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.