PHOTOS: Artist Turns Starbucks Cups into Works of Art

10/15/2014 at 11:42 AM ET

Starbucks Cup Art
Courtesy Facebook via Soo Min Kim

She is the shining green symbol of Big Caffeine, yet so omnipresent that our subconscious sometimes renders her invisible: We’re talking, of course, about the Starbucks mermaid.

But a Korean artist named Soo Min Kim is changing the way we look at the Siren, as she’s officially called, by re-imagining her in a host of new identities that include Thomas the Tank Engine, a 3D moviegoer and even all four Beatles members (shown above).

We’re loving how this rendering of mermaid-as-office-worker reminds us of an old-school flip book:

Starbucks Cup Art
Courtesy Facebook via Soo Min Kim

His process is simple, but kind of genius: He paints over the cup in white, but leaves key original details of his muse’s face and (sometimes) hair. Then he adds his own doodles with a green marker. Watch him create an ode to “Gangnam Style” in this video:

Check out more of his art below, as well as on his Facebook page. We’re betting that the next time you grab your Pumpkin Spice Latte, you’ll have a newfound fondness for that Mona Lisa–esque lady smiling back at you.

Starbucks Cup Art
Courtesy Facebook via Soo Min Kim

Starbucks Cup Art
Courtesy Facebook via Soo Min Kim

Starbucks Cup Art
Courtesy Facebook via Soo Min Kim

Starbucks Cup Art
Courtesy Facebook via Soo Min Kim

—Lexi Dwyer

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