Here is what world leaders would look like if they were hipsters

What if Mahatma Gandhi was fond of tie-dye
shirts or if Nelson Mandela wore his hair like the
Fresh Prince of Bel Air?

AmitShimoniIllustration ) , a series by
designer Amit Shimoni (
amitshimoni-1 ) , reimagines famous world
leaders, from Gandhi to John F Kennedy, as if they
were modern-day hipsters. That means branded
beanies and flannel shirts in the unlikeliest of
places (on Che Guevara) and a vision of Vladimir
Lenin in biker get-up that you’ll find hard to unsee.

“I often find myself imagining a world where some
of these leaders are less interested in influencing
lives, and more focused on their own persona,”
Shimoni said in an email. “Imagine Gandhi
obsessing about his looks, and not about releasing
India from the British rule? Or Abraham Lincoln
searching for a hip bar, instead of abolishing

Shimoni insists his work (
amitshimoni ) is not aimed at criticising hipster
culture and instead is simply intended at changing
perspectives so we see things from a different
light. But his very approach to the HIPSTORY
series suggests something of a questioning stance.

“In our time and culture, the ‘big’ ideologies are
lost ‒ we have grown tired, or perhaps too smart,
to follow big systems of absolute ideas and
beliefs,” he wrote, by way of explaining the series
of illustrations. “But have we lost something in
this process? With nothing to hold on to, we are
becoming global beings ‒ focused more on our
individual selves and less on society and

This post first appeared on ( http://,-biker-
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