Most of you will probably know the Red Hot Chilli Peppers’ song ‘Californication’. The lyrics paint a picture of materialism, and reveal the dark quest for eternal youth and beauty. It occurred to me that drugstores operate in a similar way – slimming lotions, cosmetics and products that promise blemish-free skin. Depending on where you live, these stores may also sell gift cards and bandannas.
Here’s my reimagining of what Californication might look like if it were sold as a real product in the “Hollywood basement” that the lyrics refer to (reinterpreted here as a convenience or oddities store). I made one of the cosmetic jars reference their other song “Scar Tissue”, since it seemed like an appropriate product.