Local glass artist Jakey Marten, also known as Blitzkriega, was always influenced by the lifestyle and artistic expression of Virginia Beach, his hometown. By the time Jakey was 17, he knew that his path would take a creative turn, and he went on to receive his BA in fine arts with a concentration in glass from Virginia Commonwealth University. Jakey promptly headed west to Steamboat Springs only a week after he graduated. Now based in the Denver and Boulder area, Jakey creates glass art influenced by the \u201cPop\u201d art movement of the \u201870s and \u201880s, as well as skateboarding and street art from the \u201880s, \u201890s and present day.\n\n\u201cI like making references to iconic symbols which can easily be interpreted by the viewer,\u201d says Jakey. \u201cOriginally, the balloon animal concept came from drawing a parallel between glass and balloon art. Both visually represent expansion outward from within, which to me represent consciousness as a human.\u201d\n\nThe balloon dog became an iconic symbol in the art world thanks to Jeff Koons, whose massive balloon dog sculpture sold for $58.4 Million dollars in 2013, making it the most expensive piece of art to ever be sold by a living artist at an auction. Jake\u2019s intention with the balloon dog as a pipe is to posit the idea that glass pipe art is now a modern form of fine art, in a blatantly \u201cin your face\u201d and easy-to-digest format. Jake had a show on June 17th in Connecticut called \u201cPOP!\u201d and is busy preparing for another show in Denver later this year. You can find Blitzkriega work at various glass pipe galleries and boutiques around North America, as well as Europe.