Mattia Mambo’s Deconstructed Tattoos Look Too Perfect to Be Done by Hand

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Milano-based tattoo artist Mattia Mambo creates small, colorful tattoos that look computer generated. The clean, crisp lines and bold shapes resemble a composition created in Adobe Illustrator rather than drawn onto skin. His precision fools us however, and everything is done analog using see-through vellum paper and markers.

Deconstruction is a theme that weaves its way through all of Mambo’s tattoos. The colors are always separated—like the layers of a screen print—but conceptually, too. Burgers, pizza, and ice cream are all displayed as individual ingredients that look as though they’re falling into place.

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