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Not many years ago, May was a quiet month for the alternative smoke shop industry. My, how things have changed! This issue brings you photo recaps of three major events held during this once sleepy month; first there was CHAMPS in Atlantic City, then the increasingly ambitious TYE in Toronto, followed by the smaller, but hugely significant DFO out of Eugene OR. Anyone who made the trek to any - or all - of these events was rewarded with the presence of some of the most over the top glasswork created to date. Not only was May a month for showing off grand artistic works, it was a time for creating them as well. At TYE in Toronto, the high profile artists which comprised Team Japan made their first ever appearance working alongside one another, and with that their first collaborative pipe. These men came from a land with different horizons, and the work they made and displayed conveyed that as well. In a stunning dance between form and function enters “Donchan”, a water-pipe made to look like a fast food cup intricately adorned in hours of meticulous dot-work and psychedelic mandalas. The design of this piece speaks volumes about their culture, which highly promotes art but criminalizes pipe art. It’s very name “Donchan” also makes reference to traditional Japanese party rituals. We, like you, wish we could have taken home TYE’s top prize, so please enjoy this exclusive 16”x20” poster of “Donchan” to brighten your day - not too shabby my heady friend.
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JOP! and JAG, the Philadephia glass pipe art community has always stood out from the others across the country. The scene is known for museum quality bodies of work. Today a new class of Philly pipe-artists is taking a positive lead from the originators who put the town on the map.
HB: So let’s get all the formalities out of the way. How did the name “GERM” come about? Germ was a nickname I had since I was a kid. I hated it. It seems that it’s easier for kids to say Germ or Germy than it is to say Jeremy. It drove me crazy. When I started blowing glass I was dating a girl who insisted on continuing to call me Germ. I decided to embrace it as my nom de plume from then on. HB: How did you come to work with hot glass as your artistic medium? Are there any other mediums you enjoy creating with or would like to try? I have been fascinated with glass ever since I saw it as a little kid. Both of my parents are artists in different mediums, and glass is one of the only mediums they don’t work with. I never thought about glass as a lifelong pursuit until I bought my first glass pipe in high school. I would spend hours looking at it and thinking “How the hell did they do that?” I finally took a hot shop class when I was 19, and quickly realized that this was not how you make
pipes. I ended up finding out about Salem Community College from a guy selling onies at a festival. I went there for scientific glass and the rest is history. Glass was not my first medium, I was very into creative writing and photography in middle school and high school. Metal intrigues me as well, but I have very limited experience with it. HB: How has coming up as a glassblower in Philly influenced your art? What is your favorite part(s) about living in Philly? Philly was a great city to be a beginner pipe maker in. There were so many people to look up to. Nate Purcell and JOP! had Philly Glassworks bumpin’. They threw some really inspirational openings there. They also showed how glass pipes could be marketed and presented like other art forms. Beyond glass this city is just seething with art. There are murals everywhere and many amazing museums and galleries. It’s a very old city with a ton of old industrial space to set up in. There is also a great food and bar scene
here. We take eating and drinking very seriously. Most of my family lives in New York City and Connecticut. Philly is pretty close so it’s easy to see them. HB: What music do you like to listen to? any particular artists or tracks stand out at the moment? I’m fairly closed minded when it comes to music. I don’t like much new stuff and I can’t stand electronic “music” and dubstep. I mainly like real crass punk, old metal, and hip hop. We rock Guns N Roses - Appetite for Destruction in its entirety almost daily at our studio. Lots of 90’s rap, Faith No More, and the Stooges as well. HB: A lot of your pieces feature the name “Montage”, what is the meaning behind the name? Does it refer to a specific style? Montage is a style of soft glass working from Laucha, Germany. It started in the early 1900’s. It’s a technique of patching together colored sections into very clean, modern looking patterns. I take elements of that and do it with boro. The simplicity of the look you end up with is what I really
