The ART that is a barcode

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You see! We are not the only ones obsessed with our striped friends – Artist Scott Blake’s understandable fascination has led to him turning the barcode into an art form. He uses standard barcodes to create portraits of iconic pop culture figures like OJ Simpson, Charles Manson and Oprah… and Jesus.

Barcode ART

Barcode ART

Blake says, “I started making art with barcodes right before Y2K, inspired by the year 2000 computer bug, and threatening digital apocalypse. Barcode Jesus was born in Photoshop, by creating mosaics with simple shapes. I first tried circles and then squares. The tile patterns morphed into a cluster of lines, and before I knew it, I was staring at a bunch of barcodes. I assigned the numbers to describe each pixel’s grayscale value and grid coordinate.”

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