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Portraits Breathe New Life Into Scratched Records [Pics]

New art rises from the ashes of damaged vinyl.

Serena Chu
Serena Chu on October 14, 2013.

Designer Monica Franceschi recycles old records that are irreparable into one-of-a-kind art creations. Scratch My Vinyl is a series of artworks featuring portraits of notable musicians. Using only metal nails, she etched portraits of Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Johnny Cash, Thom Yorke, and Jónsi on already scratched vinyls. Each piece of artwork from the “I Always Wanted to Cut A Record” collection is completely handmade, and features an acrylic painted label in the center.

Franceschi has a personal fascination with the dark unknown, and the balance of light and dark. It is her love of the abyss that led her to create these masterpieces. To better describe her collection, Franceschi shared how she was able “to bring out the light-toned images with every scratch in the dark” she made.

Some might view this technique as a major vinyl taboo, but Franceschi finds joy in committing this artistic crime.

“I Always Wanted to Cut A Record”

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