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?
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)