Narcissism may be the only way to keep physical currencies alive.

With the rise of convenient electronic transactions and cryptocurrencies that offer unprecedented anonymity, the declining popularity of physical currencies is a real occurrence. Artist Jonathon Keats has proposed that the only way to save dollars, pounds, and other national currencies is to emblazon them with selfies of the hardworking citizens that use that very same money each and every day.

“Monetary exchange is probably the most universal way in which we communicate, and what gets expressed is limited by our economic system,” Keats tells PSFK. “Experimenting with money appeals to me because there’s the potential to explore our unspoken social interactions.”

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