The Barcode Obsession of Scott Blake

Barcodes have invaded every instance of our lives – from the food we eat to the clothes on our backs, and eventually we might find them tattooed on our own skin. But what’s in a barcode? What does it signify outside of quantifying and cataloging objects? Artist Scott Blake thinks he has it all figured out. He creates large format portraits of famous people using barcodes from their work, amongst other things and has even had his work featured at Ripley’s Believe It Or Not. 
Check out his site full of videos and other barcode goodies here.

Repurposing something that people see as a threat often defuses it’s strength. Which brings me to wonder how others interpret how we use barcodes…I found these interesting tidbits along the way so I thought I’d share!


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