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Some call him "the Post-it Note Boy," after the 10-foot tall Ray Charles mosaic he made out of those sticky colored squares last summer.

Now, David Alvarez of Leavenworth, Washington, has unveiled an even bigger, even more original creation. Using more than 8,500 Bicycle playing cards, he recently constructed a portrait of guitarist legend Jimi Hendrix.

While others have used Post-it Notes for mosaics like this, as far as Alvarez can tell from Internet searches, he is the first to experiment with playing cards as the medium for a portrait mosaic.

http://www.cnn.com/2008/SHOWBIZ/04/14/alvarez.cards.irpt/index.html#cnnSTCVideo

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In the beginning of the Jimi at Montery DVD, a portrait is made of him by throwing paint at a wall - it actually comes out pretty good!

I'm not sure if it's the same artist but I saw someone featured on MTV's The Week In Rock several years ago (you know, back when MTV actually included music as part of their programming) that did the same thing. He also did portraits of Jim Morrison, Janis and others. During a setbreak at Woodstock '94 he came on with a Doors song blasting over the sound system and did a portrait of Morrison. Someone came up to me during this time and with a totally straight face asked, "is that the Doors playing down there?"

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