photos and article by Samuel Farley
Carlos Ali of Ziggy’s Smoke Shop, photo by Samuel Farley
July Fourth is not only a celebration of American independence, but has also become time to celebrate some of the world’s best glass artists. This year marked the 3rd Annual Ziggy’s Classic, where 18 glass artists gathered at Classic 33 Studio in Huntington Beach, Calif. to create a collaboration epic in both size and detail. Brought together by Carlos Ali of Ziggy’s Smoke Shop, one of the best glass galleries in Southern California, and led by glass artist Adam Whobrey, better known as Hoobs Glass, the 18 artists collaborated in constructing a pirate ship that incorporated aspects of each of their individual styles. Construction began a week prior, with Hoobs and Hops Glass leading the efforts to construct the base frame of the giant pirate ship. The days following included a full studio with artists such as JOP, Rocko Glass, JD Maplesden, Nathan Miers and more, all adding different sections and characters to the mix. The final efforts were assembled in time for each artist to take a few dabs out of the epic collaboration prior to the crazy firework display by the beach at the day’s end. More artists will be involved next year as the collaboration and event continues to grow. ♦
Finished Ziggys Collab Ship, photo by Samuel Farley
by Caroline Hayes
black & white weed print legging
Disappointed with the lack of female attire and women presence all together at the 2013 Cannabis Cup in Denver, Madison Alvarez got the idea for Miss Mary Jane CO. “At that time, I knew I wanted to create a brand that females could identify with, within the cannabis community,” she said. Together with her boyfriend, Daniel, they started Miss Mary Jane Co.
“We also noticed the growing popularity of cannabis culture on Instagram. That inspired me to create a marijuana personality on Instagram: @missmaryjaneco. Interesting enough, before we started selling products, Miss Mary Jane CO was actually meant to be known as Miss Mary Jane CO as in Colorado, not company,” Madison explained.
tie dye weed print legging
“At first I didn’t have all the kinks worked out, and actually viewed my business to be going in a different direction than fashion. With the rise of dabbing culture and not much, if any, dab related apparel; we put out the first dab hat (to the best of my knowledge). I really enjoyed seeing something come to life and actually selling well online. Then we made our weed leaf leggings and that’s when we really started to grow in popularity,” she said. “I love the feel and the fit of the leggings. I’ve had the opportunity to create 11 different designs including three artist series collabs so far and they only seem to get better each time! I am proud of what my company has put out and it’s great to see so many ladies enjoying my original products as much as I do!”
Madison creates her designs in-house with her design team. The rest of Miss Mary Jane Co’s products, such as the glasswares, are American made and mostly by women.
mini kiwi slice dab rig
Madison says of the mini fruit rigs (pictured): “The fruit rigs are made by Gina Gaffner from Austin, TX. We have been carrying her glass art for over a year now. We love carrying cute and fun products, especially ones made by females.”
Future plans for Miss Mary Jane Co involve a storefront as well as getting the clothing line and products in more dispensaries around the area and eventually moving into mainstream. For now, interested buyers can purchase items online or at Medical Oasis where they carry the entire clothing line.
A few last words from the lovely Madison: “We truly appreciate all the support from our fans. I love fashion, cannabis and I love glass art. I am very thankful to be a part of this growing industry and to be able to make a career from what I am passionate about. Keep your eyes peeled for all the new stuff we have planned for 2015. It’s going to be a big year for us!”
by Sam Ruderman
Brandon Patton is a talented scientific glass blower working in Boulder, Colorado. He let the fine people of THC sample one of his lathe-worked masterpieces, and we were quite literally blown away. We asked Brandon some questions to find out more about his glass career, scientific glass, and how people can get in touch.
