Doodling with Currency at Christmas

If the summer holiday is the ‘silly season’, the Christmas break surely has to be the ‘shopping season': A celebration of something sacred transformed into a festival of greed and degenerate gift-grabbing.

Whilst out battling Christmas shoppers the other day, I was just about to pay for yet more wrapping paper, when this doodle jumped out at me from a ten pound note. I haven’t actually seen one of these before, but I thought it was illegal to deface bank notes?

Seeing Darwin’s Schubert-style specs made me giggle, but prompted me to reflect on the lack of respect for authority – as well as the sorry state of our nation’s coffers.  Even The Queen has expressed concern about the current financial crisis…. I wonder what she’d have to say about this doodle?

I’m also wondering how fellow Dabblers would customize a banknote to turn it into work of art? Here are some examples for inspiration.

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2 thoughts on “Doodling with Currency at Christmas

    December 15, 2012 at 12:01

    that note is very ronald searle!

    some of those american bank notes are really rather good – I think their monochrome paper lends itself better to doodling

    ian russell
    December 15, 2012 at 17:41

    I’ve started printing “this note is for quantitative easing only” along the edge of mine, and a “Best Before” date after the governor’s signature.

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