June 12, 2011

Monster Money

Artist James Charles uses American currency, five and ten dollar bills, as his canvas, transforming their engraved likenesses to that of celebrities and famous fictional characters. There’s Iggy Pop, Jimi Hendrix and Joey Ramone alongside Ronald MacDonald, Frida Kahlo and a melting Walt Disney.

The collection includes a fair share of monsters, from The Wolf Man, the Creature from the Black Lagoon and the Phantom of the Opera to Pinhead, Alien’s face-hugger and The Terminator.

Here, Alexander Hamilton turns into The Bride and Abe Lincoln makes a fine Frankenstein.

James Charles’ altered currency was recently on display at The Shooting Gallery in San Francisco and there’s a large selection of images on their website.

A Million Frankensteins
Benjamin Franklin Meets Frankenstein


Emmy said...

I followed the link to James Charles' collection....I totally want the Wolfman, Van Gogh, and Phantom of the Opera dollar (and of course the Creature and Bride) :)

Max the drunken severed head said...

Never has Alexander Hamilton looked more beautiful nor The Monster more presidential.

Anonymous said...

Great stuff. I would have gone with the Lincolnstein look for the fiver, though. http://www.megomuseum.com/?p=868