Ocryx and Joe

Festivals in the Park

If you thought this was a good idea, just wait until you see what's next!
posted Jun 27, 2010
Ocryx and Joe - Festivals in the Park (Tacoma, Drugs, Hemp Festival,  Meth Days, Crack for Kids, CLAW, Really stupid idea for a city park, How is this even possibly legal, Lame, Stupid, Dumb )
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What can I say?

If you have one officially-sanctioned festival in a city park promoting illegal drug use, you certainly can't discriminate against others! Let's petition the city NOW for "Krack for Kidz", "HeroinHaze" and "D-Lysergic Acid Days" in the park. Of course, none of these would actually sell drugs at the festival, if you know what I mean- wink, wink.


by Erik on 6/27/2010 @ 7:48am
Iconic! One of your best yet!

by fredo on 6/27/2010 @ 8:06am
I like the guy in panel number 4 with the doo rag and saggy pants.

Hey speaking of public events at Wright Park it's only a month until Ethnic Fest! I wonder if they would permit Caucasians to celebrate their ethnicity? Maybe they could have a contest on stage to see which white person could eat the most mayonnaise sandwiches.

by NineInchNachos on 6/27/2010 @ 8:15am
the hoofprints of satan are everywhere!
ever since the legalization of intoxicating liquors! evil!!!!!!!

sign my petition to reenact the 18th amendment


by The Jinxmedic on 6/27/2010 @ 9:29am
RR gets the idea. After all, the base ingredients for methamphetamine production are already legal- so why are we discriminating against independent small business by outlawing the final product? I hear it's a growth market, especially with so many of the customers dying off all of the time.

Illegal drugs are good for the economy! It keeps all those emergency rooms busy, too! That's more jobs for paramedics, nurses, ER technicians, and critical care doctors. It's also good for retailers of home security systems, burgular bars, and pit bulls. Pawn shops do quite well, too. And we shouldn't forget funeral homes- the county has to pay them something for those indigent cremations, right?

by daubermaus on 6/27/2010 @ 10:16am
I believe that the Black Market / Cash Economy is a vital part of ANY country's economic stability and growth.
I support marijuana as a valid pain management medication and anti-nuasea drug.
I even believe in rewriting existing laws that are laughably archaic and obsolete concerning personal growth, possession, and consumption of reasonable quantities of ANY raw plant matter.

I do not understand having a huge festival in a public park dedicated to ANY illegal substance. It is pathetic and ridiculous for a seemingly City Parks event to say "For tobacco only" wink wink.

A large portion of the crowd wasn't even old enough to purchase alcohol.


--The C Shaudis of M & C Shaudis

by L.S.Erhardt on 6/27/2010 @ 1:35pm
Sometimes this city surprises me.
You think the leadership so so uptight that it's a Herculean effort to get a food cart.
And yet a hempfest is allowed to happen in one of the city's busiest regional parks.

Mixed messages all the time from 747 Market.

by L.S.Erhardt on 6/27/2010 @ 1:51pm
But on the bright side, this could be a boon for business. Yesterday afternoon the lines at Frisko Freeze were going around the block. I heard the following conversation more than once:

Dude1: "Dude, french fries are sooooo awesome"
Dude2: "Yeah, man."

by Dave_L on 6/27/2010 @ 1:54pm
Fredo, I know better than to take your bait, but assuming you don't mean peoples from the richly diverse Caucas region, to put it simpy, first off, you are blurring ethnicity with race.

Another nice O&J, jinx.
What pens and paper does CLAW recommend and use for such pen-and-ink? (Not counting Stowe's computer-pad gidgy-gadget.)

by L.S.Erhardt on 6/27/2010 @ 2:15pm
Well, for Fail Whale and Doomafudge, I use 110# bristol paper, Micron pens (03,05,08 thicknesses) and good old fashioned India Ink applied with a brush. I don't use computer shading or other tricks. The only computer work I do to mine are scanning them.

/begin endorsement
All of these are available at Tacoma Art Supply.
/end endorsement

by NineInchNachos on 6/27/2010 @ 7:13pm
what is criminal is that hemp is still illegal. Hemp is less dangerous than alcohol. Lumping hemp with crack and meth... ? That is such a ridiculous lumping together is belongs in silly cartoon land.

