Artist Re-Imagines Famous World Leaders As Hipsters [VIDEO]

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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)

Check out some of Shimoni’s creations here:

[Amit Shimoni’s hipster George Washington illustration features a patriotic bald eagle tattoo on the former president’s chest. (Photo Source: Amit Shimoni/HIPSTORY)]

[Amit Shimoni’s hipster Rosa Parks illustration. (Photo Source: Amit Shimoni/HIPSTORY)]

[Hipster Abraham Lincoln has an earring, necklace and is wearing a plum-colored blazer. (Photo Source: Amit Shimoni/ HIPSTORY)]

[Amit Shimoni’s hipster Albert Einstein illustration features the renowned scientist sporting a mohawk and donning tattoos. (Photo Source: Amit Shimoni/HIPSTORY)]

[Hipster Hillary Clinton has a purple ombre bob and a tattoo. (Photo Source: Amit Shimoni)]

[Amit Shimoni’s illustration of hipster Barack Obama features the former president in a tank top, tattooed, and sporting a man bun. (Photo Source: Amit Shimoni)]

“I try bringing a new twist to the smallest details that define the character. For example, on Obama’s chest, you can find the words ‘Hope’ and ‘change,’ which are slogans anyone can immediately realize. But I also try leaving details that are less notable and less recognized by most viewers, like the tattoo on Obama’s right shoulder, which represents a scene from the book, ‘Moby-Dick,’ which is Obama’s favorite reading book,” Shimoni said. 

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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