Etching-Style Tattoos by Marco Matarese

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Etching has a long place in our history. In terms of printmaking, it dates back to the 15th century. Back then, a pointed etching needle would scratch away at metal plates, and its style characterized with fine, precise lines. Marco C. Matarese translates this style into modern times but trades metal plates for skin. His work has the same fine line that instantly reads as etching but often with a surrealist twist. Creatures heads are elongated and twisted, while the bodies of whales contain a portrait of the human eye. Although based in Italy (where etching got its start), Matarese travels for his tattoos. In July, he was in Amsterdam.

classic sculpture tattoo whale with human eyes, tattoo whale and eye tattoo, surreal Etching style tattoo by Marco Matarese
etching tattoo on arm human with bird head finger and acorn tattoo mermaid tattoo on leg Etching style tattoo by Marco Matarese
Images © Marco Matarese.

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