Q. When did you start blowing glass? How did your glass evolve into the complex scientific pieces you make now?
A. I started blowing glass with some friends I met on Phish and Dead tour in 2001 in Gold Hill Colorado. It was in a freezing cold shed with no heat when I first touched glass and was hooked ever since. I learned how to make basic chillums, spoons, and bubblers. Four years later I moved back to Illinois to help my friend Brett Hoerr open up his studio Unbroken Glass. We taught beginner bead and pendant classes through Illinois Central College and were primarily focused on the art side of blowing glass. I made pipes on the side to pay the bills but it was a controversial time for pipe makers. With “Operation Pipedreams”, Bush’s government declared a war on glass pipe makers arresting people for selling functional glass art. After a few years, I was back to pipe making full time again. Brett got his first lathe and we started teaching ourselves scientific techniques. I saw my future going more towards scientific water pipes. I’ve been working on a lathe for about 6 years.
Q. Can you explain how glass recyclers work?
A. It’s a very complex and effective design. You can fill it up with more water without the risk of drinking it, making the smoke much smoother on your lungs. The smoke goes through the water to the percolator, bubbling and moving up to the arm on the side, bringing the water into the top chamber, and finally funneling back down into the lower chamber, causing a vortex affect that refills your percolator. The function of the whole thing is really cool to watch.
Q. How can people get their hands on some of your glass?
A. You can follow me on instagram @ Brandon_P_Glass. Like me on Facebook or email me at illg[email protected] for custom orders or wholesale inquiry. You can find my products in Boulder at The Fitter, Colorado Glass Galleries, Green Piece, The Farm, Buddha’s Goudas. In Longmont at High Society and in Fort Collins at The Joint. Also, On the East Coast at Green Side Up Galleries. Thanks for all the support!
by DJ Reetz
The Nectar Collector is an elegant solution to a problem that you may not have known you had. Made by Nectar Collector Colorado out of Boulder, the three-part dabbing straw may seem cumbersome, but it will quickly become part of your regular concentrate routine.
We got the chance to test out the v1.0, a no-nonsense design with a sterile, scientific feel. The collector comes in three parts, a mouthpiece, the central percolation chamber, and a glass tip. The percolation chamber can be filled with water, giving the user the clean, cool hit one would expect from a more traditional dabbing rig. Surprisingly, setting the nectar collector on its side will not cause water to spill out, so the stand (while very pretty) is not necessarily needed.
Version 1.0 comes with two glass tips and a stick of joint wax that can be applied to both of the glass-on-glass fittings to keep the piece disassembling smoothly. Titanium and quartz tips are also available for purchase for those who don’t care for dabbing off of glass.
The collector is fairly easy to use, just put your torch to the tip then touch the tip to your concentrate. Ideally, this means you won’t need a dab tool, but regulating the size of your dab can be tricky without first separating the desired amount and it is easy to quickly suck down a larger dab than you may have intended. Dabbing out of a small silicone container seems to work best, though lining up the tip with your concentrate can be tricky as you won’t have a direct line of sight with the piece pressed to your mouth.
One notable benefit of the Nectar Collector over more traditional rigs is the ease of cleaning. The three pieces come apart easily, and the straight-through design makes it easy to stream hot water through the percolator in just about any sink. It also means the whole contraption can be soaked in an alcohol bath fairly easily.
While the Nectar Collector may not replace your favorite rig for at-home dabbing, the ease of transport and disassembly makes it great for mobile concentrate consumption. Several models are available, ranging from the $240 mini to the $900 v3.0. Prop one of these bad boys up on the included stand and it becomes a chic addition to your glass collection.
Check them out at www.nectarcollector.org
ck them out at www.nectarcollector.org
Reviewed by Monocle Man
Scientific Inhalations out of California has made products that will make you want to reconsider your current piece and upgrade to theirs. SI Pipes was formed in 2009 to develop and manufacture a cleaner, healthier way to smoke. They came up with a revolutionary filtering system that helps extract tars and impurities to enjoy a cleaner cooler inhalation.
