Jerome Baker Designs is offering a custom glass piece (blown by Jerome Baker himself) for the revolutionary digital currency, Bitcoin, which is best known for its decentralized nature and popularity on darknet marketplaces like the Silk Road.
Jerome Baker – real name: Jason Harris – will make you a beautiful hand made glass Bubbler – old school style – for one bitcoin, according to the glass art company’s website.
The ‘Slyme Bubbler’ with matching pendant can be yours by scanning a URL code and sending one Bitcoin (which currently goes for about $760 at press time) to the address listed at the glass blowing legends official website and sending an email to confirm shipping address. The buyer will get to pick their own colors.
Jerome Baker Designs started blowing glass in 1991. He became one of the most recognized glass blowers in the game quickly, working for celebrities, sports stars while operating out of West coast’s belovedly lush Eugene, Oregon, where it all began when Mr. Harris met Bob Snodgrass. Green hearts were broken when the DEA arrested the designer, Mr. Harris, and threw him in jail.
JBD started off in a dorm room, and now has 25 satellite studios and seventy employees. Jerome Baker Designs has offices today in Las Vegas, New York and Maui, specializing in custom glass artwork. Mr. Harris has even done a piece for the Dali Lama.
Things went awry for the artist when Attorney General John Ashcroft and Acting DEA Administrator John B. Brown, indicted 50 individuals on charges of trafficking in illegal drug paraphernalia. One was Mr. Harris.
The charges were the culmination of two nationwide investigations code-named Operation Pipe Dreams and Operation Headhunter. Indictments included national distributors of drug paraphernalia and businesses nationwide.
“With the advent of the Internet, the illegal drug paraphernalia industry has exploded,” Ashcroft said. “The drug paraphernalia business is now accessible in anyone’s home with a computer and Internet access. And in homes across America we know that children and young adults are the fastest growing Internet users. Quite simply, the illegal drug paraphernalia industry has invaded the homes of families across the country without their knowledge. This illegal billion-dollar industry will no longer be ignored by law enforcement. Today, the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, under the leadership of Deputy Attorney General Larry Thompson and Associate Deputy Attorney General Karen Tandy, has taken decisive steps to dismantle the illegal drug paraphernalia industry by attacking their physical, financial and Internet infrastructures.”
The glass designs are the stuff of legend, and a Facebook group celebrates and trades among some of the original pieces. Many people have held onto their broken JBD pieces, sharing photos of them and bonding over the sorrow of lost glass.
Traveling the world blowing small vessels to large scale installations of glass, Jerome helps schools around the world update their techniques. He is a founding member of the Eugene Glass School in Eugene, Oregon.
In the age of legalization, Jerome Baker is free and his art is more in demand than ever. You can own some today in the currency made famous by darknet marketplaces like the Silk Road, Bitcoin.
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