acid trip
January 6, 2004 9:09 PM   Subscribe

acid trip
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posted by specialk420 (42 comments total)
remarkable. thank you.
posted by kjh at 9:16 PM on January 6, 2004

That's such a good advertisement for drugs. From tedious, conservative drawings to genius in just 4 hours.

And being startled by things on the floor.

So is this art something I'd need LSD to understand?
posted by bonaldi at 9:21 PM on January 6, 2004

reminds me of louis wain's cats.
posted by juv3nal at 9:22 PM on January 6, 2004

If there were some sort of gratuitous award and complementary award show for MeFi posts, perhaps called the Posties, I would award you one for this post. Bravo.
posted by The Michael The at 9:23 PM on January 6, 2004

The resemblance of this drawing to Matt Groening's Life In Hell characters is eerie. Maybe now we know the secret behind the Simpsons?
posted by PrinceValium at 9:28 PM on January 6, 2004

I found the most remarkable ones the transition from this one, to a fuzzy recovery
thanks for the link special-K
posted by wuakeen at 9:57 PM on January 6, 2004


There's little, alas, in my current life which takes my breathe away. That did,


I did a drawing like this once, at Alan Ginsberg's farm in upper NY State, after tromping through a two foot deep snowfall and -10 degree fahrenheit, naked but for my boots, to undergo a sweat lodge.

Next morning there were people hanging out in the trees - fruit trees - apple, I'd guess - playing saxophones and flutes.

I liked it. But was that another, warmer time?

I drew a picture, in oil pastel, that everyone seemed to covet. It was very complex.

I gave it away and can no longer remember what it looked like - another of that herd of spontaneous art-works I have emitted, at various times in my life, as dramatically varied as those from this post.

They trail behind me like fireworks, burning out in this instant of mortal time and momentarily lighting up my night's sky.
posted by troutfishing at 10:06 PM on January 6, 2004

i thought they were startling ... im glad you guys enjoyed the find
posted by specialk420 at 10:06 PM on January 6, 2004

*THUMP* Sorry! I thought my legs had turned to wood...

My spine coils it's serpentine slyness just s-s-s-susurrating about it. Yum. Again I say: Yum.
posted by loquacious at 10:07 PM on January 6, 2004

im glad you guys enjoyed the find

Great post, specialk, as usual. You really have what we Portuguese call faro, a highly sensitive nose for what's interesting which I'd roughly translate as "truffle-hunter's nostrils". Plus you sincerely and generously enjoy sharing. You really should consider becoming an editor. Seriously. Also, as you know, editors don't have to bother with apostrophes, capital letters or punctuation! They're above all that crap. :)

posted by MiguelCardoso at 10:16 PM on January 6, 2004

I'm intrigued by the stylistic transitions - several different styles emerge, each different, each interesting, but the subject is still obvious and recognizable in each one.

Very cool post - thank you.
posted by FormlessOne at 10:19 PM on January 6, 2004

What is genious anyway? Is artistic genious the ability to draw in a non conformist fashion?
posted by Keyser Soze at 10:20 PM on January 6, 2004

There's also how our arachnid friends would react. (Original link dead-- here's a live one... can't find a full version of the original)
posted by gwint at 10:45 PM on January 6, 2004

Sigh, mem'ries...
posted by adamgreenfield at 10:50 PM on January 6, 2004

Wonderful. I wish there were larger versions of the portraits. The cats, too. Mreow.
posted by squirrel at 11:05 PM on January 6, 2004

Are we sure this is real? I've dropped tabs and goofed around with art before, but never experienced much of a change in my style (althought the skill certainly suffered). Number six in this link seems like a little bit too much to me.

When I was in college we did make a pretty cool mural on our wall with clothes detergent that only showed up in the blacklight, though. The style never really changed, though.
posted by Samsonov14 at 11:21 PM on January 6, 2004

We need an experiment to see how someone posts in MeFi threads while on acid.
posted by bwg at 11:38 PM on January 6, 2004

If I'd only had a tape recorder and a piano handy that one time. I wonder what that would have sounded like.

What began as a night of looking up at the sky and rearranging constellations à la Lite-Brite soon turned into a nightmarish experience I'd rather not relive.

Very cool link, thanks.
posted by emelenjr at 12:20 AM on January 7, 2004

no feather can besmirch my jihad.
posted by quonsar at 12:22 AM on January 7, 2004

posted by quonsar at 12:24 AM on January 7, 2004

everybody reacts differently to everything, everytime
posted by Satapher at 1:20 AM on January 7, 2004

Nice Link

Samsonov14, That's because the art in the sixth image is done with a different medium to the 5 before it.

Troutfishing, why give up so easily? Creativity comes so naturally!
posted by Dillonlikescookies at 1:50 AM on January 7, 2004

That is extraordinary; especially the way that his own judgment comes and goes.

"I can feel my knees again". What exquisite nostalgia!
posted by alloneword at 2:12 AM on January 7, 2004

This one get's my award for #1 fpp 2004 so far... I had thought about conducting this sort of experiment before, but most of the artists i know don't do acid. pic 6 is definitely the stand out of the bunch. I think a better way to do this would be to only allow the patient a certain medium... that might be kind of hard while working with a person on acid.

