Jason Stieva is a well-known and sought-after tattoo artist who specializes in realistic-yet-stylized black and gray original designs. Like a renaissance man or a fictional character with a secret double life, he’s also an extremely gifted sculpture whose Gothic-themed creations are equally macabre and enthralling. His Instagram account is a treasure-trove of unique manifestations, each one communicating almost tangible tales of 19th Century hauntings and sorrow.
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Sexy rear shot of “Leviathan” Ark of the Apocalypse #15 in my Gothic Times Series..On display in the clients home..Put er together for a good mate a lil over 4 yrs ago taking roughly 14 months unsure of how many hours..She stands 8ft on custom table 7.5 L x 2.5ft W Its nice that I get to visit her once n awhile as I don’t do much of the character assemblage anymore..Was fun as hell to make🤙 @jasonstieva #assemblageart #sculpture #leviathan #gothictimes #skulls #timepiece #sullenclothing #jackofthedust #art_motive #taxidermy #oddity @primitivedesignscanada
Throwback to the largest assemblage I've completed to date…Did this piece for a client about 3yrs ago and was by far the most complex and daunting yet rewarding sculpture I have tackled. Was a nightmare delivering but arrived in one piece👍She took me over a year to complete stands 8ft on custom display table 7.5ft long and about 2.5ft Wide..And heavy as hell..#15 in my Gothic Times series "Leviathan" Ark of the Apocalypse…And I still get to visit her every once and awhile😊 For any inquires email: email@example.com Thanx! @jasonstieva Swipe left for more pics.. @jackofthedust @sullenclothing #gothictimes #sculpture #timepiece #skull #assemblageart #artcollectivemag #skulls #steampunk #steampunktendencies #oddities #taxidermy #art #art_motive #mixedmedia
Chillin in the Shallow Grave gallery at my studio @sinful_inflictions with some of my older pieces in my Gothic Times series.. Mutiny…Preacherman and the union of Funk…Say hello to my lil friendz..photo by @blackerphotos For any inquires email: firstname.lastname@example.org Thanx! @jasonstieva #gothictimes #sculpture #assemblageart #skulls #sculpture #timepiece #gallery
Stieva described the balance he strikes between tattoos and art in a 2015 interview with Beautiful Bizarre:
Jennifer Susan Jones: You are a well-established, award-winning tattoo artist as well as a sculptor and assemblage artist. Which came first, the skin art or the sculptures?
Jason Stieva: I am a full-time tattoo artist and have been for almost 25 yrs. I opened my tattoo studio Sinful Inflictions back in June of 1994. I’ve always been intrigued by art and gothic architecture as far back as I can remember. Then I was introduced to the country of Europe in 1997 – I’d never flown before, but I went ahead and bought a one-way ticket and a train pass, and headed out on a solo mission. I was instantly hooked on the atmosphere, the people, the architecture, the art galleries, the churches, the graveyards, and the catacombs. I loved the big cities as well as the small towns – it’s just a different way of life and it’s a big inspiration behind my tattooing, sculpting and most of my art in general. I make a point of making regular pilgrimages back to Europe to recharge and get away and come back inspired and hungry to create.