not lean (2016) ink on styrofoam cups, series

"Sippin' lean" (codeine, promethazine and soda) out of white styrofoam cups became synonymous with Hip-Hop culture during the 2000's and has sparked fierce debates within and outside the community regarding the seemingly glorified image associated with using the liquid heroine, especially epitomized in the deaths of beloved figures Pimp C, ASAP Yams and others. During Shirt's World Peace Day (2016) performance in New York, "NOT LEAN" cups were given out filled with cold sparkling water.

 

 

 

 

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