Elvis First Photo, 1954 - Pink Heart is a limited edition silkscreen with stencil spray paint by graffiti artist Pure Evil.
The image of Elvis comes from a 1" high image found in a memorial issue newspaper published in Elvis' hometown of Memphis, Tennessee the week he died. It was taken in 1954 in the Memphis Press-Scimitar offices, and ran with his first profile in the newspaper the following day.
It has been turned into a one colour silkscreen which has been printed on 320gsm Fedrigoni Paper and then finished with a stencil spray paint heart tear.
Pure Evil has come a long way from vampire-toothed bunnies, hastily scrawled onto walls around cities at every corner of the globe, but his work continues to live up to iconic expectations. Riffing off Warhol’s famous screen prints of Marilyn Monroe, Pure Evil carries the torch of Pop Art into the twenty-first century, creating a new range of printed celebrity portraits, each one oozing a black tear as they face their own nightmare.