Oscar Hove: Interpreting Japanese Masks

Oscar is a great tattoo artist known for his versions and style of drawings based on the masks of Japanese Noh Theater, starting from the Hannya and Tenga to the less well-known like Kmo-Mote or Okame. We got in touch with him to know something more about his tattoo style and his brand new eBook, “Broken”.

Oscar Hove, Ondo Tattoo, Barcelona, Spain
Oscar Hove, Ondo Tattoo, Barcelona, Spain

Hi Oscar, would you like to introduce yourself to our readers?
This is Oscar, born and raised in Barcelona, currently working in ONDO TATTOO.

When did you start tattooing and how would you define your style?
I started in 2011, but I have been linked to the art world since I was very young.
About my style: I like to say that I do mediterranean Japanese style (but maybe this means nothing). Of course, I am influenced by Japanese art a lot, but I grew up in Sapin and that is always present.

Oscar Hove, Ondo Tattoo, Barcelona, Spain Oscar Hove, Ondo Tattoo, Barcelona, Spain

Did it change over time?
Yes, like everybody, I’ve been jumping and playing with different styles until I found myself.

Is it important for you to also paint and draw, beside of tattooing?
Yes! That’s the most important thing for me. It helps me to get fresh air and to clear my mind. That’s why I’m always involved in other projects, like the KIMONOS that I design with Dystopia Clothing.

Oscar Hove, Ondo Tattoo, Barcelona, Spain
Oscar Hove, Ondo Tattoo, Barcelona, Spain

What are your favorite subjects and techniques?
I love darkness, and solid black for me is the best way to get it.

Where did the idea of this eBook come from?
The idea of the eBook came from my love for the Japanese Noh Masks. I make my own version of them, breaking them and playing with other elements.

Oscar Hove, Ondo Tattoo, Barcelona, Spain
Oscar Hove, Ondo Tattoo, Barcelona, Spain

What are your projects for the future?
My plans for the future are to keep growing, traveling and learning from this travels sharing things with other artist. And, above all, keep enjoying!

Broken by Oscar Hove Broken by Oscar Hove Broken by Oscar Hove Broken by Oscar Hove Broken by Oscar Hove
Broken” (62 pages pdf) brings together 50 new drawings from the artist of broken masks in which we can once more “play at interpreting the characters and the underlying stories“… Enjoy! Available on tattooebooks.com
Oscar Hove, Ondo Tattoo, Barcelona, Spain Oscar Hove, Ondo Tattoo, Barcelona, Spain
Follow Oscar on Instagram: @oscarhove

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