Canna Ask You, SighSwoon?: The Memer with a Message

Philosophical, technological, and artistic stoners LOVE SighSwoon.

And I’m no exception.

SighSwoon is, at its bare bones, an Instagram meme page. But anyone who’s been following this page knows that it’s so much more than that.

Gabi Abrao, the genius behind SighSwoon, has created a community of out-of-the-box thinkers, futuristic dreamers, and pretty much anyone who enjoys the color beige.

Abrao had been running SighSwoon in West Los Angeles for about two glorious years until I approached her about doing this exclusive cannabis-infused interview.

I happened to be in the right place at the right time when I began following her page in its earliest days.

What started out as something silly yet remarkably insightful ended up being something bigger than any of us could’ve imagined.

How often do you use cannabis, and in what scenario/atmosphere/mindset do you find yourself most drawn to it?

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“I use cannabis one to three times a week depending often on how much hands-on creative work I am doing.  I enjoy cannabis in social settings as well as when I’m alone and desire to “change the feeling”. If I am home all day painting or making internet content, the energy can grow really stale, and weed can help me change this stale-ness and tap into some new energy to keep working. I also love to smoke at night before bed and scroll through memes or tumblr. Sometimes I get home after a long day and remember I can smoke a bowl and relax and I’m so happy.”

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Your content is so unique in the sense that it can get deeply introspective, philosophical, and spiritual. But you also leave room for light-hearted and relatable humor. Do you feel that smoking weed ever inspires your content on either side of that spectrum? If so, how?

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“I have always said that I believe memes began in stoner humor. For example, the ever popular “when” memes. I think my most relatable type humor and nostalgic humor similar to those found in memes occurred when I was first getting high with friends in high school. I literally have memories of having a thought and explaining it to a group of people in the similar language that memes are made. Weed truly taps you into the funkiness of things and makes these silly connections that take on a whole new life. I definitely think the humor is related, and I take great joy in it. “

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It’s no secret that you use an adorable little pipe that resembles a small staircase. Is that your favorite way to get high? If not, what other methods do you prefer?

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A list of spring essentials from @sighswoon under her old handle

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“My absolute favorite is joints or blunts, lately joints more so. I love the aspect of passing it around as it consistently burns, not having to raise a lighter continuously or check for if its cashed. It feels so natural and low maintenance. The ceramic staircase pipe is a beauty and a gift from this brand, and I cherish it. It sits by my bed and is the perfect way to take a hit when it’s just me in my room. It’s made by @laundryday.co.”

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Outside of your content on IG, you’re known for your visual artistry. Your paintings often feature ethereal imagery like clouds, fairy wands, keyholes, and peaches. Do you ever draw inspiration after smoking weed when it comes to your art? If so, how?

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“I have always been into mysticism, illusions, and surrealism and how often they come into play within the systems & constructs of daily life. All of it is always there. I think weed is related because it helps you tap into that sometimes, and I believe smoking weed is always a somewhat surreal experience, regardless of the strain or form. I was a major stoner out of high school when I began really committing to making art. I would go to viewpoints and smoke with my best friend, looking at the sky line and clouds, fully entertained and satisfied by the simple metaphor and beauty of it all, heightened by the cannabis and love. I’m sure this fully contributed to the imagery I now constantly tap into.”

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Your musings about technological advancements, and about the future in general, are as insightful as they are relevant. What do you predict, or hope, the cannabis experience will be like in 5 years? 20 years? 100 years?

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“It’s already come so far. Those disposable vaporizer hitters that look like tampons and vibrate when you’ve taken a full hit are so futuristic to me! When I saw that I was like wow, this is one of those moments. I remember smoking out of my first vaporizer which consisted of a long tube attached to a fairly large, heavy box. Lol. I’m not sure where it will go next, but I feel like across the board in manufacturing & product design – we are at a place where beauty is just as important as use. I think our options for what to smoke out of will keep growing, ultimately becoming more incognito and attractive.”

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What would you say to people who have never smoked weed before but are interested in trying it?

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Meme from @sighswoon under her old handle

“I would say, give it a shot for sure in different situations if you can. I think weed is a great vehicle for different things for different people. Someone who benefits socially may not benefit when they are alone, so it’s nice to play around and find a good fit for yourself. “

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What’s up with your obsession with hands?

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“I LOVE HANDS. It first manifested into an attraction thing, paying attention to the hands of people I was attracted to as a major factor in the relationship. Hands are so telling of a person’s personality in my opinion, and one of the most incredible tools we have. My best friend has the longest fingers, and she’s too helpful for her own good, stretching beyond her limits… and her hands look just like that. I sometimes tell people to just lay back and close their eyes and recall everything their hands did today. It’s so much. They’re a symbol of giving, of taking, of connection, of creativity. They mean so much to me. I collect upright hand sculptures and sometimes refer to them as “my support group if I ever need a hand”. Lol”

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You have an entire string of memes dedicated to how quickly people are compelled to ask you how you afford your lifestyle. As someone who is not a social media influencer, I have no idea how lucrative being a social media influencer can be. In an attempt to settle the unrest once and for all, hOw Do YoU aFfOrD tHiS?

