Tattoo Stories: Okkultist’s Beatriz Mariano on First, Worst, Most Painful Tattoos

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As singer for Portuguese death-metal act Okkultist, Beatriz Mariano is no stranger to extreme expressions — from her powerful, wicked growls to the demonic, blood-spattered theatrics of the band’s latest, eye-catching video “Sign of the Reaper.” So, naturally, when it comes to the tattoos she wears on her body, the art she chooses definitely has an edge.

Ahead of the release of Okkultist’s debut full-length, Reinventing Evil, we caught up with Mariano to discuss her ink, from her prized Hellraiser tribute to her “excruciating” finger tattoos and more.

What is your favorite tattoo and why?
My favorite tattoo has to be the Pinhead portrait. Hellraiser is my favorite movie, Doug Bradley as Pinhead was my ultimate man crush as a teen. No joke. It was also done by my favorite tattoo artist Hollie Pryce Jones. She did it in a 12-hour sitting, with a one-hour break total. She’s a killer artist, and an amazing human being. Love that girl to death.

What’s your most painful tattoo?
My most painful tattoo definitely has to be the hand — it’s kinda fresh too, by the way. If I could evaluate, I’d say, from the pinky to the thumb: 7, 7, 10, 10, 10. Excruciating, but worth it. The artist Maksym Yakubchyk was very light-handed and incredibly gentle, which made it much easier to bare.

What was your first tattoo?
My first tattoo was the Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon prism on the back done by Pedro Santos.

Are there any other band tattoos you want to get?
I’m definitely getting my own band’s symbol somewhere in the future.

What is your most embarrassing tattoo?
I’m not really embarrassed of any of my tattoos; they’re all pretty well done. But if I had to pick one, I’d say the three coffin nails on the right wrist. Don’t get me wrong, the tattoo is beautiful and done by an amazing talented artist called Bela Hilário, but the placement I picked is fucking dumb. Blocks the whole arm now that I’m trying to build a sleeve.

What is going to be your next tattoo?
I have no idea. I don’t think that much about it. It’s more of a mindset, like waking up and wanting to get a tattoo done that day.

Do you have a favorite tattoo artist?
My top 5 are: Hollie Pryce Jones, Maksym Yakubchyk, Anrijs Straume, Felix Seele and Diogo Nunes.