04 Jul 2012

David Wolman for Wired:

Kuhl wanted to get back to the simpler (and legal) business of being a graphic artist. But one aspect of the bust stuck in his head: An expert witness from Germany’s central bank had extolled the quality of Kuhl’s forgeries. There was also something poetic, Kuhl thought, about demonstrating to the world that those coveted, almost sacred US dollars were nothing more than intricate images mass-produced on fancy paper.

One can find poetry anywhere, if only you know how to look for it. On the surface, this is simply the story of a criminal interested in getting rich; with an attention to detail, it becomes the romantic tale of an artist who allowed his pursuit of perfection to steer himself into troubled waters.

(Via Hacker News)