Nickels carved in the images of famous pop culture characters
Previously, we featured the glorious but little known art form of the Hobo Nickel. Popular among hobos for its low cost and portability – hence the name – the Hobo Nickel is the technique wherein the artist carves the surface of any old coin until it forms a miniature bas relief. Traditionally, these modified coins depict skulls and images of the American West.
UK-based artist Shaun Hughes, however, gives these old coins a modern-day spin by incorporating images of famous pop culture characters, such as Yoda and Spider-Man. He also engraves portraits of animals and US presidents, but the subjects that really stand out are ones of the characters we’ve all come to grow and love – like Chucky the murderous living doll.
You can see more of Shaun Hughes’ amazing collection here.