Jason Voorhees Tattoos:

Jason Voorhees is the iconic villain from the Friday the 13th franchise. Jason is a silent, undead killing machine, and mamma’s boy. Jason haunts Camp Crystal Lake where he drowned as a child due to inattentive lifeguards. As a tattoo Jason is done in a realistic style portrait, American traditional style, neo traditional, black and grey, and new school/cartoon. He is usually seen wearing his hockey mask, sometimes paired with his machete or other weapons, or seen in Camp Crystal Lake.

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Jason mask with full bodied Jason in very dark tones done by DJ at True Color Tattoos.
Paul Acker The Séance Tattoo Parlor in Bensalem PA
Hyper realistic Jason in a killing position done by Paul Acker The Séance Tattoo Parlor in Bensalem PA.
Joe K Worrall at Heart & Arrow Tattoo Studio, U.K
Colour piece by Joe K Worrall at Heart & Arrow Tattoo Studio in the UK.
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Black and grey Jason at Camp Crystal Lake with nude camp counsellor by Matt Beirne at Stefano’s Tattoo Studio in Ft. Lauderdale.
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Great contrasted Jason mask and machete by Moira Ramone at 25 to Life Tattoo in NL.

Jason was born with facial deformities and a mental disability. His mother kept him away from other people, homeschooling him and looking after him herself, but when she was unable to find a babysitter she resorted to sending him to Camp Crystal Lake where she worked as the cook. Jason was bullied by the other kids and thrown into the lake where he drowned while the counsellors were having sex in the woods. Mad with grief, Pamela, Jason’s mother, murdered the counsellors she blamed for Jason’s death. Jason came back to life and waited for his mother to come back to him, for 20 years. Years later the camp tried to re open, but Pamela murdered all but one of the counsellors. The survivor, Alice, cut off her head, while Jason watched. Jason killed anyone who came back to the camp, mostly using the machete that killed his own mother.

Alessia at Bikini Bottom Tattoo Shop
Adorable cartoon Jason done by Alessia at Bikini Bottom Tattoo shop.
Fran Muñoz
Realistic black and grey Jason head and chain by Fran Muñoz.
Megan Fell
American traditional Jason mask with “mamma’s boy” and flower by Megan Fell.

Jason has a kill count of over 150 throughout the films he’s been in. Jason’s supernatural powers include immortality, regeneration, superhuman strength, enhanced speed, and durability.

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Jason mask and machete’s in classic skull and crossbones fashion by Amanda Fox in Glasgow.
Jesse Torres
Mostly black and grey Jason mask by Jesse Torres.
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Blackwork mask and machete by Murrmosavich at Blue Blood Custom Tattoos.
Sabrina Sawyers
Blackwork Jason mask and trees by Sabrina Sawyers.

Jason is a fan favorite in the horror genre, often paired with Freddy Kreuger, due in part to the film Freddy VS. Jason.

Done at Bespoke Body Art Tattoos in Grimsby, UK
Jason’s torso and machete, with chains, done at Bespoke Body Art Tattoos in Grimsby, UK.
Matt Bishop at Artistic Edge Tattoo
Neo traditional Jason and Camp Crystal Lake tattoo by Matt Bishop at Artistic Edge Tattoo.
Tony Davis in VA.
“Mama tried” American traditional mask and flower by Tony Davis in VA.

What is your favorite Friday the 13th movie?

 

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Artist of the Month: Dan Gagné

Dan Gagné is an artist working at Loveless Tattoo in Montréal, Canada. Dan’s tattoos are perfect for the month of October, and those who love Halloween and horror year round. His work is mainly American traditional and blackwork, and is heavily inspired by horror movies. His work often features monsters and other icons of classic horror movies and stories.

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Bright Creature from the Black Lagoon with unlucky number 13.
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Ghostface from Scream with phone and knife.
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Creepy witch with hard black shadow.
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Fantastic werewolf and full moon.
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Huge mostly blackwork Alien torso piece.
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Creepy crawly spider head tattoo.
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A sinister looking Dracula!
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The Pale Man from Pan’s Labyrinth.
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Norman Bates and loving mother from Psycho.
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Battle of the monsters with Godzilla and King Kong!
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Nasty looking Gremlin. Don’t get it wet!
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Alien from Mars Attacks!
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Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th!
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Creepy skull and vampire bat with red moon.
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A startled looking Leatherface with his pretty mask and chainsaw.
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Matching loving undead.
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Jason Voorhees Vs. Michael Meyers. Friday the 13th and Halloween.
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The Demogorgon! From Stranger Things, featuring the classic light bulbs.
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The mighty Count Orlok from Nosferatu.
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For all the bookworms and halloween lovers. Book, vampire skull, and candles.

What classic Halloween/horror design do you want?

Studio Ghibli Tattoos

Studio Ghibli is often called the Disney of Japan, and Hayao Miyazaki the Walt Disney of Japan. Studio Ghibli is the most well known Japanese film studio, having won many awards over the years.

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Brilliant full sleeve of Ghibli characters from some of the most famous Ghibli movies. Done by Andy Kurth at Electric Chair Tattoo.

Studio Ghibli was officially founded in 1985 after the success of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, which came out in 1984. The character of Totoro from My Neighbor Totoro is the company’s mascot, but the company’s most popular film is Spirited Away, which has won multiple awards such as a Golden Bear, and an Academy Award.

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Totoro done in watercolour style all by Anton YellowDog at Mad Fish Tattoo in Moscow.

