Music Legends Don the Shirts of Modern Day Artists in Photo Project
Nothing says self-expression like donning a band tee, especially if it’s a ’70s act like The Ramones or Blondie. After all, these are bands that have been approved by society. You don’t even have to like the band in question to look “cool” while wearing their shirt. And plenty of today’s artists (Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus) like to cite the bands of yore as influencing their music. But would those same bands be fans of today’s music?
This was the concept Butcher Billy had for his photo project. In the series, Billy takes photos of rock legends and Photoshops a modern-day band t-shirt on them. Suddenly the roles of influencer/influenced are switched, creating an interesting, bizarro dichotomy. Billy explains that the point of the series is to raise a specific question: “Bands and musicians that became hugely influential in music history - would they, when alive or in an early stage of their careers, support the new acts that came decades after inspired by their own legacy?”
While some of the influencer/influenced pairings are odd (Sex Pistols and The Prodigy? David Bowie and Nirvana?), the others hit the nail on the head. Jim Morrison would totally be a Strokes fan.