Record Covers Recreated As Body Art By Mionyl
Have you ever contemplated painting the cover of your favourite album on your own face or body? Neither have we, but someone has.
Let us introduce you to the album cover body art queen of Instagram!
Mionyl – Vinyl And Body Art Enthusiast.
Mio Kiora, better known to most of us in the Instagram vinyl community as Mionyl (Mio + vinyl) is a record collector with an artistic flair.
If you’ve been following Mionyl’s account for some time, it was probably her model looks, cherry red lips and phenomenal music knowledge that first caught your attention.
More recently the Swedish record store worker has become known for her body art masterpieces, precisely replicated or painted in the style of iconic album covers.
Not only is she the artist of these amazing pieces but she also becomes the art, using her own face and body as the canvas for her creations.
We’ve compiled a few of our favourite body art posts from Mionyl so far and look forward to seeing many, many more of her amazing record cover recreations.
Our Favourite Album Cover Body Paintings
The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses.
Mio splattered herself with paint and glued lemons to her body to recreate the artwork for this Madchester musical masterpiece by The Stone Roses.
The original album artwork is a Jackson Pollock inspired piece by Stone Roses guitarist John Squire, titled ‘Bye Bye Badman’. He also provided a painting for one side of the inner sleeve.
When life hands you lemons, turned them into body art!
Metallica – Ride The Lightning.
Metallica’s ‘Ride The Lightning’ isn’t an obvious choice for an album cover recreation considering it isn’t even one of Metallica’s most lauded albums! However, those lightning bolts highlighted against the night sky make for a shockingly good piece of body art.
Rather than directly copying the cover with its depiction of an electric chair at the centre of the storm, Mionyl chooses to expand the picture across her body and face.
Mio pulls it off brilliantly and looks electrifying!
The Who – Tommy.
Tommy, without doubt, falls into the category of icon albums. The Who’s rock opera was not only ground breaking musically but it also features the wondrous artwork of Mike McInnery throughout the LP.
Given the artistic brilliance of Mike McInnery’s cover for Tommy, it was an ambitious piece for Mionyl to transform into a body painting.
Did she succeed in her attempt at this piece of album cover body art?
Just see for yourself!
Bonobo – Black Sands.
The artwork for Bonobo’s Black Sands LP beautifully encapsulates the music on the album.
No doubt the term ‘natural beauty’ has been used to describe Mio plenty of times before but in this case she really is the depiction of natural beauty! She’s managed to capture the serenity of the record cover in an intricate mirror image painting on herself.
Much like Bonobo’s downtempo masterpiece, Mionyl’s body art recreation is almost picture perfect.
The 13th Floor Elevators – The Psychedelic Sounds Of The 13th Floor Elevators.
All eyes are on Mionyl!
If you’re making what is largely considered to be one of the first psychedelic rock albums then you need a cover that is as trippy as the music.
John Cleveland designed this now iconic cover that not only matches the music perfectly but is also representative of the whole of the psychedelic sixties.
Mio, possibly hallucinating from a fever, has taken inspiration from the album cover to turn her face and body into a work of psychedelic fantasy!
Since Mionyl posted this amazing picture in honour of The 13th Floor Elevators’ founder and singer Roky Erickson, he has sadly since died. It remains a wonderful tribute post to him.
How Mionyl Creates Her Artwork
Mionyl’s finished pieces are so good that she is continuously accused of her pictures being Photoshopped!
If you need proof that these photos don’t involve any digital trickery, check out her Instagram stories where Mio videos the process she goes through in creating her body paintings.
They are great fun to watch and if you’re interested in creating your own album cover body art, you can learn a thing or two from Mionyl.