The Freehand Files: No82. Skunk Dunk SB Gas Mask

The 82nd sneaker mask created by Freehand Profit. Made from 1 pair of Nike SB "Skunk Dunks" by Todd Bratrud. Find out more about the work on FREEHANDPROFIT.com.
The 82nd sneaker mask created by Freehand Profit. Made from 1 pair of Nike SB “Skunk Dunks” by Todd Bratrud. Find out more about the work on FREEHANDPROFIT.com.

Originally released on 4/20/2014 (of course!), the 82nd sneaker mask gas was made from a single pair of Nike SB Dunks. It’s not the only Todd Bratrud designed SB sneaker I’ve used to create a mask, his Cheech & Chong SBs hit my Chopping Block early at No. 11. The sculpted eyes and skunk nose, plus the crystal clear nose piece embedded with the stickiest of icky, make the Skunk Dunk SB Gas Mask a favorite among sneakerheads and stoners alike. Smokers especially like the idea that this mask, like the Cheech & Chong SB Gas Mask, can be turned into a functioning smoke device. But like all my work the intent is as artwork.

Vector illustration of the Skunk Dunk mask, also done by Freehand Profit

The “fine art world” and society in general tend to look down their nose at pot smokers but the world is changing. States like Colorado and Washington are making marijuana legal recreationally and here in California we’ve been growing and smoking grass medically for years. In the realm of “respectable” fine art, artists have long found their muse in alcohol, still lifes of wine or fine liquors alongside the spoils of the hunt. So why the stigma against marijuana in art? That’s a rhetorical question, the answers are there – political and greedy in nature for the most part. There are studies and statistics but there’s only 1 number I need to know, zero. No one has ever died from “using” marijuana. That can’t be said for alcohol which is legal, that can’t be said prescription drugs, that can’t even be said for over the counter drugs. Now if you’ll excuse me, you know what time it is.

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