Think your teenager's lip piercing is too much?  You definitely haven't yet met 35-year-old Maria Jose Cristerna.

But this Mexican mother of 4 and tattoo artist is not the sort of person you'd like to encounter at least not with a cross pendant and garlic bulbs on hand.  That's because she is known as the Vampire Woman.

She has titanium horn and fang tooth implants in addition to numerous piercings. Maria cites horrific childhood abuse as the reason why she needed to reinvent herself. She says she now leads a normal life despite her unusual appearance.

She said, "The horns I have are a symbol of strength and were implanted without anesthetic. I had the fangs done because I loved vampires as a little girl and I changed the color of my eyes so they were how I really wanted them to be."

She also explained, "Tattooing is my way of being immortal, of really being a vampire and not dying – leaving my work on other people's skin."

The following  video (in Spanish) shows her at a tattoo exhibition earlier this year.

For something A LOT tamer, check out the temporary sparkly tattoo tutorial by mirrorandmoon on Craftster!

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