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“I have only managed to monetize my meme page recently. It was never a source of income, but it was always a source of opportunity. I’d get things in the mail or offers to speak at places, some jobs. Cute bathing suits and weed pipes here and there don’t pay the rent however, but it’s a super fun time. I have a couple sponsorships, but my main income is from when I create merch or art to sell online directly. I also offer services such as writing spells and help with social media. I had two jobs this year directly from the page and teaching people about using memes in their business. It’s pretty scattered right now and I’m working on being an efficient little freelancer since the opportunity has presented itself.”

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You and your group of friends seemed to have mastered the comfortable and artistic not-taking-myself-too-seriously-but-still-sexy look. Your fashion and general aesthetic tends to incorporate a lot of beige and neutral tones with free-flowing, soft fabrics like silk and linen (and one of these days, I’m road tripping down to LA to make it to one of your silk parties, damn it). Do you think there will ever be a time where people can wear apparel that alludes to their cannabis use without there being a negative stigma against them?

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“Yes, I think the internet has really helped to let people tell their story from their perspective as opposed to the stereotypes and opinions of others. This goes for major issues like race and gender, but also minor things like being able to wear whatever they want and not have a negative label attached. I feel like the internet went from condensing everyone into a type, super surface level, to sort of the bubble popping and now there is more freedom in expression away from bias. The normalization of weed helps as well, adults that used to scoff at the stuff are now seeking it. It just takes some experience and educating to coax people out of their bubble.”

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You recently challenged your followers to personally define the word “ego” without looking up a textbook definition. What does “ego” mean to you?

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“To me, ego is two things. One, it’s the aspect of yourself that keeps you surviving in a system. For example, my ego keeps me from stealing the new adidas from the store even though I really want them, because it is more important to my survival to not be arrested or fined. This is a more of Freud-based definition on how the Ego controls the Id.

In my current experience as the word has changed meanings in language and use, I think ego is also a place we can go to when we forget that we are all connected and in constant conversation with nature and others. It’s when you get too mad, too self-pitying, or too self-important. It’s when you leave the vast collective and imagine yourself as an isolated being that is somehow exempt or entitled to something, or different from your peers in a way that is deeper than surface level, identity-based constructs. I check myself with this constantly because I think peace is truly found in this middle ground. 
The word is thrown around so much and I was so interested in the answers. Naturally, they were all so different.”

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Whenever you screenshot anything and post it to your story, you usually have a million pending DMs in your inbox. What’s the most common message you tend to receive? What’s the weirdest DM you’ve ever received?

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“The weirdest DM was someone asking for photos of the bottom of my feet for $20. Dick pics here and there, but luckily Instagram gives you that blur option and you don’t have to see it, lol. 
The most common message is usually positive, sweet messages about how a meme helped a person through a specific time in their life and that my presence has been healing for them. I love those because it goes both ways, the memes and content are all a result of my healing process, and in sharing it and seeing the relatable response, it is this infinite flow of sharing. I find memes so healing, too. Humor and relatability!”

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What’s something interesting/funny/strange that no one following SighSwoon knows about you?

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“My roommate gets the New Yorker in the mail and I obsessively do the caption contest on the cartoon whenever I can. I haven’t won yet.. but one day I will.”

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Do you have favorite cannabis strains for certain occasions? If so, what are they? Do you have one favorite strain in general? If so, what is it?

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“I don’t right now! I used to pay attention hard and stick to things like Blue Dream or Jack Herer. I definitely lean towards sativa dominants but have also found joy in indica for having sex or taking a shower and being an indulgent body thing. These days, I don’t buy weed, I usually inherit some from friends who just came back from growing up North. And I just go with what I get ahaha. Im excited for a time in my life where I am buying weed again and can pay attention to the effects.”

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In your opinion, what is the best meme you’ve ever created?

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“I’m really into this higher self text thread thing I just started making. It’s just a text message to “Higher Self” of someone being vulnerable or tapping into a weird habit, but the response from Higher Self is always “what r u going to gain from it”, which is a phrase taken from another meme that I find so hilarious. It’s such a simple answer but truly the first thing you ask yourself when you take a second to tap in before making a brash decision. I love the simplicity of it and that it’s this template I can come back to for realizations over and over again.”

Anything you want to say to your weed-loving followers in Sacramento?

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“Yesss. May your showers, meals, and sexual experiences forever be heightened by that little extra level.”

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