Sleeveface is an internet phenomenon wherein one or more persons obscure or augment body parts with record sleeve(s), causing an illusion.[1][2][3][4] Sleeveface has become popular on social networking sites.[2][5]

The precise origin of the concept is unknown. A collection of photographs was posted online at in early 2006,[6] though earlier examples of 'Sleevefacing' include a Mad Magazine cover[7] and a sketch on The Adam and Joe Show with Gary Numan holding a record sleeve to his face. Other cases include John Hiatt's 1979 Slug Line album on which he is holding a sleeve (showing his face) in front of his face. and the back of the 1982 album Picture This by Huey Lewis and the News, where Huey is holding the front side of the album (showing his face) in front of his face.
The artwork for J Rocc's 12" single 'Play This (One)' features men holding various LP sleeves over their faces.[8]

The term 'Sleeveface' was coined in April 2007 by Cardiff resident Carl Morris after pictures were taken of him and his friends holding record sleeves to their faces whilst Djing in a Cardiff bar. His friend John Rostron posted them on the internet and created a group on the nascent Facebook social networking site.[9] From this point, the craze started to become more widely known.

John Rostron and Carl Morris are authors of the book 'Sleeveface : Be The Vinyl' published in 2008 by Artisan/Workman which compiles sleevefaces from the worldwide submissions to their website

Sleeveface contributors regularly hold Sleeveface parties across the world.

Sleeveface contributors have helped organise Sleeveface workshops for children. One such workshop took place at the National Museum Cardiff in November 2008 as part of the city's annual Sŵn Festival.

There is also a Sleevefacer iPhone app available that allows a user to access album artwork from a music library and sleeveface on an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.


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  3. John Hind (2008-02-03). "This modern life: Sleeve divas: Facebook conspiracy theorists run for covers | Magazine | The Observer". London: Retrieved 2011-05-17.
  4. Pescovitz, David (2008-01-24). "Sleeveface pool on Flickr". Boing Boing. Retrieved 2011-05-17.
  5. Aidin Vaziri, Chronicle Pop Music Critic (2008-01-24). "Trend takes off as music fans take cover". Retrieved 2011-05-17.
  6. "waxidermy bbs :: View topic - Faces Staring at You / post your now face album mug". Retrieved 2011-05-17.
  7. "cover of Mad Magazine #243, Dec. 1983". Retrieved 2014-10-05.
  8. "J Rocc Discogs". Retrieved 2013-04-10.
  9. Tony Barrell (2008-11-09). "If You Sleeve Me Now". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 2014-09-27.
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