“I Burn Trees For A Living”
For years now this has been my clever way of telling people that I’m a full-time pyrography artist/pot enthusiast. I’m passionate about both of these subjects and they have each had a huge positive impact on my life. As the owner/operator of a business called Champstiles Woodburning (where I customize the living shit out of ordinary pieces of wood) I have had the pleasure of meeting some of the most creative, inspiring and receptive people in Toronto’s art and cannabis community.
Dankr is giving me the opportunity to feature other artists in the city that best represent the undeniable connections between art, culture and cannabis. My goal is to help further connect these emerging communities and bring positive exposure to individuals who will lead the first wave of legal and normalized cannabis usage in Canada.
Art and cannabis bring people together. They both have therapeutic effects and can help you gain perspective by expanding your thought process. But art also has the unique ability to help shape the narrative of a time and place in history, which is why I think it will play such an important role in the coming years of legalization.
The similarities I see between the city’s emerging art and cannabis scenes go far beyond the smell of weed on event nights. Both are full of smart and hungry young entrepreneurs trying to find their way in a sometimes-crowded city of competition. But unlike some businesses, most of them seem to have a mutual respect and appreciation for what the other is doing. The people involved understand how much of an impact their work can have on society, and that no one deserves a monopoly on feeling good.
There’s also a shared recognition of how hard it can be to put yourself out there and be judged for something you care about. Whether it’s showing your first painting in a gallery, or launching an artisanal canna-hand cream company, there’s an element of judgment that you need to accept as part of the process. Thankfully, these communities are typically spaces where people are supportive of each other and celebrated for being themselves.
Over the next couple months I will be sitting down with other artists, getting to know how cannabis has affected their lives, and sharing the story here on Dankr.
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