The Wall of Weed

Happy 420! To celebrate I’d like to give you a wall of weed!

The Wall of Weed

Above: Online promo graphic for The Wall of Weed… feel free to copy and share.

About The Wall of Weed

This art piece contains 1960 photos from over 650 different batches of medical marijuana. There are close to 350 different strains represented on the wall.

These photos were taken between 2008 and 2012 in Long Beach, California.

Link: http://onehumanbeing.com/wall-of-weed/
Note: the page can take up to a minute to load – lots and lots of photos to load…

Here’s a short bit I wrote awhile ago about how I got started taking photos:

In June of 2008 I started taking photos and posting menus on WeedTracker.com for a local, Long Beach collective called CCLB, Canna Collective Long Beach.

The whole thing started as a fluke – I just wanted CCLB to keep up with their menu posting because gas prices were soaring and online people wanted to know what was available before they made the long drive – sometimes coming all the way from San Diego – a nearly 300 mile round trip.

My round trip to CCLB was only 10 miles, so during June I started my volunteer gig as the Menu Guy for CCLB. Over the July 4th weekend, through a series of events I’ve written about elsewhere, I officially became an unpaid, community volunteer at CCLB and through October of that year I photographed nearly 80 different strains, some of them several times…

Goals and Format

I had several goals in mind while taking these photos:

  1. Capture the most average, “representative” buds to photograph. I was not looking for the biggest and best buds to photograph, just the buds that an average patient would get if they went to the collective.
  2. Use a repeatable format so people could focus on the herb, not the photographs.

The format I settled on after about a year was 3 photos per batch.

  • The first shot was of four (more or less) buds grouped around a quarter to give the idea of size. I weighed each of these buds to add to the image when I processed the photos.
  • The second photo would be the single bud shot.
  • The third shot was the close up, and by 2010 I had finally started to achieve some great shots with the close-up.
  • For awhile I took a forth shot – a jar shot from above.

I usually took about 60-80 photos of each batch to make sure I had what I needed to pick the best shot.

These photos were used as “menu photos” for the websites of the various non-profit collectives I volunteered at during this time.

Fun Fact: Each photo in this collection is 420 pixels by 420 pixels – except 1. Can you find the one odd-sized photo?

Dedication and Thanks

The Wall of Weed is dedicated to my friend Josh Howard who got me started on this photo project in June of 2008 when he was the budtender extraordinaire at CCLB. Thanks Josh!

A special thanks goes out to those who helped facilitate this project over the last few years – Eli, Nichole, Sam, Val and Harvey.

 

P.S. I know the question you have in your mind, and the answer is yes – I did sample more than 90% of the batches shown here… Happy 420!

Today’s Image #293

Title“Newspaper Racks – Faxed Image
Dimensions – 4″ x 6″
Format –  faxed photo on fax paper
Date – 1997

Outside the old drug store (now a Rite Aide) on the corner of Broadway and Cherry,  across the street from Bixby Park, and on the edge of our neighborhood here in Long Beach, California…

The Sound of Early June…

Soundtrack For The June Gloom

I have several albums that I’m listening to that are forming my June 2012 soundtrack – the lead one is M. Ward’s 2006 album Post War, it’s really gotten under my skin and it’s turned out to be perfect for Long Beach’s “June Gloom” days…

Most June’s we have overcast mornings which are referred to locally as “June Gloom.” I like to think of it as extended coffee drinking hours…

Here’s one of the songs from this M. Ward album, it’s called Chinese Translation (this is a pretty cute video – enjoy!)

Now That The Coffee Is Kicking In

After playing Post War (and after my morning coffee is finished) I move on to John Lennon’s Mind Games – usually playing it several times in a row, letting the lyric saturate my mind.

This song really has my attention because it seems very relevant to the times we live in right now, today – Bring On The Lucie (Freda Peeple) – the video shows the lyrics, which is why I posted it.

After that I move on to other music, often coming back to a different John Lennon album later on in the day… and old Rolling Stones albums are starting to catch my attention, like Beggar’s Banquet and Goat Head Soup – maybe the sound of mid-June sneaking in.

Somewhere in all this is some of the sounds I’ll be using for my next sound collage – I just don’t know what pieces yet.

Any way, that’s how June, here in Long Beach California in 2012, sounds to me so far – and now, if it’s still overcast, I think I’ll put on an extra cup of coffee…

Happy 420 From UFOverdriver and onehumanbeing.com!

Here is 11 tracks with over a half-hour of marijuana culture in one delicious, fat, blunt-sized mix…

Listen To This Sound Collage

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Total Running Time – 33:50

 

How Long? Not Long!

As someone who’s watched the long drama of the drug war for over 27 years, I can’t help but feel the time is getting near… the end of this fiasco is in sight.

The last push to end this unjust, immoral and racist prohibition of marijuana is upon us, and I hear the voice of freedom saying “How Long? Not Long!” I hope I’m not too optimistic in saying, “This is the year we legalize it…”

This sound collage is dedicated to three medical marijuana activists – Charles “Chuck” Witt, Jack Herer and Josh Howard (the heart and soul of our medical marijuana collective – AAC, Apothecary’s Assistant’s Collective in Long Beach, California)

Who’s In This Mix?

In this mix you’ll hear expert advice on the meaning of 420, how to smoke a joint, get a lesson in marijuana etiquette, listen to some great marijuana stories along with various other entertaining sound clips…

For Track Information, Click Here: http://ufoverdriver.onehumanbeing.com/free-downloads/how-long-not-long-the-4-20-10-mix/

FREE MP3 Download

Click below to download a Zip file containing all separate 11 Tracks from this sound collage.

Unzip the files on your hard drive and add the tracks to your iPod or other portable audio device. You can also burn your own CD if you like – all tracks are high quality 320 kbs MP3s.

Enjoy, reflect and pass it on – do not Bogart this mix…

Right Click Here : How-Long_Not-Long-The-4.20.10.-Mix.zip | 72 Mb

Happy 420 from UFOverdriver and onehumanbeing.com

Enjoy!