Fire Friday: Cliff Maynard, Roach Artist

Leaf by Maynard
Leaf by Maynard

For many cannabis smokers, the sticky, greasy stub left over from a smoked joint, the roach, has three potential uses: for making edibles, as a last ditch emergency stash when you’re running dry, or as a building block for the legendary 7th generation joint.

Something that no one was using them for was artwork. Especially remarkably detailed portrait art of various musical icons, historical figures and members of the Cannabis Pantheon of Weed Warriors.

Snoop Dogg by Maynard
Snoop Dogg by Maynard

Enter Cliff Maynard, roach paper mosaic artist. Dubbing his work “Chronic Art”—and that’s true in more sense than one. Maynard started 16 years ago at the Art Institute of Philadelphia. Too broke to afford traditional art supplies, he had an “ah ha” moment one night while opening up roaches to smoke.

His first effort was a portrait of Jesus that took him over 100 hours to produce. Using the roaches left over by his friends and father, he began experimenting with creating different shades by stacking papers on top of one another and exploring how different quality papers would produce varying shades of colors—mostly in browns and whites.

The Farmer by Maynard
The Farmer by Maynard

By refining his technique and use of tools, he began producing pieces in 20 hours or less, and has made mosaic portraits of John Lennon, Snoop Dogg, Jerry Garcia and Jimi Hendrix, along with marijuana luminaries such as Jack Herer, Cheech and Chong, and Vancouver’s own Farmer Tom Lauerman. Farmer Tom thought so much of Cliff’s work, he commissioned Cliff to create his medical brand’s label and logo.

Cliff relocated to Vancouver, WA recently and has an indiegogo crowdfunding campaign up now. The perks include a wide array of products including collector cards, limited edition prints and original framed art pieces. His one-of-a-kind artwork, beautiful for its detail and originality of material choice, would make a great gift for any stoner.

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