Sleevefacing: Behind the Album Cover

Ever wanted to be a part of your favorite album cover? A new art form called “sleevefacing” incorporates album sleeves into modern photos, in ways both honoring and making fun of classic rockers. According to, sleevefacing is “one or more persons obscuring or augmenting any part of their body or bodies with record sleeve(s) causing an illusion.” Whatever the definition, it yields some pretty funny results. I spent way more time than I probably should have perusing Sleeveface’s extensive archives. Here are some of my favorites:

Credit: Sarah Reid, Casey Beebe, Sam Beebe, Chad Odwazny and Matthew Latkiewicz

Lionel Richie, Paul Simon, and Art Garfunkel hang out. You know, like they do.

Credit: Peter Kollroß / Thomas Gegenhuber

The most hilarious part of this is the “IDIOT” on Yoko’s t-shirt. Is she referring to John? Is she mocking Yoko? Or am I the idiot for finding this photo so amusing? Deep, man.

credit: Kaan Buldular / Con Lennon

A more traditional example. Pretty impressive hair-matching.

credit: Thomas Huus Christensen / Jesper Grubb Laursen

David Bowie covers are by the far the most popular on I’m sure this says something about the kind of people who sleeveface. Not sure what. Or it could just reference the fact that Bowie is awesome.

As one sleevefacer wrote, this is “the most fun you can have with a sleeve in front of your face.” It’s hard to argue with that.

Darcy Zacharias, CC ’10

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