Art is and has always been one of our most powerful tools for social change, and certainly, it’s been no small part of today’s legal cannabis movement. Some of the most impactful voices challenging perspectives around pot are using art as their vehicle. So if you love art, and love pot, support an artist who’s using their talents to celebrate and spark dialogue around cannabis, and be a small part of the change you want to see in the world. Here are 8 artists, designers, and film-makers who are making their cannabis advocacy a thing of beauty.
Carole Shashona, Designer
A self-proclaimed iconoclast, Carole Shashona’s design work spans luxury home products, furniture, fashion accessories. Her high-end cannabis-inspired jewelry is maybe the most, um, potent example of her work of design with purpose. With it, she hopes to break the stereotypes around cannabis advocates and help to make pot more accessible. Who says you can’t look dazzling as you do it?
Cliff Maynard, Mosaic Artist
Cliff Maynard makes mosaics out of roaches. Really stunning ones. It all started when he was a starving student at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, and a habit of saving roaches turned into an experimental art project. Now he makes masterful tributes to icons like Snoop Dogg, John Lennon, and Cheech and Chong. He lovingly calls it “recycling on a higher level.”
Tony Greenhand, Joint Roller
If you thought you were good at rolling j’s, prepare to be humbled. Tony Greenhand’s smokable sculptures have taken the form of Seattle’s space needle, Simpsons characters, the Pink Panther, Tommy Chong’s head, and many other insane likenesses. Want to place an order? Start saving up. One of his biggest commissions went for $7,000 (it was an arsenal of blunts made to look like weapons). This is the world’s greatest joint roller, after all.
Yasmin Bawa, Interior Designer
Yasmin is a Berlin-based designer whose main medium is ‘hemp-crete’ – a mixture of hemp, clay and lime. Why these materials? Together, they tell a story of strength, renewability and versatility. They come together in her sculptural pieces (planters, tables, shelves), to “challenge our perception of everyday materials and how we interact with objects.” And they’re definitely dream-home worthy.
Ezra Soiferman, Film-maker and Photographer
This Canadian artist became Tweed’s first artist-in-residence back in 2016, but his love affair with pot has been going strong for 25 years. He graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a thesis film project on medical marijuana, and then went on to shoot a doc called ‘Grass Fed’ about a comic who tries out an all-marijuana edibles diet. Of his artist residency, Ezra says, “I hope to inspire other artists to jump on this bandwagon and pitch the companies they are passionate about.” Sound like your dream gig? Get out there and pitch.
Ben Barrett-Forrest, Graphic Designer, and Celia Krampien, Illustrator
Ben Barrett-Forrest and Celia Krampien are the visionaries behind The Weed Deck, a deck of playing cards that aim to help educate people about cannabis. Each of the 52 faces has an illustration and a piece of info about pot – from plant varieties, to strains, to chemistry, to culture. Whether you think you know the cannabis world or not – this deck could be just what poker night needed.
Lesley Hampton, Designer
This 24-year old Canadian designer recently launched a size-inclusive athleisure line using cannabis buds as her creative inspiration. So, think: sports bras, leggings, bathing suits and crop tops decalled with super close-up shots of the cannabis bud. The inspo? She wanted to help people to draw the connection between how CBD could be used for mental and physical health. If you’ve benefited from the power of CBD, you probably want the world to know, right? Now you can wear it.