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The following is a list of places where there exists a sizable hippy population, where there is tolerance towards hippies, where hippies are free to pursue their lifestyle with community support. Whether you’re looking to visit or relocate, you can be sure there’ll be places to stay, interesting things to see and do, and lots of other hippies in these places. Please note, most of these were reader contributions! If you know of any other places to add to this list please write to us.

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Interview with Joop the Crystalman

by Skip Stone

Mr. Trip and I recently had the pleasure of meeting Joop the Crystalman, whose incredible macro-photographs of cannabis THC tricomes adorn many a wall in the Cannabis College, grow shops, headshops and coffeeshops in Amsterdam. His work has also appeared in many cannabis magazines. Joop is a very engaging fellow, who approaches his advocation with great enthusiasm.

To view more of his wonderful work, please visit his website at https://www.crystalman.nl

MT: What made you interested in taking pictures of marijuana so close up and tiny?

Joop: In 1983 I was a roadie with musicians, making a 6 week tour through Holland. One of the boys, he smoked pot. I was 35 years old and that was my first time. I had a good night’s sleep. Then I buy a small packet of marijuana. There were 30-35 seeds in there. So I put it in the ground. And it was good marijuana. And I made pictures of the seeds as they grew. I can show you the first photo I took…

(Joop proceeds to find the photo of his first seeds sprouting in 1983)

And when the plant grows and makes flowers, I take some more photos. I take a loupe, and I look at the crystals and I wonder, what is that? I don’t know what it is. It was so pretty, that I want to LIVE in the crystals! It’s a different world.

So that’s how I started the photos.

Skip: Were you a photographer before you took these photos?

Joop: No, I only took photos of my wife and children.

(he shows us more close-up photos of the inside of the female flower with resin just beginning to form.)

MT: So you have fun playing with colored filters?

Joop: I play with colors, with mirrors.

Skip: Are you developing these yourself?

Joop: No, it’s too much for me.

MT: Do you shoot slide film?

Joop: Yes, I shoot slides, then I take an inter-negative. Then you can make prints from that.

Skip: So you have a microscope that you’re using? Your camera fits on the microscope or you have a special lens that fits on the camera?

Joop: No, I have a projection microscope. (he shows us an amazing device that is part microscope, part projector.) It has a 250 watt bulb. The image comes out onto the screen.

Skip: So you take a picture of the projection?

Joop: Yes.

Skip: This is very sophisticated. Can I take a picture of this? Unless you don’t want to give up your secrets. After all you’re probably the only person doing this! The projector must be old, about 30 years or so, no?

Joop: I don’t know how old it is.

(Joop shows us his website, which has his close up photos, but also some very colorful abstract paintings)

See I make paintings using oil paint. I make a little painting, then I take a photo with the microscope.

Skip: So you’re taking a photo, then you’re painting over it?

MT: No he’s painting on the slide! Then he takes a close-up picture of the paint itself!

Joop: It’s as big as a pinprick! It’s magnified 1200xs.

Skip: And when you take a picture it looks like an abstract painting.

Joop: Yes.

MT: Fabulous.

Skip: So at that magnification, just what are you looking at?

MT: Just the chips of color suspended in the paint.

Skip: So those are the pigments of color in the paint. That IS amazing. It takes a bit of explaining to understand!

(Joop shows us a big blowup of one of his photos on canvas)

Skip: So where have your photos appeared?

Joop: They are published in Germany, in High life and Blast magazines in the Netherlands, and last year in High Times magazine in the August 2000 issue. (Soon it will be in Jorge Cervantes’ Marijuana Indoor Horticulture, the bible of marijuana growing).

MT: You can also see his photos in the Cannabis College.

Joop: Also Canamo magazine from Spain will soon be publishing more pictures of mine.

Skip: Can I take a picture of you?

Joop: With my pipe!

Skip: Oh, I see you smoke it pure! I have some hashish here…

Joop: I make my own! (Joop proceeds to unwrap a small but very sticky piece of black hash). It’s not hard, it’s soft. It’s isolator hash. It’s made with the screen in the bag and then you add ice.

Skip: Oh, we call that bubble hash.

Skip: Do you think there is an intimate relationship between humans and cannabis? Isn’t it like an antidote to the stress of society? It slows us down, and helps us get back in touch with nature, and keep us from killing each other. It’s impossible to be violent while stoned on cannabis.

Joop: My first joint made me understand what is happening around me with my family. It expanded my awareness, and helped me understand what happened to me growing up in my big family with 14 children! When I listened to music I heard EVERYTHING!

