Lickin Shot 2004


‘Lickin Shot’ (Urban slang for selling drugs) came about after a chance meeting with David Williams, who was working with young black gang members in Manchester. A small group of teenage former gang members were recruited. We met over a six-month period, building trust and teasing the ‘Pinocchio’ style story out of them. They were not keen on my style of drawing or humour, so I showed them work by Astrom Chang, an illustrator who had grown up in a similar environment in Manchester.


I outlined the story of ‘Licking Shot’ based on the research and Astrom drew the strip. I then coloured this in using Photoshop and got some of the young men involved in the research to write the words.


A number of them had recently produced a record based on their experiences ‘Live legal’ and were keen to use the opportunity “Lickin Shot’ presented to publicise the tune. The booklet received a lot of TV, radio and press publicity
and was (to my surprise) even reprinted in a German book teaching English as a foreign language as an example of English urban slang.


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Lickin Shot 2004
Out of Jail The Two Charlies Lickin Shot
Misuse of Drugs Act (Poster) Subutex The Tart, the Mermaid, the Cockfish and the Subutex
The Link Mr Mange Goes Over