As we recently mentioned when we published our “Money Graffiti” slideshow, the legality of writing, drawing or otherwise using U.S. currency for art isn’t clear-cut. According to Title 18 of the United States Code, Section 333 (18 U.S.C. §333), “whoever mutilates, cuts, defaces, disfigures, or perforates, or unites or cements together, or does any other thing to any bank bill… with intent to render such bank bill, draft, note, or other evidence of debt unfit to be reissued, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than six months, or both.”
That hasn’t stopped artists from using dollar bills as their canvas. Take a look at the slideshow above, and you’ll see that U.S. money could quite literally be used to create amazing works of art. Images include work by tattoo artist Scott Campbell, artist Mark Wagner, and Dave Cole of theKnittingMachine.com, who in 2006 shredded more than 1,000 $1 bills and then hand-knitted them into what is now known as The Money Dress.