I melted, smudged, gunned, contorted, and painted my face to celebrate my love of vinyl for the Record Store Day.

After the success of last years Record Store Day face paintings I decided to paint myself all over again. This time It would be bigger, better and more challenging as I opened up my suggestions to the great republic of Facebook. Before I knew it I was agreeing to do 40 different album covers on my face. Of course this didn’t happen as I don’t live in a void and I had to try and fit doing this body art around my work. The face paint procedures were taking up to 8 hours to complete.

The hardest by far was Mike Oldfields – Tubular bells. Painting the straight lines of the bent silver bell over my face would only work If I continued to look straight into my handheld magnifying mirror. However, painting King Crimson and Peter Gabriel was an absolute joy as ther are both very painterly. In fact I barely used my brushes for King Crimson, I would just keep smudging it with my fingers.

I am both, a musician called Lone Taxidermist and a professional makeup artist, so Record Store Day seemed like a good way of merging both of my passions. One of the reasons why I love vinyl is because of its true long playing physical format. I decided to listen to each album in full from start to end over and over again until the special effects makeup on my face was complete. Every time the album finished I would have a glass of wine! But I was getting too drunk especially after Human League!

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Nirvana – Nevermind

The Velvet Underground & Nico

King Crimson – The Court of the Crimson King

Peter Gabriel – Melt

Human League – Dare

Annette Peacock – Im the One

Bjork – Volta

Talk Talk – The Partys Over

Aphex Twin – Selected Ambient Works 85 – 92

Mike Oldfield – Tubular Bells

Grace Jones – Island Life