Sleeveface Photos – The 20 Best Record Art Shots Since 2008

January 26th, 2023 by Gregory de Richemont

Sleeveface Photos: Introduction

Sleeveface Photos, also known as LP Portraits, are a picture meme in which a vinyl record sleeve is placed in front of one’s face and a profile shot is taken, revealing a “hybrid face” of the subject and the artwork featured on the record sleeve.

This practice became a real fad in 2007, and what is left today is thousands of photos available on different online platforms.

The 20 Best Sleeveface Posts

Along the years, I have collected lots of cover art illusion memes I came across on the internet.

So today, you can explore the 20 best sleevefaces we’ve chosen with a few friends from among these remarkable images:

John Cassavetes – Staccato

Sleeveface Photos

Credit: Anny Celsi, Nelson Bragg, and Ivan Pyzow.

Garfunkel – Angel Clare

Art Garfunkel Sleeveface - Record Jacquet Illusion

Credit: Christophe Gowans.

Electric Light Orchestra – Discovery

Album Cover Over Face Art

Credit: Christophe Gowans.

Freddy Mercury – Mr. Bad Guy

Sleeveface Photos - Freddy Mercury

Credit: unknown.

James Taylor – Never Die Young

Sleeveface Photos - Dog

Credit: André Bonsanto, Grazieli Eurich, Fabio Ansolin, Mauricio Toczek, Maicon Ambrosio and Gabriel Junqueira (Unicentro, Brazil).

David Bowie – Low

Sleeveface Photos - David Bowie

Miles Davis – Miles Davis (Amiga)

Miles Davis Sleeveface - Album Cover Art Illusion

CreditKálmán Tünde.

The Best of Bill Withers

Office Sleeveface - The Art of Sleevefacing Bill Withers

Credit: Kommunikation Lohnzich.

Madonna – True Blue

Sleeveface Photos - Madonna

Credit: Luise Peeck.

La Roux – I’m Not Your Toy

La Roux - I'm Not Your Toy Sleeveface

Credit: Marcio Reverbcity.

The Very Best of Elton John

Elton john - Funny Record Sleeve Art

Credit: Matthias and Mrs K.

Harry Belafonte – An Evening With Belafonte

Harry Belafonte Sleeveface - Vinyl Record Cover Trick

Credit: Nathan Rosen & Jeanne Azzerone.

Françoise Hardy – Françoise Hardy

Sleeveface Francoise Hardy - The Art of Sleevefacing with Vinyl Record Artwork

Credit: Pat Póvoa.

John Farnham – Whispering Jack

Credit: Paul and Sonia Child.

Charlie Rich – Behind Closed Doors

Best Sleevefaces Selection - Charlie Rich

Credit: Pete Willocks.

Nancy & Lee – Nancy & Lee

Best Album Cover Art - Sleevefacing - Nancy & Lee

Credit: Quint Kik & Eric Walet.

Mireille Mathieu – Bonjour Mireille

Best Sleeveface Selection - Mireille Mathieu

Credit: Richard Matera.

Udo Lindenberg – Daumen Im Wind

Credit: Till Hogrefe & Tanja Brinker.

Frank Zappa – Sheik Yerbouti

Vinyl Record Sleeve Fun - The Art of Sleevefacing - Frank Zappa

Credit: Tom & Paul Reas.

Ramones – End Of The Century

Best Sleeveface - Album Cover Art Illusion - Ramones

Credit: Víctor Cabezas, Manolo Martínez, Facundo Ramone, and Michael Ramone.

Bob Dylan – The Times They Are A-Changin’

Best of Sleeveface - Bob Dylan

Credit: William Petrovic.

More About Carl Morris and the Sleeveface Phenomenon

Welsh DJ Carl Morris invented the name “Sleeveface” in April 2007, when pictures were taken of him and his friends holding record covers to their faces while DJing at a bar in Cardiff, UK.

Then, his friend John Rostron placed the photographs online and started a Facebook group, and it quickly became viral.

The precise origin of the concept, however, is unknown. Prior to the release of Sleeveface, Swedish filmmaker Daniel Eskils posted multiple sleeveface-style pictures on the Waxidermy forum in 2006.

The act of covering one’s body part with an album sleeve has previously been seen in album covers, with the oldest example being the cover art of John Hiatt‘s 1979 album “Slug Face” where he is pictured holding a sleeve in front of his face. A similar concept was employed for Huey Lewis and the News‘ 1982 album “Picture This,” as well as cover art collages by visual artist Christian Marclay, whose work dates back to the early 1990s.

The phenomena of sleevefacing quickly attracted the attention of mainstream media sources and influential tech blogs such as BBC, and The Guardian, among others, in late January 2008. The craze spread to photo-sharing groups and social networking sites such as Flickr. The official Flickr group has over 4,000 picture entries as of January 2023.

The Website and The End of The Sleeveface Fad:

In late 2008, John Rostron and Carl Morris released the book “Sleeveface: Be the Vinyl”, which features a collection of pictures from around the world.

According to Wired Magazine, the book’s distribution sparked some anxiety about the commercialization of a common culture.

Besides this commercial attempt, one can browse thousands of pictures on their official website.

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