Thursday, April 23, 2009

Motown Money

It's about time Detroit had its own currency.
(Photo by Marvin Shaouni/Model D)


  1. Call it the collector in me, but I compelled to get one of those. This is going to sound strange but, I miss paper money that is beautiful. That includes stamps too.

  2. VVürstsydæ VVårlørdæApril 23, 2009 at 7:16 PM

    ...artists... ugh. Cute idea, but after looking at the photos in the link I gotta ask one question. If this is Detroit, where are all of the black people? Seriously. Neo-urban bohemians live in such a bubble.

  3. I think everyone lives in a bubble.... the question is whether you like the bubble you're in. Happy Spring! Twee! :D

  4. Setting aside the racial implications for a second, the money design is beautiful. I used to eat at a place that had all the various bills from around the world pinned to the wall, and the U.S. was down at the bottom in terms of attractive currency, and that was before the recent redesign.

    WW, do we have to solve Detroit's economic and racial problems at the same time? You're so demanding! Can't the hipsters get drunk and design money for at least one night a week?

  5. Würstside WarlørdApril 24, 2009 at 2:17 PM

    Dig it. I'm a self-loathing hipster myself, although my bubble has burst.

    Glad to see they're doing creative stuff, its just so... y'know.


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