like about it. It’s a way to really showcase a few colors on a piece. I’m color blind, so contrast and light are what my eye really responds to. I pick my color combos based on that. Complex color schemes don’t really do it for me, mostly because I can’t really see them. I also like how I feel like I’m continuing an older tradition and bringing it to a new audience. Check out the work of Thomas Muller Litz and Kurt Wallstab to see some incredible examples of traditional montage work. HB: Your style is very versatile, I’ve seen pieces by you that host a multitude of techniques. Do you have any favorite techniques you like to use? Are you currently trying to bring any new techniques into your repertoire? Right now I’m fairly single minded, I’m playing with the montage style and trying to see where that brings me. I’ve been flirting a bit with sculpting as well, but its pretty casual at the moment. I just won 2nd place at the Corning Flameoff with a functional sculpted Rabbi. I may revisit that theme in the future. HB: You recently taught a class at the Revere Glass School, what did the class cover? and how did the class go? It was a great experience. It was my first time teaching a formal class. I loved it. The students were all super engaged, and seemed to ask all the right questions. I focused a lot on glass theory and techniques. How to assemble a bubbler, how to assemble a mini tube, I even made a wrap and rake sherlock. I also just taught my second class at The Heat Base in Woodbridge, VA. HB: Your new “Bent Neck” series is turning a lot of heads in the community. I most enjoy how you’ve taken classic shapes and techniques and have made something new and refreshing. How did you come to this design? Honestly, I just wanted a graceful way to display and marble on a mini tube. I feel like most of the time marbles look disconnected from the piece on tubes. Like they’re floating in space. They have no
I have been fascinated with glass ever since I saw it as a little kid. Both of my parents are artists in different mediums, and glass is one of the only mediums they don’t work with. I never thought about glass as a lifelong pursuit until I bought my first glass pipe in high school. I would spend hours looking at it and thinking “How the hell did they do that?”
relationship with the piece at all, they just exist. The bent neck design gave me a way to showcase a marble and keep to the mini tube formula. The bend in the neck just happens to also work great as a splash guard. Sometimes function follows form. HB: If there was a magical super-chef that could cook you ANYTHING you wanted. What would you order? And what would you order to drink? I know it’s a lame answer, but probably sushi. I can’t get enough of it. The salmon would have to be from the Northwest, Atlantic salmon just can’t compare. I would probably, drink a dry sake or Beefeater and tonic.
HB: 2013 has seen some exciting things in the world of Germ Glass, you are currently up in Oregon working with Sleek and BLUE! Any more plans on the west coast? Working in Portland was the end of the trip. I had a great time on the road and made some great collabs but I’m trying to stay around Philly for awhile and make more of my own work. I’ll be at AGE this summer in Las Vegas and Glassroots in Madison, WI, but beyond that I don’t really have any more trips planned for this year. HB: If it were possible to relocate your glass studio to a far off and exotic location where would it be? Probably Israel. I love it there. I have been there a few times, and I’ve even blown glass over there. I’ve looked into relocating, but making a living as a pipemaker is very difficult. They don’t have liquid oxygen and all of the color has to be imported from America. Pipes are also much more illegal there. HotBreath Magazine would like to thank Germ for taking the time to talk to us. Make sure to check page 82 to see Germ and JOP! collaboration and the pages 84 and 85 to see Germ’s collaboration with Dosh.
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I had the pleasure of getting to spend an extra day hanging around Austin after the Glassroots Trade Show this past April. One of the great highlights of that day was getting a tour of 420 Science’s home office which featured an introduction to their latest innovation... a full silicone lid designed to make their line of jars air-tight. I had simply come to accept that without a system of o-rings and/or threading that a jar wouldn’t be air tight. Very rarely have I been this happy to have been proven wrong. Fast forward several weeks and I was pleasantly surprised to find a box containing two sizes of jars upon my desk awaiting my arrival. Rather than the tapered mouth jars I was accustomed to seeing from 420 Science, I was greeted by a duo of containers with straight walls. It may seem a small shift, but this change in shape is quite the advancement in both form and function. The new, sheer outside walls give these jars a much cleaner appearance and would look just at home amongst Bunsen burners as they do upon my mantle. Beyond the upgrade in appearance, the now widened mouth makes accessing your jar’s contents easier than ever (particularly if your hands are on the larger end of the spectrum).
