In Praise of Dab Pins, History's Dumbest Folk Art Form

Andy Cush · 02/19/15 10:25AM

Tens of thousands of years ago, our early ancestors, awed by the beauty and power of nature, the possibilities of culture flickering dimly in their newly human brains, began painting rudimentary pictures of animals on walls. Across the ancient Mediterranean, sculptors paid powerful tribute to the human form; in Renaissance Europe, painters created works of art that surpassed even the beauty of nature; come the 20th century, artists pushed the boundaries of representation and grappled with existential threats to humanity. And now, in an age of wondrous science and technology, virtuosos drawing upon tens of thousands of years of culture and history and have reached the apex of art: pins featuring pictures of Mrs. Doubtfire and Rafiki from The Lion King getting stoned as hell on unspeakably potent weed.