What to do with all those old VHS tapes?
As digital codes begin to overtake even relatively new formats like DVD and Blu-ray, VHS tapes from our childhoods are becoming more and more obsolete. Like that bad E.T. video game before them, unloved VHS tapes are filling up landfills across the world… but thankfully, not everyone has an “out with the old, in with the new” outlook on life.
Visual artists Nan & Patrick Massobrio, aka NMPM, are a couple of artists living and working in Monaco. From their official website’s bio, “they want to create an art that is respectful of the environment, using recycled materials such as vintage VHS, turned obsolete but still carrying many moviegoer’s memories. NMPM breath new life to these objects through contemporary artworks.”
NMPM’s Video Store Memories series pays tribute to the movies and icons they discovered via VHS rental, and it includes a host of horror icons such as Michael Myers, Leatherface, Freddy Krueger, Pinhead, and even Return of the Living Dead 3‘s Julie Walker. VHS tapes serve as the heads of each icon, with the bodies painted on a surface underneath. Coolest of all, actual VHS tape is used to add hair to each character!
Check out the awesomely nostalgic horror icon art below!