“C-3PO Unmasked” by Alex Solis. All Images: Gallery 1988

Originality is difficult. Try to come up with an original concept and odds are, you’re just taking bits and pieces from your previous experiences to give something old a new spin. That’s the theme of Icons Unmasked, an amazing new art show by artist Alex Solis.

Solis has taken over 100 popular pop culture characters and “unmasked” them, revealing the pop culture icons who may or may not have had a direct influence on that first icon. We’ve covered this idea of his in the past but now, you can own the art—and he’s revealed even more.

Here’s just a small sampling of the work in the show.

And that’s just a third of the work Solis has done. It’s so, so cool.

Icons Unmasked is on display at Gallery 1988 West, 7308 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles through April. But if you aren’t in LA, you can see the entire show (and buy art from it) at this link.