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This Artist Was Introduced To Vinyl By His Dad. Now He Uses It To Pay Tribute To Music Greats.

"Creating art on the artifacts of creativity."

Daniel Edlen loves music and art. When he brings those loves together, it will make your heart skip, skip, skip a beat.

The Arizona-based artist paints beautiful portraits of superstar musicians and other famous figures on top of vinyl records.

"Growing up in the era of the CD, my dad thankfully got me into vinyl," he explained on his website. "I love everything about it, from the pops and clicks and the ritual of dropping the needle to the blue sticky stuff to weigh down the tone arm just right and the smell of a record cabinet."


Photo Credit: Daniel Edlen

Edlen told A Plus, "Music is very important to my father. Growing up, he got me into jazz, classical, and rock music. We'd go to concerts when we could and we listened to his record collection. The smell of his record cabinet is a very strong memory for me."

As a teen, Edlen spent his time between art classes and used record stores. That's where the art-meets-vinyl collaboration he created first began. After taking the advice from his friends to expand his vision for public consumption, Edlen's collection took off.

Whether you're into Amy Winehouse's Back to Black album or David Bowie's The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, Edlen's art has got you covered.

But among his personal favorites is jazz great Lou Reed.

"The Lou Reed is very important to me because it was gifted to him by the photographer of the inspiring photo," Edlen revealed to A Plus. "I was so honored he liked the piece enough to give it to Reed, who was his good friend."

He's even used his art as a way to give back, and was happy when the musicians he was inspired by were on board to support.

"This David Lynch is very special to me, as I was honored to paint it to be [auctioned] during the Lynch Foundation's Download for Good campaign years ago after he signed the piece inspired by a self-portrait photograph," Edlen said.

Photo Credit: Daniel Edlen

"It was part of the launch of his foundation's own record label," he continued. "I also painted Tom Waits, Iggy Pop, Moby, and Amanda Palmer, among others, who all signed the pieces for auction."

It's easy to see that his musical inspirations passed down by his father span every genre, from the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to The Beatles. This vast taste helped Edlen in "creating art on the artifacts of creativity."

Photo Credit: Daniel Edlen

Check out 25 more of Edlen’s beautiful vinyl artworks:

1. Aretha Franklin

2. Adam Yauch

3. Leonard Cohen

4. Bob Marley

5. Tracy Chapman

6. Stevie Nicks

7. Ice Cube

8. Billy Joel

9. Tom Petty

10. Beck

11. Otis Redding

12. Mick Jagger

13. John F. Kennedy

14. Notorious B.I.G.

15. Kurt Cobain

16. James Brown

17. Dave Matthews

18. Elvis Presley

19. Gene Simmons

20. Elvis Costello

21. Frank Zappa

22. Flava Flav and Chuck D

23. Jim Morrison

24. Dolly Parton

25. Marvin Gaye

(H/T: Fubiz)


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