SKUNK Magazine is excited to focus attention on artists in the cannabis community who enrich our culture and industry through their unique creations. We begin this spotlight series by presenting the story of Glass Grass Or VAS & the creators of quality functional ceramic art for the discerning cannabis enthusiast.” The following narrative covers the origins of Glass Grass Or VAS in the words of its creators. — Editor
About Us (GGV)
Hi everyone, I’m Peter. I was born in July of 1993 in Brooklyn, New York, to a talented artist for a mother and a hard-working stationary engineer for a father. I developed a passion early for both creativity and efficiency. I find that when these two qualities are combined in any form, it can lead to something truly beautiful and amazing. I applied these passions to my life and hobbies, and Glass Grass Or VAS is the result!
I grew up just north of Clearwater in Dunedin, Florida, after my family had moved there when I was younger, and in my later high school years, I developed a passion for glass from local head shops in the area. I would frequent these shops on a weekly basis, looking for the newest, most efficient glass. I had quite the collection, acquiring many of the top-shelf pieces in these local shops over that period of time, thinking I had reached the pinnacle.
Boy, was I wrong! A friend who worked with me then and knew of my passion for glass offered to put me on to something new I hadn’t heard of, called scientific glass, aka boro (borosilicate) glass. These pieces were much more intricate, efficient, and beautiful, so I took a chance, although it cost me a pretty penny, and I bought my first scientific glass waterpipe, a “Vertigo Glass” inline to showerhead/ufo perc.
It changed my life! The quality, efficiency, strength, effects, you name it… it was all superior when using a scientific glass waterpipe! Even after spending as much as I did to acquire this beautiful waterpipe, it was so much more efficient that I was actually saving money from a decrease in herb, while increasing the frequency and quality of my experience. More bang for my buck was all I needed to know! I then continued down the rabbit hole in my attempt to find the best of the best, acquiring some of the top boro artists to produce to date, such as Mobius, Toro, Sovereignty, and many more!
I realized at that point that although you can find a mass-produced piece of Chinese glass with the same perc and similar function at a much more affordable price, it was not worth my money, and the quality or efficiency would never be able to match that of a boro glass artist. This led me to my passion for grassroots artisans, creators, and inventors! What did you think Grass stood for? 🙂
I find that grassroots artisans and inventors approach things from a place of love, creativity, and passion, which in turn leads to a superior invention/product. I took this passion for grassroots quality with me as I ventured further into efficiency, eventually leading me to vaporization.
What is VAS? V.A.S. stands for Vape Acquisition Syndrome, which is when you buy your first vape, fall in love with vaping, and continue to buy vapes in an attempt to find the best vaporizer.
Haha, let’s just say I am afflicted! I have acquired a vast collection of top-shelf vaporizers to date, consisting of 60+ different devices from 24 different producers, spanning 11 different countries all over the world. I am familiar with many people in the industry and like to think I have done a lot of the research for you already over the last 15 years, so feel free to reach out with any questions, as I am always happy to help!
Is there such a thing as the best vaporizer? No, it just comes down to preference. However, some vaporizers are considered top-shelf and have earned a certain level of respect from those familiar with and working in the industry. The Vapbong is definitely one of these top-shelf vaporizers!
The Vapbong is superior to many of the quality vaporizers on the market when it comes to production (handmade work of art), materials (ceramic), taste (I am a terps guy, and one of the tastiest ways is to vaporize), effects (one of the most powerful vaporizers on the market as it produces as much vapor as you can handle, while still being able to produce tasty vapor at even low temps with ease), ease of use (simple & easy to use, clean, and maintain) no necessary aftermarket add-ons (no need to purchase anything extra. Everything you need is in the box, and any variation in use or effects can be controlled through draw speed/length, water level, voltage/temperature, & grind consistency), and origin/production story (check out the Artist’s & Inventor’s stories below for an amazing origin story), which in summary is why it pretty quickly became my favorite vaporizer and single-handedly cured my VAS!
So, when I heard that the artists producing vapbongs had a falling out with their distributor and they might not be able to continue production going forward, I felt personally obligated to get involved. In turn, I reached out to Janine and Axel of Jaxel’s Art and Glass Grass Or VAS was born!
Jaxel’s Art is now its own company, with the artists setting their own pricing and receiving all the profits from their hard work going forward, allowing their family to survive and the Vapbong name to live on! We wouldn’t have it any other way, and with Glass Grass Or VAS handling all sales, customer service, and repairs in North America and your ongoing support, we hope to be able to continue to share these Vapbong masterpieces with the masses for many years to come!
Glass Grass Or VAS continues to grow the GGV family by sourcing the most beautiful and innovative works of art from some of the top artisans and inventors working in our industry worldwide and helping them reach new audiences!
Much Love, Peter GGV
About the Artists (Jaxel’s Art)
Based on the idea of the Inventor Donald Denzler, it is an honor for us as artists to always create something new, whether it is models or color explosions.
Over four years ago, we, Janine and Axel (Jaxel), turned our backs on our home country, Germany, for many, many different reasons. Even though we miss our home country, it was the best decision we could have made. Because we not only found ourselves but achieved rest and inner peace. We also got to know Donald, and everything came very quickly. We love not only the artistic existence, but it is always a pleasure for us that people come up to us and tell us how much they enjoy our VapBongs. This, of course, spurs us on again and again. We love and need a lot of rest; rest we enjoy as a family together with our three dogs and three cats. But after just a two-day break, the itching in our hands starts. Yes, the passion is in us. We would be happy if you came to find our Vapbong vaporizers, and may it give you many beautiful moments!
With love, heart and soul, and a lot of passion, Jaxel
About the Inventor (Dr. Colly)
A letter from Dr. Colly-
High Peter, I just want to say high, thank you, and introduce myself.
I am very glad you helped us save my “baby,” it means a lot to me, not only because it’s my only income, but I believe it’s a very good idea made by very good craftsmen and women, cause Axel and Janine are the best ones I can imagine to give this idea a physical form.
In the beginning, I just wanted to make a Vaporizer for myself. I never thought about it as a product to sell, and they looked quite different. Then all my friends wanted one, so it started, and I got busy. Everyone who tried it asked about getting one, so it became bigger and bigger until I could not do it anymore on my own. Meanwhile, the VapBong has nice awards and other recognition from all over the internet, which I am very pleased about. I hope we can continue that success.
During that time, I was on the run from German police. They wanted to lock me up for nearly six years. So, no job, no papers, no nothing, as I took off on the run to the Netherlands, spending most of my time in Amsterdam over the next 12 years.
Now everything has expired, and I am a free man living in Gran Canaria, trying to become self-sustaining. I have a garden. I want to keep bees and feed them only from my garden. Food’s getting short and becoming a weapon of slavery. I don’t like that. So far, that’s me. I hope for a good relation.
One love, Donald, Dr. Colly
Peter Mullins, owner and founder of Glass, Grass, or VAS LLC (GGV). Peter is pursuing his dream of providing the highest quality product available by sourcing the most beautiful and innovative works of art from some of the top artisans and inventors working in our industry around the world and helping them to reach new audiences globally. A graduate of Florida State University as well as an extensive background managing businesses, Peter focuses on excellence and ingenuity in the marketplace today. His featured one of a kind, handmade ceramic Vapbongs are cutting edge in the vaporization industry. Check out Peters vision at GlassGrassOrVas.com and follow him on Instagram at @glass.grass.vas or on Facebook at glass.grass.vas