Of course, the biggest shift came from the creation and addition of the new silicone lid. The silicone used is very pleasant to the touch and seems to have been designed with years of use in mind. The double walled design fits snugly around the glass with only a minimal amount of fiddling to get everything flush. Removal is even simpler with the inclusion of the duck tail handle into the design. A steady pull and the lid slides smoothly away from the jar which nearly eliminates the risk of spillage found with lids that pop free. Being the type to tinker and toy, I’ve put this duo through the wringer since I got my hands on them. My first little experiment was to drop a handful of rolling papers into each jar and submerge them in water for a few hours. If so much as a single drop of moisture were to come through, the papers would certainly play stool pigeon... but after 3 hours under the water the papers were just as dry as when they left the pack! Having confirmed the seal to be quite complete, I simply had to test its staying power. Standing in the center of my living room, I grabbed the jar firmly with both hands and shook it with all the force my 250 pound frame could muster. After having improvised my own aerobic workout and scaring my dog while doing so, I couldn’t see where the lid had budged at all.
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ROLLER POUCH I’ve recently taken yet another stab at rolling my own cigarettes rather than continue to shell out an inordinate amount of money per pack. What I realized has always brought me back from the pouch to the pack has been the sheer convenience of pulling a cigarette out and lighting up compared to digging out my pouch of tobacco and hunting down a suitable rolling surface. Having realized this, I was excited to be introduced to RYOT’s Roller Pouch. I personally took home one of the gray pouches, but there is an attractive natural fiber finish available as well. The Roller Pouch is a pocket friendly, checkbook sized rolling solution. The exterior is composed of an organic cotton and ramie blend which is very pleasant to the touch and an elastic band spanning the width that can be used to keep everything secured. When opened, you will find pockets for both your papers and either a standard or mini sized lighter. Behind these pockets is a large foil lined pouch to hold onto your choice of smoking blends. This foil extends slightly past the midway point of the pouch; this fine detail means that when the pouch is closed this pocket is sealed helping to keep your smoke fresh and your pockets clean. The greatest feature of the Roller Pouch for me is actually the reverse side of the lid which has been designed as a rolling surface rather than being left as a dead panel. This is precisely the feature that made the Roller Pouch stand out for me. Now, rather than covering my lap or the floor of my truck in tobacco, any spillage drops onto the pouch. Since the seam between the rolling tray and pouch has been reversed, that spillage can be dumped back into the foil pouch with neither hassle nor waste.
Now, I’m never without a surface. I’ve rolled a smoke everywhere from an airport parking lot to inside the Fox Theater in Atlanta to a tent in the middle of the woods! While it was never explicitly stated as a use, I’ve now found the Roller Pouch to be periodically replacing my wallet when I head out for a night on the town. Rather than keeping track of a pack of smokes and my wallet, I’ve taken to tossing my ID, cash, and credit cards into the Roller Pouch. Even when loaded with all of that and a half pouch of tobacco, it eats up less space in my pockets than either a pack of smokes or my wallet did solo. While I’ve still got a little ways to go before switching to purely hand-rolled cigarettes, RYOT’s roller pouch has made the transition process much smoother than any other attempt I’ve made. This smoking system isn’t flashy. It isn’t high tech. It doesn’t have its origins in the space program. But... it is a beautifully-designed, simple product that seems to have had great attention paid to the all the right details. If you’re just now looking to make the switch to roll your own or have been twisting papers for decades, I can’t recommend RYOT’s Roller Pouch highly enough!
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RANDY’S ROOTS ROLLING PAPERS
While I’m normally one to wind the day down with a well loaded pipe or vaporizer, there is a certain appeal to sharing a hand rolled cigarette among friends. As such, I typically keep a small variety of papers tucked into my smoking box for such occasions. Such an event presented itself this past weekend when the night was drawing to a close and a few folks were still lingering around my humble abode enjoying a few... ahem... adult beverages. While my friends conversed on my back porch, I pulled my smoking box out of the hall closet to grab papers and a bit of smoke. Lying atop the pile of papers was a pack of Randy’s Roots that I had been given almost a month prior.
