Funny Fingers

Finger puppets can provide hours of amusement.

But this talented artist has put his digits to even more impressive use by turning them into lifelike recreations of famous faces. The inventive Italian, from Bologna, has produced versions of everyone from Jesus to Colonel Gaddafi and Hitler.

He works under the pseudonym Dito Von Tease, in reference to the burlesque dancer Dita and because “il dito” means “the finger”.

Von Tease said: “In Italian someone could say I wanted to ‘hide myself behind my finger [trans: nascondermi dietro un dito]’ – it’s a metaphor to indicate a not-very-effective hiding place. I used this metaphor to say we all try to hide ourselves behind an image of us we create. That’s my finger, the changing masks everybody wears in playing life… especially famous people.”

The characters are chosen from daily news and important happenings, historical events, arts, music, television and politics.

Von Tease has even put his finger on the perfect look for fictional characters Spock from Star Trek, Disney’s Mickey Mouse and animated monster Shrek.

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