Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Painting with Tape

For those of us who came of age in a certain era (that era being 1980 - 1995) cassette tapes were an important part of our existence. I clearly remember the tapes that made the rounds in my home and on road trips, included Journey, Paul Simon, Phil Ochs, Boston, and MC Hammer. You know, the classics. And then there were the mix tapes, which we spent long afternoons crafting into the perfect soundtrack for whatever teenage angst was happening that month. I think one time I made a Tori Amos/Melissa Ethridge mix. So there you go.

Alas, in this modern era our beloved cassettes have gone the way of the dodo. But they live on in our memories, and in the art of Flickr user iri5, who pulls out the tape and crafts it into portraits of the musician. I love that they express some of the musical life and exuberance that is trapped in the little plastic box. Also, shiny black tape is the perfect medium with which to express Robert Smith's hair.

(via BoingBoing)


Anneloor said...

nice! =)

Anonymous said...

this is super cool! better for curly hair clearly.

also, i think you know that i'm keeping the tapes alive in my car. the mixes live on. i've got cranberries on one side and 10,000 maniacs on the other.