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Butcher Billy's Emoticon Art Give Emotions to Retro Celebrities

By: Akihiko Tse - Published: • References: butcherbilly.tumblr & designtaxi
Brazil-based illustrator Butcher Billy has finally put a face to a name by transposing emoticon art onto the faces of retro pop celebrities.

The emoticons, or the use of punctuation marks to make faces conveying different emotions, are placed on top of the pixelated faces of such celebrities as Elvis Presley, Albert Einstein and Marilyn Monroe. In the collection of emoticon art illustrations, titled 'Retro Pop Emoticons,' Presley has the unsure or unamused slanted mouth depicted on his face, while Einstein, in cleverly cheeky fashion, has the emoticon of the tongue sticking out sideways.

Some other celebrities Butcher Billy alters include Freddie Mercury, who sports a clamored look of "Oh no" across his face using a large X for eyes and an "O" to indicate his mouth, while John Lennon has a more complex emoticon consisting of two brackets to fit the curvature of his face, while two small "o's" on either side of a "J" make up his face. Stats for Melodramatic Emoticon Portraits Trending: This Year & Warm
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