Artist Amit Shimoni knows a thing or two about being cool. So much so that he was able to perfectly re-imagine some of history's most powerful and notable leaders as cool hipsters in a new illustration series. The drawings are part of the "Hipstory" series, which Shimoni hopes will give people an alternative perspective on history and culture. 

“It is my hope that this series will encourage us to reflect: upon our leaders, our society, and ourselves,” Shimoni said. “Hipstory wishes not to criticize, but to shed new light on the way we think of ourselves and the figures who inspire us.

Some of the notable figures in the series include Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, Margaret Thatcher, and Mao Zedong. The artist gave each of these traditionally stoic leaders backwards hats, sunglasses, colorful shirts, and mustaches.  

Nelson Mandela 

Mahatma Gandhi 


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Abraham Lincoln 

Che Guevara 

Vladimir Lenin 

Winston Churchill 

John F. Kennedy 

Margaret Thatcher