Have you ever noticed how rockstars seem to pull the weirdest faces while soloing? Still images make them look even worse.
Glasgow-based blogger Michael M. used photoshop to replace the musicians’ instruments with giant slugs and those faces suddenly make perfect sense.
This humorous series “was just meant to be a fleeting, transitory wee laugh”, Michael told DIYP, but it gained serious momentum and got featured all over the web.
“It’s just really lovely to see people embracing the idea of these horrible big slugs on their favourite rock legends and it making some sort of weird sense”.
Michael started the hilarious Slug Solos blog at the end of last summer, as a place to share the growing number of these photos he’d edited, but he did not expect it to become so popular. Apparently it’s gotten to the point where Michael sees his photos on his friends’ Facebook feed without them even knowing he’s behind the photos.
“The idea behind the site came from seeing a load of photos of famous guitarists busting solos on stage and the wealth of facial expressions they pulled. When they’re caught on a still camera they can look like contorted shrieks and terrified grimaces, so I replaced their guitars with images of slugs to make it look like, instead of hurling out solos, they’ve just realised they’ve been holding giant slugs the entire time”.
While Michael isn’t creating any new photos in the series, he’s now posting new photos previously unreleased, so you should pay the blog a visit even if you’ve seen it in the past.
Michael is aware of the fact that his artwork most likely won’t make it to the MoMa anytime soon, calling the blog “esoteric” and explaining the reason behind the series – “I don’t get out much!”
He has since moved on to create two brilliant new blogs, where in the one he photoshops high street shops in the background of sci-fi movies and the other features slightly wrong movie quotes on t-shirts.
Michael almost warns people not to follow him on Twitter, but some people just can’t help it:
“I’m always making stuff and most of it is terrible, much to the dismay of anyone who follows me on Twitter, so there’ll be more absolute wastes of time coming from me soon to distract people from thinking about death for six or seven seconds”.