The Art of Darkness

Haunted House Tattoo

August 2nd, 2011 by Cobwebs

The subtitle of this post is, “Aaaaaaaaaaargh,” since I’m feeling rather thwarted at the moment.

For those not familiar with Pinterest, it’s a “virtual pinboard:” A visual bookmarking tool that lets you collect stuff from all over the Web and put it all in one place. It’s great for things like planning a redecorating project or putting together an outfit. It also lets you browse pinboards curated by other users, so you can piggyback off others’ inspiration.

What it doesn’t do worth a damn, however, is preserve original source information.

So, I found this lovely tattoo on a tattoo pinboard, and I’d love to give you more information about the artist, but it’s credited to “Tumblr” and that is not exactly useful.


Searching phrases like haunted house tattoo or haunted mansion tattoo turns up some great designs (and also a neat site called Check Out My Ink), but this one doesn’t seem to be in evidence.

In summary: Poop.

Anyway, I think this is lovely and wish I could tell you more about it. I really like the creepy tree and the gothic-looking tombstones, and am curious whether it ends at the haunted house or extends further along her back. If a tat of this size wouldn’t win me an instant divorce, something similar would definitely be at the top of my wish list.

Update: Jessica, whose Google-fu clearly exceeds mine, tracked down the original photo here. It’s a self-portrait by Stephanie May, a photographer in Nashville. Still no information on the tattoo artist, but if you’re in the Nashville area I suppose you could go ask her. Thanks, Jessica!

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10 Responses

  1. Jessica Says:

  2. Cobwebs Says:

    Jessica, you are my hero. Thanks!!!

  3. jeanne e. Says:

    that tattoo is beautiful…

  4. Jessica Says:

    not a problem… :)

  5. pensive Says:

    this is really cool. i love greyscale work.

    whenever i get tempted by things like this, i pull up photos of monica belluci. uninked skin can be nice, too. : )

  6. Sally Says:

    when I saw this picture, it reminded me of an illustration by Benjamin Lacombe. Something about the lines in the house is similar, but it’s definitely not the same pic.
    The haunted house pic seventh from the end, on his facebook page:

    However, his work in general is so awesome, it makes me want to go to France and bring back all his stuff. :) I mean, if I’m gonna have to pay shipping and stuff, I may as well just buy a plane ticket ;o)

  7. Cranky Amy Says:

    Well, I’ve dropped her a note at her website, maybe she will give us the info on where she got it, who designed it and where she got the idea!

  8. pensive Says:

    I actually woke up in the middle of the night worried I sounded snarky above. No snarkiness intended. I just have to leave some money for food every now and then.

  9. Stephanie Says:

    Hello! Thank you for your interest, and thank you for tracking me down. I have had a tough time with this photo being distributed everywhere without my permission and it’s been interesting figuring out where it went ;)

    The artist is Brandon Hanna in Nashville, TN. I have had the tree tattoo for a long time, and last year I decided to add to it, incorporating a graveyard, full moon, clouds, and a haunted house. We used drawings from “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” as inspiration for the graveyard, clouds, and moon. The haunted house is an amalgamation of a bunch of different house photos I showed the artist, most in the Second Empire style. We designed it together; he drew it.

    I have always loved haunted houses in literature, and I adore graveyards and other creepy locations. I think Brandon did an amazing job. I may take another shot of it soon with my new blue hair instead of the pink, I’ll try to get more detail in the house and send it your way.


  10. Jessica Says:

    It’s really nice how it came together from just the tree. I love it… Especially the bats. :D

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