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May 24, 2011 12:48 PM   Subscribe

Make your Franklin is a site which accepts submissions of recreated 100 USD banknotes.
posted by gman (33 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite

 
Is this something I would have to have money to understand?
posted by Trurl at 12:56 PM on May 24, 2011 [9 favorites]


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posted by Horace Rumpole at 12:57 PM on May 24, 2011 [13 favorites]


Most likely to be forwarded to me in outrage by my grandma in a month.
posted by phunniemee at 12:57 PM on May 24, 2011 [7 favorites]


Wow, these are ugly, hope Ben Franklin dosen't roll over in his grave.
posted by taxpayer at 12:57 PM on May 24, 2011


I'm neither a jingoist nor a Francophobe, but there's something weirdly upsetting about a bunch of Europeans photoshopping my money. I don't make fun of all those fake bridges you put on Euros.
posted by theodolite at 12:58 PM on May 24, 2011 [2 favorites]


> Wow, these are ugly, hope Ben Franklin dosen't roll over in his grave.

They are without exception much more pleasing than the latest iteration from the US BEP, however.
posted by Horselover Phattie at 12:59 PM on May 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


Great. Beautiful.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 12:59 PM on May 24, 2011 [2 favorites]


Some of these are really good, like the submissions by Mozatti or Fermoyle. I would totally spend those.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 1:00 PM on May 24, 2011


Yeah I really like that, um, dark grayback.
posted by 2bucksplus at 1:02 PM on May 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


French artists certainly have a jingoistic impression of America and Americans, don't they?

How they managed to tear themselves away from their baguettes and striped shirts for long enough to make these is beyond me.
posted by Curious Artificer at 1:02 PM on May 24, 2011 [11 favorites]


This Gadaffi one is kind of cool looking, but it's using the 'revolutionary' flag not Gadaffi's actual flag, which is just solid green.
posted by delmoi at 1:04 PM on May 24, 2011


I like the Darth Vader $100 because it serves as a generic metaphor for all of the evil overlords that have made the U.S. what it is today.
posted by mcstayinskool at 1:05 PM on May 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


Yeah I really like that, um, dark grayback.

At first, I found this (and the vertically oriented on after it) quite striking. Then I realized that they were killer ads for a Franklin Exhibition, but currency?

Then I go back to liking it again.
posted by eriko at 1:06 PM on May 24, 2011


I like the museum brochure and Future-Evil-IKEA gift card.
posted by cmyk at 1:06 PM on May 24, 2011


They are without exception much more pleasing than the latest iteration from the US BEP, however.

The orange pot of delicious honey symbolizes America's commitment to its hardworking apiarists.
posted by theodolite at 1:07 PM on May 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


I submitted this.
posted by MrMoonPie at 1:08 PM on May 24, 2011 [12 favorites]


At first I was all, man, it's gonna be tough to ask a bunch of art school kids to make any kind of nuanced commentary or even just a coherent artistic statement about what is probably THE most complex, symbol-laden object currently in existence. But then I thought, maybe the youth are the only ones capable of cutting through all that bullshit and see things from a more naked...

Oh. You... put Darth Vader on the $100 bill. I... see.
posted by danny the boy at 1:13 PM on May 24, 2011 [2 favorites]


Oh. You... put Darth Vader on the $100 bill. I... see.

Well, Obi-Wan is already on the $1 (hence it's nickname -- the Obi-One), Yoda is on the $5, Luke is on the $10 and Jar Jar is inexplicably on the $20... There is some lobbying for replacing Han Solo with Leia on the $50, but who puts women on US money? Really, the ONLY slot open for Vader was the $100, with Palpatine on the $500 and Qui-Gon on the rarely-seen $1000.

There is strong support for Leia on the $1 coins, however.
posted by hippybear at 1:18 PM on May 24, 2011 [3 favorites]


MrMoonPie, you know Roosevelt Franklin grew up to be Clifford, right?
posted by Faint of Butt at 1:18 PM on May 24, 2011


Got no ideas on the images. But currency needs thumb notches on the edges, like the bible. When I am rolling with a fat stack I want to quckly seperate the hundos from the small bills, I should be able to use the notches to quickly seperate the different types bills so when I make it rain, it ain't raining singles.
posted by Ad hominem at 1:20 PM on May 24, 2011 [2 favorites]


There is strong support for Leia on the $1 coins, however.

But the real collectors are interested in Tauntaun-Head Nickels.
posted by phunniemee at 1:20 PM on May 24, 2011 [2 favorites]


It's nice to be up here in Canada, now that the Wampa is stronger than the Obi-Wan.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 1:33 PM on May 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


The complete redesigns are quite interesting. The Mozzati note is pretty badass and scary monolithic. The Beneyt note is almost plausible in an Idiocracy-sort of way .. 00.12 x pistol, LOL.
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 1:40 PM on May 24, 2011


> But currency needs thumb notches on the edges, like the bible.

Or do what most currencies have (and works): different sizes for different values!
posted by bjrn at 1:42 PM on May 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


Or do what most currencies have (and works): different sizes for different values!

Then when you fold or stack them it looks messy.
posted by Ad hominem at 1:48 PM on May 24, 2011


Love it, I'm going to do one.
posted by Mcable at 1:49 PM on May 24, 2011


But currency needs thumb notches on the edges, like the bible.

You could just cut them yourself.
posted by hermitosis at 1:53 PM on May 24, 2011


You could just cut them yourself.

I'm thinking of a combo counter/notcher.
posted by Ad hominem at 2:00 PM on May 24, 2011


I wonder what J. S. G. Boggs would have to say about this. (Previously)
posted by TedW at 2:00 PM on May 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


But currency needs thumb notches on the edges, like the bible.

Assign different members of your posse to carry different denominations. That way, when you want to make it rain, you just pick the right guy in your posse to hand over the currency. Problem solved.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 2:06 PM on May 24, 2011 [4 favorites]


They are without exception much more pleasing than the latest iteration from the US BEP, however.

Wow. I hadn't seen that. I literally recoiled and made a "guhh" sound. WTF.
posted by cmoj at 2:16 PM on May 24, 2011


I like a handful of these. But some are proof some artists strive to say the most obvious things in the most contrived way.
posted by munchingzombie at 5:50 PM on May 24, 2011


But if the money's too pretty, I won't want to spend any!

Seriously, though, some of these make excellent fodder for alternative-universe speculation.
posted by AlHazred at 8:43 PM on May 24, 2011


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