air147

Posted on January 11, 2016 by Raven Scott | 0 Comments

 

Aaron Roblero is a Southern California native, who currently resides in the Riverside area. He is the local, resident artist at a weekly collective called Black List Sesh. You can see him live and direct on Sundays at the Black List Sesh gatherings. Aaron also showcases his art work under the name, Air147. His incredible owl paintings are bright, colorful, intricate and probably the most recognizable pieces from his many years of work. His style appeals to art fans and popular culture lovers from all walks of life. He works mostly with acrylics and aerosol. This Ancient Space Traveler recently took time to fill out one of our surveys; here's what he had to say...

When did you first notice your artistic abilities?

Second grade was when I noticed that I was a little different from others. I would draw or doodle while other kids played on the blacktop; some thought that I was antisocial.

 

 

When did you get into smoking weed?

I was introduced to marijuana on my 14th birthday and have smoked habitually ever since; for the past 21yrs.

Do you prefer indica or sativa? Do you have a favorite strain?

I prefer Sativa dominate strains from the morning to midday hours, then I like a nice heavy indica as the evening approaches. Hands down my favorite strain, would to be the real deal Holyfield "Blueberryyumyum".

 

When did you first realize that smoking weed could help/enhance your creativity? And how does it help with your creative process?

When I got serious about becoming a full time artist, I gave up the slave ship day job thing in order to pursue my dreams of becoming a self-made visual artist. It was the best decision that I ever made in my whole life and conquering the fears that came with that choice was aided with the help of marijuana. It kept me focused on my goals and everything ahead of me.

 

 

Has cannabis ever helped you to meet, collaborate or network with other artists?

Yes it has, I am blessed and fortunate enough to be part of a weekly gathering in San Bernardino, California where a collection of cannabis based companies, artists, and musicians can come together and meet other awesome like-minded, successful stoners within their community.

What is your favorite method of getting high?

My favorite way of consuming THC would have to be through extract forms such as shatter or crumbles. I occasionally like to keep it old fashion with a good old blunt and fire up some So Cal flower.

Who are some other cannabis advocates that you may respect or that have inspired you?

Mark Emery, Damien Marley, and Scooby Doo.

 

 

Has being a cannabis user ever affected your life negatively?

Yes, as a teen I was faced with tuff love and life lessons handed out by my parents for smoking weed. Later on, I found out that they did the same thing all along, so it had a huge impact on my relationships, ability to trust, or understand them. This affected me for many years after.

 

How has smoking weed allowed your career as an artist/musician to develop or grow?

I am blessed to have a huge following and lots of support from the canna community which has allowed me to fully spread my wings in the art world.

 

Do you feel that bringing public awareness to cannabis inspired art and music can help lift the stigma that cannabis artists and users throughout the world might feel?

I truly believe that imagery is one the most powerful tools we have; it's to our advantage within society to use it. Art can lift stigmas especially when it comes to gaining results with impact.

 

 

What do you think is the biggest misconception that anti marijuana advocates might have about cannabis users? How do you think that we can eliminate the negative outlook that non-cannabis users might have for cannabis using artists and musicians?

Stereotypes about how smoking causes laziness, or that stoners are uneducated losers and whatnot are untrue. As a community, we need to educate one another with actual facts from modern or current studies. Education with proper information would help greatly; it’s important to openly broadcast news and information of how this plant can benefit us on many different levels; medicinal and otherwise.

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For more information on Aaron please check him out on Instagram, @Air147.

You can also see him on Sunday evenings at the Black List Sesh gatherings, please follow @blacklistsesh for more event or vendor information.

His work is currently on display at the Chateou L'Amour art gallery located in Ontario, California. Curator: Dennis Delgado

Please go to https://www.facebook.com/ChateauLAmourOntario

Raven Scott

Posted on December 21, 2015 by Raven Scott | 0 Comments

 

Raven Scott is a feisty, impulsive, music obsessed writer, blogger, and photographer. When she is not busy interviewing amazing artists and musicians she is typically enjoying a rich Southern California lifestyle. She can typically be seen at a concert, Dodgers games, or wandering around Amoeba Records.

