Monday, May 14, 2007


'Ice' aka 'crystal', a methamphetamine, is increasingly becoming a problem here. You can spot the addicts a mile off. They have been awake for days usually. There was a doco on ice abuse on TV here a while back. The woman in this image was featured. The pictures of her are 'before ice' and 'after ice' shots. I noticed the sticker on a fire exit and wondered why someone had decdided to make the sticker and stick it there. A question I often ask myself. Why?

(I thought you might benefit from knowing this rather than me just posting the image)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmm, a serious subject.
But I too have been awake for days...
I'll just ask...
like Jacko?

So why did they make the sticker? I always say maybe its novelty.
Can the item be made with a consumer goods gizmo? If someone was trying out the novelty of it all and too busy for real subjects could they combine it with another household gizmo (TV with airing doco)

11:56 AM  
Blogger Steve Reed said...

How bizarre that Australia would have a meth problem. I always thought meth was pretty much an American thing. I can understand addiction in conceptual terms, but it's stunning to me that anyone would even go near meth. (It's made out of battery acid and cold medicine, among other things.) I guess it's easy to take the plunge when you're in a vulnerable place, but it's scary how many people get sucked into it. Not too long ago I walked past a meth addicts' meeting at the gay/lesbian community center here in NYC and the room was PACKED.

12:44 PM  
Blogger T-Bird said...

Oh god! They look like Skeletar's sisters.

1:48 PM  
Blogger Inconsequential said...

wow, that stuff fucks you up.

I wonder what she'd do for a hit...

crack whores rule!


(sorry pod.)

4:13 PM  
Blogger Tanya said...

And on a lighter note, loved that clip Cheggers, the Bucks Fizz song had me tapping my toes, wonder if i could get the CPP theme tune as a ring tone on my mobile??

5:58 PM  
Blogger Ai said...

Hmm... the change is not too manifest, the lady looked rather "Skeletarial" even before she acted icely.

Considering the state our cellar wall is in, I prefer crack fixers to crack whores. Although the latter are cheaper ^^

6:10 PM  
Blogger lettuce said...



6:21 PM  
Blogger Sherry Snowdrop said...

Sometimes I feel as though I am Keith Richards or Steven Tyler. It's the faux Navaho dreads, in the morning when I first awake.

I hear they're going to ban smoking here in the UK. Aside from the ban spoiling a lot of fun, I'm against it. I think it will drive tobacco smokers onto harder stuff, such as marijuana or opium, in order to escape the disapprobation of their peers. It's all down to fashion.

In other news, it has been raining here in Engerlundland since before living memory. Birds are evolving into fish. But authorities have responded by attempting to burn the rain off with large oil-burning flame throwers aimed at the sky.

10:19 PM  
Blogger Reya Mellicker said...

Thank you for explaining. They call it "Kitty" here in DC and it was the drug of choice in the gay community for years. My roommates dabbled in it for awhile, but never got addicted, thank god. Both of them told me it was exhiliarating and that they could stay up all night and beyond, dancing and ... well, you know ... with their friends. I'm so grateful they didn't get hooked because they are beautiful men and it would be awful to watch them waste away (as they have watched some of their friends shrivel up). It's now totally out of fashion in the gay community.

Now the biggest problem with crystal meth here is in the mainland of America where families struggling to keep up with all their bills take the drug so they can work two or three jobs. It's very scary.

10:39 PM  
Blogger m.a. said...

Wow. I've only really heard of it and what it can do to people. How awful. I suppose that it takes away some kind of pain--but just produces another.

11:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, it's an effective sticker.

(And thank you for the explanation, mister pod.)

12:42 AM  
Blogger inspired said...

the thing with drugs like this is they give you a false sense of confidence and masks the real look of your physical , mental and spiritual condition..

2:41 AM  
Blogger Robert said...

My ex bf was a crystalmeth-head. He used to clean our apartment for days on end and it still looked a mess. If he wasn't on that, he was on pot, or alcohol, or crack, or sex. Ugh. Dunno what happened to him now.

