I'm standing in a room surrounded by literally tons of marijuana. I feel like a kid in an adult candy store. Like many, I have long had the dream of swimming in money like Scrooge McDuck—immediately I want to edit the fantasy to replace the money with Mary Jane.
SEND US YOUR ART! We know that we have the most creative fan base in all of print. Show us what you got for a chance to be featured in our pages. The above is by French artist Vivi Mac, who thrives off of creating celebrity portraits from unconventional materials.
“I just got my own face tattooed on me, so now—so of course that's my favorite, because I’m a narcissist (my micro-portrait of Chucky by Vinny Romanelli is a close second). Kris Busching tattooed my face on my left upper arm during an eight-hour session which was the longest I’ve ever sat for but it was worth it.
I love hands because I believe they show, more than anything else, the type of life someone leads. Whether they are tattooed, not tattooed, old, young, weathered or smooth, they show life. I have always worked with my hands and they are pretty rough at this point, but I am proud of that.
HOW DID YOU GET INTO BUDTENDING? I was bartending and I got into cannabis after learning the medicinal benefits that I could incorporate into my lifestyle. I love my job, I love knowing that I help people with any illness and/or pain they have.
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Wiz Khalifa on how many tattoos he'll end up with, his love of cannabis, Rolling Papers 2 and the way he rolls.
It’s Friday in Los Angeles, and somebody in Wiz Khalifa’s house is ready to party. Giddy squeals unfurl, punctuated here and there by a high-pitched giggle. The rapper is trying to stay focused on our phone conversation, but whoever’s bopping around his house has a case of "The Fridays" and clearly wants to share it with Wiz.
The oddball, once C-list Marvel comic series is now an A-list property and pop culture phenomenon, thanks to the ginormous success of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie. Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Rocket (Bradley Cooper), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), and Baby Groot (Vin Diesel) are all back, this time to unravel the mystery of Star-Lord’s father.
“LAVENDER (NIGHTFALL REMIX)” BadBadNotGood (ft. Kaytranada & Snoop Dogg) Snoop fired at Trump in the video which got hype, but the song itself is a banger. “INCURABLY INNOCENT” At The Drive-In One of post-hardcore’s most celebrated acts returns in magnificent fashion.
Boomie Bones and Sonia Tiger in their natural habitat
Boomie Bones and Sonia Tiger have trouble picking their favorite tattoos—like selecting your death row meal or perfect cannabis strain it is a tough ask. Sonia prefers her most recent markings (such as the two-faced girl who is being split in half by a knife that sits on her chin) because, "my style has evolved and I've finally found an artist who produces work that best represents me."
The legalization of cannabis has created a budding economy in Sonoma Valley, CA. Meet the family men and mothers, heroes and honest people, healers and innovators who are harnessing the full potential of this cash crop.
The face of the marijuana industry has always been that of your friendly but shady local drug dealer. You know him. We all know him. He’s the kid down the dorm room hall with his parents’ money, a Bob Marley poster and the schwag weed, or the guy in your neighborhood who smells of stale American Spirits and will drop off at your place but won't leave until you pack a bowl and watch four Adventure Times (“Yo, we should order a pizza!") or the dude who keeps coming around the tattoo shop and will totally smoke you up if you fix his sleeve.
Top Chef contestant Jennifer “Fear” Zavala enjoys cooking “in the weeds.”
Anyone who has ever toiled amid the flames, flaring tempers, and pots-and-pans-clanging cacophony of a restaurant kitchen for more than a few months, knows that the Food Network-hyped glamour of the chef life is mostly bullshit. And the only way to survive and thrive in that scalding, sizzling, aromatic world is to flash killer culinary chops and a bullet proof attitude.
“I have a piece on the back of my arm that is a woman blowing smoke into the air and in the smoke is the face of a man called ‘Vices.’ I believe everyone in life has things that remedy them and help them move through life, though they may not be exactly healthy things.
You started tattooing at a young age. Can you remember your first? I was in high school, and I had my buddy order a tattoo machine for me because I wasn't 18 yet. I didn’t even look at the directions or anything. Right away I found a very trusting friend and wound up doing a compass rose on his shoulder.
TELL US WHY YOU STARTED SMOKING THE GOOD STUFF. I guess it's an interesting story on how I started to smoke. I smoked heavily about 20 years ago, when I was a youngster, but I quit when I had my kid. When my son was born I quit everything except drinking and I never thought in a million years I would end up with a drinking problem.
WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO WORK MOSTLY IN BLACK-AND-GREY? I feel like working in black-and-grey lets me focus more on the application of the tattoo. It’s not as messy or time-consuming as color. I like to take my time. With color I'd never get anything finished.
Do you smoke before every session? I smoke before every session that I do. If my client doesn't smoke, I go on the rooftop, so that I don’t bother them. Usually, though, about 95 percent of the time, most of my clients smoke weed, so they usually bring it. That’s why I got the private studio, usually for those types of people.