Psychedelic art

Posted: November 24, 2010 in Uncategorized

Psychedelic Art

as described by Wikipedia, is any kind of visual artwork inspired by psychedelic experiences induced by drugs such as LSD, mescaline, and psilocybin.

Many posters for rock concerts and dances were created during the poster mania movement. Here are some examples:

One of the really popular posters were for the Grateful Dead band in the 60’s. Here are some examples of posters done (below):

I thought this was interesting, taken from as to why people see these occurring patterns when they hallucinate…. See below…

Why do people see Geometric Patterns when they Hallucinate?

In 1926, Heinrich Kluver systematically studied the effects of
mescaline (peyote) on the subjective experiences of its users.

In addition to producing hallucinations characterized by bright,
“highly saturated” colors and vivid imagery, Kluver noticed that
mescaline produced recurring geometric patterns in different users.

He called these patterns ‘form constants’ and categorized four types:
cobwebs, tunnels, spirals and lattices (including honeycombs,
checkerboards, and triangles).

Kluver’s form constants have appeared in other drug-induced and naturally occurring hallucinations.

Kluver’s form constants also appear in near-death experiences
and sensory experiences of those with synesthesia.

Other triggers include psychological stress, or threshold consciousness, hypnagogia, insulin hypoglycemia, the delirium of fever, epilepsy, psychotic episodes, advanced syphilis, sensory deprivation, photostimulation, electrical stimulation, crystal gazing, migraine headaches, dizziness and a variety of drug-induced intoxications.

This piece of art, (below),  is one of my favorite posters depicting the Day of the Dead holiday. This holiday is celebrated on November 2 and is usually celebrated by Mexicans and Mexican Americans. It is a day to celebrate and pray for dead family members.

This (below) is a modern psychdelic poster for Taking Woodstock movie which primered in 2009 about the actual Woodstock concert in 1969.

Below is a recent poster done by a graphic design student on 11/21/2010.

Below are more modern psychedelic types of art.




1960’s –> 2000’s –>



*All images are sourced by their link attached to them.

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