Thu, May 28, 2020
∙ READING TIME: 3 MINUTES ∙

ABOUT THE COVER

OVERALL COVER DESIGN
Inspired by the Golden State that is California, I wanted to take an artistic Cannabis angle on the state seal and integrate the plant into the scene, highlighting historic pieces. I also aimed to represent the various environments from the north to the south, connecting the story of the land here in California.

1) QUEEN CALIFA / ATHENA
Representing the female being featured in the state seal, I integrated various stylistic Cannabis headpieces to represent royalty and high thoughts – third eye open. A golden foiled sun sits behind her with a sphere of the heavens above, representing balance. Sunbeams shoot out of the headpiece, sitting along a multi-colored California sherbet sky. The being sits on a rock ledge holding out a crown that is shaped like a city, representing community. A sacred geometrical egg sphere holds a Cannabis leaf and is surrounded by weed stalks with nugs. A golden star sits above the quartz egg, with a ladder of angels descending down – representing cities of angels. Below the female figure a grizzly bear sits to her left, looking up to her lovingly. A few oranges scatter the ground. Her protector spear of gold sits on the side of her.

2) Cannabis IN CALIFORNIA MEMORIAL
A classically designed memorial celebrating and highlighting Cannabis in California is featured below the female figure. The state bird, California Quail, is featured on the right with a peacock on the left, sitting on top of the structure, with an Emerald Triangle in the middle. The slab features writing that highlights significant moments in Cannabis for California.

3) JACK LONDON
Jack London was a world famous writer during the turn of the last century, based in California. He was one of the first writers to describe the hashish experience in his book “John Barleycorn.”

4) BROWNIE MARY
Mary Jane Rathbun was a medical Cannabis activist known for baking Cannabis brownies and distributing them to AIDS patients in San Francisco in the 80s. She was active in establishing the first ever Cannabis dispensary in the U.S. – the San Francisco Cannabis Buyers Club. Her three arrests became a legacy of compassion as her image was campaigned across the globe in the 90s to a wider audience.

5) DENNIS PERON
The American activist and businessman who became a leader in the legalization movement throughout the 90s. His influence was felt throughout California and changed the political debate on Cannabis in the United States.

6) JACK HERER
Sometimes called the ‘Emperor of Hemp,’ the American activist and author of “The Emperor Wears No Clothes” – a book now in its 12th edition after being continuously in print for 31 years – is frequently cited in efforts to decriminalize and legalize Cannabis, as well as expand the use of hemp for industrial use. Herer also founded and served as the director of the organization Help End Marijuana Prohibition (HEMP).

7) GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE
Representing NorCal, the Golden Gate Bridge is featured on the right side. Mt. Shasta rises in the background behind the bridge.

8) COASTAL CALIFORNIA
Showcasing a few plants and the state flower, poppies grow alongside a coastal scene. A pair of men sit enjoying a Cannabis pipe session. Below them is a Meso-American inspired motif, representing the deep cultural ties California has. Palm trees line the coast, representing SoCal.

9) THE HILLS
Along the hills are various builds of architecture representing the urban cities and cultural development of California. The sign “HOLLYWEED” is featured as a representation of Los Angeles.

STORY & COVER ART by BRANDON PALMA @8THDAYCREATE for CALIFORNIA LEAF