Scott Campbell: Carved Currency Sculptures
Today I’m going to show you these amazing paper sculptures—made with laser/hand-cut stacks of dollar bills—by the talented and Brooklyn-based tattoo artist Scott Campbell. Scott Campbell is now considered an artist, but we can’t forget that he is a tattooer first—and a damn good one at that. He also used …
Scott Campbell is now considered an artist, but we can’t forget that he is a tattooer first—and a damn good one at that. He also used to live and work in my neighborhood, Brooklyn, right in the heart of Williamsburg where he’s part of the Saved Tattoo team.
This time I’m not going to show you any of his tattoo designs or tattoo-related works. If you want to see some ink, you’ll have to go to his website and take a look there.
While most people freak even at the thought of destroying money, Scott sees it as the perfect way to showcase his impressive skills by laser-cutting each dollar bill with surgeon-like precision, one by one, then arranging them into 100-dollar stacks.
In essence, he destroys to create highly detailed pieces of art that leave us speechless.
Of all his works, hearts, skulls and typography really stand out. The imagery borrows the visual vocabulary of mortality mixed up with tattoo culture, yet it’s sculpted from the currency with which we trade everyday. The final product Scott offers is supremely refined, precise, and meticulously executed.
Right above we can see one that I consider among his best works, titled “Pièce de Résistance“. In this piece, the artist utilizes $11,000 one-dollar notes to create a two-foot cube, into which a three dimensional big skull is carved out; amazing.
Risky business—the mutilation of United States currency is considered a prosecutable offense—but as many of you probably agree, a great combination of technology and art.
PS: The use of paper as sculpting material reminds me of Jen Stark‘s art.
All images ©Scott Campbell