So why did you decide to paint the Marlboro man?
I had smoked 13 years previously and thought it would be an honor to Marlboro cowboy billboard ads that got me hooked. My father and brother both smoked. My father got throat cancer from smoking 15 years. I think my brother may die eventually of some cigarette related cancer.
Why did you choose Marlboro man vs. Joe Camel or other famous cigarette ads?
Well, Marlboro had essentially 1% of the market, selling only to women, moved to dominate the market place as number one after the cowboy billboard ads. Later as the governments started to ban most forms of advertising, this just allowed Marlboro to be unchallenged for number one.
Camel Joe is an interesting image as well since most children can readily identify him instantly. This suggests Camel may come to dominate in the near future the next generation of smokers.
Which brand dominated before Marlboro man came along?
I believe it was Lucky Strike
What about the surge of vapor smoking?
I think the Marlboro, Lucky Strike and other traditional cigarette brands are in possible deep trouble since there is no limit on vaper smoking indoors and the advertising as well. The worst advertising is one you cannot compete against say on TV and radio. Additionally, this type of smoking is a bit healthier since they eliminate the tar and is mostly nicotine.
So what happened to the original Marlboro man?
Four of the real cowboys that starred as Marlboro man died of related smoking diseases. This led to the name “Cowboy Killers”.
Why do you have other people in the background?
Besides tobacco companies, many other groups promoted smoking and profited it from it. One of the obvious pairings was Hollywood from James Dean to Marilyn Monroe to Madonna to Jack Nicholson to Schwarzenegger to Sharon Stone.
Other groups include musicians like Snoop Dogg and Bob Marley. But beside blaming the music industry, Hollywood and pop artists, politicians are a major driver of encouraging smoking.
Some of the worst part of the political connection was the politicians passing a draft and then encouraging soldiers to smoke with free tobacco and lighters. The tobacco industry got tobacco included in soldier rations:
Before the knowledge of the connection of smoking to disease and government regulation, cigarette makers like Lucky Strike used doctors and dentists to recommend smoking:
Is this work for sale?
Yes, here is the link to Killer Cowboy Clouds painting.
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