What’s on my mind when there’s a “feels like” 100+ outside.
During the painting of the Tampa Heights mural, Florida was super hot. If it wasn’t raining, the “feels like” temperature was steady around 104 on most days. Up against a brick wall, next to a busy street, surrounded by nothing but pavement, my body was telling me it felt more like a bajillion degrees outside. At a bajillion degrees, it’s important to stay hydrated, but sometimes feeling refreshed seems a bit more important. In “Tampa Death Heat”, my go-to for refreshment is Polar Cup.
Polar Cup was a summer staple growing up in Tampa. I would pass on every ice cream truck that went down the street in hopes the Polar Cup truck would come by. I’m a straight-ahead lemon fan. I may go for a cherry-lemon mix if I’m feeling saucy, but lemon is their hallmark.
With my extreme thirst and love for the lemony concoction in hand, I created a tribute to the iconic Polar Cup bear logo. I chose a more realistic looking Polar Bear rather than the cute cartoon version. It’s aggression in manhandling that lemon sums up how I felt each time I grabbed a cup of that icy goodness on those super hot days. I couldn’t get that stuff in my mouth quick enough! Total brain freeze central, for serious.