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Original Blotter Art Series 1

Series 1

 

Timothy Leary at Various Venues 1/1/80 by Unknown

 

LLSD blotter traces it’s roots to the late 1960’s, shortly after LSD became illegal. At that time, the laws required that anyone caught with LSD be charged by weight, not dose. As the preferred delivery method of the day was a sugar cube, a person caught with one dose of LSD on a sugar cube would be charged the same as someone with an equal weight of pure LSD crystal. As a result, blotter paper became the new method of distribution. Originally, blotter was dosed by carefully dropping liquid LSD onto paper in a grid formation. Later, the paper was prepared by printing a grid on the paper, then soaking the whole sheet of paper in the liquid LSD. This process of creating doses with grid paper evolved into using paper that was perforated along the lines of a grid so that doses could be torn apart easily. As blotter became more commonplace, many dealers began to stamp the sheet with a rubber stamp, while the more enterprising had paper printed with professional designs. Thus began a kind of branding that still exists today.

Vintage blotter art collecting has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years. Shows such as “Cure of Souls”, held at the Psychedelic Solution in New York in 1988 and “Timothy Leary in Wonderland”, held at Artrock in 1995 started the hobby. Some collectors enjoy signed blotter art while others simply enjoy the fantastic art and history. How you collect blotter art is up to you, but we would be remiss without saying that it looks incredible framed.

 Today, blotter art is divided into two categories; vintage and vanity.

Genuine vintage blotter art is generally quite scarce and most of the more popular pieces were created by Mark McCloud, who was twice charged with possession of LSD, but acquitted both times. Many classic designs exist in this category and famous artists such as R. Crumb, Alex Gray, Thom Lyttle and Alexander Shulgin created pieces in this genre. Much of the “vintage” blotter offered by dealers and on eBay is fake, so care should be taken when considering a purchase. Pieces signed by Timothy Leary and Ken Kesey are quite scarce and we have seen fake signatures of these also. Every signed piece we sell was signed in 1995 at the Artrock show and was obtained directly from the ex-owner of Artrock. We back up these signatures with a 100% guarantee of authenticity.

 Vanity blotter is a term we use to describe most of the blotter seen on eBay and blotter websites. It is created solely to be sold (or in some cases dipped), but the key is that it is mass produced and, while it can be beautiful, it rarely goes up in value.

Needless to say, none of the blotter we sell has been dipped. It is art for arts sake.

 

 

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date cat. no. venues & performers artists items available
 