If O&J were Mormon crows you'd have three extra panels in this cartoon for caffeine, alcohol and tobacco.

Stop the madness.

George Washington was pro-hemp for god sakes!

by NineInchNachos on 6/27/2010 @ 7:18pm
to read more on futility and nightmare that is the US WAR ON DRUGS... how retarded it is to lock pod-heads up in prison etc. see the selected works of this guy:


by NineInchNachos on 6/27/2010 @ 8:22pm
meanwhile: (see vertical garden)


by JesseHillFan on 6/27/2010 @ 10:41pm
I like the cartoon (funny and true) but you left out L.S.D. daze amongst many other choices (heroin,phencyclidine,mescaline,dozens of phenethlyamines etc.).And who could forget Blue Boy on Dragnet.That was a laugh.


by MarkMonlux on 6/28/2010 @ 6:17am
And folks don't understand that the Black Market often determines cultural direction. Thirty years ago the only Anime in this country was Speed Racer. Because of the lack of legal importers in the USA there was a thriving Black Market supplying Manga and Anime. I know because I was fresh back from Japan and had to have my 'fix' somehow. Now Manga and Anime is everywhere.

by The Jinxmedic on 6/28/2010 @ 6:27am
@RR: Caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco are not currently illegal. Marijuana is. City supports festival of use and sale of product that is illegal. End of story. This is not a religious issue, it is simply one of law.

My personal opinion, legalize all of it (and I mean all of it), tax it to support the associated health costs (as is done for tobacco and alcohol) and most of the problems will magically go away. (That's my libertarian side in full agreement with you.) Example: As you should well know, while the "personal use" law was in effect in Alaska, there were far fewer problems involving legal use of marijuana in comparison to the legal use of alcohol.

Once it is legal, have all the festivals that you want, and get freely stoned in the city parks. Big deal, that won't bother me at all ONCE IT IS LEGAL.

(Regarding your 18th Ammendment coment, I'm pretty sure that the city didn't throw a Beer Garden and Wine Tasting event in the park during the middle of prohibition, because that would have been ILLEGAL at the time.)

@ Jesse Hill Fan: Heroin and LSD were both mentioned in the caption. I needed to keep this to six panels, so only the two largest problems in the city got drawn.

@ Erik: Thanks!

@ Thorax: Mixed messages from the city is what this is all about. How does the council expect to be taken seriously when one has no idea what transgressions of law they will allow, and what they won't? If I tear down that historic building, will I get a "You bad person!" (wink, wink, giggle) from them, or what?

@ Dave L: Regular bond paper, Micron 08, 05, 02. Shading effects in Photoshop. If at my drawing board, subsitute rapidographs of same sizes using pure india ink.

@ Mark: Absolutely correct, which is why the Soviet Union's black market shadow economy eventually caused the fall of that state. In Soviet Russia, market frees YOU.

by fredo on 6/28/2010 @ 7:52am
Dave L., I guess I was blurring ethnicity with race. Apologies. In my defense I would say that after reading the definitions of ethnicity and race I'm not sure the two terms are entirely distinguishable.

Jinx, I had one final observation. Wright Park is located in an Alcohol Impact Area. The city is very concerned that people frequenting the park and neighborhood don't have ready access to malt liquor and fortified wine. Yet this is the location chosen for Hempfest. Odd.

by NineInchNachos on 6/28/2010 @ 10:38am
perhaps our city is more forward-leaning progressive?


by The Jinxmedic on 6/28/2010 @ 10:57am
Legalization will most likely happen at some point in the future. Then we can have all the stoner festivals we want, no problem.

(The UCMJ still won't agree, however.)

by izenmania on 6/28/2010 @ 11:35am
"A large portion of the crowd wasn't even old enough to purchase alcohol."

There were a couple kids rolling around the Stadium district on skateboards yelling at people to attend Hempfest who weren't old enough to smoke. Or drive.

by L.S.Erhardt on 6/28/2010 @ 11:37am
But all of them were old enough to have $$$ and wait in a crazy-ass long line at Frisko Freeze.

