The art of the mixtape

Creating and maintaining a humble collection of tapes also meant outfitting them with some sort of artwork or pictures to make them look good, unique and instantly recognisable — even if only to the owner.

As one matures and as skills evolve and tastes change, the resulting “artwork” improves over the years, and it’s rather interesting to reflect on the tools and methods one employed to achieve something that was supposed to resemble a quasi-professional product. Letraset, anyone?

Just for fun, here are 12 of the most significant, favourite or just plain cool front covers from 1981 through to the very last one from the year 2000.

Old cassette artworkOld cassette artworkOld cassette artworkThere’s more to a tape than just audio.

Scans: hmvh DOT net

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