These types of studies should certainly continue. Whether within independent labs or governmental ones, they could result in potential uses for these substances that might be rewarding enough to consider [re?]legalization. Of course, that might be why there are no more government studies on them in the first place.
posted by phylum sinter at 2:14 AM on January 7, 2004

The cowboybooks site itself is a bit of a trip.
posted by johnny7 at 5:02 AM on January 7, 2004

very cool indeed. thanks
posted by poopy at 5:07 AM on January 7, 2004

A THREE HOUR FOON? MAD sir! Completely MUFFIN-GUFFIN, sir, A GIBBERING NEWT of SLIGHT REMORSE, if you would allow.

We shant be out of this thick until we braid their whiskers tight to the brimming fishguts, I'd hazard! Nay! A bright eye is what we need! A challenging needle to thread! A grim bonnet! A TOSS OF MARL! A SMACK OF RELISH!

HARK! A verdantly noisome malingering funk chitters at us in the dark! Can't you taste it? What does it want?

Distillate of Yak?

FLEE WITH YOUR VERY PITH! Your very STUFF is omniously threatened, man! Your OBJECT! Your entire MAGNITUDE! Course like a bunny's loins in springtime! Fly! Deliquesce!

Seek lofty hermitage in a nether district! YOU'RE DOOMED! EXACRATED! POTHERED POINSETTAS!
posted by loquacious at 5:31 AM on January 7, 2004

....Al Qaida has finally invaded MeFi. I knew it would happen sooner or later.
posted by phylum sinter at 6:09 AM on January 7, 2004

Now that the legal magic mushroom business is, erm, mushrooming in the UK we can all try this out at home.
It reminded me of the cats too, the experiences are supposed to be quite similar.
posted by asok at 6:42 AM on January 7, 2004

That's not even funny you fig-headed bumfisker, you molt.

Oh, hell, there's someone at the door. If it's those damn kids again I'm going for the rock salt and... BRB.
posted by loquacious at 6:44 AM on January 7, 2004

Beware of three things:
Set: Who you are and where your head is, your expectations.
Setting: The environment of your experience.
Dosage: What you take and how much.
posted by Goofyy at 7:00 AM on January 7, 2004

If this is from a test conducted by the US gov't, why does it say "Noch müde" (still tired) on the last image?
posted by muckster at 8:02 AM on January 7, 2004

Great! There and back again ... thanks, specialk420.
posted by carter at 8:56 AM on January 7, 2004

"Upon completing the drawing the patient starts laughing, then becomes startled by something on the floor."

Best one-line summation of the sensation of tripping, ever.
posted by mkultra at 9:36 AM on January 7, 2004

asok: I enjoyed some legal magic mushrooms just last week, which i bought from a bookshop in Streatham, London. They were extremely splendid, but I didn't draw anything. I will next time. I highly recommend listening to Sigur Ros and Múm while shrooming. Particularly when the synaesthsia kicks in...
posted by rikabel at 10:09 AM on January 7, 2004

His drawing definintely improves at the 2 hour, 45 minute mark. I can't help but think the use of chunky charcoal hindered him.

The really ineteresting study, I think, would ahve been not what his drawing looks like under the influence, but how his general work has been influenced by the experience afterwards, if at all.

Most of the drawings I've done under the influence of LSD have been very detailed; spidery; spirally (I was drawing with a regualr biro) but the influence on my art afterwards, was much more interesting: uses of repetition, iterations and so on (although these were all techniques I was using anyway, the acid definitely made me more aware of them.)

[ps: rikabel - legal magic mushrooms - sold in a shop?!!!? I know it's legal to consume magic mushrooms so long as you don't "prepare" them, but the wording of the law makes it such that using a pair of scissors to cut the stalks counts as preparation (AFAIK) and drying would seem to most certainly count as such. More details, please?]
posted by Blue Stone at 10:48 AM on January 7, 2004

Just seen asok's post above. Crikey.
posted by Blue Stone at 10:56 AM on January 7, 2004

I volunteer to be one of the observers if we kick off bwg 's idea.
posted by dabitch at 12:01 PM on January 7, 2004

Most of the drawings I've done under the influence of LSD have been very detailed; spidery...

OK, I can no longer resist bringing in actual spiders. Check this out.
posted by languagehat at 12:32 PM on January 7, 2004

Wow. The acid spider web is the most beautifull, I think.

Dillonlikescookies - Oh, I haven't given up. Creativity may be my downfall, as was Gandhi's three weeks pumping gas in Baltimore, for the Mahatma
posted by troutfishing at 8:06 PM on January 7, 2004


reminds me of david shapiro's bad acid trip on word, which unfortunately, regrettably, sadly and fittingly? is rather... um, unpreserved, unf... but just keep clicking next tho :D (as i recall it ends with him frenzily eating ketchup packets and, after coming down, walking home naked on feet cut with glass.)

oh and patrick farley's chrysalis colossus :D

thanks for the heads up asok! i've been meaning to take a trip over, esp after japan closed their loophole... oh yeah :D

posted by kliuless at 9:34 PM on January 7, 2004

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