LSD Blotter Art in the Arts and Humanity

LSD Blotter Art is collected worldwide and is gaining in popularity in 2016

LSD Blotter Art or Blotter Art is a term that’s used to describe art on paper that is perforated into little squares. Blotter Art has been around since the 1960s but it was in the 1990s when people like Thomas Lyttle started to get famous artists , psychedelic researchers and psychedelic counter culture icons to sign their signature on limited edition sheets.

Blotter Art Company is a blotter art company based in the United States that produces vanity blotter art that is usually signed by the artist but does also offer unsigned vanity sheets. Blotter Art Company also offers psychedelic literature and books for sale, they offer a wide selection of fantastic blotter art, a lot of it is vintage blotter art and signed blotter art  but also carry unsigned vanity blotter art

The original collector and scene maker of blotter art is Mark McCloud, a San Francisco artist and former art professor. McCloud’s collection covered everything from the late 1970s up to today: several hundred types of LSD blotter art. In the early days this art could only be obtained with LSD already on it. He bought these sheets, matted and framed them, and hung them like fine art. Ironically, it was initially quite difficult for McCloud to collect the undipped (and hence legal) sheets of art, making him both an art collector and a potential outlaw due to his interest in this unique form of folk art. But soon McCloud began to produce his own images- as well as make connections to other such artists in the community-and the bulk of his collection shifted to completely legal, undipped blotter. (The older pieces from his collection have been purposefully exposed to ultraviolet light to let it destroy any LSD that might have been on them.) McCloud promoted his collection at galleries, and he won second place at the 1987 San Francisco County Fair for his “unusual but timely” art exhibition. National Public Radio gave McCloud exposure, and he won grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and others for Blotter Art

The year 2000 saw McCloud busted by the federal government for “conspiracy to manufacture and distribute LSD.” In a highly-publicized trial, the DEA claimed that he was supplying chemists and wholesalers with perforated sheets of undipped blotter art, as 30,000 of these had been found in his possession. This was the second such arrest for McCloud-having been busted on similar charges in 1992- and in 2001 he obtained his second acquittal. It is estimated that McCloud spent over half a million dollars on his defense, and the prosecution spent unknown amounts of money on a year-long stake out of his home-based businesses.

McCloud, along with New England art and antiquities dealer Adam Stanhope, published a key piece of the prosecution’s evidence from his trial: a large binder filled with a collection of blotter obtained from busts across the United States spanning the ten years previous to his arrest, compared side-by-side to art that was seized from McCloud’s home. The Bust Book acts as a history of the art of blotter as compiled by the federal government, making it a unique offering in the world of art. It is only available in a limited edition of 250 numbered and autographed copies for $500, or a special edition of 10 that also include an actual sample of the vintage (undipped) “Eye of Horus” blotter art-the oldest piece of blotter art still in existence-for $1000

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