Glamorized Addiction

Pop culture, design and media embrace substance-based vices
Implications - Celebrities have been incorporating their substance abuse issues into their personal branding for decades, with examples ranging from Hunter S. Thompson to Lindsay Lohan. Though this creates a casual attitude toward drugs that can be harmful, consumers find it helps humanize these figures. This, combined with a craving for danger, causes pop culture to embrace substances. Ultimately, as the consumer desire for rebellion rages on, so to does pop culture's duty to fill it.
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Warm Top 5 Examples: 68,409 Total Clicks Apr 12 - Mar 13
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Pill-Popping Heiress Editorials - The Interview Russia Shoot Has a Dark Edge
SCORE: 7.2
Viral 45,330 Clicks Pub: Apr 3, 12
Pill-Popping Heiress Editorials
The Interview Russia April 2012 Shoot Has a Dark Edge
Shot by photographer Steven Pan, the Interview Russia April 2012 editorial might be bright with sunshine and colorfully elegant ensembles, but there is a dark edge that infiltrates even the sunniest... [More]
Drug-addled Board Games - Fear and Loathing by Baldwin is Inspired by Hunter S. Thompson’s Cla
SCORE: 5.7
Warm 5,251 Clicks Pub: Sep 6, 12
Drug-addled Board Games
Fear and Loathing by Baldwin is Inspired by Hunter S. Thompson’s Cla
Inspired by Hunter S. Thompson’s classic novel, which was turned into a movie starring Johnny Depp and directed by Terry Gilliam, the Fear and Loathing board game is pretty serious. Made for the... [More]
Handy Alcoholic Attire - The Beer Hoodie Sweatshirt Makes Drinking Hands Free
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Warm 10,185 Clicks Pub: Oct 21, 12
Handy Alcoholic Attire
The Beer Hoodie Sweatshirt Makes Drinking Hands Free
University and college students are sure to appreciate the design for the Beer Hoodie Sweatshirt. This awesome piece of clothing will allow you to keep your hands warm while drinking outside. The... [More]
Synthetic Couture Drug Sculptures - Jonathon Paul Uses Fashion Labels To Comment on Designer Drugs
SCORE: 5.9
Warm 5,378 Clicks Pub: Nov 19, 12
Synthetic Couture Drug Sculptures
Jonathon Paul Uses Fashion Labels To Comment on Designer Drugs
Sculptor Jonathon Paul combined pill capsules and high end fashion label logos for this edgy sculpture series called Designer Drugs. Designer drugs are pills like MDMA, ketamine, GHB, Rohypnol, LSD (... [More]
Sassy Book Satchels - The Joy Tote Bag by The Joy of Ex Foundation Offers Dry Humor
SCORE: 4.7
Warm 2,265 Clicks Pub: Aug 25, 12
Sassy Book Satchels
The Joy Tote Bag by The Joy of Ex Foundation Offers Dry Humor
For those who are part of an unconventional book club, have a spidy sense for chocolate or simple love dry humor, the Joy Tote Bag by The Joy of Ex Foundation is a must-have. These adorable canvas... [More]