And I wonder what happened to the lady in the sticker. Thanks for another brilliant photo Poddy!!


2:59 AM  
Blogger WAT said...

Oh yes. What a terrible problem indeed. Look at how it takes normal full-faced looking people and just wastes them away! It's very sad.

It is a huge problem here in LA as well, amongst the gay community.

4:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

in response to steve, yeah, i also kinda thought it was an american thing. outside of nyc, you always here on the local news updates on broken tractors and reasons the delay in parts, the rising price birdseed and how it affects senior citizens who depend upon it to lure companions, and that yet another meth lab has been busted. this is the stuff of news, local non-nyc news.

5:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

here?! bloody hell.
here's my effort to correct it to hear and my first post to it's, which i wanted to mention last night/morning but didn't.

5:38 AM  
Blogger Emilieee said...

It's awful..but it's a amazing photo. I bet it certainly can raise the attention of public on the effects of ice.

12:02 PM  
Blogger Baleboosteh said...

It is becoming such a big problem, it really destroys so many lives.

Another great photo Pod.

2:06 PM  
Blogger ramblingwoman said...

Wow, I was unaware of this problem (living in a bubble as you know).

At first I thought those pics were of a model - at first she looked lovely, then assumed it was as she became fifty years later.

What was the rest of RUCT? EXIT OR DESTRUCT?

3:13 PM  
Blogger Nathalie H.D. said...

Brilliant link in the titles between the two consecutive posts Pod. Oh dear, I think you are too clever. Do your brain cells ever stop ticking?

I won't comment on the drug issue, my experience with the stuff being limited to trying pot a couple of times at the age of 17. I'm not well travelled in that respect.

8:33 PM  
Blogger Nathalie H.D. said...

And the beginning of RUCT in my opinion is


8:34 PM  
Blogger get zapped said...

This is heavy! Man, Meth is a problem in the States, too. And what a mess to be in. A friend's sister does it and it's a sad case. Interesting piece, Pod.

1:03 AM  
Blogger raindog said...

and that's why i get carded at the pharmacy every time i get a sniffle. argh!

striking image there mr.pod!

6:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I reckon the sticker was there for Pod to find it, take a pic and spread the word about this f.. drug.

9:36 AM  
Blogger Sebastien Millon said...

That's so sad. What a terrible drug, gotta be one of the worst, looks like it really takes it's toll...

11:47 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Ruct indeed.

Killer photo, and killer how an addiction like that shreds human beings down to nothing.

I hear in the US it's flowing in across our southern borders now, since the sign-in sheet and purchase limits at pharmacies have made bulk access to pseudoephedrine harder to come by.


1:03 PM  
Blogger FirstNations said...

hell, we have a meth problem out here in the backwoods. the place i live in now was a meth house! they made meth back in the garden shed!!

podlet, do you sell any of your pix to legit media? you need to start if you don't already. you have the eye, my darling. your street art shots, like this one? the cream of the crop. no shit.

3:20 AM  
Blogger Pod said...

JA - yes like jacko, in more ways than one. glad to notice that you have got the local news sussed too ;0)

STE - oh, it is really quite bad here. it's pretty awful

THUNDERBIRD - of coursei just had to watch that and am now running late. i am sure my first patient won't mind if i explain i was watching he-man? my sister thinks she looks like skeletor! thanks for that! i used to love getting home from school and watching he-man ;0)

INC - i think that collapsed lung collapsed some of your brain too? ;0p

CLAM - just tapping your toes? weren't you up doing the moves? shame on you maggie! wouldn't the ringtone be cool?? ha ha

AI - hey! hello! yes she was a bit 'skeleterial' before hand hey? poor thing.

LETTY - very! see nathalie's clever comment for explanation of 'ruct'. thinking of you x

SHEZ - if you thought the giant burners were bad, have you heard what the chinese are doing? not only are they making clouds, they are sueing neighbouring territories for stealing their rain!! thnak heavens they don't know where the wildwood is...

