With the rapid flow of technology and evolution where society and perspective changes are concerned, art itself has been propelled to a whole new level. Drawn portraits from centuries ago, where canvas or parchment and dyes or black ink have been used, can now be reproduced, with the same mind-numbing effect but from various different materials, some as bizarre as cassette tapes.
Yes, you heard me right, audio cassette tapes indeed. I’m sure that not many has heard of this form of recycled art where cassette tapes are the essentials but trust me, the results are astounding. Now that taking the organic route and recycling are the ‘in’ thing, art from recycled materials have got a very appealing effect to people from all walks of life. Some youngsters nowadays might not even have seen any real audio cassette tapes, but these mini rectangular-shaped discs were once the older generation’s CD’s and thumb-drives. Most of these cassette tapes no longer function and the more obvious part – who on earth still owns a cassette player anyway?
With that in mind, creative artists from all over the world figured that rather than letting these white elephants just go to waste why not make an awesome spinoff and create art of out of junk. Thanks to their innovation, drawn portraits made of audio cassette tapes have been a blast. Singers, artists and Hollywood stars became targets of interests where their portraits become one of the members of the art from recycled cassette tapes.
The production of this form of art is by no mean an easy fit especially since articulation, patience and being precise are the core essence, a slight mistake in any stage would cause significant disfiguration towards the outcome in a whole. Well, I for one am not particularly gifted where the creation of art is concerned, but I sure enjoy its beauty. Let’s bath ourselves in the pretty things which these otherwise insignificant audio cassette tapes have got to offer.
Kung Fu Cassette
The swirls and fluidity of the tapes magnifies the details and possibilities of the martial arts.
Ghost in the Machine- Bob Marley
These dreadlocks aren’t really my thing, but I find it quite fascinating that the cassette tapes can be shredded into such fine lines to produce something which seems so opaque.
Ghost in the Machine- Lauryn Hill
Wow four whole tapes for the big hairdo!
Ghost in the Machine- Kurt Cobain
Notice how the tapes flow naturally in the stripes of the shirt, I wouldn’t even have figure out it’s made of tapes if it weren’t for the cassette right on top.
Ghost in the Machine: The Clash
Ghost in the Machine- The Hendrix Experience
This is a total beauty! Look how the three cassette tapes are coordinated to form the whole look.
Ghost in the Machine- Debbie Harry of Blondie
Ghost in the Machine- Tom Waits
This is a disturbing one, it’s as if the man himself is transformed from the tapes, literally.
Ghost in the Machine- Fred and Adele
This one boasts a sense of elegance and it is as if the picture will come to live at any moment.
Ghost in the Machine: Steven Tyler
James Taylor detail
I love the simple colors, it somehow gives out a soothing grayish effect.
Ghost in the Machine- Jerry Garcia
I’d love to get one of these, in the form of my granddad, that is.
Ghost in the Machine- Madonna
Ghost in the Machine- Aviv Geffen
Ghost in the Machine: John Lennon
Wow, look at the 3D effects!!
Ghost in the Machine- Ian Astbury
Is it just me or does the ends of the hair seems bulge outwards, as in out from the paper?
Ghost in the Machine – Ian Brown
Ah, the lighting seems to have given the hair a greasy look.
Ghost in the Machine- Betty Davis
Ghost in the Machine- Bon Jovi
Who could ever say no to this? Rock n’ roll Bon Jovi!