Miniature Pop Culture Portraits on Coins

Brazilian designer Andre Levy’s Tales You Lose series transforms currency into miniature pop culture paintings. New York City playwright J. Julian Christopher brought the fun collection of colorful coins to our attention. “The paint brings to the faces of kings and presidents borrowed narratives from other famous characters and unleash individual alternative stories,” writes the artist on his Tumblr. The famous profiles of historical figures are given a makeover — and the results are surprisingly spot-on. The tiny artworks also make us ponder a future in which John Waters’ muse Divine is featured on our dollars and cents. That’s a world we’d like to live in.

Image credit: Andre Levy
Image credit: Andre Levy

Divine

Image credit: Andre Levy
Image credit: Andre Levy

Daphne Blake, Scooby-Doo

Image credit: Andre Levy
Image credit: Andre Levy

Popeye

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Image credit: Andre Levy

The Wicked Queen and Snow White

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Image credit: Andre Levy

Amy Winehouse

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Image credit: Andre Levy

The Son of Man, René Magritte

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Image credit: Andre Levy

Khal Drogo, Game of Thrones

Image credit: Andre Levy
Image credit: Andre Levy

The Queen of Hearts, Alice in Wonderland

Image credit: Andre Levy
Image credit: Andre Levy

Star Wars

Image credit: Andre Levy
Image credit: Andre Levy

Gandalf, The Lord of the Rings