Inspiration can be triggered by many things. For some, it’s the colors of changing seasons that stimulate creativity outbursts. For others, a 15-minute Pinterest scroll session might do the job.
However, there are always those inspiration seekers who choose to walk the line and experiment with alternative stimuli, such as psychedelics and other substances.
Even visionaries such as Thomas Edison and Steve Jobs relied on the effects of recreational drug use. (Just don’t start thinking that an occasional joint will turn you into a tech genius, k?)
One of such experimentalists is San Francisco-based graphic designer Brian Pollett, aka Pixel-Pusha, who went on a 20-day “binge” and created 20 illustrations while under the influence of different drugs.
Day 1 — Butylone
Day 2 — G.H.B.
Pollett says he’s been yearning to create a series of “drug-influenced” artworks for quite some time and has been educating himself on the topics of psychedelics and psychedelic art.
However, the goal was never just to get high and have some fun with his artistic abilities:
“I wanted to create opportunities to educate, whether related to psychedelics or art,” he told A Plus.
According to Pollett, many responsible people, who choose to take drugs for recreational or medical use, are often judged by society. This not only prevents self-expression, but often puts a stop to simply being informed about the positive effects some drugs may have.
“My initial idea was to make myself a representative of these people; a simple person they can relate to and feel less judged,” Pollett says.
Day 3 — Codeine
Day 4 — T.H.C.
Pollett assures that he took all the necessary precautions to make sure his project doesn’t go out of hand— something that’s extremely important to consider for those who might be fascinated by his approach and would like to try it themselves.
“I’ve done years of research, I understand the effects both emotionally and chemically. I used drug testing kits to ensure I was taking the correct substance, and I was always in the comfort of my studio while listening to my favorite music,” he told A Plus.
When asked to describe some of the effects different drugs had on him, Pollett eloquently explains that stimulants, such as butylone, MDMA, amphetamine, and cocaine, worked as focus enhancers, whereas hallucinogens “eased his mind into a peaceful state of creative bliss,” but were more distracting.
The artist also mentions that MXE was the one substance that stimulated his creativity the most:
“Imagine the past, future, and linear time are gone. You can just focus on your existence in the present. The idea of tomorrow is laughable. I can create art without concern of outsider judgment, without over analyzing my process, and intuitively enjoy creating the most honest work.”
Check out more of Pollett’s illustrations below and be ready for the last one, ’cause it’s a tear-jerker …
Day 5 — Alcohol
Day 6 — Nitrous
Day 7 — Cocaine
Day 8 — Psilocybin
Day 9 — 4-HO-MIPT
Day 10 — Poppers
Day 11 — DMT
Day 12 — Ether
Day 13 — 25I
Day 14 — MXE
Day 15 — MDMA
Day 16 — Amphetamine
Day 17 — Mescaline
Day 18 — Ketamine
Day 19 — LSD
On the last day of his binge, Pollett chose to twist things a little bit. Instead of inducing one more psychedelic substance, he chose the strongest of drugs we are all familiar with — love.
“For me, love uplifts a person or an idea to help them reach their highest potential. Much like the hundreds of after parties I’ve attended coming out of my trips, the project only felt right being concluded with love. Love for my family, friends, supporters helping me reach my highest potential,” he says.