Remember when you grew yourself a new head in a petri dish, and it all went horribly wrong, and they called in the National Guard? No? Hmmm… must’ve been someone else.
The point is, there’s a much easier way to get a new look:
Get a picture of yourself, fold a dollar bill in half, and put it over half of your face. Positively presidential.
Too punk rock to be co-opted by the almighty dollar? Hold a record sleeve up in front of your face and have somebody take a picture. Wow, Iggy looks really good on you.
It’s the noggin-swappin’ phenomenon that’s sweeping the globe, and Photojojo’s here to show you how it’s done.
Doing It With a Dollar Bill
Finally, a way to turn your friends and relatives into dead presidents without the headache of electing and assassinating them.
Some tips for making the dollar bill trick work:
- Choose a picture with a pose similar to the portrait on the bill you want to use. Most portraits on U.S. currency turn slightly towards the right (except for crazy ol’ Alexander Hamilton).
- Change the size of your chosen picture in Photoshop if the scale isn’t quite on the money (haw haw haw).
- Pick the presidential hairdo that suits you best: Is it George Washington’s sleek bob? Andrew Jackson’s devil-may-care mane and festive eyebrows?
For examples, see the Gallery of Celebrity Money!
Doing It With a Record
This seems simple enough, but there’s a little finesse to selecting the right album to replace your face.
- Look for a portrait around the same size as your head, and wear clothes that look like they match.
- Have the person taking your picture tweak the angles until the illusion is complete.
- Try putting a new head on your dog, or your cat, or your baby.
The record-sleeve-over-your-face phenomenon appears to be taking over the world (or at least the U.K.). There’s a Sleeveface™ website, a Sleeveface™ group on Flickr, and a Sleeveface™ group on Facebook. And yeah, that’s a trademark symbol on “Sleeveface™”. For real.
If you really want to know how to do it right, check out the video tutorial.
It’s funny… and it’s British!