Skip: It’s like opening your inner eye for the first time. In our society we don’t have a way of opening it. In primitive societies it was part of a shamanic ritual.

(we all toke up here!).

We are viewing some of Joop’s photos. We start seeing all sorts of objects in the microscopic images.

Skip: That looks like an egg!

MT: It looks like an ovum.

Joop: Can you see the dodo?

Skip: Yes, a Dodo bird with long legs.

Joop: Yes, and you’re looking at pure crystals of THC. Look at this one.

Skip: Is that Jesus in the crystals?

Joop: Jesus? Yes, that’s possible. I see a woman.

Skip: Oh, I see the tits. But I was looking at this and saw long hair and a mustache!

Joop: I’m only thinking about females…

Skip: And I’m not even Christian, so I’m surprised I came up with that.

Joop: If you want to see Jesus, you’ve got to smoke these crystals!

Skip: Yeah, then you’ll see Jesus everywhere! (I’m looking at some great photos of individual tricomes) I love these photos. They’re so clear, you can see right through them, they’re still in their natural state, they haven’t fallen off yet. Their so shiny and alive!

(Joop shows us some more of his microscopic paintings)

Joop: When I make these paintings, I don’t even know what I’m making! I must search under the microscope to see what I’ve made.

Skip: You’re blowing my mind Joop! Are you doing any image manipulation on computer yet?

Joop: No

Skip: Oh you’re missing out on a lot of fun!

Joop: I have this computer from last year. I’m an old man. I use it only for email and browsing the web, and I made my own website. I don’t understand the language used in the graphic programs.

(we’re looking at more photos now)

Skip: These look like another world. I can see why you’d like to live on this level!

Joop: It’s amazing to live in that world.

Skip: I think it would be very sticky! (we laugh). I think these are the alien worlds. They’re what we can’t see because they’re too small. Yet we interact with them. We affect them, they affect us. Are you taking picture of other things?

Joop: Yes, I have taken such pictures. Would you like to see some?

Skip: You’ve just whetted my appetite to see what else there is in this world that is just beyond our vision.

Joop: Here’s a close-up of bread and here’s my blood. Here is some pure hashish.

Skip: This one is flower pollen! Oh, I hate this shit, it looks like diamonds. They’re sharp! No wonder they bother me.

Joop: Here’s a metal screen from a pipe.

Skip: It looks like a cyclone fence! Hey Joop, how about a taste of that isolator hash? (Joop provides a piece and a pipe I inhale). Oh wow! It bubbles. That’s amazing. So pure. (Joop shows me another microphoto). That looks like a bug! Stuck on something.

Joop: On the crystal.

MT: It’s a fly.

Joop: A very small fly!

MT: He’s stoned!

Joop shows us more photos.

Skip: This photo looks like something out of Hieronymous Bosch!

MT: This looks like crystal balls, and that looks like little people walking around! (we all laugh).

Joop: This one looks like a storm.

MT: This looks like Jupiter. Here’s monumental building of some sort.

Skip: I see a face in this one.

MT: I see a face in the clouds, is it Abraham Lincoln?

Skip: Joop is still seeing girls in these!

MT: He sees chicks everywhere!

Skip: I see one lying down.

Joop: Another person said he sees a uterus. I said maybe this is a baby here.

Skip: Yes, well you ARE taking pictures of female plant parts.

MT: This looks like a bird flying, or the Loch Ness monster.

Joop: I see a gypsy woman here. Here’s a family. This one’s an alien encounter. These pictures are part of an exhibition in the Princenhof, a museum here in town. Next I will have an exhibition in a coffeeshop.

Skip: Your stuff should be hanging in a gallery.

MT: You seem to be having fun with your artwork.

Skip: And success!

Joop: It’s like candy for me.

Skip: It’s good to see an artist at work.

MT: Yes you are an artist!

Joop: I don’t see it. When I was a little boy 2 or 3 years old, I played with blocks. Now I play with color, with mirrors, with crystals, with a camera and projector. I have a lot fun. I usually work in the night, starting at 8pm, finishing at 4am. There’s not so much noise around.

MT: What about your kids don’t they make noise?

Joop: Grand kids!

Skip: Oh you have grandchildren! Congratulations! Did you have a career before you started this photography?

Joop: When I was 15, I became a sailor and went all around the world, South America, Denmark and Sweden, Morocco, the Mediterranean.

Skip: When did you go to Morocco?

