(Mar 2015) Tony Greenhand: Creative Rolling King
Marijuana has been ground up and rolled in papers and blunt wraps for decades. It's about time that someone spiced things up a bit and made a trend out of creative rolling! Tony Greenhand is the master at the art of creating joints that resemble everyday things, such as roses, fish and popular cartoon characters. He has taken his passion for cannabis to another level, using rolling papers to construct the most immaculate joints into some impressive shapes. Featured in many blogs and Instagram feeds, as well as the cover of the September 2014 issue NorthWest Leaf Magazine, Tony Greenhand has made his mark in the cannabis community as an expert creative roller with an immense amount of entrepreneurial potential.
Every herbalist has their own unique first time experience with marijuana. Some are exposed to it at an early age while others resist the temptation until a later point in their life. Tony's first time did not come with peer pressure or fear of the unknown. At 15 years old, Tony decided for himself that he wanted to smoke and with some friends to accompany him, he decided to go down the road and cop a bag from his friend's sister's dealer. As nighttime approached, he and his friends walked to the house surrounded by a chain-link fence and knocked on the door. To their surprise, a 300 pound shirtless man opened the door. On a brisk fall night in Washington, this was a pretty odd sight to see. After he asked why they were there, Tony's friend timidly confessed to being the brother of a frequent customer and they were there to buy weed for themselves.
The Hawaiian man's demeanor changed from protective to welcoming as he led them to a room in the far back corner of the house. An older man appeared from the corner of the room that was lit by a desk lamp with a yellowish glow and asked, "how can I help you?" They told the man they wanted to buy some weed but, he only had a bag of shake which he was willing to give to them for free. Nowadays, Tony would probably laugh at it but the boys were ecstatic for receiving a cellophane cigarette wrapper filled with fan leaf that was ground down to the looks of fish food.
Soon after, Tony remembers being behind a church learning how to make a pipe out of a soda can. "We smoked that bowl and didn't feel a damn thing," Tony said about his first experience being a let down. The boys headed back home and listened to some Pink Floyd while The Wizard of Oz played on TV with a slight case of the munchies. Little did he know, this was only the beginning of Tony's journey into the cannabis industry. As he continued to smoke, his first encounter with marijuana became a good laugh and a memorable experience.
As time passed, Tony began to love joints and how they brought so many different people together. He discovered creative rolling in various books he came across and soon came to find that his attempts to recreate those designs played a big role in creating bonds between herbalists. With trial and error, Tony perfected the designs he found and experimented with new designs until he mastered the craft of using rolling papers to create artistic joints. He continues to use the techniques that have worked for him in the past and discovers new methods as he continues to roll eye catching joints. "I am always thinking of a new way to roll up," he says. "Each new design I made gave me new ideas for more joints and it just cascaded from there."
For his first creative roll, Tony created a rocket ship made with Zig Zag 1 1⁄4, papers. For six years, he has blessed the cannabis community with not only art that can be smoked, but an experience that establishes bonds with those who enjoy it together. His creative rolls connect those herbalists who are fortunate enough to take a hit and those who repost a picture of it online. Mr. Greenhand is inspired by the connections made between those who get to enjoy his joints which motivates him to keep creating unique designs for your viewing and smoking pleasure. "My joints represent more than weed, my joints represent the idea that we do not have to settle. We have become complacent as a society and I want my rolls to inspire people to try new things."
Each creative roll is different for Tony Greenhand. Each one uses a different amount of rolling paper and takes a different amount of time. He aims to use the least amount of paper possible to allow smokers to taste the weed inside of his masterpiece. Each Tony Greenhand piece burns differently. Sometimes, smoking a new design for the first time doesn't go as well as planned but for the most part, Tony's joints burn smooth and evenly with no recoil. Some pieces can take hours to roll and others, like his angler fish, took months. Tony claims the angler fish was his hardest to roll. "There was a lot of delicate pieces to put together and it required weeks of finesse," he says but he assures us that there are more complicated designs lined up for this upcoming year. The master creative roller noticed that the cannabis community took a liking to his Bender (from the TV Show Futurama), Owl, and Shiva joints. A couple of Tony's personal favorite rolls were his "Vajoint," also known as the vagina joint, and the hot dog joint.
You're probably wondering how you can get your hands on one of these impeccable rolls by Tony Greenhand. To date, he has only sold a handful of his creative rolls. "To me, the time it has taken to make the roll is invaluable and the end result is treasured until the final moments of its existence. Selling it before enjoying it myself is the last thing on my mind." Tony values the time, care and precision it takes to make a creative roll so much that he has only sold a few. "Maybe in the future if I find myself with more time and more weed will I sell some of my work," he ponders.
Creative rolling has changed Tony Greenhand's life for the better. What was once just a hobby for the Washington state native has now become apart of his career. Greenhand started by posting his joints to an online forum for MMJ patients. After a year, it was suggested that he post his joints on Reddit. In just a few hours, his Sherlock Pipe joint made it to the front page of the site where users submit content to share with others. Shortly after that, he was featured on multiple blogs. When asked how his life has changed, he answered, "I have been able to meet many celebrities and roll for them. I'm able to enjoy my craft with people from around the world, instead of just my circle of friends, and that to me is the biggest change." It quickly became a fact that Tony Greenhand is the best creative roller in the cannabis community, hands down.
Tony showcases his rolling skills on his Instagram account, @TonyGreenhand, and also participates in the national joint league. The social media contests allows people to enter their creative rolls into competitions to see who's is best. Tony Greenhand has been a league champion for the last three seasons.
"My goal with this is to help people break out of the norm and enjoy something new," Tony says. His goal is to differentiate the industry, encouraging herbalists to add their own unique sense of style to their habit of getting high. But more than that, he aims for his joints to inspire change in your everyday life. "It doesn't have to be a joint, experience life in a new way and make it your own - that is what I want my joints to say when you see them." For him, creative rolling is a passion, not a job. Therefore, his vision behind his art is not to become wealthy by mastering his craft, although it would definitely be a plus!
Tony Greenhand's down to earth personality and genuine joy for creative rolling is admired by the cannabis community. He represents a select few herbalists who have a pure passion for cannabis and want nothing more than to enjoy it with others with a similar mindset. Tony Greenhand is not only an impressive creative roller, he is an outstanding, educated individual with an immense amount of potential to become a successful ganjapreneur. He recently partnered with @TheSmokersClub to create his own line of premium hemp rolling papers, dropping this year on 4/20. As the cannabis industry keeps expanding, we're sure to see more of Tony Greenhand's masterpieces and possibly some new endeavors in the future.