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Hobo Nickel: skulls and pop culture icons carved onto coins

Hobo nickel is an art form involving the engraving of sculptures onto coins to create a bas relief. Also, if you’re wondering why it’s called hobo, the art form was popular among hobos because of its low cost and portability. Barcelona-based artist Paolo Curcio tapped into his inner hobo to create beautiful and unique designs that’ll make you go, ‘How, how, how in the world did he do that?’

He used different coins to engrave images of various pop culture icons, such as: Moby Dick, ET, Frankenstein, Dracula, and Spock, to name a few. Another recurring theme among his engravings are skulls and death.

So if ever you dream of running away and living in a boxcar for the rest of your life, you now know what art form you can take up while on the road.

Via This Is Colossal

hobo nickels by paolo curcio
hobo nickels by paolo curcio
hobo nickels by paolo curcio
hobo nickels by paolo curcio
hobo nickels by paolo curcio
hobo nickels by paolo curcio
hobo nickels by paolo curcio
hobo nickels by paolo curcio

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Inigo is a writer and graphic designer from Manila, Philippines. He is a soldier of love who will carry you on his strong back of awesomeness when the zombie apocalypse arrives.

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