 

When did you first notice your artistic abilities?

I showed a lot of potential in a variety of creative aspects at a very early age. I began to really develop those skills in 5th and 6th grade. I did AP art in high school and really found my niche with writing around that time as well.

 

When did you get into smoking weed?

I became a more regular smoker around 17; my boyfriend at the time was a big stoner.

 

Do you prefer indica or sativa? Do you have a favorite strain?

I’m not sure if I really know enough about the difference between the two. I feel like the overall affects are the same for me from smoking both indica and sativa. Right now I’m on a purple pineapple kick, it’s pretty yummy and my favorite delivery service offers this purple pineapple pre-roll with hash oil... love it.

When did you first realize that smoking weed could help/enhance your creativity? And how does it help with your creative process?

I noticed the affects almost immediately, there were a few times that I would get high and want to take a nap but for the most part it really made me motivated to create something, talk about something and explore new concepts. It also allowed me to focus for a chunk of time on a new project without interruption or distraction. It was like I could get high, zone in on what I was doing and run free with my imagination.

 

Has cannabis ever helped you to meet, collaborate or network with other artists?

Totally, it’s such an ice breaker. I like to share a celebratory bowl with new people and chat about life and art. I’m a very hyper and social person so sometimes smoking a bowl just helps to curb my overwhelming excitement of working with or meeting new people.

 

What is your favorite method of getting high? (Smoking, vaporizer, edibles?)

Blunts to the dome and the occasional cookie.

 

Who are some other cannabis advocates that you may respect or that have inspired you?

Kid Cudi, Method Man, Willie Nelson, B- Real, Bradley Nowell, anyone that uses it to be creative, enhance their lives, or treat themselves for pain. Important advocates to me understand how rewarding the benefits to using cannabis can be and talk about it in a positive light.

 

Has being a cannabis user ever affected your life negatively?

No, not really. I’ve recently met a lot of people that don’t smoke or get high, but they always have positive things to say about it. I should probably not smoke for work related reasons but I have not experienced any negatives as of yet.

 

How has smoking weed allowed your career as an artist/musician to develop or grow?

Well, I feel like it has allowed me to make new connections with people, focus, and test the limits of my own mind. Like I said before, smoking makes me more productive.

 

Do you feel that bringing public awareness to cannabis inspired art and music can help lift the stigma that cannabis artists and users throughout the world might feel?

I hope so. I think that there a lot of super talented and creative people that are out there doing awesome things. Those that don’t use cannabis might just have the wrong idea about it so maybe seeing and hearing all the beauty that can be created through cannabis inspired art will change their minds.

 

What do you think is the biggest misconception that anti marijuana advocates might have about cannabis users? How do you think that we can eliminate the negative outlook that non-cannabis users might have for cannabis using artists and musicians?

I think that one of the biggest misconceptions is that pot smokers are lazy. Fuck that! Some people are but it has nothing to do with smoking weed, they probably lack a work ethic or self motivation. But most cannabis users are fully functioning people with real jobs, great talents, and a fulfilling life. I also don’t think that it’s as harmful or quite the “gateway drug” that alcohol is. I would suggest that if you don’t really understand it, try it! Find out what it’s about. And if you don’t really want to try it, then listen to someone that uses it and actually hear what they’re saying. And even if you don’t want to smoke it, hemp is a very valuable byproduct... just sayin’... learn, educate, research.

 

 

For more information on Raven, please check out Funky Fresh Magazine at www.funkyfreshmagazine.com

 

Lucky Boy SF

Posted on December 14, 2015 by Raven Scott | 0 Comments

Lucky Boy SF is a visual artist and photographer from the San Francisco Bay area. His unique ability to take any landscape and digitally transform it into something enchanting is beyond anything that I've ever seen before. His lens captures the most interesting of architectural, reflective, and urban landscape details. He is a kind-hearted and soft spoken gentleman that lets his work speaks for itself. Lucky Boy SF is both an artist and professional and at times has to keep his smoking very private; he speaks about the conflict below.

