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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  1. Worm on Saturday 15, 2012

    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

  2. ian russell on Saturday 15, 2012

    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.