Alter Ego Exhibit uses the powers of artists to create tributes to renowned comics. Scottish artist SmugOne turns hip hop stars into iconic superheroes; the Marvel comic characters are completely revamped. Crafted specifically for the show, each piece provides a humorous yet photorealistic portrayal. SmugOne merges the fantastical with the gangster on these spray-painted canvases. Using a technique that perfects highlighting, features from the characters -- whether it be a shiny blade or glowing eyes -- are truly emphasized by the artist.
The portraits are cleverly named based on their rapper/superhero mashup. 'Weapon X to the Z,' referencing the fusion between rapper Xzibit and X-Men Wolverine is just one example. While Lil Storm electrifies as Lil Kim is transformed into Storm in an expected sultry pose. Finally, Notorious T.H.I.N.G. pays honor to the departed Biggie as a badass cigar-smoking Thing from the Fantastic Four.