Joop: In 1963. I also worked as a truck driver, as a welder, for the post office in Delft for 10 years. I think different and feel different from the other people who work there. The same with my family. I’m the only one who thinks different, feels different, and wants different. What I want is not in my ass, but in my brain, and I do it. Some day I’ll make my own book with crystal pictures.

MT: I think you’d make a beautiful book with your pictures.

Joop: I’m saving now for that.

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The Way of the Hippy

The Way of the Hippy

from Hippies
From A to Z
by Skip Stone

…maybe it’s the time of year.
Yes, and maybe it’s the time of man.

And I don’t know who I am. But
life is for learning.

Joni Mitchell/CS&N (Woodstock)

What’s a hippie? What’s the difference between an old
hippie and a new hippie? Once a hippie, always a hippie? These and similar
questions are the source of much debate today. New subcategories like web-hippies,
cyber-hippies, even zippies have become fashionable. But what is a hippie
and are you one? 

To answer this question, let’s see what defines a hippie.
Some say it’s the way people dress, and behave, a lifestyle. Others classify
drug users and rock ‘n’ roll fans or those with certain radical political
views as hippies. The dictionary defines a hippie as one who doesn’t conform
to society’s standards and advocates a liberal attitude and lifestyle.
Can all these definitions be right?

It seems to me that these definitions miss the point.
By focusing on the most visible behavioral traits these limited descriptions
fail to reveal what lies in the hippie heart that motivates such behavior.
To understand The Way of the Hippy, we must look at those circumstances
that preceded the birth of the hippy movement, the important events that
changed our lives, our resulting frustration with society, and the philosophy
that developed from our spiritual maturation.

Hippy is an establishment label
for a profound, invisible, underground, evolutionary process. For every
visible hippy, barefoot, beflowered, beaded, there are a thousand invisible
members of the turned-on underground. Persons whose lives are tuned in
to their inner vision, who are dropping out of the TV comedy of American

Timothy Leary (The Politics of
Ecstasy) 1967

My view is that being a hippie is a matter of accepting
a universal belief system that transcends the social, political, and moral
norms of any established structure, be it a class, church, or government.
Each of these powerful institutions has it’s own agenda for controlling,
even enslaving people. Each has to defend itself when threatened by real
or imagined enemies. So we see though history a parade of endless conflicts
with country vs. country, religion vs. religion, class vs. class. After
millennia of war and strife, in which uncounted millions have suffered,
we have yet to rise above our petty differences.

The way of the hippie is antithetical to all repressive
hierarchical power structures since these are adverse to the hippie goals
of peace, love and freedom. This is why the “Establishment” feared and
suppressed the hippie movement of the ’60s, as it was a revolution against
the established order. It is also the reason why the hippies were unable
to unite and overthrow the system since they refused to build their own
power base. Hippies don’t impose their beliefs on others. Instead, hippies
seek to change the world through reason and by living what they believe.

Imagine no possesions, I wonder
if you can, No need for greed or hunger, A brotherhood of man. Imagine
all the people sharing all the world.

John Lennon (Imagine)

To be a hippie you must believe in peace as the way to
resolve differences among peoples, ideologies and religions. The way to
peace is through love and tolerance. Loving means accepting others as they
are, giving them freedom to express themselves and not judging them based
on appearances. This is the core of the hippie philosophy.

…see the whole thing is a world
full of rucksack wanderers, Dharma Bums refusing to subscribe to the general
demand that they consume production and therefore have to work for the
privilege of consuming, all that crap they didn’t really want anyway such
as refrigerators, TV sets, cars, …all of them imprisoned in a system of
work, produce, consume, work, produce, consume, I see a vision of a great
rucksack revolution thousands or even millions of young Americans wandering
around with rucksacks, going up to mountains to pray, making children laugh
and old men glad, making young girls happy and old girls happier, all of
‘em Zen Lunatics who go about writing poems that happen to appear in their
heads for no reason and also by being kind and also by strange unexpected
acts keep giving visions of eternal freedom to everybody and to all living

Jack Kerouac (The Dharma Bums)

The hippy movement erected signposts for all to see. Some
warn us of impending danger, others direct us towards richer, more fulfilling
lives, but most show us the road to freedom. Freedom is the paramount virtue
in this system. Freedom to do as one pleases, go where the flow takes you,
and to be open to new experiences. This engenders an attitude that allows
for maximum personal growth.

If you want to be free, be free,
because there’s a million things to be.

