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These John Paul Thurlow Drawings Remix Retro Records

By: Jana Pijak - Published: Apr 19, 2013 • References: johnpaulthurlow.blogspot and inkbutter
These intricate pencil illustrations by visual artist John Paul Thurlow pay homage to 80s era rock-and-roll iconography. Recreating a series of infamous album covers, the New York based artist remixes retro record artwork from some of the era's most popular musical artists. The popular icons include English pop group the Eurythmics and androgynous disco queen Grace Jones among others.

These album art illustrations by John Paul Thurlow recreate original album artworks while infusing the retro era masterpieces with inked tattoo imagery. These added accent details are unexpected thanks to their symbolic elements that relate to religious and cultural contexts.

Whether depicting an inked Annie Lennox or a ethnically tattooed George Harrison of iconic group The Beatles, this intricate image series modernizes the iconography of the 80s.