Iori Tomita Turns Dead Animal Skeletons Into Beautiful Works Of Art (VIDEO)

07/20/2012 11:33 am ET | Updated Jul 20, 2012

No bones about it: A former fisherman-turned-artist in Yokohama City, Japan, is making art lovers look at fish skeletons in a new way.

Iori Tomita, 28, creates creepy works of art using the skeleton from various dead marine specimens, which he preserves and then colors with bright shades of dye, according to

The process strips down each creature to the toughest parts of their remains and Tomita has dyed more than 5,000 dead creatures since 2005, which is amazing, considering each pieces takes at least a few weeks to complete, and some up to a year, according to

"Although these are just transparent specimens, they're filled with the drama of organisms which I have so much love for. I want people to enjoy the beauty of life, treat life with respect and understand that there is drama happening that is not centred on themselves when they look at the specimens," Tomita told "These specimens which you see here are actually animals that have died for some some reason or whose carcasses were discarded from pet shops or fishermen. I use those animals which passed away and repurpose them."

It sounds fishy,but Tomita's art is especially popular with Japanese women in their 20s and 30s, but now he is considering branching out to art centers like Paris, London and New York, in hopes art lovers in those cities will fall hook, line and sinker for his work.

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