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MIND-BLOWER #13 – late ’60s / early ’70s
MARIJUANA GAS MASK
MARIJUANA GAS MASK
Back in late 1970 Santana’s “Abraxas” album was making Rock History and besides Carlos Santana’s amazing guitar virtuosity he had a distinct look and 00individual’s tight buddy a guitar playin’ Stewardess chaser and fellow road trip warrior, beach-pad dweller, acid trip taker,
motorcycle rider had a close enough resemblance to Carlos Santana (he even sported Santana’s famous ‘stache and “soul patch”) that we’d sometimes call him “Carlos” or “Santana” just to goof with him.
Here is a classic photo taken while in Aspen, Colorado in 1971 on one of our L.A. to Aspen road trips of 00individual providing “Santana” a wake-up stream of reverse-engineered weed through a standard tobacco pipe – nothing like waking up stoned, before you’re awake. What you see is the tail end of an exhausted pipe-load of turbo-charged weed.
This fun technique of dispensing marijuana brings up the similar technique we’d use to stoke another fun piece of marijuana paraphernalia – the “deadly” Gas Mask.
00individual dispensing weed via reverse-engineering to “Santana” – 1971.
As evidenced above, the inevitable search for the 1001 ways to consume weed was on!
Someone was always coming up with a new technique, pipe, contraption or apparatus to smoke weed. We were blazin’ trails while we were blazin’ weed; we were in new territory and therefore tried everything, but nothing came as close to a hallucinatory marijuana overdose than with the use of the deadly Gas Mask!
Rendition of 00individual’s Famous Gas Mask circa late ’60s / early ’70s.
00individual fashioned a screened elbow copper tube for a bowl at the end of the mask’s accordion breather tube. This mask was stripped down with no goggles and straps removed so that it fit air-tight over the nose and around the face and chin, kind of like a ninja mask, and was a convenient way for passing around to group meetings of the Tribe.
Starting the flow from the bowl to the face mask end was quite a “lung” job, but if someone else cupped the rim of the lit bowl and blew through it gently and steadily it would stoke the fire and begin priming the smoke up the tube to the masked inhaler who would do the rest. This technique is demonstrated in the color photo above.
Thus, you were able, and encouraged, to exhale a monster lungful to inhale a monster lungful through your nose or mouth or back and forth – and once the bowl got going there would be clouds of smoke that would billow out as the mask was passed from Tribe member to Tribe member.
Those overdose tokes created a domino-effect of unavoidable coughs, hacks and laughter courtesy of the Mask. Groovy!
This scene was not a common one as the Mask usually only introduced itself when the right number of Tribe members were present, the vibe was right and when there was enough stash to blow – the Mask was for pure decadence.
The only downside, if you’d call it that, was that if you were serious about your deep held inhalations of the Mask then you could get really stoned; which in most cases resulted in a physiological state of immobility with, yes, only in this case; a lack of motivation, but the Mask provided an upgraded keen sense of sight and sound. For sight; reality-bending hallucinations like the header art above may appear and for sound; the best years of Historic and Classic Rock Albums were being released during 1969, 1970 and 1971 and were surely playing for our sheer pleasure during any of our Pow-Wows while we “gassed” ourselves into oblivion.
For those of you interested in numerology, the number 13 and synchronicity:
00individual posted this Mind-Blower #13
on November 13
at 13 hundred hours
and 13 minutes (1:13 PST) .
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