This artist draws famous historical figures as modern-day millennials — and the portraits are hilariously accurate

Tel-Aviv-based illustrator, content creator, and character designer Amit Shimoni has two passions: history and hipsters.

Since 2014, he’s been working on a series of illustrations called “HIPSTORY” – a reimagining of iconic historical figures as modern-day hipsters. And with almost 20,000 Instagram followers, he’s quickly gaining a large following for his work.

Everyone from Abraham Lincoln to Hillary Clinton is fair game for a Shimoni-drawn transformation: JFK gets a hipster haircut, Queen Elizabeth dons a flower crown, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel rocks black lipstick.

Keep scrolling to see some of Shimoni’s coolest “hipstorical” portraits.


“Hipster” Donald Trump fashions an ironic Hawaiian shirt — and an even bigger hair swoop.

Shimoni creates a new addition for the HIPSTORY series every two months, according to his post on Bored Panda.


Each figure’s new look is carefully crafted, and Shimoni has an eye for detail.

Courtesy Amit ShimoniHillary Clinton.

Like the “Moby Dick” tattoo on Barack Obama’s right arm.

It’s important, says Shimoni, that the illustrations still convey the essence of the person. He chose to incorporate “Moby Dick” into Obama’s new look, for instance, because it’s one of the former president’s favourite books.


Or Frida Kahlo’s tattoo of her husband, Diego Rivera, on her left arm.

Courtesy Amit ShimoniArtist Frida Kahlo.

Kahlo was known for her portraits, and she often incorporated the face of her husband, Rivera, into her art.


Supreme Leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un, sports a blonde hair streak.

Shimoni says he chooses to include controversial leaders, like Jon-un, because they will “shape the future of tomorrow.”


Check out Einstein’s “E = mc2” neck tattoo.

Courtesy Amit ShimoniAlbert Einstein.

And MLK’s “Dream Big” baseball cap.

Courtesy Amit ShimoniDr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

It’s an allusion to 1963’s “I Have A Dream” speech.


Van Gogh has only one bluetooth ear bud — a clever nod to the artist having cut off his right ear in 1888.

Courtesy Amit ShimoniVincent Van Gogh.

Also notice “hipster” Van Gogh’s sunflower t-shirt and “chair” neck tattoo, both references to some of his more famous works of art.


Nelson Mandela rocks a “fade” haircut, a staple of the 1990s that’s recently been revived by hipsters.

Courtesy Amit ShimoniNelson Mandela.

There are many different kinds of fade haircuts to choose from these days.


Queen Elizabeth swaps her usual hat in favour of a flower crown.

Courtesy Amit ShimoniQueen Elizabeth II.

In reality, England’s queen has a list of fashion do’s and don’ts that are strictly followed by the Royal Family.


Surrealist Salvador Dalí probably would have loved his 2018 look.

Courtesy Amit ShimoniSalvador Dalí.

Shimoni even included a tattoo of a Chupa Chups lollipop underneath Dalí’s right collarbone. Dalí designed the brand’s logo in 1969.


And Princess Diana would have loved her red ribbon pin.

Courtesy Amit ShimoniPrincess Diana.

The Princess of Wales made strides in de-stigmatizing AIDS (represented by a red ribbon) throughout the 1980s and ’90s.


Abraham Lincoln looks fittingly debonair.

Courtesy Amit ShimoniAbraham Lincoln.

As the age-old saying goes: history repeats itself. Many hipsters sport beards similar to Abe’s in 2018, which is why Shimoni chose to include it in his illustration.


“Hipster” Gandhi looks like a super chill dude.

Courtesy Amit ShimoniMahatma Gandhi.

And Pablo Picasso wears a silk jacket, printed with his own painting.

Courtesy Amit ShimoniPablo Picasso.

The famous black-and-white design is from “Guernica,” one of Picasso’s more politically influenced pieces depicting the Spanish Civil War.


A gold chain peeks out of Vladimir Putin’s hip bowling shirt.

Courtesy Amit ShimoniVladimir Putin.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel rocks dark lips and platinum hair.

Courtesy Amit ShimoniAngela Merkel.

It didn’t seem possible, but JFK’s hair actually looks even better in “2018.”

Courtesy Amit ShimoniJohn F. Kennedy.

Argentinian revolutionary Che Guevara gets an updated version of his classic beret.

Instead of the iconic red star, Guevara’s “hipster” beanie has an Adidas logo.


Ultimately, Shimoni’s goal is “to give today’s generation access to history’s leaders.”

Courtesy Amit ShimoniWinston Churchill.

Winston Churchill is almost unrecognizable as a hipster, but that’s precisely Shimoni’s mission – to create fresh and renewed interest in history’s oft-inaccessible figureheads.


But then there’s Andy Warhol — who looks curiously the same.

Some visionaries are just ahead of their time.

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