Everyone has their own special way of celebrating Record Store Day. Some drop a few hundred bills at Newbury Comics, others burglarize their local joint before the day begins. London-based professional face painter Natalie Sharp, better known as Lone Taxidermist, paid tribute to some classic album cover artwork in her own special way, painting her face with iconic imagery from Joy Division, Talking Heads, Kraftwerk, and others.
She told the Quietus, who posted some images on Saturday: “I decided to paint my face for Record Store Day. After moaning that I never get the Easter weekend off because I’m always face painting, a friend Dan Conway suggested I paint my face as a piece of vinyl.
“I stupidly thought I could knock these out in a day. Three days later with a bleeding face and being accused of racism after posting my progress on Facebook, I had to stop. These are not my top eight albums, I don’t believe in that crap, but they are eight very inspiring and spectacular albums that I keep returning to. Each face took between 3 to 6 hours to paint. I cried after finishing grizzly bear, I thought it had broken me. I don’t use any stencils it’s all freehand.