Roll it, smoke it, bake it, cure diseases with it. There are many usual ways to use cannabis. And we've already established that creative people often blaze up in the usual fashion, possibly bolstering their creativity. But are there any unusual methods for cannabis use?
Artists are known for using the most unusual things in their art. They make statements with the most mundane objects in our world. Andy Warhol used Campbell's Soup can adverts, others have used cars, vacuums, pollution, etc. But few use a (sorta) illegal substance for their art. Here are a few artists who use cannabis to create art.
1. Tony Greenhand and His Joint Sculptures
If you’ve ever dreamed of smoking your art, then you’ll have to pay Tony Greenhand a lot of...green? He once sold an AK-47 joint for $10,000.
Often, Tony’s art is pop-culture related. He does commision work for clients and ends up making Spiderman, Grandpa Rick joints, and a variety of weapons including a hand grenade joint.
He claims his work drives him every day. He get ups, grabs a bowl of cereal and starts rolling. Sometimes he rolls ten to fifteen hours a day.
His mother isn’t too fond of his art. She works for a Sherrif’s department and holds some strong reservations about the kind of work he does. His father, on the other hand, sees Tony’s work as successful. It doesn’t matter what you’re doing, according to Mr. Greenhand, if you’re successful, you’re successful.
2. Bringing Tupac Back with Ground Weed
You can vape your weed, you can smoke your weed, but what about bringing someone back to life with your weed? Sounds like something out of The Princess Bride. But an artist who wants to remain anonymous, went viral for bringing Tupac to life through his art.
In the video, the artist hides his face with his hat and shows the audience the model photo. It’s a picture of Tupac of course. The camera pans over a bag of ground weed (or is it Oregano…) and then shows the man sprinkling the substance over a white sheet of paper. He uses a razor to shape and move his medium and does an impressive mock-up of the late rapper.
3. Author of “Go the Fuck to Sleep” Writes a Children’s Story About Cannabis
Ok, this author isn’t literally using cannabis in his art, but it’s the subject of the story. Ricardo Cortes, the author and illustrator of “Go the Fuck to Sleep” and “Why Won’t You Fucking Eat,” recently published, “It’s Just a Plant: a Children’s Story About Marijuana.”
Of course, just like “Go the Fuck to Sleep,” this book isn’t really a kids book. It’s a lesson on how a plant is being criminalized. It begins just like a children’s story, but takes an ugly twist when a police officer arrests some men right in front of our little heroine. I won’t tell you how it ends, you’ll just have to find out for yourself.