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.