When it comes to pop music, the things that make it bright, beautiful, and bombastic are often the things that curmudgeons and cynics point to in order to make it seem like a lesser art form. Words like "trashy," "bubblegum," and "saccharine" are used. Accusations get thrown around that pop is "all style, no substance."
Enter Jason Mecier, a San Francisco artist who pays tribute to his favorite celebrities by making art out of objects like discarded materials, pieces of candy, and make-up-related detritus, demonstrating in the most vivid of ways that one man's trash is another fan's treasure.
Mecier's brand new book, Pop Trash, features more than 150 lovingly assembled -- and remarkably life-like -- tributes to his heroes, including some of our favorite musicians. Below, we take a look at some of the best: