The Thing Tattoos:

John Carpenter’s “The Thing” is a favourite cult movie for many, despite its major flop when it first came out. The special effects are still what’s most loved and talked about with horror lovers today.

Norris head spider done by Jan Man at First String Tattoo in Winnipeg
Norris head spider done by Dan Gagné Mortem Tattoo in Montreal

Special effects artist Rob Bottin was just 22 when he headed a team of 40 technicians, working on the film for seven weeks after previously working on The Fog with John Carpenter already.

Grotesque metamorphosis by Ronald L Philips at Cherry Bomb Tattoo
Norris head spider done by Josh Todaro at the Grand Illusion Tattoo in Australia

One of the most famous scenes is the “chest chomp” where Dr. Copper tries to revive Norris by restarting his heart, with his arms in his chest. Bottin found a double arm amputee to film this scene so that they could attach prosthetics that could then be ripped off in a realistic a manner as possible.

Kurt Russell portrait done by Jonathan Penchoff
Norris head spider done by Aaron Francione at Magic Eye Tattoo

Kurt Russell damn near blew himself up for real in that scene where he fights the “Palmer-Thing.” They used real dynamite in the filming of this scene and Kurt was unaware of how powerful the blast would be. John Carpenter kept the real shot in the film, so Kurt being thrown back and his surprise was genuine.

Black and grey Kurt Russell portrait done by Mason at The Drop of Ink in the UK
Matching pieces including Norris head spider done by Kalo at Spider Web Tattoo in Berlin

As a tattoo, various forms of metamorphosis are the most popular tattoos, particularly that creepy head. Fans of Kurt Russell have also immortalized his character. Realistic or old school styles also seem to be the most popular for those who want to have The Thing on them forever.

Black and grey head spider done by Paul Rogers
Cute little head spider done by Dana at Lucky Peach Tattoo

What is your favourite scene from the movie?

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John Carpenter Tattoos:

John Carpenter is a well known director, writer, actor, and composer. He is most known for his work in horror, and is a beloved director, writer, and composer for all those who love the darker side of life.

Christine leg sleeve by the legendary Paul Acker at The Seance Tattoo Parlour.
They Live tattoo by Tattoos By Heidi.

A few of his most well known movies are; Halloween, The Thing, Christine, Village of the Damned, Prince of Darkness, and They Live. Though he has worked on many more.

Realistic Escape From New York piece by Craig Mackay.
Village of the Damned leg piece by Peti Cortez.

While most people know him for his horror, it’s not the only work he does. Some other notable non-horror movies of his are Escape From New York, Dark Star, Memoirs of an Invisible Man, and more.

Halloween leg sleeve by Michael Cloutier.

Halloween turned intone of the most profitable independent films of all time, terrifying audiences time and time again with killer Michael Myers. Halloween becoming such a success paved the way for other big slashers such as Friday the 13th in 1980 and Nightmare on Elm Street in 1984.

Cute lil The Thing piece by Mr. Dana at Lucky Peach Tattoo.
Prince of Darkness chest piece by Paul Acker.

Which John Carpenter movie is your favourite?

Another one from The Thing, by Dan Gagne at Mortem Tattoo.
Michael Myers Halloween piece by Isaac Morales.

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Zombie Tattoos:

The “original” zombie has come a long way. From White Zombie in 1932 (often considered the first zombie movie) to shows like The Walking Dead and movies like Shaun of the Dead and World War Z, zombies have been around in popular culture for almost 100 years.

Zombieland’s Bill Murray done by Craig Mackay in the UK in a black and grey realistic style.
Realistic black and grey zombie head done by Pavel Polovnikov at Red Berry Tattoo Studio in Poland.

Some popular zombie movies to get your tattoo ideas started include Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, 28 Days Later, Zombieland, Zombieland Double-Tap, Planet Terror, Dead Snow, Shaun of the Dead, I am Legend, and The Return of the Living Dead, to name a few.

