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The Upper Playground 4:20 Collection

When it comes to expressing your love of cannabis on apparel, there’s a subtle art to getting it right. And few companies understand this better than we do.

SF Grass by Jeremy Fish 

For the last 19 years, we’ve been quietly dropping collectible cannabis lifestyle designs to our loyal fans around the world. And now, in celebration of 4/20 and legalization in California, we’re re-releasing 46 of them from the vault across a wide array of styles for both men and women.

Our 4:20 Collection features a diverse range of design concepts and styles from a variety of different artists. And the designs are presented as they were originally released over the years--in all their polished and unpolished glory--as a sort of design time capsule.

Also at work is a consistent, inside-track sense of humor that must be seen to be appreciated. At one end of the design/conceptual spectrum is the obviously-hilarious Smoke Patrol, which features a cop pulling a huge ripper from a glowing bong. At the other end is the more subtle, second-read humor of the Trimmers Union badge, which can easily be mistaken for a barbers association if not for the small cannabis references within the design.

Smoke Patrol by Munk One and Trimmers Union by Dustin Canalin

But without question, the capsule within the collection that fans are most eager to re-order from is 18 Strains. Initially released in 2011, it features some of the most dominant strain names of the day like Presidential OG Kush, Grand Daddy Purp, and Sour Diesel paired with a related/unrelated design element to throw off outsiders and earn a nod or two from the like-minded. It was all about hiding in plain sight.

We took the re-release one step further by making the entire capsule available on pillows.

18-Strains Pillow Collection by Upper Playground

While the size of the collection was a bit shocking even to us when we put it all together, it’s safe to say that we aren’t entirely about cannabis inspired designs. Far from it. Since 1999 we’ve been a dedicated promoter of street artists and street culture. But, by virtue of that fact, cannabis inspired art is an inevitable thread. And we’re happy it’s finally all in one place.

Enjoy!

TECHNICOLORED WORK BY SEBASTIAN CESTARO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Buenos Aires, Argentina based Illustrator Sebastian Cestaro‘s eye-popping technicolored work features imaginative characters that come in all kinds of surreal shapes and sizes. Mesmerized by the infinite possibilities of illustration, Sebastian was drawn to the craft from a young age.

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All images via Booooooom.

ETHEREAL DRAWINGS BY KEVIN LUCBERT

by Ariadna Zierold

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Kevin Lucbert‘s ethereal drawings transform the banal and familiar into artefacts of transient daydreams. Awarded a diploma in 2008 of the National School of Decorative Arts of Paris, he lives and works today between Berlin and Paris. Member of an artist collective, The Ensaders, he participates regularly in performances, exhibitions and leads workshops of drawing.

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All images were taken from the artist’s page.

NUDE MALES BY JEFFREY CHEUNG

by Ariadna Zierold

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Oakland, CA based Jeffrey Cheung’s playfulness and low-brow style of contorted and often nude male figures has quickly gained traction within the Bay Area’s ever-changing art scene. Cheung’s humor translates well across his many paintings, prints, collages, drawings and even murals.

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Born and raised in the Bay Area, Cheung graduated form the University of California Santa Cruz, and has since shown in a variety of shows throughout the Bay Area as well as City Bird Gallery in Paris, France.

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All images were taken from the artist’s page and from Artsy.