Artist of the Month: Jack Peppiette

Jack is a black work artist working out of Insider Tattoo in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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Peony in the ditch.
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Back of the neck and across the shoulders in a more Polynesian layout.
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Two cuffs, leading onto the hand.
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Heavy black and some dot and linework in this sleeve, featuring mandalas.
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Lots of flowers!
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Gorgeous hand and cuff piece.

Jack uses geometric patterns, adding flowers, mandalas, solid bands of black, and sometimes religious icons.

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Healed and heavy on the black.
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Chest piece with laurels.
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Gorgeous finished Ganesha back piece.
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Flowers and collar.
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Matching shoulder peony flowers.
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Detailed back of the neck piece, all the way up onto the bottom of the head.

Jack has incredible attention to detail, making large pieces filled with incredible line and dotwork.

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Ganesha and geometric patterns.
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Healed full sleeve with sacred geometry.

Jack does do some smaller pieces, but most of them are fairly large. Such as sleeves, backs, half sleeves, and chest pieces.

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Beautiful face tattoo.
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3/4 sleeve with lots of dotwork for the shading.
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Forearms added to existing pieces leading onto the hands.
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Mandalas, dots, and lines on the legs, leading onto the feet.

Jack is a must visit artist if you are in Scotland.

Artist of the Month: Susanne König

Susanne is a tattooer at Redwood Tattoo Studio in Manchester. She does fine linework, dotwork, and blackwork. All of her tattoos use only black ink, but her intricate dotwork make a great contrast to the heavy black.

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A girl and her cat, the start and the moon.
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Victorian octopus lady looking very serious.
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Fantastic night time land and city scape.
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Gorgeous Venus piece!
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Lovely jellyfish in a jar.
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Three adorable foxes cuddling.
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A girl and her big dog!

Much of her work features popular characters or places from books, film, and tv.

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Eleven from Stranger Things!
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Severus Snape wearing Neville’s Grandmother’s clothing.
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The first years heading to Hogwarts!

She draws much inspiration from histories famous painters, and even does their portraits.

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Brilliant portrait of Van Gogh with his own sky design as the background.
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Frida Kahlo as one of her own portraits.
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Dot and blackwork Picasso vase!
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Katsushika Hokusai’s wave, one of the most iconic Japanese motifs.

Her whimsical animal portraits are fantastical and heartwarming, such as space narwhales, dogs in space, dinosaurs in clothing, etc.

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Sloth bathing in some tasty ramen!
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Super cool badger rocking out.
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Pirate kitty!!
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Narwhale with a cool space theme.
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Brachiosaurus in some fancy clothes.
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Very pretty mermaid.
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A heavily tattooed and bearded merman.

Susanne is a must see artist if you’re in Manchester!

Frida Kahlo Tattoos:

Frida Kahlo was a painter born in Mexico in 1907. She mainly painted self portraits, but many were heavily stylized, and some based on current pop culture.

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American traditional portrait done by Alix Ge in France.
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Sketchwork style done by Victor Montaghini.
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Portrait in a heart done by Amanda Toy in Milan, Italy.

Her art explored questions of gender, identity, class, race, and postcolonialism in Mexican society.

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Geometric, dotwork deer piece by Bob Mosquito.
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Blackwork style done by Sue Jeiven.
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Neo traditional portrait with roses done by Christophe Bonardi.

Frida’s art has been called surrealist, and magic realist. Her paintings are praised today by feminists for their depictions of the female experience and form.

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American traditional portrait done by Dennis Gutierrez in Barcelona.
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Blackwork/dotwork portrait done by Susanne König.
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New school skeletal portrait done by Eric Moreno at Birdhouse tattoo in Madrid.

Frida became an artist during recovery after she was injured in an accident when she was eighteen.

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American traditional portrait by Esther de Miguel in Berlin.
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Black and grey portrait done by Wina Brasil.
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Blackwork geometric, dotwork portrait done by Fredão Oliveira in Brazil.

She became interested in politics in 1927, and joined the Mexican Communist Party where she met her husband. The two divorced in 1939 but did re marry.

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Mostly black and grey portrait done by J Swan.
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Trash polka portrait done by Jessica Damasceno.

Frida traveled Mexico and the United States, and was given a solo exhibition at the Julien Levy Gallery in New York in 1938, which was a massive success. This was quickly followed by another exhibition in Paris the following year.

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Frida as a deer done by Kirsten in Wonderland Tattoo in Portland Oregon.
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Realistic day of the dead sugar skull version of Frida done by Logan Aguilar.

Frida had her first solo exhibition in Mexico in 1953.