American traditional frosty zombie done by Dan Gagné at Mortem Tattoo in Montreal.
Realistic colour Dawn of the Dead zombie done by Kristian Kimonides, in Melbourne Australia.

In tattoo form many people choose to get their zombies in a realistic style, with both black and grey or colour being popular.

Cute cartoon zombie done by Joshua Hoiberg.
Huge realistic colour Walking Dead sleeve done by Taryn Lee in Nottingham, UK.

American traditional or neo traditional is also a popular choice when getting the undead inked.

Classic Shaun of the Dead themed piece done by Matthew Limbers at Dearly Departed Tattoo in Milford, Michigan.
Hyper realistic tarman zombie from The Return of the Living Dead, done by Paul Acker at Séance Tattoo Parlour.

As with most spooky tattoos, some people go for “cute”, usually meaning a more new school or cartoon style, or neo traditional.

Fun cartoon zombified Bart Simpson done by Shawn Havron at Artisan Body Piercing and Tattoos in Norfolk VA.
A neo traditional zombie ready to party, done by Moira Ramone in Rotterdam, NL.

What’s your zombie apocalypse plan? Let us know down in the comments!

Werewolf Tattoos:

The werewolf myth dates back thousands of years, in numerous cultures; but it became most popular between the 16th and 19th centuries. These stories grew so popular that it seemed almost every town in Europe had its own werewolf tale. Books such as Discours de la Lycanthropie published in 1599, described werewolves as “men so denatured, that they have made bastards of their first origin, leaving this divine form, and transforming themselves into such an impure, cruel and savage beast.”

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Brilliant neo traditional sleeve by Matt Curzon at Tattoo EMPIRE in Melbourne, Australia.
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Classic American traditional werewolf and moon by Dan Gagné at Loveless tattoo in Montreal.

Another term for werewolf is lycan. Lycanthropy, then, is the change of man or woman into the form of a wolf, either through magical means, so as to enable him or her to gratify the taste for human flesh, or through judgment of the gods in punishment for some great offence, as put by Sabine Baring-Gould in his 1865 book The Book of Werewolves.

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Fantastic forearm piece by Darnell Waine in Los Angeles.
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Crisp half sleeve by Chris Ramirez.

When sideshows were a popular part of circus life, people with hypertrichosis were often branded as werewolves.

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Absolutely terrifyingly realistic werewolf by Paul Acker at The Séance Tattoo Parlor in Bensalem.
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Popular werewolf movies include An American Werewolf in London 1981, The Wolf Man 1941, The Curse of the Werewolf 1961, and The Wolfman 2010.

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Black and Grey Wolf Man portrait by Lea Vendetta.
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Fantastic realistic and dark werewolf from An American Werewolf in London by Javier Rodriguez Immortal Art Studio.
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Haunting werewolf from An American Werewolf in London by Joe K Worrall in the U.K.
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Professor Remus Lupin from Harry Potter in the form of his werewolf, done in watercolor and sketch style by Russell Van Schaick Orlando, FL World Famous Tattoo.
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Terrifying realistic black and grey piece also from An American Werewolf in London by Matt Perlman Aces High Tattoos West Palm Beach Fl.
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A big and bloody wolf man by Elen Soul.

As a tattoo, werewolves are often done in black and grey style, realism, neo traditional, and American traditional.

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Skeleton and werewolf by Chris Thompson at 522 Tattoo.
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Dark werewolf head with red moon by Alex Werder at Good Fortune Tattoo.
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Angry looking werewolf stealing a woman away, by Hilary Fisher White in Brooklyn.
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Blackwork werewolf with crescent moon and bones done by James Armstrong at Holy Mountain Tattoo.
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Big and bold neo traditional werewolf head done by Jan Veldman at Gypsy Cat Tattoos in Winnipeg.
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Midway transformation piece by Jonathan Penchoff.
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Fierce and realistic looking werewolf head by Jordan Baker at Penny Black Tattoo.
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Werewolf looking to party done by Noelle Lamonica at Black Cobra Tattoo Club.

What’s your favorite werewolf movie?

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?