Fine Artists Take On Tattoos: Jo Matuazon

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Tattoodo loves and appreciates all types of art. Jo Matuazon, a kickass illustrator, is incorporating tattoos into his work.

It's always interesting to see how artists from all different backgrounds and mediums are making use of their talents, regardless of their canvas or subject. Art is cool, no matter what.However, when we see a non-tattoo artist incorporating tattoos into their work, it especially sparks our interest.

@unimerce by Jo Matuazon (@jomatuazon)
@unimerce by Jo Matuazon (@jomatuazon)

Working predominantly with just a ballpoint pen and a pencil, Matuazon's illustrations are pretty damn incredible. The beautiful black and white depictions of models, celebrities, and the occasional personal acquaintance ride the line between both extreme detail and gorgeous, gestural strokes. And the best part? Several of his subjects are spotting tattoos.

Justin Bieber by Jo Matuazon (@jomatuazon)
Justin Bieber by Jo Matuazon (@jomatuazon)
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Patty Tiu (@pattychooo) by Jo Matuazon (@jomatuazon)
Patty Tiu (@pattychooo) by Jo Matuazon (@jomatuazon)

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The way in which Matuazon illustrates the subjects' tattoos with such care is pretty remarkable- they manage to pack just enough punch to really stand out against the soft texture of the skin, but remain seamless enough against the subject's skin to keep from being overwhelming. They don't look like a stamp on top of a beautiful illustration; they look like a part of it. Just like a real tattoo.

Shay Maria (@shaymaria) by Jo Matuazon (@jomatuazon)
Shay Maria (@shaymaria) by Jo Matuazon (@jomatuazon)
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Another remarkable thing about Matuazon's drawings is how he manages to maintain the integrity of the subject's tattoos- whether it's a classic rose or soft black and grey background clouds- he stays true to the style of the actual piece. Of course there is some slight artistic freedom that comes with the territory, but he pretty much nails it.  I mean, look at the whip shades on those wings up there.. Killed it.

These are just a few of Jo Matuazon's illustrations, but there are TONS more. Don't forget to check out his Instagram, @jomatuazon to creep his older work and stay updated on the new! We definitely will be.

katievidan

@katievidan

Southern girl living in NYC. Interests include fried chicken, heavy metal & sleeping. Tattoodo Social Media + Writer. @tattoodo

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