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Desus and Mero Call Sean Spicer Out for Not Taking Questions After a Press Briefing

Don't you hate it when you go see your favorite band and they don't return for an encore? It's not just disheartening, but honestly kind of disrespectful. That's how the media (and some of the general public) felt after White House press secretary Sean Spicer snuck out of a press conference without taking any questions.

During Wednesday night's episode of Desus & Mero, the hosts dissed "the Spiceman" for literally not doing his job—which definitely stung a lot more than when artists refuse to play their biggest hits.

You can watch last night's Desus & Mero for free online now, and be sure to catch new episodes weeknights at 11 PM on VICELAND.

How Drug Traffickers Use America’s Coast-to-Coast ‘Pot Pipeline’

On a new episode of WEEDIQUETTE, Krishna Andavolu tracks a shipment of bud from California to New York. Decreased enforcement in the Empire State and increased production out west has created a coast-to-coast "pot pipeline"—which Krishna follows alongside a trafficker who's mastered the route.

WEEDIQUETTE airs Wednesdays at 10 PM on VICELAND.

Plus, on a new episode of BONG APPÉTIT, Abdullah Saeed throws a Southern-style barbecue with industry legend Kevin Bludso. They dig into hemp-raised pork, cook up cannabis-infused cornbread, and top it all off with barbecue sauce that will get you stoned.

BONG APPÉTIT airs Wednesdays at 10:30 PM on VICELAND.

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Catch the Premiere of VICELAND’s New Show About Beer

Don't miss the debut of BEERLAND, a new show on VICELAND following the founder of California's Golden Road Brewing across the country as she searches for the best beers America has to offer. On the series premiere, Meg Gill links up with a few home brewers in New Mexico, kicking off a quest that's just as much about the beer she's drinking as it is the people who make it. 

BEERLAND airs Thursdays at 10 PM on VICELAND.

Plus, Matty Matheson is back with a new episode of DEAD SET ON LIFE, where he'll take a tour of Las Vegas for some damn good prime rib. He and Master Rang wind up getting pretty into cowboy culture—learning how to use a lasso, hitting up a gun range, and donning some ridiculously large hats. 

DEAD SET ON LIFE airs Wednesdays at 10:30 PM on VICELAND.

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Rick Ross Stops by ‘Desus & Mero’

Many illustrious guests have visited Desus & Mero, but few stand out quite like Rick Ross did during Wednesday night's episode. The rap mogul/entrepreneur gave the VICELAND hosts one of the most eclectic interviews in D&M history, as he talked about art, hefty direct deposits, DJ Khaled's demeanor, and more—all while munching on a pear.

When you're the Boss, multitasking is very important.

You can watch last night's Desus & Mero for free online now, and be sure to catch new episodes weeknights at 11 PM on VICELAND.

Meet the Moms Who Treat Their Kids’ Autism with Cannabis on ‘WEEDIQUETTE’

On a new episode of VICELAND's show WEEDIQUETTE, Krishna Andavolu meets the mothers breaking federal law to treat their children's autism with cannabis. Though the local government might prohibit it, these parents have a conviction that helping their kids shouldn't make them criminals.

WEEDIQUETTE airs Wednesdays at 10 PM on VICELAND.

Plus, BONG APPÉTIT is back with a new episode, and Abdullah Saeed is teaming up with the founders of LA's Trap Kitchen to infuse their signature dish with a generous helping of cannabis oil. Abdullah and his buddies serve up the potent pineapple bowls—filled with jasmine rice, beef short rib, and lobster—to Slink Johnson, the comedian and actor who stars in Adult Swim's Black Jesus.

BONG APPÉTIT airs Wednesdays at 10:30 PM on VICELAND.

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Desus and Mero Talk About the Recent Shea Moisture Controversy

The past few weeks have been riddled with corporate scandals and subsequent social media backlash. First with Pepsi, then United Airlines, and now the most recent mess involves the otherwise quiet haircare company, Shea Moisture.

