Maya Mysteria

Meet Maya Mysteria, a 31-year-old artist and tattooist from Bochum, Germany. Despite pandemic challenges, Maya delved into printmaking, showcasing her creative evolution from goldsmithing to tattoo artistry and traditional prints.

Maya Mysteria

Edition 3 Feature
Words by: Maya Wagner van der Straten 
Location: Bochum, Germany 


I‚Äôm Maya, a 31-year-old artist, printmaker and tattoo artist from Bochum, Germany. Under the stage name Maya Mysteria, I have been working as a tattoo artist for more than six years. Due to the pandemic, however, I have barely been allowed to do my actual job, which has pulled me down a lot. Actually, it was only because of this that I started making prints out of necessity. My previous training as a goldsmith means that I‚Äôve always had a soft spot for handmade things. It was clear to me from the start that I wanted to create more traditional prints. 

As a printmaker, I set up my fine little studio in our beautiful old building where I live with my husband. As a designer himself, he has supported me in this project from the start. There in my studio, I have the opportunity to pursue my passion for printing and drawing at any time of the day or night. Even though I started making prints only about a year ago, space is already getting tight. My 40-year-old plan cabinet and my more than 100-year-old printing press alone take up a large part of the studio. 

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