Most people think they want art that speaks to them, but would actually be super frustrated when that pitchfork couple just refuses to shut up about AFI. What losers! For paintings that'll sing to you instead, check out Detour
The spraycan-name of a UC Denver MBA who airbrushes "fine art with an urban feel" (mainly in the form of portraits of his favorite musicians), Detour's now sharing his acoustic sensibilities more literally with his just-released "Detour Legends" series, which features framed work that actually plays music, meaning it has exactly one thing in common with Ke$ha. Subjects range from early hip-hoppers (like Jam Master J, Afrikka Bambata, and Chuck D), to old-school rockers (Steven Tyler), to current favorites (like John Legend and Nas), and are freehand-outlined/realistically sprayed onto canvases atop hand-built wooden frames, which themselves're then textured with shards of broken records and fitted with small exterior speakers that can be hooked up to an MP3 player, though not with one, as they don't want to be just another name on his playlist. Because occasionally paintings should be seen and not heard, he's also got a few more traditional portraits, including a black & white Johnny Cash staring into your soul, and Sinatra smiling off into the distance, as well as non-singers like Ghandi and Scarface -- though considering the massive cocaine addiction, it's surprising dude wasn't a musician! ...and seriously, how do you think Mahatma got model-skinny
To pair his art you can hear with art you can wear, Detour's also soon releasing a still-secret line of tees/hoodies in collaboration with the local guys at The Gro Project, something that stern farmer assures you he'll get back to, just as soon as he's done expounding on which black lipstick best resists smudging.