The brand recently released an extremely tone-deaf commercial, which caused quite a stir on Twitter. Tuesday night on Desus & Mero, the VICELAND hosts discussed the bizarre ad, the company's equally bizarre response, and the woman likely behind the whole debacle. 

You can watch last night's Desus & Mero for free online now, and be sure to catch new episodes weeknights at 11 PM on VICELAND.

Is the ‘World’s Most Sustainable Modern Town’ Actually Bad for the Environment?

On a new episode of VICELAND's show JUNGLETOWN, one intern worries the sustainable village he's helping to build in Panama might threaten the plants and animals that thrive there. After surveying the surrounding ecosystem, he sits down with Jimmy Stice—the village's founder—to ask some tough questions.

JUNGLETOWN airs Tuesdays at 10 PM on VICELAND.

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Meet the Tattoo Collective That Prioritizes Pain Over Aesthetics

Tattoos hurt, but for most people, the pain is just a means to an end. And tattoo artists are usually mindful of their client's pain threshold, catering for breaks and mitigating any unnecessary brutality. It's abnormal to restrain people while they're getting tattooed, or for them to bolt upright in agony to escape the needle's unrelenting penetrations. Nor is it very common to see sadistic mirth occupying the faces of multiple tattoo artists as they inflict the unnaturally long, thick, shallow lines seemingly without pause.

Enter Brutal Black. It's the tattoo project where mandalas come to die, where your neo-traditional Japanese tribal tattoo is shown to be nothing more than a cute little fashion statement. Valerio Cancellier, Cammy Stewart, and Phillip "3Kreuze," the three tattoo artists behind the collaborative project, want to bring back some ritual and rebirth to tattooing. What they've come up with is one of the most brutal experiences one can imagine; they proudly claim it will "ruin your life."

I contacted them to learn more about why the hell anyone would do this.

VICE: How is Brutal Black different to a normal tattoo session?
Cammy Stewart: With my normal work, what's most important is the end result. But this is a completely different thing for me. I'm not saying this type of tattooing is for everyone, but this concept tears apart what I feel tattooing has become: plastic, soulless, and broken down by fashion, the media, and popular culture. To me, this is a big fuck you to what most people believe tattooing to now be.
Valerio Cancellier: Today, the tattoo world is the continued research of an exceptional artisanal product, which is very often referred to as 'art'—rejecting the ritual aspect. Brutal Black Project doesn't want to settle for compromises. Its fundamental element is experiencing the ritual.
Phillip 3Kreuze: In my everyday tattoo work, I'm still brutal, rough, and hard, and I fill huge skin in the shortest time, but I pay more attention to the customer and to his body. In this project, there's no compassion, no scruples, no sense of empathy—it was a little strange to behave like that. But it's fucking sick to kill these people during the session. Seeing the pain in their eyes, the shaking from their bodies and the mess. It makes me proud that I'm reaching goals together with my clients. It doesn't mean a full sleeve or big piece; it just means to break one's own will and to go to its outermost. When you have problems walking after the session, you have done it right. Pain is perishable, and pride remains eternal!

So how did this all start?
Stewart: I met Valerio online via Facebook. He had tattooed someone's face. I liked the tattoo and was interested in talking with him. After a few emails, we decided we would work together on a large scale blackwork project in Italy. It went well, and we got along, and our tattooing styles seemed to complement each other, so we continued to work together as often as time allowed, usually twice a year. We have made three projects together so far. The last project was in Germany, which is when Phillip joined; however, I ended up not being able to make it due to problems with flights.
3Kreuze: There were problems for Cammy upon his entry from Scotland, thanks to his appearance and a few tattooed swastikas, so the police had a few extra questions, making him miss his plane. So the whole project had to take place under new conditions. It was already several months in the planning, and our customer, a good friend of mine, had declared himself ready. Frankie knew that something very primitive and brutal was about to come to him. Tattooing totaled about five hours over two days, as fast as possible, but with breaks for puking and crying.