In my 4.5 years of living a block from it, I had never seen such a line at that place before. Friggin' crazy.

by NineInchNachos on 6/28/2010 @ 12:01pm
Gotta love the UCMJ... couldn't find any rule against acts of torture on wikipedia but found they're still firmly against sodomy.



by NineInchNachos on 6/28/2010 @ 12:05pm
baby steps.

Here's to the future!

by Earthdaughter on 6/28/2010 @ 7:59pm
Just for the record, this was Hempfest organized by a legal dispensary. Medical marijuana is legal in Washington state and the stated goal of the festival was to educate people on the medicinal use of marijuana. Part of the goal was to show that people from all walks of life, ages, political beliefs, etc. rely on marijuana for medical conditions. Talk to some of them and you will see that there are lots of people using cannabis for reasons other than getting stoned.

Another reason for the festival was to gather signatures for the ballot initiative I-1068 to end criminal penalties for adults around marijuana. Hemp is not as harmful as tobacco or alcohol but it has been illegal for 73 years. It's time to end that prohibition and allow responsible drug use by adults. Abuse of any substance and the resulting behaviors should be dealt with as criminal offenses if they threaten others. But leave personal use alone.

That being said, of course there were people there who were all about getting wasted. I'm sure there are plenty of people who go to craft beer festivals or wine tastings who just want to get drunk. But just as alcohol is not all about getting drunk, marijuana (with or without THC) is not all about getting stoned.

by NineInchNachos on 6/28/2010 @ 8:40pm
Thanks Earthdaughter. Good luck in November!

by Mofo from the Hood on 6/28/2010 @ 9:09pm
A friend with weed is a friend indeed.

(old 1960's proverb)

by Non Sequitur on 6/28/2010 @ 10:47pm
Problem is, 99% of adults aren't responsible enough to drink, much less smoke pot.
Will the new law include some type of "responsibility test" requirement?

by Earthdaughter on 6/28/2010 @ 11:14pm
Not sure where you come up with the 99% figure, NS, but I respectfully disagree. I would unscientifically say that the majority of adults use alcohol responsibly. And it's much more dangerous than THC (the actual drug we're comparing it to). You can't smoke or ingest enough THC (via cannabis) to die but you certainly can with alcohol. And nicotine, for that matter.

I strongly believe in making actions illegal, not substances - especially not plants which have many useful qualities that our world desperately needs right now.

If I-1068 qualifies for the ballot (we'll find out on Friday if we have enough signatures), Washington voters will decide in November if they want to end criminal and civil penalties for adults re: marijuana. If they vote yes, then the legislators will have a chance (duty, in my book!) to regulate and tax it.

Unfortunately, adulthood does not necessarily equate to living responsibly. We are human and fallible. Most of us get away with our irresponsible actions without causing too much harm to ourselves and/or others. Some don't. It doesn't really help to judge everyone by the actions of the minority. There were certainly times in my life that I couldn't have passed a "responsibility test"! How about you, Non?

by Non Sequitur on 6/28/2010 @ 11:24pm
Clearly you don't spend time with people. Nearly no one can "responsibly" use any mind-altering substances.
I certainly can't pass the test. Nor anyone I've ever met.

Short story is, I don't trust anyone enough to smoke weed. Nor do I really trust anyone to drink. But my status as a teetotaler isn't relevant to the discussion.

by TacomaHempCompany on 6/28/2010 @ 11:29pm
interesting conversation going on.. makes me wonder if the artist actually checked it out, or if this was purely a fictional artists rendering. either way, i'd love to purchase it for the shop..
maybe we can auction it off at next years' event..

medical marijuana patients deserve the respect and consideration given to people in all other situations. marginalizing us due to the medical choice we make, when it does no harm to others, is damned cruel.
i put on this event to hopefully help to break down the stereotypes associated with cannabis, at the very least to get the conversation started in tacoma.. it took a lot of work by a lot of people to bring this event together.. i'm sorry if it's not your choice, but it IS legal medically in WA, and we gave I-1068 as much help as we could over the campaign. if it makes the ballot, i will be voting to legalize marijuana for all adults in washington. again...

i'm serious about wanting to purchase the original of this by the way.. :)

by Earthdaughter on 6/28/2010 @ 11:59pm
Clearly you don't know me at all, NS. Saying I don't spend time with people is actually quite amusing! And people use "mind-altering" substances all the time. Caffeine alters the mind or people wouldn't drink it to "wake up" or stay alert. Chocolate alters the mind by boosting endorphins and calming us. So does chamomile tea, hot milk, and cinnamon.

