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I finally did it. After years of talking about it and swearing I was going to, I finally got a tattoo. I’m not sure why it took me so long; I’m not scared of needles or minor pain. I think I was most scared of commitment. I always had flash-forwards to myself at age 85, sitting in a nursing home trying to explain to someone that the large black smudge on my spine used to be a sweet artistic portrayal of THE TINGLER. Then the cold feet would set in, and I would chicken out.
Combine that with the endless harping of my Southern female upbringing subconsciously reminding me that “ladies don’t get tattoos,” and I had ended up in a salvation-vs.-sin quandary. But as usually happens in my life, the sin won, and while walking down the street one day, on a total whim, I passed a tattoo shop and decided this was the day. I emerged a short time later with Leviathan’s Lament Configuration from HELLRAISER now permanently emblazoned on my right calf.
Why Leviathan? I love HELLRAISER, and in the comics, Leviathan was always obsessed with keeping order in the midst of chaos, pretty much summing up most of my life. But, while getting my tender flesh scarred, I started thinking about all the creative horror tattoos I had seen on our FANGORIA fans throughout the years, specifically the ladies.
My fellow females, I want to see your horror tats, and I’ll reward you well for it. Send me pictures of your own horror tattoos, and I’ll select the best five submissions. The winners will not only receive sweet FANGORIA T-shirts, but I’ll also post your pics on our site so all Fango fans can admire your awesome images.
So while I’m sketching out my next skin art (which will most likely be Emily from THE BEYOND), ladies, send me pics of yours. With your picture, please include the following-
Your name Your age E-mail address Mailing address Details about tattoo (location, size, etc.) Your T-shirt size (they are ladies’ baby-doll style, S-XL)
And please include a brief note stating that we may post your submitted picture on the FANGORIA website.
Show me your ink! Send all entries to
I would also like to give a special thank you to my own tattoo artist, Josh Richey of Heroes & Ghosts Tattoos.
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