REYA - yeah it is bad news. i saw a doco about the spread of it in america, all to do with banning/limiting ephindrine based drugs. is it a sign of the times? and i know what you mean about it making the user able to do 'other things' for hours on end. in the doco here, one guy in the ER was 'at it' for 16 hours....ouch

MA - tis sad indeed

JOSSIE - always a pleasure jossie

SALEMS - too true

ROBOT - that must have been tough living and dealing with that. i trust you are in better hands now

WAT - so i gather. can't see the appeal myself...

MISS LIN - welcome to podville! it is such a problem here, you can't help but notice it :0(

BALEBOOSTEH - i actually got hassled by a guy who must have been on it. i was waiting for a cab, and he thought i was spying on his house. somehoe i managed to diffuse the situation, but it was pretty freaky. crazy eyes!

RAMBO - keep your pretty head in that bubble love, it's much nicer in there ;0)

NATH - and clever you for filling in the gaps. no, my brain rarely stops ticking. i had a great idea for the next post, but can't find the right image. aargh! should i break the chain, or wait??

ZIPSTER - yep, it is gradually getting everywhere

RAINDOGGIE - they check us here too, though it is easy scam it i gather

BV - i thought it very odd that someone had made a sticker. obviously she made an impact on the maker

SEB - sure does. tis sad

LORI - very ruct hey? apparently ingredients are also coming from india under a different name from 'above board' chemical plants. it is disgusting!

FN - thanks sweetcheeks. you are most kind. i have a long way to go before i get pro though. thanks for the encouragement! x

8:57 AM  
Blogger Bobby D. said...

pot seems to be the drug of choice in my little area.
Meth is more of an upstate thing-- but then I'm just going by who has what and who is offering what. Upstate I always hear about Meth, closer to NYC I always hear about pot.

9:26 AM  
Blogger Gary said...

I guess addiction is a terrible thing - I wonder how we can convince folks not to get involved in the first place. Sad commentary on our societies.

12:37 PM  
Blogger Bobby D. said...

I'm with Robert in wondering what the future holds for the lady in the photo sticker. Is it relatively easy to give up Meth?

2:35 AM  
Blogger Ai said...


I'm afraid it isn't. Once you're into Meth you're almost definitely done for, from what medics say on TV. This satanic stuff preys upon and erases whole families, like in a cracked Lovecraftian tale.

9:06 PM  
Blogger rockmother said...

Whew - so scary that series of pictures and the most important thing to take away from that warning is that those pictures were taken over a relatively short space of time. UNbelievable. My old flatmate contracted the HIV virus by being off his head on 'Ice' for two days and shagging someone without protection who was already known to be HIV +. It's terrible - he is very ill now and it so easily could have been avoided....

Your photo's are AMAZING - Firsty is so right - I think you should start trying to get some sort of syndication going for them. Really. I had no idea you were having to have carvings out of your jaw. Here - have a special, enveloping Romo hug from me XXX

9:48 PM  
Blogger Drizel said...

why, never has an easy answer.....the world are full of those cenundrum type questions:)
enjoy the weekend:)

11:32 PM  
Blogger LadrĂ³n de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Why, indeed. Sadly something that began in shacks and trailer parks of rural Oregon went to the urban U.S. and now global. Similar posters are all over SF as well.

I guess that's one reason you're now ID'd when buying cold medications which are the main source material and why it's easy to make and cheap. Having just recovered from a 2-week cold, I don't want to go near anything related to it.

2:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jeez, that stuff looks like it really works on a person. I have to admit, I'm not sure what ice is exactly, but it must be 'up there' with the other nasties! :-(

8:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i came across this entry. although i can not find a link to an image, that sticker is an image that damien hirst used as the basis of his very mediocre photo realist painting show at gagosian a couple of years back. kind of ironic since i linked to this site from a comment you made about the very same artist.

11:23 PM  
Blogger Pod said...

STEFAN - how funny. they showed the images of thois woman as part of a doco here about 'ice' abuse, so naturally i assumed it was from that. interesting that mr hirst used them. i think it's all gone to his diamond encrusted head don't you?

12:19 PM  

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