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A New York man has claimed that he has had some of the ashes of Charles Manson tattooed onto his head, according to a new report this week.
Manson enthusiast Patrick Boos, 45, has claimed that two new face tattoos he has acquired are not just made of ink, but of some cremated remains of the infamous cult leader.
Most Americans are well aware of Manson’s dark legacy. He was the leader of the Manson Family, one of America’s most notorious cults. The group, made up of mostly female followers, was responsible for several grisly murders in California in 1969. They brutally killed pregnant actress Sharon Tate along with four of her friends a day before viciously killing a grocery store executive and his wife.
Boos got the phrase “Helter Skelter” inked above his right eye, which is a reference to a Beatles song that Manson tarnished by claiming it represented a race war he wanted to ignite. He also got an “X” etched on his forehead, which mimics the “X” that Manson had carved into his own forehead during his murder trial, Vice.com reports.
He said he believes that the tattoos are infused with ashes from Manson’s cremated remains. As Vice reports, tattoo artist Ryan Gillikin claims he received some of Manson’s ashes through Tony Miller, a friend of Manson’s grandson. A battle over Manson’s remains had erupted following his 2017 death.
In addition to claiming he permanently embedded Boos with some of the ashes, Gillikin also claimed to put them into masks, Rolling Stone reported in 2019. He’s also tattooed at least one other person with his ashes — Manson’s former pen pal John Michael Jones, TMZ reported in 2019.
“The tattoo was a once in a lifetime opportunity to me,” Boos told Vice. “A piece of history.”
Boos elaborated that “It’s sad for the victims of what happened, but, unfortunately, he is now forever infamously part of history, and I chose to have that DNA history a part of me.”
He maintained he doesn’t want to be like Manson.
“I’m a nobody – I’d rather be home with my family than be around people,” he said. “I’m just trying to get by in this world, and I like weird and bizarre things."
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