The company is most associated with award winning director Hayao Miyazaki, but the company also has other talented directors such as Isao Takahata, Yoshifumi Kondo, Hiroyuki Morita, Gorō Miyazaki, and Hiromasa Yonebayashi.

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Forest spirit from Princess Mononoke by Adam Machin at Three Kings Tattoo.
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Neo-traditional Princess Mononoke by Juan David Castro Ramos.

The film company has many amazing movies, with brilliant characters that have captured the hearts of fans all over the world. Fans around the world have immortalized Ghibli characters on their skin with the help of some amazing tattoo artists.

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Sketch style Haku in dragon form by Caro at Utopian Tattoo Tribe in Ireland.
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Haku and No Face from Spirited Away by Russel Van Schaick in Florida.
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Realistic No Face from Spirited Away with background, by Jes-Tay at Keys on Kites Tattoo and Gallery.
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Dotwork No Face from Spirited Away by Goldie Bold in Istanbul.
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Howl’s Moving Castle and other characters by Athena Chan at Solo Tattoo in Hong Kong.
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Howl from Howl’s Moving Castle by Victoria Kurtz at Bananafish Tattoo Parlour.
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Giant guardian from Castle In The Sky, by Kalatu at Gristle Tattoo in NYC.
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Bright little Kiki from Kiki’s Delivery Service, by Tiggy Tuppence at Briar Rose Tattoo in London.
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Dotwork and blackwork designs from Grave of the Fireflies by Fabian Pedroza at Good Fortune Tattoo.

What is your favorite Ghibli movie?

Tattoo History 4: Pirates and Tattoos

There is much debate over the idea that pirates were tattooed. Pirates in this case existing in the Golden Age of Piracy which was 1650-1730, though piracy existed before and after, and still exists today in a more modern form.

Thanks to popular culture many people assume that pirates during this time period would have had tattoos due to their lives of crime. In the popular films Pirates of The Caribbean, Jack and other pirates do have tattoos and body modifications, as do a number of the pirates seen on the show Black Sails.

Captain Jack has a ‘P’ branded on his arm, meaning that he is a pirate, as well as a tribal piece from his sailing travels, and a sparrow design on his arm, hence the name. On his back is also the poem the Desiderata, meaning that the world has both joys and troubles. This poem also speaks to Jack’s tendency towards non-violent methods of resolving problems (for a pirate anyway). Johnny Depp (the actor) also has many of his own tattoos, and they were not covered for his role as Jack Sparrow.

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Captain Jack with all of his tattoos showing.

Black Sails features pirates with tattoos such as the character Mr. Gates, who has the iconic naval tattoo “Hold Fast” tattooed across his knuckles, as well as an all seeing eye in a pyramid on the back of his head, which nods towards the esoteric linkage of pirates to secret masonic groups such as the Knights Templar. These ideas were all researched by the actor playing Mr. Gates, Mark Ryan. Other tattooed or bodily marked characters from the show are Albinus (portrayed by Garth Collins), as well as Joshua (portrayed by Richard Lukunku) who features large scarification pieces that would have been done in Africa where his character is from. There are other minor characters from Africa who also have scarification.

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The back of Mr. Gates’ head featuring one of his tattoos.
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The pirate Albinus with facial and arm tattoos in tribal patterns.
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The pirate Joshua with large scarification arm piece and pointed teeth.

Realistically it is unknown if pirates had tattoos or not. They were criminals who frequently visited places such as Africa and the Polynesian Islands, both of which had rich body modification taking place at this time, which makes it plausible.Historically, Captain James Cook and his crew brought tattoos to the forefront of European culture after their voyages to New Zealand and Polynesia in 1771.

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Captain James Cook.

We know that pirates also visited these and other islands before that, so it is plausible that they would have been tattooed on the islands, or at the very least seen tattoos being done, and copied them. If not tattooed, at the very least some pirates would have had some marks on themselves in the form of brands and, or, scarification. Many pirates were either African , Irish, or other European slaves, and all groups were quite often marked cruelly by their captives as proof of their enslavement. Many people brought from Africa would have had art made by scarification which has been done for centuries. These designs made by pricking the skin so it protrudes outwards in magnificent designs were for social rankings, age, gender, and certain rituals throughout life. It is estimated that approximately 90% of pirate crews were made up of former slaves (these were men either freed from slavery who became pirates, escaped slaves, or freed by pirate raids and joined them).

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Large scarification back art.

The argument against pirates having tattoos is more one of plausible deniability on the part of pirates. Pirates would often be caught, and if one was to try to deny being a pirate, why would they have marked their bodies permanently showing that they were in fact a pirate, as tattoos were still seen as quite criminal at this time. As well as the fact that historical descriptions and paintings of real pirates such as Edward Teach (Blackbeard), Charles Vane, (Calico) Jack Rackham, Mary Read, Anne Bonny, William Kidd, and other famous pirates were usually seen wearing clothing that covered their whole bodies (hiding potential tattoos). Though pirates may not have been the tattooed miscreants we often think of, they certainly did have piercings through their ears and noses, though they would often be removed for battle so they would not be caught on a sword. Piercings were part of the pirate look, but also a superstition. It was believed that a golden ring would save one from drowning, as believe it or not, many sailors at this time couldn’t swim.

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Drawing of Calico Jack Rackham.
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Blackbeard in battle.
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Anne and Mary in battle.

Whether or not pirates were tattooed, they were fearsome fighters not to be trifled with. If you would like more information on pirates check out the books The Republic of Pirates, Under the Black Flag, and Pieces of Eight: More Archaeology of Piracy.

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