An artist re-imagined famous world leaders as hipsters in a series, “HIPSTORY,” according to a release The Daily Caller News Foundation obtained.
Amit Shimoni, an Israeli artist, creates unique portraits featuring well-known world leaders as hipsters or people decked out in avant-garde modern fashion trends in his HIPSTORY series. Shimoni continues to expand his collection, conceptualizing a new design every two months, according to the press release. The artist tries to keep his artwork internationally focused, already showcasing some of his creations including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former President Barack Obama, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel. He also made depictions of historical figures such as Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, renowned physicist Albert Einstein, and Rosa Parks, the activist who helped fight against Jim Crow Laws.
“‘Hipster’ is a weird term,” Shimoni said. “It seems like almost every young urban person you meet can fall under a certain description of ‘Hipster.’ Which is a part of my point — we all try to express ourselves and our individuality and it becomes the main thing we do, and eventually, we all look the same.” (RELATED: Brighton Knocks Out Portland As Most Hipster City)
The DCNF also obtained a video featuring Shimoni’s creative process for his designs. The Israeli artist will spends few days simply studying the character before piecing together the “hipster” design, according to the video:
Shimoni started his collection in 2014, which became successful, leading him to make the Israeli list of Forbes’ “30 under 30.” His artwork also has a huge international presence, being featured in Berlin, New York, Tel Aviv and Paris.
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