La Calavera-woodblock by Jose Guadalupe Posada

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    Source: Cornell University Library Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, "The Fantastic in Art and Fiction"

    I got this woodcut as a tattoo first for the aesthetics of it--I love how woodcuts translate into tattoos--and then because of the way I'm drawn to death and mortality as portrayed in art, especially memento mori works and art that captures how different people's attitudes towards death that are . That said, those heavier themes are definitely lightened by the cool little guy riding the devil's tail!

    On the woodcut artist:
    Born in the state of Aguascalientes, Mexico, Posada demonstrated an early talent for drawing, taught lithography, and made a living as an illustrator of magazines, books, and commercial products. In 1888 he moved to Mexico City to join the printing shop of Antonio Vanegas Arroyo. It is there that Posada produced thousands of illustrations for popular broadsheets, some dedicated to sensationalistic themes ranging from heinous murders to natural and man-made disasters, and others to daily life in turn-of-the-century Mexico. Posada's imagery was aimed at the urban working classes, shedding light on the struggles of the underdog and the downtrodden while exposing the habits of Mexico's middle and upper class members to his sharp satirical wit. Posada created the bulk of these broadsheets under the regime of the Mexican dictator Porfirio Díaz, keeping his satire in check to minimize the risk censorship or imprisonment.

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    1. The Powder Hound 56 months ago | reply

      That's an awesome woodcut... have you made any of your own?

    2. She's Clearly a Bad Influence On Herself 56 months ago | reply

      it really is, I haven't done any of my own, but it would be cool to learn how...I'm extremely uncoordinated however, so there's a good chance I'd lose some digits in the process :)

    3. B3@K>o3 55 months ago | reply

      That IZ $weet !

    4. She's Clearly a Bad Influence On Herself 55 months ago | reply

      I know, right? I have no artistic skill of my own so I have people tattoo art onto me ; ]

    5. mygeoverde 40 months ago | reply

      It is a lead engraving not a wood cut. Most likely by Manual Manilla (1830-1895) not Posada. Regardless it is still very cool! They worked together for a brief time at the printing house of Antonio Vanegas Arroyo in Mexico City. Would you be willing to let me post your tatoo (and that part of you) on my blog? Please?! Thanks!

    6. She's Clearly a Bad Influence On Herself 40 months ago | reply

      I have added the 'source' information for the image. I understand from your blog that the the art of Manilla and Posada is your life's work, and I do respect that, but I'm going to leave this image identified as it was on the Cornell University Library's website where I found it. I'll add a "Manuel Manilla" tag, however, just in case.

      And you're welcome to post my tattoo on your blog!

    7. Aníbal Restrepo 39 months ago | reply

      Shit man this is an Awesome work! but i can tell you as a Mexican borned in the same city that Posadas were born, and also as a printmaker who studied this in art school, this is not by Posadas, this is a Work made by Manilla, actually Manilla was the precursor of Posada and they worked togheter a while, so it was like Manilla were like some teacher to Posada and learned his style. I could tell you more, but my english is not to good as you can see, but I'll tell you this, that library is wrong, and there's nothing worse than desinformation.

      Also, I had some tattoos of Posada, feel proud of yours these are samples of an art maded by a trutly genius, an art that represents the sentiments of a nation claiming for a revolution in the way of think, a revolution in the politicy and the imparcial division of the society.

      Cheers bro, sweet work

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