Monday, March 26, 2018

Smoking

I spotted this mural on Queen St W in the Parkdale neighbourhood and managed to work my way around some parked cars to get a pic. It isn't too often that you see an older person featured in a mural especially one having a smoke. The artist for this one is Troy Lovegates who used to be known as Other. He has done murals worldwide and has done many in Toronto although he no longer lives here.  
Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.

22 comments:

Lowell said...

She is smoking marijuana, and that's why she's got such a goofy grin on her face. She's in a lot of pain but the Mary Jane helps her deal with it. There's just no other way to understand this mural, in my mind! :) You do find the most interesting murals. We have very few down here.

Tom said...

...does wonderful things to you!

Lea said...

Interesting point of view from Lowell.
My first thought was that smoking makes a person age faster The ladies are not as old as they look!
It is certainly a mural to make a person stop and think 'what exactly is the message here?'
Have a great week!

Sharon Anck said...

I'm not sure I understand the message here if there is one but your commenters above might have some good thoughts on the subject. The mural is beautifully painted by a talented artist and I quite like that an older person is depicted even with the unfortunate cigarette.

Sami said...

Older people and cigarettes are not the usual subject for murals, but this one is very well done. I like the colourful background.
Thanks for participating RedPat.

Christine said...

old age is tough...

William Kendall said...

Interesting contrast between the figures and the colourful background.

bill burke said...

I like this mural, it's well done. I see a lot of older people here that smoke and it always surprises me but I assume they know the risks but just don't care.

I read an article about the artist who painted this mural and he apparently spent a lot of time in an old folks home that his parents managed, which might explain why most of his characters have craggy old faces.

Cloudia said...

Fun, Pat!

Mike said...

Shouldn't there be an anti smoking warning at the bottom of the murial?

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Well this made me smile Pat 😊 I don't understand what it means either but those two old dears have obviously been smoking for a very long time.. and if we don't approve, tough luck 😀

s.c said...

Great mural. Older people you don't see often and then smoking. Very nice and lifelike.

Stefan Jansson said...

Well they say smoking will make look old so...

Taken For Granted said...

Looks to me like she has an illegal smile on her face. Fine mural.

Red said...

Lots of detail. I like the folds in the jacket and wrinkles on the face.

Jenn Jilks said...

That's rather interesting!

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Magnifico este mural.
Um abraço e Boa Páscoa.

Andarilhar
Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
O prazer dos livros

Karen S. said...

The artist has totally captured the look, and such lovely detail and color!

Laura. M said...

It's fantastic Pat, a lot of art!!

Jenn said...

Interesting....appears to be the same lady in mirror image but with a cloud of smoke added...? Excellent detail!

Jackie Mc Guinness said...

I've seen it but yet to get a picture.

Jack said...

The model was 18. That is what happens when you smoke.