It’s fair to say that people can do some pretty stupid stuff when they take too many drugs.
There was the guys found “eating pavement” after an N-Bomb binge, and the person banging on about being in touch with heaven, hell and the spirit of his dead father to an A&E doctor in Wales after being admitted to hospital after a little too much methoxetamine.
But there are also some examples of people doing a whole lot of good after over indulging on narcotic.
Keith Richards wrote some of the best guitar licks ever recorded while being no stranger to excess. Hunter S Thompson’s toe curling drug diary from the E. Jean Carroll book Hunter: The Strange and Savage Life of Hunter S. Thompson showed that a fuck tonne of coke and acid didn’t stop him writing some of the most iconic books of his generation. And who could forget Shaun Ryder, who despite his herculean intake of ecstasy, coke, heroin, crack and any other stimulant lying around, managed to front one of Britain’s most successful bands.
Now you can add San Francisco-based graphic designer Brian Pollett to that list of high achieving drug takers.
“Someone should take a bunch of drugs and illustrate a cat everyday for 20 consecutive days. I would do it but I don’t want to take any drugs”
Working under the name Pixel-Pusha, he embarked on a project titled the 20 Day Binge, where he took 20 different drugs on 20 consecutive days, and documented what was going on inside his head in a series of illustrations.
Some of the drugs are readily available from the bar at your local boozer, or over the counter in a chemist. But most take a trip onto the darknet or a call to a guy who definitely doesn’t fill out his tax return.
Something tells me Pollett wasn’t feeling poppers or codeine. But the last one, which is probably one of the best, may even surprise you.
Explaining what inspired him to embark on the project on his blog, Pollett wrote: “I acknowledge that there are millions of other artists and party people who relate to what I’m creating and this project is for them. Party on.”
He also had an idea of how to move the project along. “I like cats,” he wrote. “Someone should take a bunch of drugs and illustrate a cat everyday for 20 consecutive days. I would do it but I don’t want to take any drugs.”
That’s probably a wise idea.
Loaded reporter Robert McCallum has written for many leading culture magazines and websites about music, sport, science, politics, fashion and arts. Follow Robert at @therobmccallum