Vinyl is supposed to be played. But there comes a point when it’s just too battered to sound any good. So artist and vinyl collector Daniel Edlen gives this old vinyl a new lease of life via his Vinyl Art website, and using them as a canvas, paints the original recording artist right onto the vinyl to create a one of a kind work of art — a real picture disk as it were.

And this is a service that he’s turning into a living, one that I think is about to explode exponentially for him. He has some existing works available for sale, but will happily take commissions too. At $280 for a standard piece, this isn’t for everyone, but what you will get is a unique work of art, signed by Daniel, and is only likely to appreciate in value. I wouldn’t be sending him your mint condition Blue Note pressings, but tracking down a suitable piece of vinyl for Daniel’s treatment shouldn’t be too hard. The first record I ever bought — Exodus by Bob Marley and the Wailers — back in 1977 has definitely seen better days, and would be ideal, not just because it’s an incredible work, but also because of the emotional attachment to this almost unplayable record.

Do you have a piece of vinyl that you would have turned in Vinyl Art? If so, what and why? 

Source: The Guardian


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