Music icons made by using plain film and cassette tape

Erika Iris Simmons also known as “Iri5” is an artist that has used only film and cassette tapes to create portraits of famous people. Her work was mentioned in a previous article where she created among others Bob Dylan and Jim Morrison. She started with this kind of art when she pulled out a tape string and it reminded her of Jimi Hendrixcks hair.


The Beatles, one of the most successful rock bands of all time and band’s iconic 1969 Abbey Road album cover.

michael-jackson-tape-art Michael Jackson – King of Pop.

bon-jovi-tape-artBon Jovi – one of the most known American hard rock musicians.

lenny-krevitz-tape-artLenny Kravitz – a legendary rock musician of our time.

merlin-monroe-tape-art Marylin Monroe – Hollywood glamour diva and the sixth greatest female star of all time.

john-lennon-tape-art John Winston Lennon – World famous English rock star.

bob-marleyBob Marley – The most widely known performer of reggae music.

jimmy-hendrix James Marshall “Jimi” Hendrix – The greatest electric guitarist in the history of rock music.

santana-tape-art Carlos Augusto Alves Santana – A worldwide famous Mexican rock guitarist.

She commented her art once where she said: “I started just wanting to do something that would blow people’s minds.” And she really did, the portraits are amazingly detailed and the way she uses the tape to create extra volume for the hair is stunning.

tom-waits-tape-art Tom Waits – One of the most famous American singer and actor.

melora-tape-art Melora Creager – American cellist and singer-songwriter.

janis-tape-art Janis Joplin – Famous American songwriter and one of the greatest singer of all time.

jerry-garcia-tape-artJerry Garcia – American musician best known for the band the Grateful Dead.

patti-smith-tape-artPatti Smith – The Godmother of Punk.

While Iri5 is using tape, others use joint filters to create portraits of the same music icons.


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