Tony Dennis aka Tape Deck Art is a self-taught British contemporary artist with a passion for music and design who paints and creates giant ticket stubs and giant pin badges.
In 2015 Tony started his art career painting giant tickets for gigs and sporting events from the 1960's to the 1990's. In his first year he was commissioned to paint concert tickets from gigs by The Clash, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, U2, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Queen and David Bowie. He now offers a unique service to recreate and paint your favourite ticket stub as a giant piece of art.
In the early part of 2016 Tony craved to design and paint a piece of artwork that was eye catching, tactile and totally different. At the same time, he was collecting vintage punk badges from the mid to late 1970’s. He put the two together and came up with the idea of painting and forming Giant 3D pin badges from designs he already had in his collection. After nearly 9 months of research and fabricating countless prototypes, Tony painted his first badge in early 2017 and has since exhibited his artwork in London.
All Tony's badge designs are taken from actual pins from the 1970’s to the 1980’s with a heavy influence on the punk scene, painting a number of badges from designs manufactured by Better Badges from the years 1976-84.
More recently, in 2018, Tony worked with French graffiti artist Invader and produced 10 giant pin badges using the artists designs for his month long LA exhibition 'Into the white cube'.