Each year, graphic artist Brian Pollett selects a unique theme to inspire a series of 20 original works of art. Pollett completely immerses himself into the world of each chosen theme, and this year his series is titled “The Binge Project,” 20 different drug-influenced art pieces. Over the course of a 20-day “binge”, Pollett used nearly all 20 of the drugs in his showcase, creating a stunning collection of images that perfectly capture the vibes these drugs are known to give off.
Pollett said the experience changed him profoundly, and that psychedelic drugs helped him to become a more open and honest person. He admits the collection may have hurt his finances, reputation and sanity, but the product is worth the loss. Enjoy these 20 amazing artist renderings of different drugs.
A lesser-known psychedelic drug, Butylone delivers an energetic high, and doesn’t have the same prolonged staying power, like LSD, with effects wearing off after about two hours.
Commonly known as the “date rape drug,” G.H.B. makes users sleepy and places them in a dream-like state, but with heightened sex drive and extremely euphoric mindset.
Codeine is prescribed as a cough or pain suppressant, and because it falls into the opiate family, the dense high could leave users feeling very sluggish or “melty”, as represented in Pollett’s image.
The natural plant has the power to create enough revenue to help save many failing economies; if only the government would allow for its’ legalization. Pollett clearly understands the financial impact cannabis could have, creating the neck from $50 and $100 bills, but the best part of this image is the beautiful feathers representing earth and nature.
Alcohol must have left Pollett feeling rigid and nostalgic for the late, great David Bowie, as he incorporated the singer’s signature face paint into the graphics.
Known regularly as a “whip it,” when inhaled, nitrous oxide gas leaves users with a static buzzing in their ears and a floating feeling in their body.
The flamingo is a clear throw to Miami, a main hub where much of America’s cocaine supply comes through. The disco ball is perfectly blended into the image, and the money almost appears to reflect off the shining sphere.
Magic mushrooms deliver an intense psychedelic experience. Pollett chose to include a blue caterpillar, a familiar character from Alice in Wonderland, a film commonly associated with the psychedelic mindset.
Much less common than magic mushrooms or LSD, 4-HO-MIPT is synthetic, psychoactive compound. Its’ effects very dramatically, said to induce everything from hysteria to euphoria.
Alkyl Nitrites have been given the slang name “poppers.” Typically taken before dancing or going to a party, like G.H.B., poppers are also known for providing an increased sex drive.
Often referred to as the “God molecule,” users believe DMT has the ability to allow them to transcend our universe and gain a vast knowledge of the cosmos and creation. It has been used ritualistically for thousands of years, all over the world, by people hoping to understand the deeper meanings of life.
Ether’s effects intensify quickly, but are short lived, and reportedly cause a euphoric feeling. Although, judging by Pollett’s image, his feelings weren’t very euphoric.
This millennial drug was only discovered in 2003, and not sold recreationally until 2010. With a similar presentation as LSD, often sold in sheets or “blotters,” and delivering similar effects at a lesser price, the two are commonly confused.
Working to increase serotonin levels, MXE acts as a powerful antidepressant, leaving users with reduced anxiety and tension. Overwhelming good feelings and calmness take over the entire body and mind.
Also known as ecstasy, MDMA increases every stimulus in a user’s atmosphere. It has become the go-to drug for rave goers and partiers across the world.
Amphetamines cause users to move at the speed of light. So, it’s fitting that Pollett, by using the bright blues streaks over a dark background, was able to make the image appear to almost be moving.
Made from the Peyote cactus, mescaline delivers an intense psychedelic trip, which our ancestors enjoyed tens of thousands of years ago, too.
Ketamine induces a trance-like state of mind, leaving users with a euphoric, all-consuming high. Often used to sedate horses, the dosage for humans is so little, even the smallest overage could have dire consequence.
The most common psychedelic drug, LSD is known for its ability to induce a free-thinking, free-spirited open mind, while providing users with the trip of a lifetime.
Pollett explains that the chemicals released while someone is in love can have similar effects, although much minor, to other psychedelic compounds.
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