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Celebrity Portraits Made Out Of Cassette Tapes

If you have a large collection of old cassette tapes and don’t know what to do with it – check out these amazing Celebrity Portraits by Erika Iris Simmons. She probably had the same problem and now she even became famous for solving it! Smart people say that every problem is an opportunity in disguise, and this probably turned out to be true.

Erika Iris Simmons (born in 1983 in St. Louis, USA) uses old cassette tapes to create incredibly artistic celebrity portraits. Since her emergence Erika has blended the concerns and methods of conceptual art with craft-making and popular culture to create her own whimsical installations. She explores the nostalgia of the archaic, using second-hand items as her prime media.

Currently, Simmons lives and works in Atlanta.

Website:  iri5blog.org | flickr: iri5

1. The Beatles

2. Bob Dylan

3. Bob Marley

4. Jimi Hendrix

5. John Lennon

6. Madonna

7. Kurt Cobain

8. Debbie Harry of Blondie

9. Paul Griffiths

10. Marilyn Monroe

11. Melona Creager

12. Robert Smith

13. Lenny Kravitz

14. Lauryn Hill

15. Michael Jackson



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  • Roy

    Nice idea. :)

    And it’s Kurt Cobain, and not Curt Cobain. ;)

  • Bored Panda

    @Roy you are one attentive panda! thank you :)

  • Simon

    Nice, but to me they look too much like the images have been printed out and the tape stuck on top. Not that hard to do once you have the initial image. Good anyway.

  • Bucky

    I’m with you, Simon! Good execution, but not necessarily original. The Bruno Mars video does it much better…

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  • http://amygrindhouse.com/ Amy Grindhouse

    Agreed, nice execution. Personal favourite is the top Beatles image.

  • Ana

    honestly anyone with black film, scissors, and glue can make these.Not very impressive.