Why the Hollyweed sign was not done by a pot smoker

So you’ve probably heard by now, on the first day of 2017 someone slightly modified the famous Hollywood sign to Hollyweed. It was a good way to start the new year, after 2016 had brought so many famous people deaths1. But why? The first and most obvious indicator would be a weed user, wanting to spread the good vibes to all of us.

But doesn’t that seem a bit too… simple? Using hard hitting investigative journalism which has been described2 as “Pushing the standard of what investagative journalism should accomplish”, The Awl‘s Christina Friar tells us why it’s not possible that it’s a weed smoker behind the playful vandalism in her award winning3 article, There Is No Way A Weed-Doer Was Behind The Hollyweed Sign:


To commit this crime, the artist had to scale a fence and avoid the razor wire to then climb a mountain in the dead of night while being closely monitored by surveillance equipment and executing a premeditated crime that largely hinges on dexterity and accurate positioning of large textiles. This is a coke project if I’ve ever seen one, or an amphetamine project. Those are the people awake and willing to start a new activity at 3 a.m. on January 1. The potheads all zonked out on Brian’s couch at 10:30 to New Years Rockin’ Eve, they’ll hear about Hollyweed in the morning.


  1. Personally I thought 2015 was worse, as a lot of more important people died. Spock, Christopher Lee, Terry Pratchett, Monty Oum. Nerd people. People important to me. 
  2. By me 
  3. The ‘It made Jackson laugh quite a lot after too much tea’ award. 

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