Written by Kenzo
Music by Adios @alloutadios
If you’ve ever entered through the gates of a High Times Magazines’ franchise festival, ‘The U.S. Cannabis Cup’, then it’s likely that you soon found yourself magnetically drawn to a particular booth where colorful pieces of painted canvases, wood cravings and sandblasted glass set alongside the makeshift walls and popup tables come together ever so perfectly to resemble a collage mural you’d find tagged somewhere near the intersection of hipster ally & stoner avenue.
True pioneers, Vincent Gordon and brother Isaiah Gordon, for very good reason, are cornerstones in the niche cannabis sub-culture of heady art. You’ll find the VG booth located front and center of the Cup where bursts of lights and colors spawn and radiate outwards spreading visual joys and positivity; so it’d be a wonder if you’d been to the Cup before and not experienced these Technicolor eye-candy masterpieces. “I started working on this about 12 years ago, but art has always been apart of my life. Even back when I was a kid, I’d be drawing on all types of things, really anything I could find while I was sitting bored somewhere, anywhere.” said Vincent.
Chi-Town natives, brothers Vincent & Isaiah now call Denver, Colorado their home “to be more centrally located and enjoy the freedom of cannabis!”. said Vincent. “There was a period in my life where if it wasn’t for art and herb, I probably would have continued down a path which would have led me to a very bad place” said Vincent, who’s work depicts culturally iconic character’s engaging in stoner tendencies and rituals. Crushing the taboo stigma that plagues the cannabis community, Vincent’s work has allowed the stoner nation to express themselves while maintaining intimacy with the mainstream status quo.
Many of Vincent’s idols span across generations allowing for stoners to find the character which speaks to them individually. By collaborating with his brother Isaiah mid-way through his journey, Vincent’s art has pushed further into the physical realm by encompassing elements of form, space and texture through the medium of wood carvings. There exists a balance between the two brother that is profound yet calming at the same time. Further collaborations with Aaron Brooks and Tra$hmoney added new visual elements and glass sandblasting. Next time you see the VG booth, make sure you treat yourself to the experience and a take-home memento to show your support for the VG fam and their movement.
Vincent's most recent work includes a collaboration with Aaron Brooks, Denver based artist. Vincent, Isaiah and Aaron’s collaborative movement, called Melty Bros, is a fusion of all three styles #epic. Melty Bros pieces will be on display at the Grassroots Chicago store until June 12, 2017: 515 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60642
What’s next for VG you ask? In addition to new pieces of heady art, be on the lookout for their heady apparel & accessories line… #LITAF.