Tokeland Sessions

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Over Halloween weekend, I documented an experimental collaboration between Shabazz Palaces and Tacocat in a haunted hotel on the Washington coast.

 

 
 
 
"We brought together two of the Northwest’s most innovative artists, Shabazz Palaces and Tacocat, for a weekend of heightened creative exploration. Secluded in a tiny Washington coast fishing village, we transformed the historic and haunted Tokeland Hotel into a remote recording studio, captained by renowned producer Erik Blood. Here the musicians communed with the spirits and with each other, free from structure and expectation. The goal was to document the highs of artistic inspiration under the effects of legal marijuana. It got weird." – Jonathan Zwickel, City Arts Magazine
 
 
 

 

With the legalization of weed in Washington state, our state is part of a nationwide experiment of how people will engage with recreational pot and the culture that grows around it. Sure, we’ve all been smoking weed for years, but this is still a very early and important time in the history of cannabis – its identity and the narrative that is drawn around it will evolve and define pot culture around the nation as more states recognize the benefits of legalization and the war on drugs slowly comes to a close.

 

 
 

 

To many,  cannabis is a creative tool. It can allow a person to look at the world through a different lens, to think differently, ask different questions and look at problems from new perspectives. The Goodship wanted to help craft the conversation and identity around recreational pot use as being artist friendly, as being a tool to help unlock our creative potential, to look at the world in new and profound ways. Of course musicians have known this for decades. It is no new revelation. But it is the dawning of a new era, and they hope to help inspire cannabis use for the creative process.

You can also see the film by Austin Wilson here.

 

 
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