Korean Artist is Transforming Starbucks Cups into Amazing Works of Art

Most people throw their Starbucks cups away after getting their dose of caffeine energy in the morning, but not Soo Min Kim. This paper cup artist from South Korea is transforming his cups into something truly incredible.

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Soo Min Kim has been doing this for years and he managed to attract over 186 thousand Instagram followers along the way. His creations explore the inner world of the Starbucks mermaid and show her going through countless everyday situations.

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My recent cupart works (photo version) and workplace for instalive๐ŸŽฌ . ์ธ์Šคํƒ€๋ผ์ด๋ธŒ๋Š” ์˜์ƒํ•ด์ƒ๋„๊ฐ€ ๋‚ฎ์€๊ฒŒ ํ•ญ์ƒ ๋ถˆ๋งŒ์ด์—ˆ๋˜์ง€๋ผ, ์š”๊ทผ๋ž˜ ์ž‘์—…๋“ค์„ ํ•œ๊บผ๋ฒˆ์— ๋ชจ์•„์„œ ์‚ฌ์ง„์œผ๋กœ ๋‹ด์•„๋ดค์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ๊ทธ๋ฆฌ๊ณ  ํŒ”๋กœ์›Œ๋ถ„์˜ ์š”์ฒญ์œผ๋กœ ์ธ์Šคํƒ€๋ผ์ด๋ธŒ ์ž‘์—…๊ณต๊ฐ„๋„ ์˜ฌ๋ ค๋ณด์•„์š”. ์•ˆ์ •๋˜๊ณ  ๊ณ ๋ฅธ ์กฐ๋ช…์„ ์œ„ํ•ด ์ œํ’ˆ์ดฌ์˜์šฉ LEDํฌํ† ๋ฐ•์Šค์— ๊ณ ๊ฐœ๋ฅผ ์‘ค์…”๋„ฃ๊ณ  ์ดฌ์˜ํ•˜๊ณ  ์žˆ๋‹ต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.๐Ÿ˜‰ . ๆœ€่ฟ‘ใฎใƒคใƒ„ใฎๅ†™็œŸๆ’ฎๅฝฑใŒใพใ ใ ใฃใŸใฎใงไธ€ๆฐ—ใซๆ’ฎใฃใฆใฟใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใ‚ใจใ‚คใƒณใ‚นใ‚ฟใƒฉใ‚คใƒ–ใฎๆ’ฎๅฝฑๅ ดๆ‰€ใ‚‚ใ‚ขใƒƒใƒ—ใ—ใพใ™ใ€‚ไธ€ๅฎšใฎๆ˜Žใ‚‹ใ„็…งๆ˜ŽใŒๆฌฒใ—ใใฆๅฐ็‰ฉๆ’ฎๅฝฑ็”จใฎLEDใƒ•ใ‚ฉใƒˆใƒœใƒƒใ‚ฏใ‚นใ‚’ไฝฟใฃใฆใพใ™ใ€‚็ธฆๆจช้ซ˜ใ•60ใ‚ปใƒณใƒใฎ็ซ‹ๆ–นไฝ“ใงๅ‡„ใ„ๆ•ฐใฎLEDใƒฉใ‚คใƒˆใŒไป˜ใ„ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใƒคใƒ„ใงใ™๐Ÿ˜‰ . . . #soominkim #fseo #cupart #art #papercup #starbucks #illustration #doodle #๊น€์ˆ˜๋ฏผ #์ปต์•„ํŠธ #์ผ๋Ÿฌ์ŠคํŠธ #์Šคํƒ€๋ฒ…์Šค #์•„ํŠธ #์ข…์ด์ปต #ใ‚ญใƒ ใ‚นใƒŸใƒณ #็ด™ใ‚ณใƒƒใƒ— #็ด™ใ‚ณใƒƒใƒ—ใ‚ขใƒผใƒˆ #ใ‚นใ‚ฟใƒ #ใ‚คใƒฉใ‚นใƒˆ #ใ‚ขใƒผใƒˆ

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The Seoul-based artist gave us a closer look at this process over the years, but his approach to this unique art form changed significantly. He always starts with a simple unadorned cup and uses it to put the Siren into a new surrounding with nothing but a green marker.

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The art on his incredible paper cups ranges from simple doodles to interactactive 3D cutouts that take hours to make. They are all amazing and unique in their own right and we wouldnโ€™t complain if Starbucks started selling a limited-edition collection of cups based on his works.

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