Forever young: The whole idea of Temple’s youth was so precious to 20th Century Fox that the studio took the 6-year-old’s birth certificate and shaved off an entire year. It wasn’t until her 13th birthday that Temple discovered the truth. Temple once said, “When I was 14, I was the oldest I ever was … I’ve been getting younger ever since.“

1958 (2015) oil & acrylic on canvas (100x120cm) 

These American blend cigarettes are manufactured from a blend of the finest tobaccos obtainable. Guaranteed to be free from any deleterious flavoring.

My latest painting is a portrait of Boston cigarettes by Amer Tupakka from the late 1950′s, on a background based on Aini Vaari’s classic design Coronna launched in 1958 for Finlayson.  This piece aims to create visual parallels between two designs that are both beautiful nostalgic and visual in their own rights. 

One might question why I chose to depict these two together: Vaari’s fabric design is a timeless icon where Boston is just fags.  I understand a pack of cigarettes is an unlikely candidate for a design classic - they are, by nature, meant to be disposed after use, as this particular pack was fifty-some years ago.  (Only to be found by my dad.)  And of course, cigarettes, as we all very well know, are terrible for our health. BUT should a beautiful design be appreciated less just because it is evil?  Can a design, one little pack made of thin paper and foil, even be evil in any way?

I am fascinated by products like Boston because they are/were disposable. Designs and products change, re-brand and become obsolete but they all leave something behind: Just the other day I showed this pack to my mom’s partner and he, with a great big smile, said “This is exactly what me and the lads used to smoke when I was wee and still learning how to smoke!” 

the signs as iconic tweets

aries: @MarinasDiamonds: Just found out the world doesn’t revolve around me. Shocked & upset.

taurus: @zaynmalik: Ask me if I give a motherfuck ?!!

gemini: @LanaDelRey: U should feel lucky to have my $79 lipstick kisses all over your face. Ur probably used to those cheap tricks kissin u w their .99 cent lips

cancer: @zaynmalik: @Louis_Tomlinson remember when you had a life and stopped making bitchy comments about mine ?

leo: @kanyewest: kim doesn’t understand what a blessing I am to her

virgo: @rihanna: Fuck I look like ho? I look like yes and ya look like no

libra: @justinbieber: If u didn’t get tickets to the believe tour find a way to sneak in lol

scorpio: @NICKIMINAJ: When I was about 11 I snapped @ a slumber party n startin beatin da shit out this girl who was pickin on me! Lmao. Her name was Dameka

sagittarius: @KimKardashian: Her eyes were closed and I was feeling my look! Can I live?!?!

capricorn: @Real_Liam_Payne: I can promise I am not engaged this I can promise you. I’m only 17 I love green beans

aquarius: @ArianaGrande: @ItsGiovannaP Not for eating my own used tampon, that’s for damn sure.

pisces: @Louis_Tomlinson: Always in my heart @Harry_Styles . Yours sincerely, Louis