Tattoo artist transforms $11,000 into a skull worth $50,000 now
Since 2004, New York-based tattoo artist Scott Campbell has been inking celebrities, including Helena Christensen, Heath Ledger and Marc Jacobs. Last year, he was commissioned by Jacobs to ink his runway models for the 2011 Spring Louis Vuitton menswear collection. This time, the artist has made a skull from $11,000 worth of cash. The intricate work is among his many other creations, which were exhibited at the new OHWOW gallery in Los Angeles. For the exhibit Noblesse Oblige, he used copper, currency, graphite, ink and neon to transform tattoo subculture iconography into amazing works of art. The artworks include etchings on 24-karat gold plates, morbid images done inside ostrich eggs and charred currency.
The money skull was made by carving a 3D image into uncut sheets of dollars that came straight from the U.S. Mint. The skull was then placed in a copper box, which is about 2 feet long by 2 feet wide. The skull made from $11,000 in cash is now up for grabs for a cool $50,000.