What makes you feel like you cannot be open about your cannabis use? What factors contribute to your desire to keep your cannabis use private?

I have a stable job at a respectable law firm in the city.

Is marijuana legal in the area in which you reside?

Yes, it is for medical patience only.

Privately, or in a non-work related social sector, do you identify as a cannabis user?

Yes.

When did you first notice your artistic abilities?

I noticed my abilities around 12 or 13 years old.

When did you get into smoking weed?

Around 17 years old.

 

 

Do you prefer indica or sativa? Do you have a favorite strain?

I prefer Sativa, purple for taste.

When did you first realize that smoking weed could help/enhance your creativity? And how does it help with your creative process?

As a hobby, I like to illustrate or draw. Weed helps me brainstorm beyond what I would normally think of doing and drawing.

Has cannabis ever helped you to meet, collaborate or network with other artists?

It has helped me to meet some cool cats at various concerts and venues.

 

 

What is your favorite method of getting high? (Smoking, vaporizer, edibles?)

I typically like smoking out, but I also like edibles for the long body highs that they provide.

Who are some other cannabis advocates that you may respect or that have inspired you?

B-Real, Method Man, and Snoop Dogg.

Has being a cannabis user ever affected your life negatively?

Only in terms of the occasional bout of laziness.

How has smoking weed allowed your career as an artist/musician to develop or grow?

It has a calming affect that allows me to focus more on my work.

 

 

Do you feel that bringing public awareness to cannabis inspired art and music can help lift the stigma that cannabis artists and users throughout the world might feel?

I believe that it would.

 

What do you think is the biggest misconception that anti marijuana advocates might have about cannabis users? How do you think that we can eliminate the negative outlook that non-cannabis users might have for cannabis using artists and musicians?

I always hear people say that it's a gateway drug but I don't see it as such.

 

 

*To see more from LuckyBoy SF please check him out on Instagram @luckyboysf

Or check out his other works at twenty20.com/luckyboysf

MISTAKOY

Posted on December 07, 2015 by Raven Scott | 0 Comments

 

Krista, better known by her artist name, MISTAKOY, is a multi-faceted, mystical painter from New York. Her style is bright and brilliant and can be seen all over the city street as well as fine galleries. Her colorful pieces are sure to impress all that see. She is a sensitive and creative person who was kind enough to share both her thoughts and her artwork with us.

When did you first notice your artistic abilities?

Since I was old enough to be self-aware, maybe 2 or 3 yrs old.

When did you get into smoking weed?

I started smoking when I was 17 years old.

 

 

When did you first realize that smoking weed could help/enhance your creativity? And how does it help with your creative process?

Around 20 yrs old. It opens my mind to creative solutions that I don’t usually find when I do not smoke.

Has cannabis ever helped you to collaborate or network with other artists?

Yes, I have talked out some of my best ideas over a bong or a spliff.

 

 

 

What is your favorite method of getting high? (Smoking, vaporizer, edibles?)

I usually smoke a bowl, but I am trying to switch to vaporizer.

Who are some other cannabis advocates that you may respect or that have inspired you?

Dima Drjuchin

 

 

Has being a cannabis user ever affected your life negatively?

I get tired if I abuse it.

How has smoking weed allowed your career as an artist/musician to develop or grow?

It helps me control my anxiety. If I smoke a sativa, I have more capacity to think more 3-dimensionally and zone out on something I’m working on. I get hyper focused.

 

 

Do you feel that bringing public awareness to cannabis inspired art and music can help lift the stigma that cannabis artists and users throughout the world might feel?

Yes, but only if it is represented in the right way. Burn outs give functional smokers a bad rep.

