What Famous Historical Leaders Would Look Like as Hipsters

Kirstin Fawcett
Amit Shimoni via Nuvango
Amit Shimoni via Nuvango / Amit Shimoni via Nuvango

Ever wondered what Hillary Clinton would look like with purple hair, or whether the Dalai Lama could rock a pair of horn-rimmed glasses? Probably not—but that's the improbable genius of "HIPSTORY," a series of whimsical drawings by Israeli artist Amit Shimoni.

The works re-imagine historical political figures as tattooed, pierced, vintage jacket-wearing hipsters. Shimoni hopes that the surreal depictions will encourage us to "reflect upon our leaders, our society, and ourselves." (It should go without saying that he also wants us to laugh.)

 Check out some of Shimoni's tragically hip global leaders below, or visit Society6 to buy the artwork.

George Washington

Angela Merkel

Ronald Reagan

Queen Elizabeth II

Barack Obama

Winston Churchill

Dalai Lama

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands

Benjamin Zeev Herzl

Charles De Gaulle

David Ben Gurion

Che Guevara

Hillary Clinton

Nelson Mandela

Abraham Lincoln

Vladimir Lenin

Golda Meir

Martin Luther King Jr.

Margaret Thatcher

Mao Zedong

John F. Kennedy

Mahatma Gandhi

All images courtesy of Amit Shimoni via Nuvango