About this artwork
While driving home after school one day my teenage son and I were talking about the odd things we think people do. We passed by a tanning salon and he asked me why someone would pay money to lay on a bed of light bulbs to tan when sunlight is free outdoors. Vanity is big business. My brain conjured up the absurd image of an alligator sunning itself on a tanning bed. It reminded me a little of the old 1990s Lubriderm commercial for lotion that used a crocodile as the symbol of dry skin. Sometimes ideas come fully formed in a flash. This was one of those pleasant surprises. Recently this painting was awarded an Honorable Mention in the TASIMJE art competition.

Planet Tan

Mark Nesmith
United States, United States
Oil on Canvas
121.9 x 76.2 x 3.8 cm
€2,880 incl. VAT
About this artwork
While driving home after school one day my teenage son and I were talking about the odd things we think people do. We passed by a tanning salon and he asked me why someone would pay money to lay on a bed of light bulbs to tan when sunlight is free outdoors. Vanity is big business. My brain conjured up the absurd image of an alligator sunning itself on a tanning bed. It reminded me a little of the old 1990s Lubriderm commercial for lotion that used a crocodile as the symbol of dry skin. Sometimes ideas come fully formed in a flash. This was one of those pleasant surprises. Recently this painting was awarded an Honorable Mention in the TASIMJE art competition.

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