Ms. Binx makes high art. Literally. She creates amazing, beautiful, weed-inspired and influenced art. We caught up with her to find the secret to her budding creative success.
How did you get involved in cannabis?
Goodness! If I could go back in time and tell my younger self that I’d not only would start medicating with cannabis and working in the industry, I’m sure she would have laughed at me. My parents were always cannabis users when I was growing up, but I didn’t start medicating until college. I found cannabis to really help as an alternative to anti-depressants, so I became a regular user pretty quickly and very curious about the strains that were produced. I moved to LA shortly after college, got my medical card and haven’t looked back since. I eventually got my first job in the industry at a delivery service as a dispatcher and shortly joined the teaching staff of “Puff Pass & Paint” classes. Since then I have been a budtender in Seattle and now in my hometown of Chicago.
What is your mission with The Binx?
Binx is me, I am Binx! My art has always shown my passion for creativity, mental health awareness, self-expression, sex positivity and of course cannabis. My overall goal for my Binx brand is to be the next Lisa Frank, but also catering to adult entertainment.
Where do you see yourself in the industry in 5 years?
Though I know my art style can cater heavily to minors because of the bright colors, I would love to be a brand designer and create labels for various companies using my art style. I’m a healer at heart, so I’d love to open up my own non-profit someday and help others through art and cannabis.
What's the biggest challenge of working in the cannabis space and the biggest reward?
I’m currently a budtender at a medical dispensary and the biggest challenge is also the greatest reward which is helping people with various ailments. I love my job in the sense of helping others find the relief they need, but it also comes with a lot of heartache by hearing other’s stories of how much cannabis helps them in their daily lives. As a black woman it does dishearten me to not see many black owned cannabis companies, but I’m optimistic about what the future may hold, as it’s obvious who the cannabis culture currently caters to.
Do you have any advice for any fellow cannapreneurs?
Learn as much as you can no matter what path you’re trying to take. What I love about the cannabis community is how open people are about teaching you what they know as well as sharing some wonderful strains and yummy treats!