The old saying about "one man's poison is another man's medicine" is absolutely and literally true. When my sister was dying of cancer in 1990 and had no appetite due to the treatments that were "keeping her alive", I prayed that her husband was finding something to help her with the pain and nausea. He would have been the only one who could have convinced her to try it. I hope she found that relief. And I hope if I need that someday, I can get it legally and even grow my own.

by NineInchNachos on 6/29/2010 @ 12:09am
keep your eye on the prize earthdaughter.

by daubermaus on 6/29/2010 @ 12:12am
Jinx and I passed by and through the neighborhood of Wright park multiple times during the festival, and unfortunately saw way too many youths not being responsible. (and that is a very mild understatement)

As I said above - I strongly support medical uses and I strongly believe in rewriting the laws to permit personal growth and use of ANY and all plants.

I understand why you held the festival, I support why you held the festival - but some of the reality we saw did not meet your ideals.

The political cartoon is just that - an caricature of facts meant to make the reader think.

RE: purchase - I'll tell Jinx to contact you in the morning.

by Non Sequitur on 6/29/2010 @ 12:43am
Well, you nailed me on chocolate. I do enjoy a Hershey bar from time to time, however my faith forbids the use of caffeine and all drugs. So I guess I'm a sinner. I'll deal with that once I meet my maker. Perhaps He'll have mercy on my sweet tooth.

But you know, morphine, hydrocodone and oxycodone are powerful pain relievers as well. Do we really want those drugs to be over-the-counter? What difference is there really between them being available OTC and pot being legal?

by NineInchNachos on 6/29/2010 @ 1:03am

What is the difference between driving around with a tank of gas in your saturn VS. driving around with a hydrogen warhead bomb in your saturn? A pretty god damn big difference!


by The Jinxmedic on 6/29/2010 @ 8:21am
@ Tacoma Hemp Comany: Thank you for understanding the editorial purpose of a political cartoon- political cartoons by their nature rarely show the entire story, but are usually intended to cause thought on a particular aspect of an issue, which oftentimes, may be overlooked. (Unless they are drawn by someone like Ted Rall, who just wants attention).

Yes, the laws are archaic, and it is my personal belief (stated earlier) that that legalization (and by extension, regulation and taxation) is desirable and probably inevitable. However, I don't let my personal beliefs get in the way of a good cartoon! :-)

And yes, the original of this piece is currently still available- please feel free to contact me at artcrafting@jinxmedicstudios.us

by NineInchNachos on 7/1/2010 @ 2:55pm
not that I do drugs but bummer dude!


by The Jinxmedic on 7/1/2010 @ 3:21pm

by fredo on 7/4/2010 @ 2:14pm
"you are blurring ethnicity with race" Dave L.

Here are some groups who regularly perform at Ethnic Fest:
Korean, Philippines, Chinese, American Indian, & Native Hawaiian

Here's a quiz for you Dave.

Which of the following terms refers to a race?:

American Indian
Native Hawaiian

After you respond to the quiz, I'll post the answers courtesy of the US Census Bureau.

by Mofo from the Hood on 7/4/2010 @ 11:49pm
One race, people...The Human Race.

Racial profiling is for Darwinists.

by fredo on 7/5/2010 @ 12:21pm
Racial profiling is for Darwinists. Mofo

Maybe. According to the Census Bureau our society is made up of VARIOUS races, not one race. I provided a listing of possible races for people to ponder. Not every group of people listed is actually a race.

Can anyone properly distinguish ethnicy from race using the list I've provided? Or will you inadvertantly blur the distinctions?

by NineInchNachos on 7/5/2010 @ 3:42pm
Hi Fredo,
Hope you had a good Freedom Day. America is currently fighting the longest wars ever in the history of america... so does that make them the best wars ever? Anyway I am commenting because I found some 'Caucasians to celebrate their ethnicity' groups you were asking about thanks to the handy 'hate map' tool supplied by the Southern Poverty Law Center...


good luck with that!

by fredo on 7/5/2010 @ 3:54pm
When minorities congregate it's to celebrate their culture.

