Ever wondered what well-known classical marble sculptures would look like if they’d joined some of the world’s scariest gangs? Then check out these incredible tattooed statues to see for yourself.
The “tattooist” behind them is actually Fabio Viale, an Italian artist who aims to show us a new way of looking at the old and familiar. Using the bodies of famous sculptures such as the Venus de Milo as his canvas, the artist decorates them with realistic tattoos inspired by the patterns born by Russian gangs and the Japanese Yakuza. The end result delivers a sharp contrast between the traditional purity associated with white marble statues, and the dark and gritty connotations of the contemporary body art they bear.