Hipstory – Leaders From Past History Re-Imagined As Hipsters

Che Guevara Hipstory

Graphic designer Amit Shimoni has created a new illustration series re-imagining famous world leaders from the past as today’s hipsters. He explains his reasons for the project:

I often find myself thinking about the differences between these world’s greatest leaders, their beliefs and motivations, and our self-centered generation.

The ‘Y’ generation is constantly looking at fashion and style as their way of self expression while steering away from the big ideologies. HIPSTORY wishes to reimagine the great leaders of modern history and place them in a different time and culture  —  ours.

It was not easy to illustrate all these leaders; it took me a few months to complete the project, but the effort was worth it. It is my hope that this series will encourage us to reflect: upon our leaders, our society, and ourselves.

HIPSTORY wishes not to criticize, but to shed new light on the way we think of ourselves and the figures who inspire us.

Right, glad he’s made that clear so I didn’t just think I was looking at a bunch of funny illustrations of world leaders, who admittedly do look way cooler than they used to back in the day (although not as cool as these accidental Chinese hipsters). I’m pretty sure Amit Shimoni is probably a hipster, come to think of it.

Che Guevara is up top, obviously.

John F. Kennedy

Hipstory 1

Mahatma Gandhi

Hipstory 2

Vladimir Lenin

Hipstory 3

Nelson Mandela

Hipstory 4

Abraham Lincoln

Hipstory 5

Margaret Thatcher

Hipstory 6

Winston Churchill

Hipstory 7

Mao Zedong

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