Cat Stevens (If You Want to Sing

Our society only permits you one or two weeks a year of
freedom to pursue your own agenda. The rest of the time we are slaves to
the system. Hippies reject the 9 to 5 lifestyle and therefore are objects
of ridicule by those whose lives run by the clock. Programmed people are
jealous and resent the freedom we possess. The unmitigated freedom that
hippies represent is the greatest threat to any system in which control
equals power.

I like ideas about the breaking
away or overthrowing of established order. I am interested in anything
about revolt, disorder, chaos, especially activity that seems to have no
meaning. It seems to me to be the road towards freedom – external freedom
is a way to bring about internal freedom.

Jim Morrison

With all this freedom comes a lot of responsibility. The
system does not make it easy for us to survive without sacrificing our
values. Therefore we must discover alternative ways to make a living without
being a drag on our planet’s resources and our fellow humans. Hippies have
pioneered numerous lifestyles and alternative businesses including communes,
cooperatives, holistic medicine and health food. We focused everyone’s
concern on the environment to highlight our responsibilities to our planet
and to future generations.

I’ve been smiling lately, dreaming
about the world as one.

And I believe it could be, someday
it’s going to come.

Cat Stevens (Peace Train)

Other beliefs that spring from our core philosophy are:
an earthy spirituality such as a belief in Gaia (the earth as an organism),
the Greens movement (political activism), even shamanism and vegetarianism.
These philosophical and political views reflect a respect for nature and
the planet as a whole, something lacking in our capitalistic and materialistic
societies. The world needs hippies to point out alternatives to the entrenched
system and warn of the impending disasters that await us if we don’t change
our lifestyles. The goal is not to make everyone a hippie (what would we
have to protest?). Rather we can try to influence others by example, through
tolerance and love and teaching the virtues of the hippie way.

You create your own reality.

Seth (Seth Speaks)

So being a hippie is not a matter of dress, behavior,
economic status, or social milieu. It is a philosophical approach to life
that emphasizes freedom, peace, love and a respect for others and the earth.
The way of the hippie never died. There have always been hippies from the
first time society laid down rules, to Jesus, to Henry David Thoreau, to
John Lennon, to you and me. I believe there’s a little hippy in all of
us. It’s just been repressed by our socialization process. We need to find
it and cultivate our hippie within. Only then can we reach our true potential.

I took the road less traveled
by, and that has made all the difference.

Robert Frost (The Road Not Taken)

As hippies age they come to terms with the same situations
all humans must face. Wiser than before, let’s help the younger hippies
find a way to save the earth and achieve more freedom than exists in our
wildest dreams. Let’s find our common ground, build a worldwide community,
and once again let our freak flags fly and become all we are destined to

Peace and Love, Skip

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Old Hippy Soul Revival

I am probably an old hippy (just turned 60) and lived like one often. If living on the road and traveling from place to place, in the forest or the beach, sleeping outdoors and visiting the rainbow gathering counts. Yet I do not count myself as just a Hippie. Still, there was a great opening of the cosmic door (probably in 1965 (sound of music and the 60’s/70’s music is the bomb still) and in that time the spirit flowed in strongly, brought Eck and the religion of light and sound or ancient science of soul travel and other books (Kerouac, acid-test, etc) as we uncovered the reasons for progress which included communes, psychedelics, folk rock and roll, and other new idealism thought and attitudes, among the best being love, peace, honest sex, and happiness all are ‘pretty darn good things“.

I wonder how many realize this and why they would not realize the society actually creates hippies, not the other way around. Society needs that balance and realism of the Hippie naturalist, artist, and independent or ‘communist’ to see itself and find growth. A good bit of our computer advance comes from people who were seeded in the 60’s. The homeless children in the desert who live outside society because of the economic imbalance and free-slave mentality (who would think we live in homes really owned by banks, ergo the state- and are no better than a former slave – If you don‘t think so, try not paying the mortgage – out you will be)

I say thank you Old Hippy, and please If Only I could remember my name, answer me this – Are we not all Hippies? That is, living off the land! Being in communal space! Hearing the music! Knowing the spirit! Who can say they are not, and are we not all hippies?

How about putting some of the music on your site too? Cool. Oh that word is so abused now, like the hippie. Soul! Now, that’s better.

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Interact with Hippies

Interact with

Hip Chat – Our
most popular page. Meet other hippies for a high time.

Hip Forums
– Over 400 Free Speech forums. Some are listed below.

Hip Personals – Find the perfect match for you!

Ask The Old Hippy
– The Old Hippy answers all sorts of questions (but not anymore…)

Hippie Postcards
– You can send an image from our galleries as a postcard to your friends!

