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Local Artist Mini Profile – Marie Wadman (Oakland)

February 22, 2010

I don’t know Marie Wadman and have never worked with her, although hopefully I’ll have the opportunity to do so at some point in the future.  I haven’t even ever set foot in her shop, Diving Swallow Tattoo, even though it’s only about a 1/2 mile from my apartment, but I have been an admirer of her work for quite a while.

http://www.divingswallow.com/marie.asp
haeckel, tattoo, science tattoo, illustration, animal tattoo, plant tattoo, flora tattoo, fauna tattoo

I have no doubt she would be capable of producing striking work no matter the subject matter, but even after brief perusal of her portfolio, one is struck by the stylized charm of her nature tattoos. Whether plant, animal or a combination thereof, her work has a lush and serene quality that belies the brutality of the tattoo process.  The delicacy of her style is deliciously ironic in light of that brutality.  As much as her tattoos are most decidedly stylistically her’s, Wadman’s work also has an almost scientific precision to it that echoes the taxonomic illustrations of Ernst Haeckel

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernst_Haeckel
haeckel, tattoo, science tattoo, illustration, animal tattoo, plant tattoo, flora tattoo, fauna tattooIn addition, he use of visual space and eye for composition are phenomenal.  Every one of her pieces is so seamlessly integrated into the body that the skin appears as if it had never looked any other way.  Needless to say, if you want a nature themed tattoo, there are few artists, if any better suited to actualize your artistic vision.

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  1. March 5, 2010 10:29 pm

    Wonderful tattoo designs. I wish to put one like this on my back.

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