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.
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
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