Until this year, Eduardo “Duda” Lozano was just another talented tattoo artist working in Sao Paolo, Brazil. His work was beautiful, unique and intriguing; unarguably filled with talent.
He garnered around 200 to 300 likes per post, with complete strangers commenting on his talent and skill.
Yet it wasn’t until he started sharing photos of his embroidery tattoos that his fan base went through the roof. Now, he has over 100k followers and gets thousands of likes per post.
Embroidery and tattooing may seem like two completely different types of art, practiced by two very different people – until now that is.
Lozano isn’t the first tattoo artist to bring these two concepts together, but his interpretation of the art form is unique.
When Lozano originally attempted an embroidery tattoo, even he was impressed by the results. From there, he continued to work on the art form, creating some of the most incredible embroidery tattoos we’ve seen to date.
Embroidery tattoos feature two main methods, cross stitch and crewel, both of which are inspired by the ancient practice.
A cross stitch tattoo was originally made popular by Eva Karabudak, a New York-based artist with over 600k followers.
The cross stitch tattoo features the classic little “X” marks, as if an embroidered patch has been sewn onto the skin. This is the most common style utilized by Lozano.
Lozano likes to leave the appearance of broken strings (which he says is his signature) along with other imperfections. As they say, real beauty is in the imperfect.
The other method used for embroidery tattoos is the crewel method, which takes on the appearance of an embroidered patch ironed onto clothing.
The “threads” are made to look so realistic that they seemingly jump off the skin. They are also designed to appear like there is a sheen reflecting off each individual fiber – this takes serious skill to accomplish.
“Long ago, I had worked with logos and embroidered shirts, and the inspiration to create tattoos came afterwards,” Lozano told Bored Panda in an interview.
“I started my tattoo artist career in 2002, welding my mentor’s needles. The biggest difficulty was finding quality materials. My mentor was my friend, Claudio Botta, and he has taught me all about tattoos and the machines behind them.”
As a tattoo artist, it’s important to stand out so that clients seek you out over someone else. Understanding this, Lozano sought out ways to diversify his art from his colleagues.
“I have always tried to do something different, to stand out from other artists, so I remembered working with embroidery and thought I could use it in my new career,” he explained.
“I wasn’t the first to start inking people with embroidery tattoos, but I was the first one to make it so realistic, leaving “broken” strings (my signature) and other imperfections.”
Lozano claims he doesn’t have any hidden secrets or tricks up his sleeve. Instead, he just relies on his strong understanding of light and shadow to create the most realistic designs possible.
He’s only just getting started and has many ideas he’d like to bring to reality in the near future.
“I’m just starting out with this style and my head is bubbling with ideas!”
Since sharing his epic works of art, forever inked onto his clients’ skin, he has earned a whirlwind of praise and recognition.
“I have received invitations to international conventions in Italy, Croatia, and Spain. I was also invited as a guest to various events in France, Germany, Colombia, Mexico, and other places. I have to prepare my passport!”
Sometimes he combines standard tattoo techniques with embroidery tattooing, like in this unique Finding Nemo tattoo.