At what point did you realize the Brutal Black project was more than an aesthetic thing?
StewartThings started to change in my head when I saw the reactions of the clients during the tattooing process. The project is not always about the outcome; it's about the process. Taking things back to the primitive, the rite of passage. Pushing the limits of your inner self. How much do you want something? Can you see it through to the end? The marks left from the tattoo are only a reminder of what you learned about yourself during the process. To me, the marks left in skin are less important than the marks left in your mind.

Cancellier: Nothing was defined, nothing was planned, nothing was forced. It wasn't still clear what it was going to become, but an awareness was born. Brutal Black recalls you to the primitive brutality that was screwed up by modernity. There are lots of other violent tribal rituals that could also be described as survival trials. Although the project is not a remembrance of tribal rituals, its energy has the same kind of origins.

What do you think motivates someone to be tattooed like this?
Stewart: I can only speak for myself here, as everyone I imagine has their own motivations for being part of this. Basically, I enjoy the energy shared with both the clients and tattoo artist; it's really intense for everyone but in a good way. It's sometimes good to push yourself a little further than you think you can go, both as an artist and in regards to the endurance and determination of the client. There is no end goal. Life is a series of events, and this is just one of them. Tattooing can help you find your roots and learn that pain, like pleasure, can be processed in any way you wish. It's nothing more than an intense moment in a life mostly filled with feelings that can be easily forgotten. Stripped back to the tribal, you were once a warrior. Remember it. It's easy to become a drone in the bland world we're forced to exist in.
Cancellier: Everybody is free to live the experience in their own way. It could also be a trial for ourselves or against ourselves. It may be difficult to believe, but there's no negativity in it—no hate, no sadism. Anyway, I'm just the vehicle, the executioner, the butcher. The body can bear this kind of ritual, but it is necessary to have a very strong mind.

When's the next Brutal Black project?
3Kreuze: The end of the year in Italy, which will make our two-day meeting with Frankie look like child's play. Let's hope no one dies!

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Gianna Sinopoli Explains Why She Left ‘Jungletown’

If there's one thing proved by Jungletown—VICELAND's show about attempting to build a sustainable community, Kalu Yala, within the Panamanian jungle—it's that building a sustainable community isn't easy. Along with the already strenuous living and working conditions, it's an experience that's impossibly trying, as culinary arts intern Gianna Sinopoli eventually learned. Struggling with a handful of allergies, including a severe gluten intolerance, Sinpoli's passion for food and sustainability brought her to Kalu Yala with hopes of a farm-to-table education, as well as a community she could thrive in and contribute to.

But while Kalu Yala promised to be an idealistic place, it proved to be anything but. "It was such an obstacle all the time," she told VICE on the phone, regarding her food allergies. "I was never fully able to get out of that survival mode and participate or contribute in a meaningful way, because I was only able to think, 'OK, how am I going to feed myself?'" Despite the isolation and frustration, Sinpoli powered through weeks at Kalu Yala before returning home to Massachusetts. We caught up with the former intern to talk about loving something you can't always have, her decision to leave Kalu Yala, and her take on the goat sacrifice in this week's episode.

VICE: You were a culinary arts intern at Kalu Yala. What was that experience like?
Gianna Sinopoli: I had actually been looking at Kalu Yala for almost two years—I Googled "farm-to-table internships" when I was still in college and wanted to do something different. I had worked in food service, so I was looking for something where I could put that skill to use as it relates to sustainability. When I first applied [to Kalu Yala], it was labeled as farm-to-table, and when I spoke to the culinary director at the time, I went over [my allergies], and it didn't seem to be a problem—it actually seemed like it would work out because it was farm-to-table.