SI Pipes offers double – and triple – filtered product lines with different designs. The one I tried for this review is The Compact, Thee Wicked Wizard Edition. The Compact is one of the many products from the triple-filtered system. SI Pipes’ three steps of filtering are activated coconut carbon, water, and 100 percent organic cotton. It sounds weird at first but after you try it and see how dirty the cotton gets after one bowl, you will want to switch to SI Pipes products.
The Compact, Thee Wicked Wizard is a honeycomb bubbler design with an awesome green decal of a wizard puffing on one of SI pieces. It features two honeycomb discs built in the down stem and the mouthpiece. The honeycomb in the down stem keeps the coconut carbon from falling into the water and the other one holds the cotton in place.
First thing you want to do is fill the bubbler with water. They have a fill line on the back to make sure you don’t over do it. Next you lift up the bowl and fill the down stem with the activated coconut carbon. SI Pipes website suggests that you only fill it up about 3/4 of the way or less. Another great thing about the carbon is it catches all the ash, so you don’t have to clean your pipe as much. The cotton needs to be pulled apart so it’s easy to work with and has good air flow in the mouthpiece. The mouthpiece is removed to fill the cotton and easily fits back into place when you are done. Now you are ready to load the bowl with your favorite herb and fire it up.
The Compact hits like a dream. With extremely smooth hits. I was able to take monster rips and fill the room with smoke clouds. After smoking two bowls I was shocked how dirty the cotton ball got. It went from bright white to looking like a smoked cigarette filter. Don’t worry all you dab heads, if you have an 18mm attachment you can use your concentrates with this too. It will be the smoothest dab you will ever have. If you don’t, SI Pipes has you covered with a variety of sizes to fit all of their products. If you cough up a storm during a session or are just looking for a healthy way to smoke, then seriously consider getting one of Scientific Inhalations’ products. Check out their website for more information and to find a head shop or authorized online reseller.
by Caroline Hayes
Peoria, Illinois’ Nathan Adami is making moves, and not just to Colorado.
If you could do one thing to save the world, what would it be?
Solar roadways. Replacing all of our roads with solar panels could generate way more power then our population consumes.
Do you have any other talents?
I enjoy skate boarding and snowboarding when I’m not behind the torch.
Mayo or miracle whip?
I’m inspired by the world around me. My girlfriend is a huge inspiration too. Behind every good man is a great woman.
Beach or mountains?
Mountains. We’re looking forward to moving to Colorado later this year.
Favorite place to create art?
I work from a home studio.
What do you hope to achieve through your talents?
I would love to continue on this path that I’ve started. Grow more as an artist. Explore diff concepts and ideas along the way. One day to have a gallery showing of my own.
Tupac but currently I’ve been on a Riff Raff kick.
Silliest thing you have ever done?
I’ve done a few silly girls in my day. Does that count?
Best/worst job you have ever had?
Making art is the best job for me. I love the freedom of being my own boss. My worst job would have to be bussing tables at Bob Evans when I was 16. Thanks Nathan! Best of luck to you and we will see you out here in Colorado.
by Caroline Hayes
Rarely do I get to interview such a solid crew with so much creativity and artistic talent. The Si02 crew from Tucson, AZ is something to talk about. Glass blowers they are but they aren’t just blowing pipes. From wearable pieces to alien statues, this crew is really heating things up with their glasswork.
Jonathan Russell, (Chris) Sonar and Dr. Jones (Patrick H.W. Jones) are the team who make up Si02 Crew. Through their art, they are striving to create artistic awareness worldwide. “Our
goal is to promote awareness of glass artistry in a rapidly growing field,” they said. As a crew working individually, they are all unique. They often come together for an amazing collaboration. This kind of togetherness is what keeps them a tight crew.
Inspired by the cool quirkiness of musician Kurt Cobain, graffiti artist Banksy, psychedelic painter Alex Grey and classic artist Salvador Dali, these guys have a unique style as you can see in the pictures on these pages.