Smoke Signals
– Leave a message for other hippies.

Hippy Forum
Speak out, voice your opinions!

Young Hippies Forum
– For those under 16.

Old Hippies Forum
– For all those who can remember the 60s.

Love & Sex Forum
Discussion about relationships.

Marijuana Forum
– Discuss the evil weed.

Music Forum – Talk
about music with other hippies.

Psychedelic Drug
– Mind Expanding!

Philosophy, Religion
and Enlightenment Forum
– Get into a philosophical debate!

Yoga & Meditation Forum
– How to unite your mind, body and spirit.

Health Forum
– Discuss natural healing methods including herbs, diet, naturaopathy,

Gay Forum – For
gay, lesbian, bi, straights and transgendered people. Discuss the

Dream Forum – Share
you dreams and find out what they mean.

Book Forum – Discuss

Movie Forum – Learn
about hippies’ favorite movies.

Hip Links
Links to other Hippie sites.

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Vitamins: Accessory Factors to Health

What are these wonder micronutrients that your body cannot produce all by itself but needs them badly in trace quantities? They are called vitamins. Vitamins are not synthesized or produced by the body so they need to be obtained by humans through the food they eat. Humans need 13 vitamins to maintain good health.

It is important to know that there are two kinds of vitamins for safety purposes for one of them might cause toxicity when taken in large dosages. Here are the two types of vitamins, the vitamins included on each type, their function and sources.

Fat-soluble vitamins are dietary supplements that may be absorbed by the body’s fat. This absorption means that these vitamins can stay in the body, particularly in the liver, as long as they want. Because they are stored, they don’t need to be replaced daily. These fat-soluble vitamins include vitamin A, D, E and K.

Vitamin A works for healthy eyes, maintenance of a good complexion and prevents aging. Sources of this vitamin are vegetables, kidney, liver and milk. When the body lacks this vitamin, nigh blindness, xerophthalmia or no tear secretion, phrynoderma or toad skin, retarded growth and low resistance against infection may occur on the person.

Vitamin D helps in the burning of calcium and phosphorus, and proper development of bones and teeth. It is commonly found in liver, dairy food and eggs. Deficiency of this vitamin will cause rickets or brittle bones, osteomalacia or softening of the bones, and poor development of teeth.

Vitamin E aids in the proper functioning of the reproductive organs, acts as an antioxidant and also helps in the maintenance of a good skin. Sources of vitamin E are green leafy vegetables, milk, butter and meat. Deficiency of this vitamin may result to abnormal development of the fetus and infertility.

Vitamin K is for the proper functioning of liver and normal clotting of blood. Vitamin K could be taken from green leafy vegetables and soybeans. A person lacking this vitamin may be afflicted with hemorrhages.

Water-soluble vitamins are micronutrients that are not stored in the body and must be replaced in a regular basis. They are dissolved in water and eliminated in urine. These vitamins are easily washed out or removed during food preparation. Vitamins considered as water-soluble are the B-complex vitamins and vitamin C.

The B-complex vitamins include thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, folate, B6 and biotin. They support the body in maintaining a good eyesight, healthy skin, normal appetite, a healthy nervous and circulatory system. Sources of these vitamins include enriched grain products like white rice, breakfast cereals, pasta, breads and white flour. Deficiency of these vitamins may result to pernicious anemia, pellagra, beri-beri and other B-complex related deficiency diseases. Vitamin C or ascorbic acid is another water-soluble vitamin that helps in the wound healing process, production of brain hormones and maintenance of blood vessels, teeth and bones. Ascorbic acid is from citrus fruits and other vegetables. If one lacks this vitamin, he may succumb to hemorrhages, rough, dry skin, scurvy, sore joints and bones and increased risk to infections.

These dietary supplements must always be taken with precaution and must follow a certain recommended daily allowance to ensure safety and effectiveness.

Morag Bevan is well known for her
secret Health reports.
Her website can be found at https://www.rhhealth.com

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Hippie Shopping

Hippie Shopping

– We have a great selection of the best books that influenced

Hip Music Store – Whether you’re into ’60s music, rock, jazz, techno,
hip-hop, we got it.

Hip Poster Store – Choose
from over 50,000 posters and art prints.

The Hip Market – Purchase
a wide range of items in our online store.

The Hip Shops – Visit shops where you can purchase hippie goods like tie-dye shirts, hemp products, jewelry, incense and much more!

Fashion & Crafts Forum
– Find out how to make or wear to buy those great hippy fashions.

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