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The art of LSD


Not art inspired by LSD but drawings done whilst under its influence.

These 9 drawings were done by an artist under the influence of LSD—part of a test conducted by the US government during its dalliance with psychotomimetic drugs in the late 1950s. The artist was given a dose of LSD-25 and free access to an activity box full of crayons and pencils. His subject is the medico that jabbed him.


Then there’s the whole world of blotter art, like this fairly recent Penguin logo example. Lots more blotter designs here and here.

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The trip goes on
Albert Hofmann
Hep cats



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20 comments or trackbacks

  1. #1 posted by Rossignol


    I love the commentary on the artist’s progress:

    “Upon completing the drawing the patient starts laughing, then becomes startled by something on the floor.”

    Seems somehow familiar.

  2. #2 posted by John


    Ha, yeah. The times I tried that I’d usually find it difficult to get past “Why am I holding this small wooden stick?”

  3. #3 posted by Rossignol


    You clearly need a stern US government official prompting you onwards.

  4. #4 posted by John


    This is true.

  5. #5 posted by chris murphy


    LSD is just a fun dream if u ask me

  6. #6 posted by niigrobiggro


    when i did acid the gavel was like a tunnel wake it was freaking me out

  7. #7 posted by nikki


    LSD is a good time, and its less toxic than alcohol.

  8. #8 posted by natalie


    Hi, I am a student from Salt Lake Community College and I will be doing a report on the effects of LSD. I found this web site and was very impressed with the answer of what an acid trip might be like. It is very real and raw.

  9. #9 posted by daniel


    i frequently use lsd and my art is very effected by it because it opens your mind it makes things more interesting and fun i advice the consumption of lsd then running into a field or looking at the stars

  10. #10 posted by susy


    you can make so awsome drawings during your trip i mean it : )

  11. #11 posted by Dexter


    Yeah you can make great art on it…until one day it takes to strong a hold and you hurt someone or worse. Happens all the time but idiot hippies seem to have to use it cause their own imagination isn’t broad enough to make art on their own.

  12. #12 posted by Woollen


    Fuck u Dexter u can suck a dick

  13. #13 posted by T Man


    I think everyone should experiment with lsd at least once just to see how laid back life can actually be

  14. #14 posted by Miss. Eizzy


    LMAO @ Woollen

  15. #15 posted by navy

  16. #16 posted by jaya


    LSD is stupid, never do it.
    I totally agree with Dexter.If your gonna try it just to see what its like, then you’re an idiotic hippie. And it may not be the most dangerous drug, but it is pretty bad, and the next time you hav it your gonna want a higher dosage. Sooner or later, you will experience some more painful effects, and your life will be filled with nothing.

  17. #17 posted by jaya


    Oh and woollen
    you’re probally going to end up in rehab

  18. #18 posted by Euge


    Hi there, I am also a student, from the Palermo University in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I’ve tried LSD a couple of times and I’m perfectly fine. I didn’t hurt anybody. I didn’t try to kill myself either. I’m not in rehab but I’m finishing my career and taking tripis once in a while, cause it’s the best, really. Another reality, a different one.

    Jaya and Dexter, you obviously know nothing about lsd or drugs in general. Maybe you are too afraid to try them because the TV says it’s BAD. LSD isn’t stupid. LSD is only for strong-minded people. If you are fearful or you don’t trust yourself, you’ll have a very bad trip I assure you.

  19. #19 posted by Euge


    oh, and please search Alex Grey’s art, for those who criticize the LSD effects and the imagination

  20. #20 posted by the zeus


    hey brothers and sisters – i was an acid head for around seven years, in australia, and had the fortunate experience of cosmic karma in 1999 when a guy i worked with started receiving envelopes in the post from the someone, somewhere in the u.k. containing sheets of trips. having no interest in the gift of mind expansion himself, i took the blotter sheets off his hands – 100 trips in all, and consumed them with close friends at private psychedelic parties.

    i just recently found images of the blotter art on the net. the trips were named ‘embrace’ but i was calling them ‘folds’, and packaging them in tiny hand made envelopes to present to my guests. the gear was some powerful shit. came at and prolonged a memorable period in my life and in the lives of many people i rarely see anymore.

    i’d like to extend an eternal thank you to the anonymous sender of these embraces. a legendary tale i hope finds its way back to the instigator.






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