After I arrived, I found out that the staff had been talking amongst themselves about how it'd be better if I didn't come that semester. The kitchen was frustrated because they had 120 people to feed and weren't equipped for my allergies. I was lucky that they were expanding to an outdoor space, because the program director was comfortable with me cooking outside so I wouldn't have to work in the space and be around the flour. But for the most part, I never really got to participate in the program because I spent most of my time cooking and trying to sustain myself. Cleaning and keeping everything separate would take a lot of time as well. By the time I had it all cleaned up, I'd have to be prepping for the next meal, so I never even really had the opportunity to participate in the program.

You said that you had to cook for yourself because it's the only way you knew you wouldn't get sick, which had to be isolating, too.
It was a real challenge to sustain myself and find the food that I could eat. It's hard to explain the challenges of being in that environment—going into the city was not like going to the grocery store, here. At one point, I hiked out with a different group so that I could find food that I could eat. It was just such an obstacle all the time, and I was never fully able to get out of that survival mode or contribute in a meaningful way. I was only able to think, "How am I going to feed myself?" I also didn't realize at the time that I had a lot more health issues going on than I realized, and being in that environment pushed me even closer to them.

Despite your severe situation, you have a passion for food. What sparked that?
I grew up in kitchens. My family cooked dinner every night, and I didn't realize how rare that was until I went off to college. I grew up in Cape Cod totally surrounded by the tourist and food industries, so this is my passion. Since I was legally able to, I've always worked in food service. I love it. A few years ago, when I found out I was gluten intolerant, I started learning more about nutrition—since I wasn't going to be eating certain foods, I needed to substitute in a way that was healthy. I thought I'd become a nutritionist to help other people with food allergies.

Was Kalu Yala a stepping stone towards that?
Yeah. Right out of college, I moved to a farm to learn more about that end of things—I knew a lot of the kitchen stuff, but I didn't really know how to grow anything. One thing led to another, and I attended a sustainable food conference in Vermont and started learning even more about how amazing organic farming is and why it's so important. I've been interested in it ever since, because I think every chef should know exactly where the food is coming from and have direct contact with it.

In this week's episode, the interns kill a goat and people change their eating habits because of it. Do you feel like any of your habits changed because of Kalu Yala?
Before things got so much worse with my health and I could still eat certain things, I actually found it really powerful to watch the sacrifice. I felt more comfortable eating meat because I'd played with the goat and watched the sacrifice. I thought that was a powerful experience. It's given me a better appreciation of where food comes from, and it was really overwhelming to me when I got home. The first time my mom and I went to a farmer's market—which was less than 10 minutes away from our house—was so powerful after being in a place where, after a two hour hike, you might find a tomato on a good day.

Talk about your experience with diversity at Kalu Yala.
It was really obvious and upsetting, and it plays into the larger issue that Kalu Yala's facing. It's trying to be this sustainable place, but there's so much right there, including the local community, that they're just not tapping into. Having food allergies made it easier for me to decide to leave—I was grappling with the decision to leave anyway because of some of those issues. Once I arrived there, it became really apparent that it wasn't all that it was advertised to be.

What did you take away from Kalu Yala?
It definitely affected my health a lot, but at the same time, now that I'm forced to deal with it, I'm glad because I'm going to find the answers one way or another. I love traveling and experiencing different places, climates, and cultures, so I was disappointed that the cooking and the education was basically what you'd get here—only there [ Laughs]. It's like studying abroad only to hang out with Americans. There's a lot of opportunities here as well, it's just about finding them.

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You can catch Jungletown on VICELAND. Find out how to watch here.

Shane Smith Gives Desus and Mero Some Invaluable Advice About Money

In celebration of Weed Week, we shipped VICELAND's late-night hosts Desus and Mero to Los Angeles to meet up with some of California's finest, including VICE's CEO Shane Smith, who capped off their work vacation by stopping by the show.

On Thursday night's episode of Desus & Mero, Smith gave the hosts some important advice about money, explained why he's now banned from North Korea, and talked about whether or not he's taking the duo on a Vegas trip in the near future.

You can watch last night's Desus & Mero for free online now, and be sure to catch new episodes weeknights at 11 PM on VICELAND.