Modernized Classic Works of Art

A Museum-Worthy Tattoo

Using skin as his canvas, Korean tattoo artist OOZY creates eye-catching, meticulously detailed body art. While his inked  portfolio portrays an eclectic array of subject matter, he is often commissioned to create reproductions of the classics, with The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Hokusai remaining a popular request among his clients.

Frida’s Mermaid Makeover

In his Logo + Art series, pop artist Eisen Bernardo overlays famous works of art with stencil-like reproductions of contemporary and commercial symbols. Intended as “an examination of art and consumerism; of expression and function; of personal and corporate,” the digital project cleverly comments on the relationship between iconic iconography of the past and present. In this piece, Bernardo creatively combines Frida Kahlo’s Self-portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird with Starbucks’s famed two-tailed siren.

A Singer-Sargent Striking a Pose

Eisen Bernardo‘s Mag + Art series playfully places modern magazine covers on top of well-known works of art. Here, covergirl Natalie Portman morphs into Jean Singer-Sargent’s Portrait of Frances Sherborne Ridley Watts as she poses for an  issue of W Magazine.

From Metropolis to Museum

In an effort to brighten up Paris’ billboard-laden metro stations and streets, tongue-in-cheek artist Etienne Lavie replaced the metropolis’ publicly-placed advertisements with site-specific reproductions of classical art. Humorously titled OMG Who Stole My Ads? the series emphasized Paris’ cultural roots with French paintings like Delacroix’s La Liberté guidant le peuple, Renoir’s La lecture, and, as seen above, Fragonard’s Renaud dans les jardins d’Armide.