We had the good fortune of connecting with Jared Pitts and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jared, why did you pursue a creative career?
I’ve been drawing and creating for as long as I can remember, and I always knew that I would grow up to do something outside of the box. I’ve always been obsessed with comic strips and illustrated cartoons, and during college I even went so far as to write my senior thesis on the history of comic strips and their enormous influence on American society. Around that same time, I also discovered the magic of cannabis and became determined to combine these two disparate passions of mine into something resembling a career. It has always been important to me to live my life on my own terms and to be as independent as possible, and I’ve never approached anything where the first motive was profit. I’ve always believed that if you just follow your passions and work hard, everything will eventually fall into place. The greatest success you can achieve is to make a living doing what you love to do.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I spent the first 10 years after graduating college as a freelance artist, working odd jobs to make ends meet and struggling to land clients. I had some success initially, when I landed a gig illustrating labels for a snack food company called Feridies. This eventually led to gigs with Dillard’s and Cracker Barrel, and for a couple of years you could even buy snack food cans featuring my drawings at every Whole Foods location nationwide. During this time I also began work on various webcomics and produced the first few issues of Captain Spliff comics. But after a while I became tired of the freelance hustle and wanted something more stable. This was in 2012 when Colorado legalized recreational cannabis, and I knew what I had to do next. I packed up my car and moved to Denver, landing a job as a trimmer and beginning my commercial cannabis journey. Soon I worked my way up from trimmer to floor staff, and after a few years I was the operations manager of a large scale commercial cannabis cultivation. During this time I was also still producing issues of Captain Spliff comics and began making appearances at live events with professional actors donning the costumes to promote the comics and spread the word about the miracles of hemp and cannabis. After 5 years in Denver, I relocated to fabulous Las Vegas, NV to further my cannabis career and have continued to produce and develop Captain Spliff comic books and other webcomics, being featured in various magazines, videos and podcasts along the way. I am now a respected cannabis professional with a legitimate cannabis brand that I sign autographs for, and 2 years ago I bought my first home with the money I have made with my comic books and legal cannabis career. It’s been a long, strange trip and it definitely wasn’t easy, but it’s all been worth it, and I look forward to the road ahead.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
When I lived in Denver, I always took my friends to the Comedy Works downtown, Rockies games, Tarantula Billiards, and 1 UP.
Here in Vegas the best spots are the Strat during happy hour, Area 15 and Meow Wolf, The Golden Tiki, Fremont Street and the Arts District.
Both cities have an amazing First Friday art walk that I’ve been sorely missing during the pandemic.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to give a shoutout to my amazing family and all of the incredible friends I’ve made along the way.
Ted Gotwals – Denver Nicki Montoya – Las Vegas