Janis Joplin at Various Venues 1/1/80 by R Crumb

1/1/1980


OBA-1.100

Various Venues 1/1/80

Janis Joplin

R Crumb

Original Blotter Art

 
Janis Joplin at Various Venues 1/1/80 by R. Crumb

1/1/1980


OBA-1.101

Various Venues 1/1/80

Janis Joplin

R. Crumb

Original Blotter Art

 
Timothy Leary at Various Venues 1/1/80 by Unknown

1/1/1980


OBA-1.102

Various Venues 1/1/80

Timothy Leary
Ken Kesey

Unknown

Original Blotter Art

 
Timothy Leary at Various Venues 1/1/80 by Unknown

1/1/1980


OBA-1.103

Various Venues 1/1/80

Timothy Leary
Ken Kesey

Unknown

Original Blotter Art

 
Timothy Leary at Various Venues 1/1/80 by Unknown

1/1/1980


OBA-1.104

Various Venues 1/1/80

Timothy Leary
Ken Kesey

Unknown

Original Blotter Art

Original Poster

 
Timothy Leary at Various Venues 1/1/80 by Unknown

1/1/1980


OBA-1.105

Various Venues 1/1/80

Timothy Leary
Ken Kesey

Unknown

Original Blotter Art

 
Timothy Leary at Various Venues 1/1/80 by Unknown

1/1/1980


OBA-1.106

Various Venues 1/1/80

Timothy Leary
Ken Kesey

Unknown

Original Blotter Art

 
Timothy Leary at Various Venues 1/1/80 by Unknown

1/1/1980


OBA-1.107

Various Venues 1/1/80

Timothy Leary
Ken Kesey

Unknown

Original Blotter Art

 
Timothy Leary at Various Venues 1/1/80 by Unknown

1/1/1980


OBA-1.108

Various Venues 1/1/80

Timothy Leary
Ken Kesey

Unknown

Original Blotter Art

 
Timothy Leary at Various Venues 1/1/80 by S. Clay Wilson

1/1/1980


OBA-1.109

Various Venues 1/1/80

Timothy Leary
Ken Kesey

S. Clay Wilson

Original Blotter Art

 
Timothy Leary at Various Venues 1/1/80 by Alex Grey

1/1/1980


OBA-1.110

Various Venues 1/1/80

Timothy Leary
Ken Kesey

Alex Grey

Original Poster

Original Blotter Art

 
Timothy Leary at Various Venues 1/1/80 by Alex Grey

1/1/1980


OBA-1.111

Various Venues 1/1/80

Timothy Leary
Ken Kesey

Alex Grey

Original Blotter Art

 
Timothy Leary at Various Venues 1/1/80 by Unknown

1/1/1980


OBA-1.112

Various Venues 1/1/80

Timothy Leary
Ken Kesey

Unknown

Original Blotter Art

 
Timothy Leary at Various Venues 1/1/80 by Victor Vasarely

1/1/1980


OBA-1.113

Various Venues 1/1/80

Timothy Leary
Ken Kesey

Victor Vasarely

Original Blotter Art

 
Timothy Leary at Various Venues 1/1/80 by Unknown

1/1/1980


OBA-1.114

Various Venues 1/1/80

Timothy Leary
Ken Kesey

Unknown

Original Blotter Art

 
Timothy Leary at Various Venues 1/1/80 by Unknown

1/1/1980


OBA-1.115

Various Venues 1/1/80

Timothy Leary
Ken Kesey

Unknown

Original Blotter Art

 
Timothy Leary at Various Venues 1/1/80 by Unknown

1/1/1980


OBA-1.116

Various Venues 1/1/80

Timothy Leary
Ken Kesey

Unknown

Original Blotter Art

 
Timothy Leary at Various Venues 1/1/80 by Unknown

1/1/1980


OBA-1.117

Various Venues 1/1/80

Timothy Leary
Ken Kesey

Unknown

Original Blotter Art

 
Timothy Leary at Various Venues 1/1/80 by Unknown

1/1/1980


OBA-1.118

Various Venues 1/1/80

Timothy Leary
Ken Kesey

Unknown

Original Blotter Art

 
Timothy Leary at Various Venues 1/1/80 by Unknown

1/1/1980


OBA-1.119

Various Venues 1/1/80

Timothy Leary
Ken Kesey

Unknown

Original Blotter Art

 
Timothy Leary at Various Venues 1/1/80 by Unknown

1/1/1980


OBA-1.120

Various Venues 1/1/80

Timothy Leary
Ken Kesey

Unknown

Original Blotter Art

 
Timothy Leary at Various Venues 1/1/80 by Unknown

1/1/1980


OBA-1.121

Various Venues 1/1/80

Timothy Leary
Ken Kesey

Unknown

Original Blotter Art

 
Timothy Leary at Various Venues 1/1/80 by Unknown

1/1/1980


OBA-1.122

Various Venues 1/1/80

Timothy Leary
Ken Kesey

Unknown

Original Blotter Art

 
Timothy Leary at Various Venues 1/1/80 by Unknown

1/1/1980


OBA-1.123

Various Venues 1/1/80

Timothy Leary
Ken Kesey

Unknown

Original Blotter Art

 
Timothy Leary at Various Venues 1/1/80 by Unknown

1/1/1980


OBA-1.124

Various Venues 1/1/80

Timothy Leary
Ken Kesey

Unknown

Original Blotter Art

 
Timothy Leary at Various Venues 1/1/80 by Unknown

1/1/1980


OBA-1.125

Various Venues 1/1/80

Timothy Leary
Ken Kesey

Unknown

Original Blotter Art

 
Timothy Leary at Various Venues 1/1/80 by Unknown

1/1/1980


OBA-1.126

Various Venues 1/1/80

Timothy Leary
Ken Kesey

Unknown

Original Blotter Art

 
Timothy Leary at Various Venues 1/1/80 by Unknown

1/1/1980


OBA-1.127

Various Venues 1/1/80

Timothy Leary
Ken Kesey

Unknown

Original Blotter Art

 
Timothy Leary at Various Venues 1/1/80 by Unknown

1/1/1980


OBA-1.128

Various Venues 1/1/80

Timothy Leary
Ken Kesey

Unknown

Original Blotter Art

 
Timothy Leary at Various Venues 1/1/80 by Unknown

1/1/1980


OBA-1.129

Various Venues 1/1/80

Timothy Leary
Ken Kesey

Unknown

Original Blotter Art

 
Timothy Leary at Various Venues 1/1/80 by Unknown

1/1/1980


OBA-1.130

Various Venues 1/1/80

Timothy Leary
Ken Kesey

Unknown

Original Blotter Art

 
Timothy Leary at Various Venues 1/1/80 by Thomas Lyttle

1/1/1980


OBA-1.131

Various Venues 1/1/80

Timothy Leary
Ken Kesey

Thomas Lyttle

Original Blotter Art

 
Timothy Leary at Various Venues 1/1/80 by Unknown

1/1/1980


OBA-1.132

Various Venues 1/1/80

Timothy Leary
Ken Kesey

Unknown

 
 
Timothy Leary at Various Venues 1/1/80 by Unknown

1/1/1980


OBA-1.133

Various Venues 1/1/80

Timothy Leary
Ken Kesey

Unknown

Original Blotter Art

 
Timothy Leary at Various Venues 1/1/80 by Unknown

1/1/1980


OBA-1.134

Various Venues 1/1/80

Timothy Leary
Ken Kesey

Unknown

Original Blotter Art

 
Timothy Leary at Various Venues 1/1/80 by Unknown

1/1/1980


OBA-1.135

Various Venues 1/1/80

Timothy Leary
Ken Kesey

Unknown

Original Blotter Art

 
Timothy Leary at Various Venues 1/1/80 by Thomas Lyttle

1/1/1980


OBA-1.136

Various Venues 1/1/80

Timothy Leary
Ken Kesey

Thomas Lyttle

Original Blotter Art

 
Timothy Leary at Various Venues 1/1/80 by Thomas Lyttle

1/1/1980


OBA-1.137

Various Venues 1/1/80

Timothy Leary
Ken Kesey

Thomas Lyttle

Original Blotter Art

 

 

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