10 Cult Horror Portraits by Nikko Hurtado

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10 Cult Horror Portraits by Nikko Hurtado

Goddamn, Nikko Hurtado's portraiture is scary good.

We frequently showcase his unbelievable tattoos, but because it's October and Nikko Hurtado is a master of horror movie portraiture, we're back with more of his frightfully good realism. Here are some of his astounding and unsettling tattoos of iconic characters from horror films both old and new but all with huge fanbases. Consider nuking a bag of popcorn and settling in on the couch for these horrific tattoos from cinematically inspired masterpieces.

"Awww, come on bucko! Don't you want a... balloon?"

Some images stick with us forever, haunting not only our nightmares but our skin, too. Hurtado specializes in recreating famous characters from horror films both new and old through tattoos. As seen in portraits of Pennywise from Stephen King's It and Boris Karloff as Frankenstein's monster, he is capable of capturing their likenesses perfectly. What's more is how he renders them with such emotional expressions, drawing out their inner darkness.  

"What's the matter, kid? Don't ya like clowns?"

In examining his astounding portfolio, one can see that Hurtado illustrates a wide variety of characters from different time periods in the cinematic genre of horror. We see portraits from films as recent as the last decade and a half with examples like the vampire from 30 Days of Night and Captain Spaulding a la The Devil's Rejects.

"One, two, Freddy's coming for you."
Bub's been responding so well that I let him live.
"Five years ... five long years he's been dormant. And he's hungry."

Though his work that's inspired by more recent horror flicks is both exquisite and terrifying, some of Hurtado's best cult classic portraits come from the golden age of American horror films during the 1980s, in which the "slasher film" became a staple motif and zombie movies rose to prominence. In the eerie examples above, we see his depictions of legendary characters from beloved film franchises, such as A Nightmare on Elms Street, Child's Play, Friday the 13th, and Halloween. He's even done a portrait of Bub, from what is arguably George Romero's best zombie flick, Day of the Dead. Lastly, there aren't even words from the Necronomicon that can do justice to his Evil Dead sleeve; long live Bruce Campbell.

"We're going to get you. We're going to get you. Not another peep. Time to go to sleep."

We hope you were freaked out by this sample of Hurtado's importation of cult horror cinema into the world of tattoos. If you want to see more of his mind-blowing portraiture, check out his Instagram. Also, he is such a prolific artist that there are numerous other scary movie tattoos by him that will be a part of our Halloween coverage, so keep an eye out, as if dislocated from its socket, for more of his wicked work to this way come. 

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