Now that I’m retired, I spend even more time on the Internet searching for Elvis stuff. Not just the big Elvis sites that come up on the first two Google search pages. What I really like to find are sites where Elvis isn’t the whole deal – other kinds of sites that happen to contain some obscure Elvis content. You find strange and wonderful stuff that way.
Like altered photos of Elvis. I guess these are done on Photoshop or something similar, and some of them are so clever. Like this one where Elvis looks like an Arab. It’s pretty dark, but you can see that somebody did a great job of putting Elvis’ face inside that headdress.
For the past two years, every time I find a really good one of these altered Elvis photos, I copy it to a file. There’s enough in there now to do a couple of blog articles. Here’s another picture with a different twist. In my photo file, I label it Melting Elvis, and you can see why.
Another way of doing this is to put someone else’s face on Elvis body. Bill Clinton is a natural for this, because his election staff in 1992 called him Elvis. Here’s what he looks like in a jumpsuit.
While we are on Presidents, here are Bush’s that served before and after Clinton.
Of the three presidents, I think Clinton looks the best, probably because he’s wearing a jumpsuit. However, there is one other president who gets my prize for the best President in a jumpsuit. Does Ronald Reagan look cool, or what?
Here’s one more of Reagan, but on this one he’s doing the Richard Nixon thing, and George W gets to be Elvis. How do people come up with these ideas?.
I wish the quality on this next one were a little better, because the concept is great: Elvis in a gift box. I sent e-mail birthday greetings to two female friends and asked them how they would like to open up that present.
Did you ever wonder what Elvis might have looked like if he had been born twenty or thirty years later and sang heavy metal Rock & Roll? Here’s your answer.
I labeled the next one “Shiny Elvis” for obvious reasons. If I knew anything about Photoshop, I put some clever phrase in that bottom right turned-up corner and send it out to my Elvis friends.
I wish I had kept track of where I found all these photos. Talented folks made artful creations and should be credited. The best I can do is say thanks to all of them for having fun with Elvis while still respecting his legacy. Well, with the possible exception of this last one.
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