Ecuador's Quito Tattoo Convention: Horns, Fangs, And Forked Tongues

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It was three days of horns, fangs, forked tongue and heavy tattoos at Quito Tattoo Convention this year.

Ecuador tattoo convention
Ecuador tattoo convention

It has been a colorful weekend in Ecuador's capital during the three-day Quito Tattoo Convention.

Body modifications enthusiasts flocked to the capital of Ecuador last weekend to witness an exhibit of walking, breathing works of art in the forms of Maria Jose Christerna, Matt Gone, and many others.

Photo by Guillermo Granja/Reuters
Photo by Guillermo Granja/Reuters

A frequent convention goer, body modification artist Maria Jose Christerna aka Vampire Woman is one of the “big names” who attended Quito Tattoo Convention. Once again, she took centre stage with her vampiress persona, showcasing her many extreme body modifications.

Photo by Guillermo Granja/Reuters
Photo by Guillermo Granja/Reuters

Here she strikes a pose, showing off her crown of implants and face tattoos, on the last day of the Quito Tattoo Convention.

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Photo by Guillermo Granja/Reuters
Photo by Guillermo Granja/Reuters

Emilio Gonzalez, a body modification and tattoo artist, is also one of the famous attendees of Quito Tattoo Convention.

Photo by Guillermo Granja/Reuters
Photo by Guillermo Granja/Reuters

Let's not forget Matt Gone aka The Checkered Man, having 98% of his body inked—with some parts having seven layers of ink.

Photo by Guillermo Granja/Reuters
Photo by Guillermo Granja/Reuters

Andrea Aguilar aka Leopard Woman, getting ready for the convention.

Tongue split
Tongue split
Photo by Guillermo Granja/Reuters
Photo by Guillermo Granja/Reuters

Above are a closer look of the body mods of  Richard Velez, a local body modification and tattoo artist, a fresh sutured tongue split and eyeball inking.

Photo by Guillermo Granja/Reuters
Photo by Guillermo Granja/Reuters

(Pictured above) Richard Velez, showing off the rest of his body modifications.

Ecuadorean body modification and tattoo artists Richard Velez, 21, and his wife Andrea Aguilar, 26, show off their work at the Quito Tattoo Convention in Quito, Ecuador September 27, 2015. (Photo by Guillermo Granja/Reuters)
Ecuadorean body modification and tattoo artists Richard Velez, 21, and his wife Andrea Aguilar, 26, show off their work at the Quito Tattoo Convention in Quito, Ecuador September 27, 2015. (Photo by Guillermo Granja/Reuters)

The 21-year-old body modification artist attended with his wife, 26-year-old Andrea Aguilar, showing off their body art.

Photo by Guillermo Granja/Reuters
Photo by Guillermo Granja/Reuters

Colombian Damian Erazo, loving his body art—oh, and are those sharpened teeth?

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Matt Gone, also known as "The Checkered Man" poses at the Quito Tattoo Convention showing off his work during the last day of the event in Quito, Ecuador September 27, 2015. (Photo by Guillermo Granja/Reuters)
Matt Gone, also known as "The Checkered Man" poses at the Quito Tattoo Convention showing off his work during the last day of the event in Quito, Ecuador September 27, 2015. (Photo by Guillermo Granja/Reuters)

The Checkered Man making his appearance on the last day of the convention.

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When she's not writing for Tattoodo, Xavier likes experimenting with art and organizing local music shows. We're kidding, she's probably asleep. Follow her on Instagram @claudia_strife

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