Art of Defaced US Dollars28. Dec2011

Technically, defacing US currency is a crime – but artist James Charles doesn’t seem to be in any legal trouble for his awesome series of Pop Culture Cash. His portraits, created on real money using ink, turn dead presidents into colorfully amusing pop culture icons.

Taking the likenesses of Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant and Alexander Hamilton, James Charles embellishes the already-present images to turn them into other people entirely. The altered bills celebrate the geeky and the mainstream, the absurd and the admirable.


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