Illustrator Reimagines Iconic Artists as Modern-Day Hipsters

Have you ever wondered how history’s famous artists would look like if they were alive today? This is the concept for the work of Tel-Aviv-based illustrator Amit Shimoni, who has reimagined iconic artists such as Frida Kahlo and Vincent van Gogh as if they were modern-day hipsters. His colorful portrait paintings are part of his ongoing series, aptly called HIPSTORY.

Shimoni has previously transformed world leaders from buttoned-up professionals into bohemian freethinkers. His newest hipster interpretations tackle the world of fine art, including the likes of Salvador Dalí who is comically styled with his hair in a “man bun” while his famous quote “I don’t do drugs. I am drugs” is seen tattooed on his chest. A hipster Vincent van Gogh is depicted wearing an AirPod and a patterned shirt featuring his own Sunflowers motif, while Pablo Picasso similarly wears his own Guernica-patterned shirt. An inked Frida Kahlo is depicted wearing a nose ring and her hair in braided pigtails cascades from her flower crown. Meanwhile, Andy Warhol wears classic horn-rimmed glasses and is clad in tattoos of his famous friends, including Marilyn Monroe and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

You can see more from Shimoni’s HIPSTORY series on Instagram and buy your favorite hipster icons as prints via the artist’s website.

Tel-Aviv-based illustrator Amit Shimoni reimagines famous artists as if they were modern-day hipsters.

Famous Artists Hipster Portraits Hipstory Amit Shimoni

Salvador Dalí

His colorful portrait paintings are part of his ongoing series called HIPSTORY.

Famous Artists Hipster Portraits Hipstory Amit Shimoni

Pablo Picasso

Each piece includes comical details such as tattoos and clothing that are specific to each artist.

Famous Artists Hipster Portraits Hipstory Amit Shimoni

Vincent van Gogh

Famous Artists Hipster Portraits Hipstory Amit Shimoni

Andy Warhol

Famous Artists Hipster Portraits Hipstory Amit Shimoni

Frida Kahlo (detail)

Famous Artists Hipster Portraits Hipstory Amit Shimoni

Andy Warhol (detail)

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My Modern Met granted permission to use photos by Amit Shimoni.

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.

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