Artist Bryan Lewis Saunders explores the effects of various drugs — legal and illegal — on his self-perception by creating self-portraits while under the influence. This is his face on drugs.

Saunders claims to have created a self-portrait every day since 1995, and after a bought of hallucination brought on by severe dehydration, it occurred to him to try his self-portrait on a different drug each day. The results have been interesting, but the project was not without consequences:

After experiencing drastic changes in my environment, I looked for other experiences that might profoundly affect my perception of the self. So I devised another experiment where everyday I took a different drug and drew myself under the influence. Within weeks I became lethargic and suffered mild brain damage. I am still conducting this experiment but over greater lapses of time. I only take drugs that are given to me.

You see more of the drug-induced portraits on his website, and learn more about the project at dinosaurcity.

[via Laughing Squid]

1 "Bump" of Crystalmeth

1/2 gram Cocaine

Huffing Gas

Psilocybin Mushrooms (2 caps onset)


Ritilin (doseage unknown-snorted)