There are so many talented tattoo artists in the world (like this guy), it’s always difficult to choose whose work to share with you. But once I saw the work of New York-based Tattoo artist Kozo, it was a no-brainer.
Pop Surrealist Tattoo Art
The Pop Surrealist tattoos and artworks by Israeli-born Kozo are a blend of fantasy, history, fine art and popular culture depicted masterfully on human flesh.
The tiny masterpieces merge instantly recall the work of surrealist artists Salvador Dali, Georges de Chirico, M.C. Escher and others.
Upon second look, characters from popular books, movies and television inhabit the same narrative.
In most cases there’s a juxtaposition between old and new, both in subject and in the style in which they’re drawn. Common historical art subjects are imbued with popular characters from today’s movies.
Works by Roy Lichtenstein are juxtaposed against classical Greek statues. Works by Norman Rockwell are given a twist and even a painting of Napoleon going into battle is transformed as a Stormtrooper suit replaces his armor.
The tattoos shown below have characters from popular culture as torn photos taped over another well-known image (often defaced) altering the emotion and energy of the original sculpture, photo or painting. His impeccable realism and trompe l’oeil create the illusion of layers and depth.
In several cases he recreates an iconic piece of art, such as Van Gogh’s Starry Starry night, and blends it with other art elements.
Others merge history and technology.
And some of his tattoos are just romantic and beautiful.
His brief bio from Bang Bang reads as follows:
Specializes in Miniature color fine art.Kozo is originally from Qiryat Ono, Israel. His work indulges in subjects from movie scenes, famous paintings, surreal drawings, anime and comic book scenes.
all images are courtesy of the artist’s Instagram feed.
Follow him on Instagram @kozo_tattoo
Inquire about an appointment with Kozo through BANG BANG Studio NYC