Jorge Maurel is a tattoo artist and illustrator from Resistencia Chaco Argentina. Since 2004, he has gained international recognition for his unique tattoos inspired by the Chaco desert. His tattoos tell stories through nature, and he has even illustrated one of his tattoos with realistic birdseye views of the Chaco. Maurel’s work has been featured in several books and exhibitions around the world.
Maurel’s tattoos are based on his childhood memories of exploring the Chaco with his parents. The natural environment of his hometown inspired him to create realistic animal tattoos. Maurel found that birds were the most popular among his international clientele. He hence illustrated one of his bird tattoos with a 360-degree view of a desert landscape. Other popular motifs are insects, flowers, and indigenous people from the Chaco region. Maurel’s work is naturally vibrant due to the native vegetation in the Chaco that he recreated in his tattoos.
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The impressive realism of Jorge Maurel’s tattoos can be attributed to his childhood memories of visiting the Chaco with his parents. The region is an extensive desert that is also home to many native animals such as guanacos, wildcats, rheas, and ostriches. As a young boy, Maurel would help his mother collect seeds from the local flora to grow legumes and vegetables in their backyard. These seeds would later inspire Maurel to recreate various plant forms in his tattoos. In addition, he learned how to draw animals through life drawing classes as an adolescent at a local college.
Maurel exhibits several tattoo designs at international tattoo conventions and tattoo fairs. He mainly performs at Tattoo Confesional de la Argentina (Tattoo Confessionals of Argentina) in Cordoba but also travels to other countries such as Brazil and Germany for tattoo conventions. The fairs are held throughout the year with each holding different exhibitions from different tattoo artists. These conventions provide Maurel with a platform to promote his work and generate new ideas for new tattoo designs.
Jorge makes most of his money performing live tattooing at tattoo conventions across the globe. However, he also does commissioned pieces for individuals as well as corporations and institutions- such as zoos and wildlife preserves- that sponsor him for projects every year. His clients come from all over the world- both directly and through other countries in South America- and pay him in various currencies such as dollars and euros. Since he exhibits at international tattoo conventions, Jorge is able to expand his reach beyond his native country and perform for international clientele.
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Maurel was born in 1977 in Resistencia Chaco Argentina where he still resides today with his family. He learned how to draw at an early age thanks to his mother who was an artist when she was younger. As an adolescent, Maurel attended art classes at a college near where he lived in the Chaco region. This is where he learned how to properly use a pencil and ink brush from an art instructor. It was during this time that Maurel first conceptualized some of the animal tattoos featured on his work today.
Jorge Maurel’s work is internationally recognized for its naturalistic approach to tattooing inspired by nature. His exotic animal tattoos are highlighted by realistic flora forms such as flowers or birds in flight. Jorge currently resides in Resistencia Chaco Argentina where he continues to spread awareness about the flora and fauna of his hometown through artworks like those showcased by Jorge Maurel.
Interview withJorge Maurel
Location: Resistencia, Chaco