Cannabis is No Small Inspiration for Neon Artist Tory DiPietro

For LA-based neon artist Tory DiPietro, cannabis has been a constant inspiration throughout her life. DiPietro's father, who was a cannabis grower, passed away when she was 15 — but his legacy lives on in her art, and in her elevated approach to life. For some, it might be surprising to see someone who works more than 100-hour weeks to be "stoned," but for DiPietro, she's living life on her terms, as an artist — a dream come true. If life is a struggle, she says, you might as well struggle doing what you love.

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