You can do things with old vinyl that today's digital music files just don't allow -- seriously, try breaking up your weed on top of a Busta Rhymes MP3. Because it can also be made into trippy art, check out Mizu's Micro-Graffiti.
Decorating old records with everything from celebs to sci-fi scenes, Mizu creates his hyper-colorful psychedelic masterpieces using spraypaint, markers, and digital photo editing tools, all in a Cap Hill studio landed in after moving out of Durango, as apparently he thinks he's too good for five separate cupholders. The "hotcakes" (as he calls them, straight-faced) range from a two-layer stencil of Timothy Leary on a 12" LP with one of three equally 'shroomed-out backgrounds, to an airbrushed electric eel with a toothy overbite, to a mountain range-backed CO state flag, to a spaceshot Bob Marley amongst the planets; all begin life as scratched up records bought from local shops for just pennies, or what Tower Records calls "Quarter 3". More recently, he's been churning out even weirder, 11"x14" photo paper prints of Mandelbrot fractal images (i.e. "patterns that repeat themselves indefinitely"), like a hand-drawn zebra with tree roots sprouting from its feet amongst a moon-rich spacescape, a flying breaded chicken in a jellyfish-filled atmosphere, or a capital building photo which seems more menacing and spooky each time it repeats, just like OJ's scenes whenever Comedy Central reruns Naked Gun.
He'll also soon be debuting short instructional videos online (seriously, he promises he's going to!) so you can learn his craft at home, just as soon as you stop playing around with that needle. And also put down that record player.
Published: March 7, 2011 at 4:00am EST
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