Italian tattoo artist Pietro Sedda brings a strange new perspective to portrait tattoos by smearing the faces of his subjects across his human canvas. The result has a psychological element to it, and because of the realistic nature of the tattoos, a surrealist effect is created. The technique gives his portraits an inhuman appeal. The act of morphing the faces seems to bring out the personality of the characters. Suddenly, a facial expression that ordinarily would have been viewed as friendly and engaging becomes threatening or disturbing. Sedda’s portrait tattoos have a darker element than those of other artists’, because it is not only the subject’s facial expressions that give meaning to the design; the simple act of warping the faces creates a secondary level of symbolism.
Pietro Sedda doesn’t only created tattoos of twisted faces, but he appears to be the only tattoo artist who is doing so. You can see more of Pietro Sedda’s tattoos on his website.