Eyebroc is a New York based artist, musician, producer and cannabis user. Having experimented with several different creative outlets, he is currently working on creating wonderfully weird and colorful cartoony images which can be seen all over the world. This happy, laid back artist has recently taken the time to fill out our PMO survey and here is what he has to say;
When did you first notice your artistic abilities?
Ever since I was a little kid I was always into doing creative things and not being locked up to a screen. I would always wanna climb trees and be in the woods running around as opposed to watching TV or playing video games. When I was around 13 or 14, I started making beats and fell in love with that (rap beats, chill beats, bass beats). After that I started getting deep into the festival scene and traveling all over the country for music festivals where I would play my music at night for people at the campsites. I just loved making people dance and act weird with my music... But as I got older I started fading out of the festival/music scene and moved to San Diego for 4 years. Out there I started making jewelry out of used bullet shells, crystals and gem stones. I went all over the place; flea markets and festivals all over Cali and NY selling jewelry. I did that for about 3 years. The whole time I was always interested in graff and street art and during my travels I would always write Eyebroc everywhere. I traveled a lot. I've done 6 cross country road trips and I’m doing another one this June. Having being born in Europe and living there until I was 9, I did a lot of going back and forth for my family. I get stoked seeing my tag years later in the same places. I moved back to NY at 22 and started getting really into my art and drawing.
When did you get into smoking weed?
I started smoking bud when I was 12
When did you first realize that smoking weed could help/enhance your creativity? And how does it help with your creative process?
Right from the beginning, I would fall into long nights of heavy weed smoke and drawing. They just go hand in hand. I mean don't get me wrong I wouldn't mind getting creative sober but once you light up, your creativity just flows out of your mind like crazy. Sometimes I get so overwhelmed because I would have idea after idea and after awhile I would just forget what the hell I was doing. Haha. It helps a lot when you’re stressing over a drawing that you've been working on for a while and can't seem to figure out what's missing. I notice if I just take a break and light up, come back to the painting a little bit after, I'll usually see what's missing right away. I realize that sometimes it doesn't need any more work done.
Has cannabis ever helped you to collaborate or network with other artists?
Some of my best friends to this day were just strangers that I met and smoked with. I'd much rather go share a jay with a stranger than a drink, you just avoid a lot of bullshit.
What is your favorite method of getting high? (Smoking, vaporizer, edibles?)
I prefer a nice fat spliff but I'm always down for a blunt.
Who are some other cannabis advocates that you may respect or that have inspired you?
I don't really follow people just because they smoke weed. I appreciate people because of their work. If I had to single someone out, I'd have to say Joe Rogan can really help people with how to get in touch with their spiritual side. I respect him for that because many people will live their whole life and not realize that there is more than just work, buy, consume, die.
Has being a cannabis user ever affected your life negatively?
Not really. I worked at a dispensary in San Diego and after seeing people with severe illnesses use weed to help with their symptoms, I realized how much of a natural miracle marijuana is. Besides crazy legal trouble with it, I don't see any negativity with marijuana. Yea, you can sometimes be really lazy and burnt out but it's the same shit as being hung over.
How has smoking weed allowed your career as an artist to develop or grow?
Like I said before, I've met so many great people through blazing. Meeting other artists, lighting up with them and having real conversations allows you to see who you can really connect with. Through that you form a pretty good bond over time. I’ve collaborated with so many artists just by meeting them at a party and talking over an L.
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 of course, hugely. A small impact in NY can cause a huge ripple to someone in say, Mississippi who might be brought up to think that marijuana will kill you or that it is a "hardcore drug." Coming from a very strict background can make it hard for someone to be themselves.
How do you think that we can eliminate the negative outlook that non-cannabis users might have for cannabis using artists and musicians?
I honestly don't think that people’s outlook will change. If, to his day you’re still against cannabis as either a user or non user, you are basically against someone treating themselves from a serious condition. People will talk shit about weed while they're getting blacked out, shitfaced drunk, smoking cigarette after cigarette, or shoveling coke up their nose. America has made weed seem bad when in reality it can be used to cure many symptoms of serious diseases and can help people way more than any pharmacy prescription. But that's why the government has made weed seem so harsh; if weed is legal then who will pay pharmacies to keep getting people sick again and again and again.
More about Eyebroc:
Eyebroc currently lives in upstate NY but travels all around the US as well as internationally. His work will be featured in an upcoming show through Sticker Social Club in the Bronx on June 12th. The show is currently still in the works but please check out both the Sticker Social Club and Eyebrok on Instagram @ey3broc_nyc