A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from June 01, 2022
“Buy art, not cocaine”

"Buy art, not drugs” and “Buy art, not cocaine” are sayings that have been printed on many images.

“BUY ART, NOT COCAINE” was posted on the newsgroup net.women on July 16, 1985. “NEW YORK—‘Buy Art, Not Cocaine.’ Someone has painted that bit of graffiti on a wall on East 10th Street on the Lower East Side in the burgeoning new art center of the city” was printed in the Boston (MA) Globe on October 6, 1985. “grad eben auf nem t-shirt gesehen: ‘Buy art, not cocaine’” was posted on Twitter by Thomas Prenner on July 8, 2009.

“Buy art, not drugs (or art about drugs)” was posted on the newsgroup alt.religion.kibology on July 16, 2016. “buy art not drugs!” was posted on Twitter by Eric Lamarr on February 17, 2010.


Google Groups: net.women
Income Disparities Based On Sex
Michael Lonetto
Jul 16, 1985, 6:45:42 PM
(...)
“BUY ART, NOT COCAINE”

Newspapers.com
6 October 1985, Boston (MA) Globe, “Art blossoms in Lower East Side galleries” by Leslie Gourse, pg. B7, col. 1:
NEW YORK—“Buy Art, Not Cocaine.” Someone has painted that bit of graffiti on a wall on East 10th Street on the Lower East Side in the burgeoning new art center of the city.

Google Groups: net.women
“Traditional Values”
Michael Lonetto
Oct 8, 1985, 2:30:54 PM
(...)
“BUY ART, NOT COCAINE”

Newspapers.com
2 January 1987, The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN), “Graffiti” by Michael Donahue, pg. B2, col. 3:
“I (Trey Harrison, a photographer and artist—ed.) drew a huge Bonehead on the wall of my hotel room in Paris. He has a big cartoon balloon that says “Buy art, not cocaine.’”

Google Groups: rec.music.gdead
Buy art, not pot!
Matthew Carlson
Oct 14, 1993, 11:08:28 AM
In article <29jocb$v...@amhux3.amherst.edu> (HEIN) writes:
>An opinion:
>What has transportative powers far beyond the effects of marijuana?

Google Groups: alt.religion.kibology
The wonderful thing about Sadburgers is, Sadburgers are wonderful things…
Dog Kick Semiotic
Jul 16, 2006, 5:22:12 AM
(...)
Oh, and there’s a rock club that opened up here in Greensboro a few months ago called “The Flying Anvil”, and one of the pieces of art hanging up for sale is a diptych called “Buy art, not drugs (or art about drugs)”. The left half of the piece (the images are stippled onto softwood) shows a man purchasing heroin in a ziploc bag, and is titled “The only job left in Greensboro.” The right half of the artwork shows the same man shooting up, and is titled “Sadboro”.

Twitter
Thomas Prenner
@ThPrenner
grad eben auf nem t-shirt gesehen: “Buy art, not cocaine”
Translated from German by Google
just saw it on a t-shirt: “Buy art, not cocaine”
2:44 PM · Jul 8, 2008·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Eric Lamarr
@EricLamarr
buy art not drugs!
10:45 PM · Feb 17, 2010·Twitter Web Client

Reddit—Pics
Posted by u/EquanimousMind March 10, 2012
Buy Art Not Cocaine
i.imgur.com/w4x8Q....

Reddit—NBA
Posted by u/ADavidJohnson July 21, 2018
LeBron James is taking his dad style to the next level with this ‘Buy Art Not Drugs’ shirt
imgur.com/29NZ5H…

Google Books
Buy Art Not Cocaine
Cocaine Lover Perfect Gift Dot Grid Notebook/Journal (6x9)
By Tanya Morales · 2019

Google Books
Buy Art Not Drugs
Herbal Medicine Pothead Stoner Indica Leaves Legalization Cannabis Buy Art Not Drugs Gift (6 X9 ) Dot Grid Notebook Journal to Write In
By Nicole Travis · 2019

Twitter
Ardemis V
@ArdemisViper
Buy art, not drugs.
(Or both if you can afford it)
8:16 PM · Mar 23, 2022·Twitter for Android

Twitter
Josh Kennedy
@ItsJosh_K
At the airport again this morning, dude is wearing a shirt that says “Buy art, not cocaine.” While wearing a marching band style hat. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is some wonderful New Orleans energy.
4:41 AM · May 15, 2022·Twitter for iPhone

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