Jason Stieva is a tattoo artist noted for his gothic-style tattoo designs. However, he is also well-known as an assemblage artist. His assemblage work, like his gothic-style tattoos, contains bizarre bone themes constructed from everyday found items. For the past 20 years, he has worked as an assemblage artist. His most popular artworks may be seen at his Shallow Grave Studios, which he has been working on for nine years. The studio has sculptures with intricate motifs made of grey caustic bones. These, however, are not real bones, but rather everyday materials that have been manufactured to seem like real bones.
One specific assemblage piece sticks out among all of his beautiful artworks in the Shallow Grave Studios. Stieva’s pirate ship resembles an unsettling ark, evoking a foreboding feeling of doom.
The eerie pirate ship was made by the Ontario-based gothic artist using everyday materials and mechanics. Human skeletons line the ship’s bow, while other barbaric figures serve as passengers. Strange, otherworldly animals populate the main deck, forecastle deck mast, rear deck, and even the crow’s nest.
The ship itself has elaborate elements that make it appear to be right out of a horror film. The phantom pirate ship took the artist 15 months to finish. The final piece was 8 feet tall and 2.5 feet wide.
One of Stieva’s clients, who is a major lover of phantom ships, now owns the ghostly pirate ship. In reality, Stieva himself tattooed a ship tattoo on the client’s breast. Stieva, on the other hand, continues to produce sculptures in his spare time.
When he’s not tattooing, he’s probably rummaging around thrift stores, flea markets, or garage sales for salvageable materials for his next project.
Source: Shallow Grave Studios