"Vinyl Art" Arizona artist paints portraits on records

History is usually preserved in a museum, but in Chandler it is at a shopping mall.

A unique artist is bringing back the vinyl record album in a new way.

On a television screen in the middle of a busy shopping mall history is rewriting itself, the talent of vinyl artist Daniel Edlen.

"I paint these to help people remember the physical nature of music," said Daniel Edlen.

His art on old unplayable records, his most popular requests are Bob Marley, The Beatles, and Jimi Hendrix.

"Usually I can go on eBay and find local sellers that have worn copies, I try and find uncollectable copies, because I was a collector of records first, and I like records themselves and I don't want to ruin a record themselves," he said.

Daniel's love for vinyl art started as a teenager; his father was a record collector, and then he became one. Now, he's bringing the album back with new meaning.

"I think that people, especially from generations that listened to their music on records appreciate the care and uniqueness of what I do," said Edlen.

What he does has boomed into a business with a cost of nearly $300 a record. A love for the album, with a history worth the cost.

The vinyl art exhibit is expected to move to Scottsdale Fashion Square on April 1.
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