When whites congregate its to spread hate.

Those whites are sure a pitiful bunch.

Nachos, you can respond to my racial quiz, it's not just for Dave L.

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 7/5/2010 @ 5:34pm
You got it in one, fredo. Except when they are celebrating cannabis in Wrights Park.

by NineInchNachos on 6/27/2011 @ 10:37am

"Officers arrived as booths were set up for the marijuana-themed festival in Wright Park. They handed out 13 tickets for drug paraphernalia and marijuana possession to vendors, police said, and seized pipes and bongs as evidence."

Read more: www.thenewstribune.com/2011/06/25/172091...

by The Jinxmedic on 6/27/2011 @ 11:24am
Heh. Sell illegal stuff, get cited (or arrested). A no-brainer.

by Mofo from the Hood on 6/27/2011 @ 11:37am
Reefer Madness!

by low bar on 6/27/2011 @ 1:07pm
"Now what?" - Ocryx


"the hoofprints of satan are everywhere!" - NineInchNachos


hempfest would have been a total hit if they would have had shit stoners actually would want to buy. i'm not saying make the place a giant outdoor spencers, it's just, you gotta wonder what certain people are thinking when they take a giant stock of glass pipes that all look boringly the same to a place like hempfest and expect to sell any. I don't think the cops were handing out tickets for the sale of paraphernalia, they were handing out tickets for unoriginality of vending product.

by NineInchNachos on 6/27/2011 @ 1:18pm

by low bar on 6/27/2011 @ 6:39pm
Those poor hippies get so wound up for being hippies. It was dumb to sell paraphernalia in the first place. I mean, why does one smoke pot in the first place? Because it makes you laugh, it makes music and TV better, and in some cases you get your fucking mind blown epiphany style. You don't smoke pot because it makes you necessarily shop for fucking glass pipes. And certainly not so you can ruin a nice sunny day, of which there already are few in Tacoma, by getting your buzz harshed by the man.

So next time, better bands, some stand up comics, better entertainment programming all around. And I would almost definitely invite all the vendors from bite of Tacoma or what ever food fest there was, to set up like a ring of wagons around that camp and pump the smell of great food into the park air.

And who cares about not getting to smoke weed at a hempfest? The point is to be high. So you eat a fucking magic brownie before you go, and leave your weed at home. That way the po po don't have nothing to ticket. The po po hates paperwork too. So do them a favor and just be a good goddamn smarter hippie.

I thought the whole thing looked awkward from the video. But then again most everything that happens in Wright park, from 40 something gritty city burnout fests, to some weird church doing something weird, looks awkward there. It's just a weird town. Pretty, but weird.

Did the same shit happen at last hempfest?

by CaptainBritton on 6/27/2011 @ 7:46pm
Low bar...I totally grok you mouth music...

by FuzzDatWuzz on 6/27/2011 @ 7:59pm
your festival panels say it all, probably too subtle for the brain dead fascists here. pot is not lethal and creates NO social problems, while all the other drugs, tobacco's nicotine, alcohol, many prescription and non prescription drugs remain lethal and lend to the decay of society. waking the brain dead can be extremely tiring.

by Mofo from the Hood on 6/27/2011 @ 8:23pm
Our founding fathers grew hemp to make rope for rigging sails. That's it. No smoking. Just sailing ship rigging.

Hemp rope is not distracting. Hemp rope is not blight.

by low bar on 6/27/2011 @ 10:57pm
Good idea Mofo. Well, then lets see Hempfest down at the water next year with a big ass pirate ship that has all hemp rigging. And leave the stupid ass boring paraphernalia you bought in bulk from some 3rd world country at home. I'd rather get ticketed for firing cannons into Commencement Bay, then for a stupid generic looking glass pipe.

by low bar on 6/27/2011 @ 11:01pm
@CaptainBritton ...and you'll be in charge of the pirate ship.

by CaptainBritton on 6/28/2011 @ 7:46am
"Them that's high'll be the lucky ones!"