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.
Images © Marco Matarese. Via Tattrx