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Conspicuous Consumption

narcotics and dancer

"In order to avoid stultification he must also cultivate his tastes, for it now becomes incumbent on him to discriminate with some nicety between the noble and the ignoble in consumable goods. He becomes a connoisseur in creditable viands of various degrees of merit, in manly beverages and trinkets, in seemly apparel and architecture, in weapons, games, dancers, and the narcotics."

—excerpt from Thorstein Veblen's "Conspicuous Consumption" (1899)

narcotics (T-1 through T-6) on silver platter

Jell-O, Safeway Sprinkles, Pottery Barn serving tray, plastic baggies, puffy paint


paper, puffy paint