It's been 40-years since I published the Humboldt Honey poster. Since that time I've never earned a penny from this entrepreneurial effort. Nor have I ever marketed or merchandised the Honey until now. I've never sold her out. This commemorative printing of the poster is a gift I'm returning to anyone who resonates with Humboldt County and an alternative lifestyle. In keeping with her integrity, I am donating 25 percent of the net profit to the North Coast Environmental Center in Arcata.
The year I turned twenty-one, I thought anything was possible. I left my childhood home in sunny Southern California on my way to über-cool Northern California to attend Humboldt State University. All of my belongings fit snuggly into a 1979 Plymouth Champ. The moment I set foot behind the Redwood Curtain, I fell in love with Humboldt County’s alternative lifestyle. I marveled at this new world and the way these hippies lived. The Humboldt Honey poster I created wasn’t a parody—it was an idealized version of how I wanted life to be. I remember seeing young men and women dance to the Grateful Dead and reggae music dressed in Bohemian-style clothing. I watched these freebirds discuss Zen, Taoism and Gandhi’s philosophy of non-violence. These idealists exemplified peace, happiness and above all, love. We were all dreamers. Even though I’m no longer a starry-eyed 21-year-old, I’m still an idealist. I believe in the power of choice, and through intention, anything is possible.