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Ladies of Leaves of Grass

Ladies of Leaves of Grass

I've been a stoner since forever and an artist since I finally smoked enough weed to move past my self-doubt and lay my first footstep down on the path. So you could say I was elated when one of the folks from Goodiez Mag, a boutique cannabis consulting company, approached me at one of the shows I was curating at Equinox Studios and said, "would you like to work in the cannabis industry?"

I think I laughed, and he laughed and said, "of course!" I had actually worked with another cannabis company before but they had decided not to use my artwork and photography after it was all finished. Their marketing director cooling told me it was no longer apart of their "branding vision." Working with Leaves of Grass and the Goodiez team has been the exact opposite experience.

Leaves of Grass is an outdoor grow located in East Wenatchee, in a sun pocket that gets only a handful of rainy days a year (perfect escape for a dreary Seattlite). Leif, a tall, blond Montana man with a Canadian sounding accent and a matching blond puppy who follows him everywhere, started the farm from scratch a few years ago and works with a small team of close friends to grow beautiful buds grown sunshine and love. I've been out to visit a few times and find it hard to leave the puppy, the weed and the goofy stoners who love visitors to their little tract of heaven.

The Goodiez team showed Leif my artwork and he immediately wanted it representing his flower. He gave me complete freedom to interpret each strain through my art style into 11 illustrations. I had drawn interpretations of weed strains before (including Gorilla Glue, which I did even better this round) and couldn't believe my good luck getting matched with this project. Since Leaves of Grass doesn't breed their own plants, there are only female plants on the farm, so I went with the ladies of Leaves of Grass as theme and inspiration. Their name is derived from Walt Whitman’s book, which I love, and I wanted the pieces to have a similar poetic and independent, everything that is pure joyful Americanism (Walt would have loved legal weed) quality. Check out the artwork below with some descriptions of my process and look for the strains in stores!

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Chemmy Jones was a tough strain to create a concept for. I knew its lineage was a cross between Casey Jones and Chem Dawg so I went with a Grateful Dead homage train concept and included Leif’s lab puppy.

Chemmy Jones was a tough strain to create a concept for. I knew its lineage was a cross between Casey Jones and Chem Dawg so I went with a Grateful Dead homage train concept and included Leif’s lab puppy.

Gorilla Glue, or GG4, was a tough one as well because I had already drawn an interpretation for the strain just for fun a while back. I was determined to do it even better and used one of my favorite visual concepts, interchangeable amorphous substances, to connect the screaming gorilla and the femme through spit and smoke.

Gorilla Glue, or GG4, was a tough one as well because I had already drawn an interpretation for the strain just for fun a while back. I was determined to do it even better and used one of my favorite visual concepts, interchangeable amorphous substances, to connect the screaming gorilla and the femme through spit and smoke.

I’ve always loved the roaring 20s for its pre-hippie cultural revolutionary place in history. Back in their day weed was actually legal! The flapper’s signature headband was the iconic inspiration for this piece.

I’ve always loved the roaring 20s for its pre-hippie cultural revolutionary place in history. Back in their day weed was actually legal! The flapper’s signature headband was the iconic inspiration for this piece.

White Rhino was one of the first strains I sampled and I loved that it had the rich body high I want in a Indica while not being too sleepy. It adapts well to your mood! This piece illustrates that the strain is ready to whisk you away to whatever happy place you need.

White Rhino was one of the first strains I sampled and I loved that it had the rich body high I want in a Indica while not being too sleepy. It adapts well to your mood! This piece illustrates that the strain is ready to whisk you away to whatever happy place you need.

I went a little more abstract with the Shortbread strain. Stone cold outer space chick tastes the shortbread and is brought to tears, as the high hits it spreads color from her mouth up.

I went a little more abstract with the Shortbread strain. Stone cold outer space chick tastes the shortbread and is brought to tears, as the high hits it spreads color from her mouth up.

I thought using a white woman for White Lotus would be boring and expected. So instead I drew these psychedelic twins (or the same woman..?!) with gorgeous dark skin and cascading curls. White Lotus is a very sensual strain so I swathed her in strings of pearls, flowers, bobby socks and smoke.

I thought using a white woman for White Lotus would be boring and expected. So instead I drew these psychedelic twins (or the same woman..?!) with gorgeous dark skin and cascading curls. White Lotus is a very sensual strain so I swathed her in strings of pearls, flowers, bobby socks and smoke.

For their CBD strain, AC/DC, incorporated the iconic lightning bolt symbol with the image of a rock and roll chick striking her pain away with a hit. I didn’t want to draw a groupie, our culture likes to ignore female guitarists, this chick is a musician looking for inspiration!

For their CBD strain, AC/DC, incorporated the iconic lightning bolt symbol with the image of a rock and roll chick striking her pain away with a hit. I didn’t want to draw a groupie, our culture likes to ignore female guitarists, this chick is a musician looking for inspiration!

Supposedly this strain was popularized after a rogue grad student stole a clone from a UW medical research facility! We had to be careful not to use too much UW branding, but I added the iconic huskies and drew her cheerleader outfit exactly like the official ones- without the logo!

Supposedly this strain was popularized after a rogue grad student stole a clone from a UW medical research facility! We had to be careful not to use too much UW branding, but I added the iconic huskies and drew her cheerleader outfit exactly like the official ones- without the logo!

Trinity is a super mind opening strain, so I drew a priestess/nun going cross eyed trying to look at her own third eye. A crown of smoke halos her head.

Trinity is a super mind opening strain, so I drew a priestess/nun going cross eyed trying to look at her own third eye. A crown of smoke halos her head.

Sunset Sherbert is my favorite of the Leaves of Grass strains I’ve sampled. I love that the strain name uses the common misspelling of sorbet, true stoner culture should be non-pretentious! The moment she tastes the colorful weed sorbet, she’s blinded by sunset. Leif’s mom is a red head it’s an homage to her as well!

Sunset Sherbert is my favorite of the Leaves of Grass strains I’ve sampled. I love that the strain name uses the common misspelling of sorbet, true stoner culture should be non-pretentious! The moment she tastes the colorful weed sorbet, she’s blinded by sunset. Leif’s mom is a red head it’s an homage to her as well!

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