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Beautiful surrealist portrait done by Mariusz Trubisz.
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Unfinished realistic portrait done by Megan Massacre.

She died the following year at the age of 47 due to bronchopneumonia.

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Skeletal portrait done by Mike Grant.
Paul Aherne
Blackwork portrait done by Paul Aherne.

Though she was relatively well known in certain circles during her lifetime, her work wasn’t appreciated the way it is now until the 1990’s, when her paintings became icons for feminists, Chicanos, and the LGBTQ community.

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Bright and colorful portrait done by Sebastian Brade.
Steph Hanlon
Colorful geometric piece done by Steph Hanlon.

Which is your favourite?

Baphomet Tattoos:

Baphomet today is regarded as a Satanic figure, but for a long time Baphomet was actually a word for the prophet Mohammed in Islam, and worshipping a Muslim god or prophet was seen as idolatry. The Knights of Templar were accused of worshipping Baphomet the false idol in Medieval France, and were tortured under King Philip.

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Baphomet head by Daniel Baczewski.
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Brilliant back of the head and neck piece by Róbert A Borbás.
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Majestic Baphomet head done on the skull by Jason Oz in Denver Colorado.
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Amazing long bearded Baphomet head by Matthew Murray, Black Veil Tattoo, Salem Massachusetts.

Over the next 500 years, Baphomet changed from Mohammed the prophet, to a hermaphroditic stone figure borrowed from Egypt or the Gnostic Christian Ophites. This was after both scholars and mystics studied the Knights of Templar, writing that the Knights brought back ancient magical knowledge from the middle East and North Africa. The idol in question was called Baphomet in 1818, and were most likely just misidentified artifacts from other cultures and religions.

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Fantastic blackwork/linework full bodied Baphomet by Patrick Toussaint in Melbourne.
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Blackwork goat head by Anka Lavriv at Black Iris Tattoo in New York.
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Pentagram, goat skull, and flowers by Brooke Ashliegh at Binx Tattoo.
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Large Black Philip torso piece by Frederico Rabelo in Portugal.

But the final Baphomet that we picture today was created in 1854 by occultist Eliphas Levi for his book “Dogme et Rituel de la Haute Magie” (“Dogmas and Rituals of High Magic“).  Levi describes Baphomet in detail in his book.”The goat on the frontispiece carries the sign of the pentagram on the forehead, with one point at the top, a symbol of light, his two hands forming the sign of hermetism, the one pointing up to the white moon of Chesed, the other pointing down to the black one of Geburah. This sign expresses the perfect harmony of mercy with justice. His one arm is female, the other male like the ones of the androgyn of Khunrath, the attributes of which we had to unite with those of our goat because he is one and the same symbol. The flame of intelligence shining between his horns is the magic light of the universal balance, the image of the soul elevated above matter, as the flame, whilst being tied to matter, shines above it. The beast’s head expresses the horror of the sinner, whose materially acting, solely responsible part has to bear the punishment exclusively; because the soul is insensitive according to its nature and can only suffer when it materializes. The rod standing instead of genitals symbolizes eternal life, the body covered with scales the water, the semi-circle above it the atmosphere, the feathers following above the volatile. Humanity is represented by the two breasts and the androgyn arms of this sphinx of the occult sciences.”

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Large goat head on the torso by Alex Tabuns.
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Full bodied Baphomet in a fantastic blackwork backpiece by Sakari.
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Bright neo traditional Baphomet head and skulls by Matthew Kaufmann at Drunken Monkey Tattoo in Michigan.
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Three eyed Baphomet by Rodrigo Lopez.

As a tattoo, people often get the full bodied Baphomet, or a goats head, as goats are often also related to Satanism as well as witchcraft and paganism. Full bodied goats and goat heads are also popular in part thanks to the film The Witch, and the Satanic goat named Black philip. Generally these tattoos are done in blackwork or black and grey but also realism, neo traditional, and American traditional.

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Three eyed goat head and quote by Ant Walsh in a neo traditional style.
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Baphomet head and snake done at forest ink tattoo, South Korea.
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American traditional take on Baphomet by Vince Genois Panthère at Noire Limoilou, Québec.
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Huge American traditional stomach Baphomet and dagger by Nestor Gonzalez at Sailor’s grave in Costa Rica.
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Full bodied Baphomet with a little bit of colour done by Tatiana Esmeralda Marcum Tattooer at Iron Rite.

Which style is your favorite?

Winnipeg Artist 7: Stephen McConnell

Stephen McConnell is an artist at Main Street Tattoo Collective in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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Neo trad bear with beautiful fall leaves and bright red sun.
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Dark Kylo Ren portrait.
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Matching hammerhead shark and great white in American traditional style.

