Thinking of Getting a Horror Tattoo? Read This First!
October 1, 2015
There is no better way to prove your devotion to something than having an image of it permanently and painfully etched into your skin by a grizzled-looking dude in a tank top. No matter how uncool your starting position, a nice tattoo has the uncanny ability to pull you up. Selecting a tattoo is, of course, a long and involved process, and you can be stymied for years trying to zero in on the one perfect image that will speak to your interests, your cool, and your daringness.
There are endless horror-fueled tattoos to select from, and Blumhouse has a few perfect horror recommendations. Some of these have been spied on people around the office. Some are merely cool genre images. All of them are worthy of consideration.
Lament The Lament Configuration
Also known as The Lemarchant Configuration, this is the immediately recognizable puzzle box from the HELLRAISER series. There are three different patterns to choose from, as well as a pattern of the box in its solved position. How about all four patterns tattooed up your spine? Perhaps connected by a hooked chain?
The Eibon Symbol
This is an occult symbol that may originated with H.P. Lovecraft, could be of genuine occult origin, and most definitely is on full display in Lucio Fulci’s gore classic THE BEYOND. This would go well anywhere on your body.
THE LORDS OF SALEM
One for the ladies! Rob Zombie’s THE LORDS OF SALEM is an atmospheric feminist parable about how creepy ancient music can transform women into powerful, satanic weapons of apocalyptic vengeance. Why not wear the symbol of female empowerment on your wrist or hip?
The Necronomicon Gate
Fans of H.P. Lovecraft already know all about The Necronomicon, a fictional book of incantations that has, over the years, taken on a strangely real power. The Necronomicon Gate, also known as The Gate of Yog-Sothoth, crept into horror iconography and now demonstrates some major horror cred.
The Curse of the Thorn
HALLOWEEN is well known, but it takes a truly courageous fan to declare their love of HALLOWEEN: THE CURSE OF MICHAEL MYERS in tattoo form. The Curse of the Thorn was, according to the infamous sequel, what gave Michael his immortality and his evil. Get it tattooed on your wrist.
The Black Zodiac
From the 2001 remake of THIRTEEN GHOSTS comes the symbols of The Black Zodiac, each one representing a different tortured soul needed to unlock an unholy gate. A stripe of them down your leg would be damn sexy.
Bagul, the original demon that supposedly inspired the Boogieman, first showed up in SINISTER and continued his havoc in the recent SINISTER 2. Merely glancing upon Bagul’s satanic mark further spreads the curse.
THE OMEN's 666
This is an obvious choice, but only if you’re willing to shave your hair and tattoo your scalp just like in THE OMEN.
The Something Weird Logo
Something Weird Video distributed hundreds of ultra-obscure grindhouse schlock films on home video starting in 1990. The company was named after a weird-ass 1967 film directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis. The logo and brand have overwhelming significance to lovers of bizarre cinema.
William Castle's Silhouette
William Castle is one of the finest horror filmmakers in the genre’s history and most certainly the best American showman since P.T. Barnum. His famed silhouette is immediately recognizable to his fans, and I can think of few other horror filmmakers who would warrant such a portrait in tattoo form. Well, o.k.- maybe Hitchcock!
The Illustration from the Cover of The Handbook for the Recently Deceased
A good portrait for your back, this cheesy 1950s-looking graphic played heavily into Tim Burton’s horror- comedy, BEETLEJUICE.
The Carpet from THE SHINING
It’s a nice, soothing pattern and would make a good band around your arm or leg. It’s especially significant if you’ve seen the documentary ROOM 237, wherein it is explained that the carpet might very well be Kubrick’s admission that he filmed the fake moon landing video.
The S from Hell
This is the logo for Screen Gems. A generation of kids, who grew up seeing it after their favorite TV shows, developed an intense phobia of it. Seriously, there are entire documentaries about phobias of this logo. Google it. And get this tattoo someplace visible!