How do you think that we can eliminate the negative outlook that non-cannabis users might have for cannabis using artists and musicians?

I don’t know if it can be completely eliminated, but people can be swayed with evidence of functional smokers.

 

 

For more information on MISTAKOY, please check out her website at; www.mistakoy.com

You can also find her on Instagram @mistakoy and on Facebook- Mistakoy (page)

OUTTA THIS WURLD

Posted on November 23, 2015 by Raven Scott | 2 Comments

 

Army brat, Isreal (Izzy) Hernandez, was born in Germany but called San Jose, California his home for most of his life. He is an exceptional digital and graphic artist who is best known for his colorful, original creations through Outta This Wurld Graphics. This energetic and determined artist is limitless in what he can create and master. Outta This World is an artist on a whole new level, he also happens to use cannabis to help unlock his creative flow.

When did you first notice your artistic abilities?

Kindergarten; around 5 years old.

 

When did you get into smoking weed?

Just after 12 years old. 7th Grade.

 

Do you prefer indica or sativa? Do you have a favorite strain?

The preference depends on the time of day, but my favorite strain will always be Platinum Cookies.

 

When did you first realize that smoking weed could help/enhance your creativity? And how does it help with your creative process?

I noticed that [weed] had a PROFOUND effect on my creativity, the FIRST day after trying to resume a piece of work in progress I found that the final half (weed induced) was more visual and free flowing than the constricted (sober) first half. With its help I feel there are no “wrongs” to my ideas. It not only helped me bring the colorful visuals I imagined to life, but it breaks down any creative barriers I may have making [my art] that much more SPACED OUT!

 

Has cannabis ever helped you to meet, collaborate or network with other artists?

Yes, all the time!! With the help of cannabis themed shows and expos my artwork has gained a ton of exposure. It’s easier to find common ground and really connect with people who are open-minded enough to enjoy this plant.

 

What is your favorite method of getting high? (Smoking, vaporizer, edibles?)

Although I enjoy dabbing, I keep it classic with a blunt. I like to take my time and brainstorm between hits.

 

Who are some other cannabis advocates that you may respect or that have inspired you?

B-REAL! Since the first time I heard “Insane in the Brain” with my uncle I knew I was a fan. He not only teamed up with several artistic crews, integrated his unique style with any genre, but he also promotes a positive lifestyle not smothered in riches while being high and creative.

 

Has being a cannabis user ever affected your life negatively?

It had an impact on my life that resulted in a loss of friends/family, but it was due to personal opinions and social beliefs. I wouldn’t say it was negative, but change isn’t always pleasant.

 

How has smoking weed allowed your career as an artist/musician to develop or grow?

It has helped free my creative floodgates as well as associate with cannabis related businesses. It’s tough to associate with the industry without some sort of marijuana knowledge, and most educational curriculums sidestep this information. Being an artist that medicates, it’s easier to understand the brainwaves….stoner-to-stoner.

 

Do you feel that bringing public awareness to cannabis inspired art and music can help lift the stigma that cannabis artists and users throughout the world might feel?

Shining the spotlight on the artists and users will definitely bring much needed attention to the fact that we are constructive…not destructive. On the other hand, I believe the stigma will remain…whether by conservative opinions or by those who enjoy slandering the culture.

 

What do you think is the biggest misconception that anti marijuana advocates might have about cannabis users? How do you think that we can eliminate the negative outlook that non-cannabis users might have for cannabis using artists and musicians?

I feel that the biggest misconception is that we’re all lazy and unproductive. We’re not! Major portions of ALL major companies are slowly expressing their support for this plant and proving that it’s not slowing us down one bit. Producers, CEOS, DJs, graff artists, graphic designers, and entire labels are backing the culture by showing that you can use cannabis and achieve success. We enjoy using our art forms to entertain, relax, motivate, and enlighten everyone but even with the positivity, I’m sure that the stigma will remain. Stigmas placed by conservative opinions based on outdated information or those who profit off the hate.