Stephen’s work ranges from black and grey, to realism, watercolor, American traditional, blackwork, geometric, and neo traditional.

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Beautiful American traditional shoulder rose.
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Black and grey skull and mask.
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Huge black and grey owl with geometric patterns and some dotwork on the sternum.
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Blackwork creepy shrunken head.
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Travel themed piece with hot air balloon and luggage!
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Fantastic portrait!
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Geometric half sleeve with both black and red, creating a brilliant duality.
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Painful full torso crane with dotwork halo.
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American traditional lady head.
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Creepy Norman Bates with his house.
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American traditional French Bulldog portrait!
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Three forearm mandalas.
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Amazing almost finished realistic lion half sleeve.

Stephen McConnell is a must visit artist in Winnipeg!

Winnipeg Artist 3: Jade Harper

Jade Harper is a tattoo artist and owner of House of the Rising Sun in Winnipeg. Jade does mainly blackwork American traditional pieces, but has been doing more bold colourful works recently as well. She’s also very well known for her cowboy and cowboy girl pieces.

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Bold bear and elegant script.
Butterfly and laurel hand tattoo.

Due to the current pandemic (April 2020) Jade and other artists cannot tattoo temporarily, but she is still selling paintings. Check out her Instagram to do so, linked above.

Butterfly chest tattoo.
Negative space traditional flower.

Jade has a large amount of her own tattoo flash to choose from, and she also takes ideas, and will make changes to her own flash to suit the client’s needs.

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Healed cowboys in love.
Bright and bold peacock.

Jade focuses on being inclusive in her shop, and is proud to be the owner of the (currently) only queer owned and operated shop in Winnipeg. She acknowledges that tattoo shops can be a (sometimes) intimidating place, particularly for those in the LGBTQ community, as well as people of colour, so she’s created the space to be a welcoming place for all.

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Roquefort the mouse from Disney’s The Aristocats.
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My own “hang in there” noose from Jade.

Jade is a must-see artist in Winnipeg if you’re passing through, or a local looking for someone great!

Lady head in a spiderweb.
Cowboy girl portrait.

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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?

Artist of the Month: Ryan and Matthew Murray

Ryan and Matthew Murray are identical twin tattooers who do brilliant dark, blackwork tattoos in Salem Massachusetts working out of Black Veil Studio. Being in Salem the two are drawn to the darker side of life.

The two men do fantastic, realistic horror and death related artwork. Their pieces are brilliantly realistic and detailed.

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Nosferatu
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Frankensteins monster
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Dark snake
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Black widow spider
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Bat, wolf, cat, and spider
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A burning church
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Thestral from Harry Potter
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Bat
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hanging bat
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Dark woman and spider
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Ouija and spider
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Hogwarts and Snape vs Lupin in werewolf form.
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Rams head
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Crying woman with flowers

Be sure to see them if you’re going through Salem!

The Simpsons, Treehouse of Horror Tattoos

Since its first episode as part of second season in 1990, the Treehouse of Horror has been a huge hit with Simpsons fans. Dark, witty, and chalk full of pop culture references, Treehouse of Horror is always sure to be a spooky addition to your Halloween festivities.

Many episodes are based loosely off of various monster movies, horror, and thriller movies and books, such as; Nightmare on Elm Street, Frankenstein, Psycho, Amityville Horror, Twilight Zone, The Exorcist, Poltergeist, The Shining, The Monkey’s Paw, King Kong, Night of the Living Dead, Dracula, The Raven, Clockwork Orange, and more.

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Bart trick or treating as an executioner by Jason Ochoa while guest tattooing at Flying Panther in San Diego, CA.
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Good old Flanders/Satan by Jeff Ortega at Evil From The Needle in London.
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Smilin’ Homer J. by Joshua Davis at Wicked Inklination in Muswellbrook.
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Grim Reaper Bart by Justin Dion at Sovereign Tattoo.
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Hyper realistic, murderous Krusty the Clown doll by Mike DeVries at Redemption Tattoo in Northridge CA.

Three little bangers by Sara Eve at Artisan Tattoo in Pittsburgh PA.

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Dotwork zombie Homer by Sebastian Camargo.
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The Shining Homer by Wes Pratt at New Tribe Tattoos in Toronto.

The Treehouse of Horror episodes also often feature a fun alien duo, Kang and Kodos, who are always up to some sort of mischief.

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Kang and Kodos by Omar Powers at Trader Bobs Tattoo Shop in St. Louis.
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Kang or Kodos in a traditional rose by Drew Cottom at Amillion Tattoo.

What is your favorite Treehouse of Horror episode?