THIS IS AN UNUSUAL MOVE FOR ME in that I am pushing a product here on my Elvis – A Touch Of Gold blog. I didn’t go looking for a product to push; in fact, quite the opposite occurred. I was looking for images for the series of articles I am writing about the line of Elvis records on the Gold Standard Series. READ MORE
WOULD ELVIS WEAR A MASK DURING THIS PANDEMIC? I found an arresting photo of a young Elvis wearing a bandana-like mask with what appeared to be modern demonstrators in the background. I found the image on Elvis Rare Records, where the site’s owner, Dave Reynolds, had sent me regarding another issue. READ MORE
THIS COLLECTION OF IMAGES of Elvis in the ’70s makes up “Elvis’ Golden Caricatures Volume 9.” It is a collection of artwork looking at the final years of Presley through the eyes of (mostly relatively) young caricaturists from around the world. This is also the final volume of caricatures that I have scheduled at this time. READ MORE
THE ELVIS OF THE ’70s in his fantastical jumpsuits and expanding waistline has found attention from artists who seem determined to give an ugly rendition of the man. Partly due to the many caricatures of Elvis as grossly obese and sloppy-looking, many non-fans have it in their heads that he was gross and sloppy during his life. READ MORE
SAY “ELVIS IN THE ’70s” and a lot of people immediately think “Fat Elvis.” This is partly due to caricatures of Elvis as grossly obese, leading many non-fans to believe that he was sloppy-looking during his life. This was not true: while his face puffed out and his waistline expanded, Elvis never had the sloppy look one associates with excess fat in the stomach, the butt, the arms, or the legs. READ MORE
THE FIRST CARICATURE OF ELVIS PRESLEY that I have found was first published in the July 6, 1956, issue of Collier’s magazine. The image was drawn by the inimitable Al Hirschfeld and was used to illustrate yet another column criticizing the singer—or more accurately, the singer’s fans. READ MORE
ALBERTO “STING” RUSSO is a graphic designer and illustrator. He is one of the newer generations of artists who have elevated the art of caricature into a whole new realm. Russo combines a traditional fine art sensibility with the use of computer technology. He produces portraits that are timely, funny, often insightful, and just as often immediately arresting as a work of art.
FROM 1960 THROUGH 1968, the image that Elvis Presley presented to the public was some combination of boy-next-door and movie-matinee-idol. In fact, the Elvis of these years comes close to realizing the goody two-shoes/mama’s-boy image he was saddled with in some quarters!
Among caricaturists, there isn’t as much interest in re-imagining this Elvis as there is in the Elvis the Pelvis of the ’50s and the jump-suited Elvis of the ’70s. READ MORE
ELVIS’ GOLDEN CARICATURES VOLUME 4 features still more images of Presley hoppin’ and a-boppin’ in the ’50s—or at least how mostly modern artists viewed Elvis and the decade! Despite this being the fourth volume, there is absolutely no drop-off in quality!