 

 

For more information on Izzy please check him out on Instagram, @OTW_Graphics. There you can find more posts of his current works-in-progress, sketches, and finished designs. You can also find him at Hempcon and Hightimes Cannabis Cup events in the Bay Area where he will release new products and feature new work. He is also working on several collaborations that should be available to the public very soon.

Kimeny Cricket

Posted on November 16, 2015 by Raven Scott | 2 Comments

Kimeny Cricket, also known as, Stoned Emotion, multi-talented artist, musician and whimsical jewelry designer from California. She typically works with molds, resin, and dyes. Her jewelry is interestingly simple and wearable. She is a silly, optimistic, kind, and generous person who can light up a room upon entry. Aside from being a passionate creative force, she is also an important advocate for cannabis and was kind enough to fill out one of our surveys. Here’s what she had to say;

When did you first notice your artistic abilities/passions for art?

I can’t remember a time where I didn’t want to create. I started with those Crayola crayons and just never stopped coloring. Guitar, singing, ceramics, painting, drawing, crocheting, knitting, photography… ALL THE ARTS.

When did you get into smoking weed?

I never really enjoyed smoking weed until mid-2012. I had just moved away to go to college in another state and was alone a lot in a new place. That’s when I really started smoking. I had a lot of experiences previously with weed over a span of many years, mostly they were in social situations and whatever I smoked then was not the right strain for me. I finally got myself an indica dominant hybrid and really found myself. Haven’t gone a day without it since.

 

When did you first realize that smoking weed could help/enhance your creativity or creative process?

Writing all those papers in college. You really have to pull it out of your ass sometimes, ya know? Now that all that college stuff is over it has definitely fueled many creative sessions.

Has cannabis ever helped you to collaborate or network with other artists?

Can’t really say that it has. But it makes me feel like it should. There is a link between all stoners, and there is also a link between all artists. In this way we are double-linked.

 

What is your favorite method of getting high? (Smoking, vaporizer, edibles?)

I love smoking. Joints or a bong are preferred. I’ve been smoking a lot of prerolls from medicone lately. I also love that you can get cartridges now, it’s good for when you aren’t home and you want to be discreet. Edibles are also good for certain moods. I LOOOOOVE the Kiva Blackberry Dark Chocolate bar. Yuuuuummmmmmm. So basically all of the methods. I should have just answered “Yes.”... I regularly use all methods.

Who are some other cannabis advocates that inspire you?

If it were at all possible I would love to go back in time and get high with Carl Sagan. He cites marijuana for having a better knowledge of himself. And I feel exactly the same way. Also, how cool would it be to get high and craft with Martha Stewart?

 

Has being a cannabis user ever affected your life negatively?

No. Since I started smoking Marijuana I graduated from College and started my own business. And also I am more empathetic, kind, understanding, forgiving, easy going, and optimistic. So, it really helped me become the best version of myself I could be.

How has smoking weed allowed your career as an artist to develop or grow?

Artistic freedom flows with use of marijuana. I can’t explain it exactly. It kind of clears out the cobwebs, allows your thoughts to flow into something tangible. It has also given me a little confidence and drive.

Do you feel like you’re part of a cannabis community?

Yes, it’s the connection between stoners. I have a day job at a medical marijuana collective. Working there is amazing. These are just good people who want Americans to have safe access and for medical patients to have the medicine they need to live their lives happily.

Do you feel that bringing awareness through art and music can inspire a positive cannabis movement?

Absolutely. Unfortunately most open stoners aren’t really doing a great job shedding a positive light on the beauty that smoking marijuana can inspire. I’m slowly becoming more open about my use. It’s hard when you have jobs and family members you worry won’t understand. But we must be ourselves and be unapologetic about it.

 

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For more information on Kimeny Cricket and her designs, please check her out on

www.kimenycricket.etsy.com

@kimenycricket on Instagram

@stonedemotion on Instagram

www.facebook.com/KimenyCricketDesigns

 

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