CANNABIS CULTURE – An increasingly popular trend amongst the heady-inclined denizens of the greater Matrix is self-adornment using high-end glass jewellery, commonly called pendants.
Colored glass beads have been around since Egyptian times, so clearly we as a species have wanted to look fly and fresh since roughly 3500 B.C.
Here’s a rundown of some of the more sought-after glass artists either known for pendants, or with a very dedicated following specifically interested in any pendant art they produce.
This will just cover glass pendants. Metal wire-wrap and other hybrid-style pendants will be covered in depth in a future article.
Strap on your sauce hats, things are about to get very legit.
Junichi Kojima [Rose Roads]
1/3 of Team Japan, and considered the “lead singer” so to speak. The nano dot Jedi master. Untouchable style. Godlevel 9000crushmodesupreme.
1/3 of Team Japan, Dot Stack Masterblaster, powerful crispness over opal infused luscious finery. Another example of untouchable finesse and grace superconcentrated into a laserfocused samurai on the torch. SAIKOU YABAI!
Daisuke Saito (DISK)
1/3 of Team Japan, Slop Cup inventor and innovator and 3D pattern executor.
Well known for his Acid Eater series of pendants and marbles. OG for life. Extremely popular, the Acid Eaters are some of the most sought after items in the glass scene today. Specially those that are lysergically-attuned. Stay peaked for an entire spread on Acid Eater marbles and the Gongster.
The Creature Keeper extraordinaire. One of the mainstays of the high-end glass art world and a constant innovator, his signature style includes teeth, gums, eyeballs and horns all mashed into a Jim Henson meets H.R. Giger-on-acid thrillride that will have you stoked on what’s being created next. Once auctioned off a pendant a day for a year. Beastmode. Has inspired an entire new generation of glassblowers. Legendary OG status without question.
Shelbo is the Goblin King. His goblin creations adorn the Glass Alchemy color chart posters, showing each of the available GA colors being used on multiple hand blown goblins. The last show he did had lineups around several blocks for people waiting to get their hands on a legit goblin. Pretty sure future first-borns were traded in lieu of possible goblin acquisitions right then and there. The struggle is real!
Alex Ubatuba (2BA)
The Mad Warlock, and 5th Dimensional style-ninja from the next episode. Favorite artist of Papakingdongakayobabysdaddy. A huge reason why pendants took off is because of the efforts of uberheadz like Alex to push pendants from mere mushroom implosions and flowers to something you’d want to wear if you had to go out into Deep Space and meet some heady alien space cats about some heady outergalactic space steez.
#PIPESFORSATAN the blastmaster extreme, creative destroyer [and extra level upper]of Motherships, one of the hardest working heads in the game, a consummate OG and innovator to the maxcore. Known for rocking a very fine hat and a metal-brutal beard that is made out of Viking god-souls and the undying ethereal spirit binders of a billion demonic flamethrowing devilbacons!
Friend to all animals, conservationist and a very humble and uber-talented glassmaster. B. Martin loves rhinos. So far he’s donated $10,000 to the International Rhino Foundation through sales of his glass art, almost exclusively thru the sale of one-of-a-kind Rhino pendants, where proceeds go to help save the endangered animals. Stand up guy, one of my favorite glass artists.
Ryan Green (GHOST)
My favorite American glassblower. Sculpturally dominant, completely able to render almost anything out of glass, perfectly. Also one half of EVOL EMPIRE with Jay Gordon. A true glassmaster of his art and passion, non stop grind, everyday overtime Jedi hustle. 8000% likelihood of a Heady Hunter highlight focusing solely on the work of GHOST, for sure, an interview would be the cake icing.
The Skull Splitter. Incredibly sought after by other glass artists to collab with, and by collectorheads because Andrew’s work is on some other tip and level. Will definitely be featured in an upcoming showcase for sure. AKM skull pendys are FIYAH right now. Must haves.
Calvin Mickle (CALM)
The Birdman. Instantly recognizable style, CALM is down with the birds. Exquisite beaks and open empty eye sockets highlight his signature birdskull form, and his murrine images have taken off in popularity at an exponential rate.
Joe Peters (Joe P)
At any point between 2011-2014, Joe P pendants and glass were the hottest thing, ever, non-stop. Signature honeycombs and tantalizing honey drips over EVERYTHING was the order of the day. Specially when Joe collabed with Elbo. Or RAM. Or anyone. Still immensely popular with the heads, still incredibly hard to find in the collector market. A true legendary glassmaster.
Akihisa Izumi (AKIO)
Japanese Skullcrusher, extremely sought after skull pendys the world over. Part of the phreshwave of Japanese glassblowers [#ALLJAPAN] that are totally crushing the glass world, and definitely glass pendant and murrine community, with much authority and humble technical supremacy. His Jackson’s chameleon skulls are breathtaking.
Chris Luda (LUDA)
Canadian powerhouse and vinyl toy collector to the maxcore, Chris is my homie from way backwhen, and is an OG on the Phreshcoast of Canada. Currently blowing up massive waves in the States, recently clocking in some official work with KidRobot and absolutely destroying everybody’s faceholes with his collab pieces with Evol Glass. Don’t know too many other glass cats that are making 700 dollar carb cap pendys that sell out faster than mainstream rappers. Definitely a Canadian glassmaster destroying all negatron zombies on the scene.
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