There is a spurious rumour that the Disney version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is meant to be some kind of representation of the ‘seven stages’ of cocaine addiction. Now, whilst this is undoubtedly a load of nonsense the suggestion is that the dwarf’s names correspond to symptoms of various stages of cocaine addiction from changes in sleep patterns (sleepy) to mood swings (happy & grumpy), personality change (bashful, dopey) and development of allergies (sneezy).
This did however give me a germ of an idea so i set to work making Snow White a big ol’ cokehead gazing lovingly at a huge rock of Bolivia‘s finest…
Title: For The Love Of Pure White Coke
Media: Screenprint, acrylic, spraypaint and stencils, ink & paint pen
As i was a little bereft of ideas for what i could write regarding this piece I decided to put ‘pure white 21 grams’ into Google to see what would come up. I thought some cocaine reference would probably come up and was surprised that one of the top results was a site selling something called JWH-018. After a little research it would appear that JWH-018 is a very snappily named designer drug that mimics the effects of cannabis. This has been banned in the UK and various other countries but is still widely available on the internet. Now whilst this hasn’t got much to do with our picture i just thought it was an interesting aside and just goes to show how enterprising chemists can be. Whatever next?
Title: Pure White 21 Grams
Media: Screenprint, acrylic and spraypaint
Size: 35 x 25 cm
Do you ever think of characters from your past and think ‘Where are they now?’
Well i’ve got an update for you from the mean streets of Brixton regarding a couple of people that just about everyone knows – The Seven Dwarfs (well, two them at least!) Apparently both Sleepy and Doc moved here long ago with the very modest proceeds from the Disney movie (being new to the film industry they didn’t understand their legal rights and signed away all their potential royalties!) and they now live side by side running their own ‘small’ businesses. As you can see Sleepy runs a successful B&B whilst Doc has his own thriving medical practice. I could find little information regarding the whereabouts and well-being of the other five as there seems to have been some kind of acrimonious split following the release of the movie. Maybe time will tell…
It’s not the first time i’ve done this with fictional characters (see here for my Pinocchio update!) so i’m aware i’ve probably just got too much spare time on my hands.