Roman Booteen is a Russian artist who works in the ancient art form of ‘hobo nickels’. These sculptural art pieces were traditionally made by travelers and the homeless, due to their portability and availability. Examples of altered coins date back to the 1700s, but the art form has enjoyed something of a resurgence on social media.
Booteen modifies his coins to give them the appearance of monsters and aliens. His designs often feature teeth, tentacles, skeletons, and contorted human forms. Check out some of these amazingly intricate carvings below, and keep up to date with his work on Instagram.