Their collaboration with Grass Roots California shows much in- novation. Si02 Crew is definitely one of the first (if not the very first) to put blown glass right onto clothing. Dr. Jones and Russell say this collaboration is one of their favorite projects. The two-foot glass sculpted alien (pictured on this page) and Simpson and Batman Cyborg dab rigs are also favorites of the crew.
From fashion to functional, Si02 Crew is doing a little bit of everything. Make sure to check them out on Facebook and on their website. http://sio2inc.com/
reviewed by Monocle Man
Pürr is a California-based company that has been making quality glass since 2003. We have done reviews on a few of the products in the past and were excited to try out another one of their great products. This time we tried out the Keystone Stand. The Keystone Stand is your all-in-one dab stand. It comes with Pürr’s Pocket Sherlock that fits perfectly into the stand, a glass dabber, glass concentrate container, and glass pad. The Pocket Sherlock slides into place to make sure it is safe. It’s a slick design and is perfect to keep on your night stand for a little night cap dab. Like all the products from Pürr I have tried, the Pocket Sherlock hit like a champ. Check out Pürr’s website below to take a look at their variety of glass and where you can find them in a store near you. www.purrsmoking.com
by Caroline Hayes
You may think glass artists are a dime a dozen but each and every single one of them has their own beautiful, unique style. Glass art is nothing new, although it may seem that way with all the recognition being given lately, especially by us. Using glass as art has been around since 3,500 BC when the Egyptians introduced this, however, the Syrians, around 25 BC, introduced the technique of actually blowing the glass into different shapes. And from there, different parts of the world and different time periods have influenced the techniques and styles of this form of art.
Glass artist “Puff” is part of the Studio Glass Movement, which started in the 1960s and is the movement the glass industry is in today.
Puff’s work just shows how much the glass industry has evolved since the Syrians with his mood boosting, whimsical, playful pieces. Specifically speaking is his rendition of Roger (pictured below), from the TV show “American Dad.” “I love creating fun and goofy characters that still have lots of detail,” Puff said. You can see this in a lot of his work.
A small, private studio in Dallas is where Puff creates his masterpieces. He does, however, have plans to open a studio in Lubbock, Texas called Flippin’ Chickens Glass House with artists Triksta and Chalk. “We’re stoked on it!” he exclaimed.
Inspired by Eusheen, T-Funk and Zach Puchowitz, Puff knows the importance of thinking out and visualizing every step because “that way each move is made accurately, which makes for a really clean, finished product.” He says his favorite technique is called “disc flip” because it’s “one of the best techniques for drawing detailed pictures and patterns.”
Interested buyers can find his work at various stores across the country. Here in Colorado are Puff n Stuff (Lakewood) and Illuzions (Denver).
Follow Puff on Instagram @puffglass, check him out on Facebook or email him [email protected].
reviewed by Monocle Man
The Jetter Bong by Jetter Systems is an unique brand that is a part of Colorado’s cannabis culture. The owner Chris Jetter has been producing these high quality smoking accessories since 1992. My first experience with a Jetter Bong was a few years ago at Bong-A-Thon. I loved the distinctive look that they had and it immediately caught my eye. First thing you will notice is the sturdy plastic square base that the glass runs through. They all have different colors and patterns worked into them, making them almost one of a kind. My favorite part is that the base also has a lighter holder on the regular bongs and a full dab kit for their concentrate bong. The concentrate Jetter Bongs come with a torch, dish, and borosilicate dabber all accessible from the base. They also supply you with a Halen honey hole dome-less quartz nail. The dome-less nail is awesome to use and makes dabbing a lot easier. I ran this piece through the gauntlet and dabbed every kind of concentrate I had. CO2 oil, BHO oil, wax, shatter, and all worked great with the nail. The bong its self hit like a champ just like the first one I tried years ago. This is a great bong to have out when you are having a lot of people over for a session. Keep your fragile crazy expensive glass rigs locked up and have a durable Jetter Bong out. If you are looking for a quality sturdy bong get yourself a Jetter Bong. A Colorado Legend.