The stylistic equivalent of traditional work meets Lisa Frank meets Guns N’ Roses, artist Sheila Marcello’s flash is nothing if not wildly imaginative. Taking cues from her traditional tattoos that often incorporates incredibly vivid colors, her flash is more prone to a bootylicious alien than a traditional rose, but that’s what keeps us coming back for more. Utterly weird, and absolutely captivating, Marcello’s work is the stylistic equivalent of an ‘80s hair metal/cartoon obsessed art student who might have done one too many hallucinogenics during their brief stint at an art school upstate.
Based out of Electric Tattoo in Asbury Park, New Jersey, Marcello’s flash deals heavily with space invaders, big cats, and fantasy motifs like wizards or genies all engulfed in a wave of vivid technicolor. Using slightly thinner black outlines than those found in her traditional tattoo work, Marcello grounds her color palettes by containing them, never sending the viewer’s eye into sensory overload. Boasting highly sexual undertones, Marcello is never afraid to incorporate hints of deviancy into her work, even going so far as to include a rainbow haired dominatrix, complete with electric blue leopard and chain leash. In fact, even her space invaders can be seen getting in on the fun, with girls clad in cheeky spacesuits and little green aliens in pin up poses.
What makes Marcello’s work so unforgettable is the weird middle ground she’s managed to master, the space between rainbow, kawaii, cuteness and that certain ‘80s swagger that’s equal parts bold, sexy patterns and unabashed hair metal. Whether it’s fantasy characters, ‘80s throwbacks, or alluring aliens that seriously make us question if we want the colonization of earth to begin right away, Marcello’s work is some of the wackiest, weirdest, and wickedly cool flash art this side of the milky way.