Tales You Lose is a creative art project by Frankfurt-based Brazilian designer Andre Levy (aka zhion) that started on Instagram. The unconventional artist began painting over the figures on various international coins collected from his travels, transforming presidents and monarchs into pop culture icons. The ongoing series features anyone from Cat Woman and Wolverine to Cinderella and Ronald McDonald.
Levy creatively transforms ordinary currency into pop culture portraits, artistically raising their value. Though we may see his adjustments as turning an ordinary object into art, the designer says: “Coins are actually massively-reproduced little sculptures. This project brings individual character to each replica, and makes us think: Are we able to like one cent more than others, just by injecting new stories in it?”