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Drugs by CrimsonMagpie Drugs by CrimsonMagpie
Last autumn I was invited to the quarterly independent Brooklyn newspaper Thunk. Check them out here, they have all issues online too [link] :meow:

This is one of the images I painted them, which was used in the December issue. A comment on the often seen hypocrisy of people who decry illegal drugs.

Whilst researching reference for the beer bottles I saw how popular 'lite' beers are in the USA. What is the attraction of such piss-water over real beer? :noes:



Watercolour & pen on paper
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myskinistootight Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
This is incredible
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, glad you think so! :iconbritishplz:
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RauchundSchall Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this image is so accurate! many people I know think only because alcohol, nicotine, caffeine etc. are not illegal and society accepts or even approves of using them = they are not drugs and not bad for you, or at least not as bad as "real" (the illegal) drugs! but indeed alcohol is the most damaging drug, because of it's high potential to harm people not involved though, the most damaging for the consumer is heroine, at least according to this study: [link]

sorry it's only in german... but I will translate for you: the y - axis describes the potential of damage and on the x - axis the drugs are listet. the pink bar stands for potential of damage this drug can cause for your enviroment (example: some people tend to be aggressive when drunk, addicts can steal from people to sell their stuff and gain money to finance their addiction etc.) and the blue bar shows the potential of damage for your own body and mind.

I drink and smoke myself so I'm not for banning alcohol and tobacco. I do not demonize drugs either, I just think people should know what the stuff they are consuming does to them and should not assume only because something is legal it is not bad for you or somewhat better than the illegal products.

Finally I am also really fond of your style used here :) I like how lightly colored the people are and their overall gross and degenerate look
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RauchundSchall Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
*I made a mistake: according to the study above crack is the most damaging to the consumer, not heroine. I overlooked that one xD
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flippedoutkyrii Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't partake in drugs nor do I smoke. I do however, drink ^^
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I don't really differentiate alcohol from other drugs; it's still a drug, but a tasty one. :dummy:
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MintyHippo000 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
a perfect picture of a hypocrite
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
An unfortunately common type of hypocrite at that.... Thanks! :iconbritishplz:
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DRS2406 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wow this perfectly represents my mom and the people she hangs with.Ew.
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
One the one had I am sorry.... petting: On the other I'm glad this accurately represents some people in the world. =p
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