Vampire Tiger Tuna


Release Date: 2019
Image Size: 12″x9″ (including paper margins)


The Vampire Tiger Tuna is a predator that spends most of its life on the sea floor searching for small crustaceans. Although its body structure looks somewhat awkward, the Tiger Tuna can synchronize its reptilian legs and fins to generate an effective form of locomotion called “swalking.” Its most defining characteristic may be the water spouts attached to the top of its head. The Tiger Tuna uses these to shoot a stream of water at unsuspecting victims. With its prey momentarily stunned, the Tiger Tuna coils its forked tongue around the victim and swallows it whole.


This original artwork was designed, carved, and printed by Lyell Castonguay. Ink is applied to a carved wooden block and hand-pressed onto Japanese Chiri. Chiri has randomly distributed bark pieces sprinkled throughout, so every sheet of paper is unique. The artwork is signed in pencil by the artist.

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