not lean (2016) ink on styrofoam cups, series

Originating in Houston, "sippin' lean" (codeine, promethazine and soda) out of white styrofoam cups became synonymous in Hip-Hop culture during the 2000's and has sparked fierce debates 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 Nike adidas World Peace Day event in New York "NOT LEAN" cups were given out filled with cold sparkling water.