The details on Jason Stieva's work, which he has named 'Leviathan – Ark of the Apocalypse,' are stunning.
Tattoo artist Jason Stieva has been in a trade for over 20 years and often finds something that attracts his attention. At a store, he saw a scale model of a ship-mounted to the ceiling. After admiring the work for a while, he decided to work on something similar implementing his own unique Gothic style.
Thus began a long and painfully slow process of making a ghost pirate ship with some very minute details, such as the ark of the ship and an army of horror creatures and animals that had to be created one-by-one. After working for 15 months, the results are here for all to see. The final product which he has named Leviathan – Ark of the Apocalypse, measures 8 feet high, 7.5 feet long, and about 2.5 feet wide and is one masterpiece.
Stieva has been sculpting for just a few years now and pursues it in his free time. Unlike his usual projects that are based on deadlines, sculpting is something that he does whenever he is in the mood.
Speaking of the same, he told My Modern Met, "Sculpting is a lot different than tattooing which I can do anytime. With sculptures, I have to be in the mood to work on them and not be forced with deadlines. One of the most difficult parts of sculpting the ghost ship was to make the creatures who form part of the army. Overall it was the most daunting project I’ve ever worked on and will probably ever create."
He added, "There is a lot of extremely tedious detail from front to back, top to bottom. Just severing the army heads alone and sanding the back of each to be certain they would sit flush once applied with tweezers took weeks. Sourcing all the characters took quite a while. Redesigning, taking apart, rebuilding, and making the ark structurally sound long before any sculpting began took quite a while.”
Stieva's magnum opus is part of his Gothic Times series, which he started nine years ago when he acquired a portion of an old clockmaker's estate. The Leviathan – Ark of the Apocalypse presently sits at the home of a collector.
The person is also one of Stieva’s clients who also had a ship tattooed on his chest by the artist. Stieva runs his own tattoo studio called Sinful Inflictions. He continues to keep busy with a number of his other works and is always looking for materials for his sculptures whether it be garage sales, thrift shops, flea markets or auctions.
His own Instagram page has over 90,000 followers and has on display a number of other of his works. You can also check out his tattoo studio page. A lot of people were unequivocally praised Stieva's pirate ship. Marcus Taylor commented on the work: I will pay any sum of money for this. Another, Michael Hand wrote: wow, just amazing detail.