Portraits of Musicians With Rubber Band-Wrapped Faces


Remember New Mexico-based photographer Wes Naman and his hilarious (if a bit silly) portraits of people with their faces comically distorted using Scotch tape?

That photo series — which was featured all over the Internet — instantly went viral, but after a time, the question Naman started getting asked most often was “what’s next?” His Rubber Band series is the answer to that question.

Similar to his Scotch tape series, it’s all portraits of curiously contorted faces. Only this time Naman decided to put an additional spin on the idea. Since he was using rubber bands, he decided to only photograph people from popular Albuquerque bands wearing theirs or another band’s t-shirt.

The resulting photo series is both interesting and a bit painful to look at, but Naman hopes that it will attract as much attention as the Scotch tape series did:











And just in case you want to see what this strange photo shoot was like behind the scenes, Naman enlisted the help of Conceptflux Media to create a BTS video just for you:

In addition to the attention he hopes his photography business will receive from the series, he’s also hoping that Rubber Bands will shed some light on the thriving Albuquerque music scene, which includes many friends of his.

“Even if we get half the viewers we got with Scotch tape, and even if half of that half listens to the music, it’s still a good way to get it out there,” said Naman, speaking with Wired about the city’s often-overlooked talent. “I’m hoping it gives Albuquerque a little bump, the Colbert bump if you will.”

To see more rubber band photos from Naman, or possibly re-visit some of the Scotch tape photos we know and love, head over to his website by clicking here. You can also find the collection of photos over at

(via Wired)

Image credits: Photographs by Wes Naman/ and used with permission.

  • Furunomoe

    Funny? Sorry but for me it’s kinda disturbing if not somewhat gory.

  • billtraps

    not funny in the least bit

  • ripley

    Death to the Pixies shirt. YES.

  • Sterling

    Gross. Oh wait, these are musicians? Hilarious.

  • Victor

    Total Crap.

  • KewlDewd

    “Musicians that are actually in bands.” What a rare and unique thing. Wherever did he find such people? *eye roll*

  • Alex Minkin

    different verse, same as the first

  • Devin Dillinger Paredes

    That O’brother sriracha shirt is most best! What an immense band O’brother is.

  • Charlie Harper

    Oh… Mr. Phil Kneen made this kind of portrait some years ago. Next…

  • rubberbandman

    I like the lighting…and the visual pun…musicians in bands…clever!

  • Gregor_Albrecht

    Well this is new! Good thing you posted this here. (:§) <- irony smiley

  • Freddy

    Nobody in a “band” ever wear a plain boring ordinary T shirt….or do they have to let everyone know how “cool” they are?

  • Dave


  • elina

    Sorry, but these picture are nastily. Not people, but the way how it looks like.

  • chubbs

    This is the greatest thing I have ever seen and anyone who says its bad is probably a boring person.

  • viki reed

    Looks like Francis Bacon

  • MMielech

    “he’s also hoping that Rubber Bands will shed some light on the thriving Albuquerque music scene”

    Nope. sorry.

  • Caca Milis

    Should mess up face recognition a bit lol

  • Perry Holmes

    lighting+hdr+rubber band and that’s it nothing extraordinary.

  • ajfudge

    I first find it funny but then I felt guilty for thinking it’s funny because the people in the images look like they’re being tortured.