“He began drawing on dollar bills, for the sake of his own amusement; crudely altering the presidents’ faces to become monsters, celebrities, etc. After accidentally spending a few of his early pieces, James decided to stop carrying them in his wallet, and started putting them inside of a magazine for safe-keeping. The magazine folder eventually became a large scrapbook, showcasing bills of all denominations. He found ink and materials to match perfectly what the U.S. Mint uses on the bank notes, and began to experiment with ways to alter the font and script along the bottom of the bills. It became the perfect way for James to inject an additional layer of wit.” ~ Bio on www.shootinggallery.com
I’ve seen this done before, hell we’re all guilty of it ourselves at some point writing something on money, but I haven’t seen anything this well done! The attention to detail is shown in his work, the creativity is divine as he’s off the wall about who he draws (which is everyone and anyone) and being able to find the correct inks to match the US Mint is no easy feat. I still haven’t figured out how he does the text at the bottom but whatever his trick is it’ll cost you plenty. A $5 or $10 note will run you anywhere from $600-$1,000, which is about the same exchange rate you’d get if you charged your credit card that and only paid the minimum-monthly-balance every month.
This takes on a whole new meaning to doodling in class at school! Check out his gallery to see more.
- Name: James Charles
- From: Based out of San Francisco, USA
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