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Far too often lately, I have come across ‘Octo-this and Octo-that‘ only to find out that it only has 4 or 6 legs. It may be the geek in me, but the only one who can get away with this mathematical faux-pax is Doc Oc from the Spiderman comics. (Though in truth, 4 mechanical limbs plus 4 natural ones does equal 8, hence the name.) The problem is that too many people take the multi-armed moniker and run with it. The badass creatures of the deep we know and love would be offended. Therefore, to honor them, here are some real octopi homages, in the form of Touch of Glass: Tentacled Titans.

Aquarium life

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This cute little octopus is just hoping that you ignore the signs that say ‘Don’t weed the animals‘. If you do, then he will start emitting bubbles of joy, and smoke. It will look like he is inking up the water! Now that is an octopus bong.

DBK dark and brooding

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This piece features a creature that is out and about. He still protects his bong, though! Found at DBK Glass Creations, I will have to keep an eye on these guys. This is some smooth color work.

Speaking of color

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Some octopi can change their color like a chameleon, only better! This guy is obviously enjoying some psychedelic herb and loving it! Now he is feeling the love, and wants to wrap his arms around you to express it!

Stone skin

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Using color as a defense isn’t just about vibrant warnings. It can also be about laying low, and this guy is blending in with the other stoners on the reef, or at least the stones. Most glass artists use powerful, but unnatural color schemes. Bringing a subtle and realistic reef appearance to this creation is telling of the skills of the artists over at

Bringing a subtle and realistic reef appearance to this creation is telling of the skills of the artists over at Kravin Glass. They have a whole collection of the weird, wacky, tacky, and tasteful. Big fan.

Black & White

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This is the killer, right here. Two denizens of the deep locked in combat over the prize, a big rip of this wonderful monochromatic marvel. This piece gives an artistic, clean feel to the somewhat slippery fellows, making it less visceral and more cerebral, just how I like my weed. A great aesthetic piece for those who like clean form and sharp focus, even in the complex.

Honorable mention

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Sometimes, the big and flashy guys get all the credit. What about this tiny tentacled friend, hanging out on a run-of-the-mill headshop piece? He is cute, clingy, and just right for the smoker who likes to accessorize with a small budget. Plus look at those big, adorable eyes! How can you say no?

Do tentacled creatures inspire the awes or the icks in you? Share your favorites and phobias on social media or in the comments below.

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