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Maria Jose Cristerna – The Mexican Vampire Woman

posted by Chris Valentine

35 year old tattoo artist Maria Jose Cristerna (from Guadalajara, Mexico) sure does draw attention. The so-called “Mexican Vampire Woman” has horn implants made of titanium, dental fangs, facial piercings, and multiple tattoos all over her body.

Maria Jose Cristerna - Vampire

Maria Cristerna - Back Tattoo

Maria Jose Cristerna (or Marijose) says that she had a history of domestic violence and decided to reinvent herself. She has currently been married for 8 years and is a mother of four. A lawyer and supporter of women who have been abused, Marijose also runs a tattoo/jewelry shop and has been doing body modification for over 20 years.

Says Maria Jose Cristerna about her “horns” and “fangs”, and being a tattoo artist:

The horns are a symbol of strength and were implanted without anaesthetic. I had the fangs done because I loved vampires as a little girl. Tattooing [other people] is my way of being immortal, of really being a vampire and not dying — leaving my work on other people’s skin.

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Ripley’s Believe It or Not! has just recently taken casts of the “Mexican Vampire Woman” which will be used to create life-sized figures of her. She told the Huffington Post:

It’s my vampire dream to be immortal. I have always loved Ripley cartoons, and have admired Ripley’s since I was a little girl, so my dream came true.

The horns were a challenge for Ripley’s head sculpture guy Bruce Miller, but he says the most difficult part will be replicating Maria’s intricate tattoos.

Watch Video of Mexican Vampire Woman

Sources for this article: Huffington Post, El Zonkey Show, Ripley’s Believe it or Not!

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