Before I began my integration into the glass scene, Randy’s had been my go-to paper option for a couple of years. Since I am not a particularly dainty fellow, I have a terrible tendency to rip rolling papers on the “tuck”. This reason drove me to rely upon Randy’s for my rolling needs. The wire run through the non-gummed edge of the paper provides just enough resistance and stability to easily finish my roll without damage to either the paper or my temper. Beyond the incomparable rolling ease provided, it always seemed that the wire also made anything that I pre-rolled a bit more durable and travel ready.
Since Randy’s had already proven themselves as far as I was concerned, I was pretty excited to give their new Roots line a spin. I first noticed that their packaging was a bit non-conventional. Rather than the interwoven style packaging found with most papers, Randy’s Roots are handpacked as single sheets. It is an odd detail, but for some reason I really enjoy that this leaves the papers without a crease. After adding a crease all my own, I noticed that these papers have a bit heavier texture than the traditional Randy’s. This makes for a rather pleasant tactile experience while rolling and leave the finished product feeling more “natural” than other papers. This little bit of grit also seems to allow the nominal quantity of natural adhesive to get a much improved grip while sealing. Once a flame is brought to the tip and the cherry is rolling, Randy’s Roots truly begin to shine. From first spark to the tail end, the little flavor added by the organic hemp is quite pleasant. Every cigarette that I’ve rolled thus far has burned evenly with only a nominal amount of run to be seen. As you near the end of your smoke, the fore mentioned wire makes for quite the convenient little handle. This allows you an easy way to get the last little bit of smoke from your cigarette even if it’s unfiltered! I also found one other small use for the iconic wire. Since my hand rolled smokes tend to carry a bit more kick than my standard routine, I often find myself
snubbing one and leaving it to light up later. Now once the flame is out, I bend the end of the wire into a hook and hang it from either my rear porch or the small hook hanging from my awning, leaving the scent of half burnt cigarette outside when I return indoors. All in all, I have seriously enjoyed working my way through this pack of papers over the past several weeks. I’ve put these papers into the hands of a couple dozen different people in that time and am yet to hear a discouraging word spoken of them. Now that I am nearing the end of this pack, I am certain I’ll be in search of more Randy’s Roots in no time at all.
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dulling the flavor or creating extra reclaim along the inside of my glass. This little wonder has shown me exactly why I never stick to hard rules when shopping for glass. Due to its miniscule stature, this piece needs only a nominal quantity of water to function fully. This leads to a wonderful preservation of flavor with a minimal quantity of buildup appearing. Not to belabor the point, but this little piece has one of the most well balance hits that I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing in terms of holding flavor while stripping harshness from the vapor. While the Juice Box may not carry the visually stunning artwork of some of Green Flash’s recent collaborations, its fusion of form and function is a beauty unto itself. If anyone out there is looking for a daily driver that you’ll be glad to see at each session, be sure to check out the Juice Box!
Highly motivated and feeling self-justified, I swiftly found myself scanning the shelves of our local shop looking for just the right pick. After some serious debate and a couple of quick consultations, I am now the proud owner of a new micro showerhead bubbler made by the good folks over at Green Flash Glass, which I later learned has been nicknamed the Juice Box by its creators. The specific one I took home is all clear, but these little guys are available in either pink or green as well. I settled in on the 14 mm direct inject model over the 14 mm female joint as I already had a titanium nail that would complement the piece nicely.
Beyond the wonderful design, the build quality of the Juice Box leaves no room for reproach. Upon close inspection the welds throughout this piece are uniformly sound and free of visual imperfections. This is obviously the work of someone with years behind the torch fueled by a passion for improvement. This solid construction has turned the Juice Box into an instant favorite for traveling. I have no hesitation tossing this little guy into any of my cases and hitting the road with him. As long as I’m not going off-roading between stops, I have no qualms about its safety. Once on the table, the wide flared base makes tipping this guy over quite unlikely. Without exaggeration, this piece is easily the most stable in my collection!
The guys over at Green Flash have taken the already impressive design of their king sized showerhead bubbler and successfully condensed it down to a fully functional 7 inch version. What really made this
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