The art world loves women. You see them as every different type of muse, goddess, villain, and sometimes even seasons, as evident by Alphonse Mucha. We won’t lie. We’re fucking fascinating, so it comes as no surprise why we play the muse for so many an artist. Whether a heroine, villain, season, goddess, or just an average Jane, ladies make for the optimal muse, ‘cause we’re just so damn diverse. Artist Phil Hatchet of Felix Master Tattoo in San Diego, California knows this all too well, and he’s creating some of the most unique monsters, dreamers, and sirens we’ve ever seen. If you’re an American traditional fan, you’re in luck, as he’s one of the most solid traditional artists we’ve seen in quite some time.
It’s not everyday you see Medusa, a nurse, cholas and a fanged woman (possibly goddess) who has likely just devoured someone judging by the blood trickling down her face. While Hatchet’s work is traditional in every sense of the word, something about his use of color is significantly richer than that of other American traditional artists.
Subjectively speaking, the whole of his portfolio is somewhat darker than that of his peers. Menacing monsters, mysterious masked ladies, and woeful weeping women bring a looming sense of mystique and sorrow. While his style may be traditional, the underlying tones, genius use of color, and characters Hatchet illustrates are anything but. Hats off to one of our favorite new traditional artists.