THREE TATTOOED BEAUTIES OF HORROR FILM BRAVE A CLOUDLESS NIGHT AT A RUN-DOWN MOTEL IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE.
It’s a no-brainer that John Carpenter’s Halloween is one of the greatest horror films of all time. And while subsequent films in the franchise never quite lived up to the original, some of them had their charms. Even the much-maligned Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989) had one thing going for it—Danielle Harris. Whether you loved it or hated it, “Who’s that little girl?” was a common question after the film’s release, thanks to Harris’s electrifying performance that carried the entire film. Before Dakota Fanning was even conceived, a then 11-year-old Harris (her 12th birthday was celebrated on the set) delivered some of the best child acting, well, ever.
After she starred in two Michael Myers movies, she popped up in The Last Boy Scout, Steven Seagal’s Marked for Death, and some lighter, family-friendly fare like Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead and a recurring role on Roseanne. But it wasn’t until Urban Legends (1998) that Harris turned heads again, this time for different reasons. All grown up, she was playing the nymphomaniac, EMO bad girl Tosh—and the guys noticed. She was back in the horror genre looking hot, and she was on her way to becoming a modern scream queen.
Offscreen, the actress has developed her own real-life bad girl look with gorgeous ink that started out as cover-up work on a tattoo she got when she was a teen. “I got my first tattoo when I was 17. My uncle tattooed me. It was a yin-yang. He literally traced a quarter.” Not too happy with the piece, which she describes as “lame,” she got it touched up at age 22, and then again years later. “I found Kirk Alley online, and he wasn’t available. But his apprentice was this chick—she was super badass,” says Harris. “I went in and said I wanted a cover-up and mentioned all these things I like. I wanted this whole big piece with lilies and initials. So she drew up this design and printed it out and it was fucking enormous. It literally wrapped all the way around my body.”
For someone who’s witnessed the brutal on-set murder of Michael Myers firsthand, surprisingly, her first massive tattoo was a bit too much to handle. “I sat straight through for six hours. I got home and took off the cellophane, wiped it down because it was bleeding and oozing, and then I threw up,” she says, laughing. “I actually love getting tattooed. I usually do five-hour sittings, but my body starts to shut off during the last 40 minutes. When I first get there, I’m excited, ‘Fuck it, awesome, go for it! Make it bigger!’ and then I lay there and go, ‘Oh my God, I don’t know why I do this to myself.’ Then 20 minutes later, I’m like, ‘I’m so excited I’m getting a tattoo right now, it doesn’t matter.’”
After Urban Legends, Harris went on to land roles in countless horror flicks and solidified her status in the pantheon of modern-day scream queens. She’s starred in movies like Rob Zombie’s Halloween and Halloween II, Left for Dead, Hatchet 2, Hatchet 3, Stake Land, and ChromeSkull: Laid to Rest 2, to name a few. Not long before Hatchet 2, Kirk Alley finally got around to working his magic on her—and he’s become an artist she totally trusts and has confidence in. “We just keep adding,” she says. “I wanted some- thing art nouveau to balance the softness with the edginess, which is kind of how I am as a person. I just let him do whatever the fuck he wants to do. I lay there, he grabs a marker and starts to draw, and he just goes for it. I trust him. I would let him tattoo my entire body if I could.”
As for getting tattooed in more visible spots, that’s something Harris is hesitant to do since it would affect her acting career. However, launching her website horrorgirl.com and her directorial career with Among Friends (a horror flick, of course) is giving her some second thoughts. “As I’m figuring out that I want to be behind the camera more than in front of it, it’s allowed me to tattoo up higher than I normally would. I’ve always had it where it never went above the shoulder blade, because then you’d see it. Recently, we just added the other rose on top, and now you can see it. So I had my first audition the other day and I walked in and the first thing they said was, ‘Wow, how far does that go?’ Any- one who has seen my films knows that I usually play the girl that would probably have a tattoo. Now that it’s so large, I don’t know if it’s going to be an issue, but honestly—it’s not my problem. If they don’t like it, they can cover it up.” —Gil Macias
JULIE ANNE PRESCOTT
While many young actresses like to play dress-up, Prescott prefers playing mess-up, whether she’s appearing in an indie horror movie as a vampire or doing a reenactment for TruTV or Discovery Channel as a party girl or lawbreaker. “I’m always this big hot mess,” she proclaims. “I love it, it’s great. I get to sit there and be made up to look like I was up all night rolling around in garbage.”
A Florida native now based in Los Angeles, the stunning actress has always gravitated toward the dark side. As a kid she wrote Choose Your Own Adventure stories in the vein of Choose Your Own Death. Her classmates loved them; her principal was perturbed but gave her a writing award for her creativity. She also loved horror movies and started to veer toward acting. Modeling for Gothic Beauty magazine led to a role as a Troma Entertainment spokesmodel at conventions, some work doing fetish fashion and burlesque shows, then finally films, including an extra role in Rock of Ages.
“When I was blond all I did was scream and cry and get naked,” recalls Prescott. She dyed her hair darker around 2009. “I started to get stronger roles where I was allowed to be the one with the gun. I was still dying. I don’t think I’ve ever made it through an entire film.” Her latest role, as a newly turned vampire in The Lost Girls, is tentatively scheduled for a December release.
Prescott’s ink reflects a mixture of personal interests and statements. She got a biomechanical tribal piece on her left arm after she learned that she would need valve replacement surgery later in life because of a heart condition (plus, she says she loved H.R. Giger’s Alien work). The zombie-like sparrows on her chest are for her late mother and grandmother, and the death moth above them represents her interest in collecting taxidermy (insects and animals). Her redheaded pinup on her right arm signifies her passion for Vegas, while her skeleton “voodoo guy” shows her love for the Big Easy. Other tattoos include a tiki mask and an oni water demon with a snake body and a fan.
She got her most recognizable work, “Live Love Life,” which wraps around her neck, after her mother passed when she was 17. “My mom had cervical cancer and my grandmother had leukemia. At the time I needed some positivity and a reminder, so I just decided to put it on my neck,” says Prescott, looking ever forward. —Bryan Reesman
You wouldn’t immediately think of a tattooer as being a scream queen, but television personality and tattoo artist Amy Nicoletto drips horror. She dresses head-to-toe in black, her makeup is copied by goth girls everywhere, she hangs out with the Misfits and Glenn Hetrick, and the highlights in her hair are reminiscent of the Bride of Frankenstein. “I don’t think I ever noticed it before, but I cross over into the horror world,” Nicoletto says.
Since her role on LA Ink, she has spent most of her time traveling, guest spotting, and following the convention circuit. Recently, one of the booths she found herself sitting in was at the Full Moon Tattoo and Horror Festival in Nashville, TN. “I think the two scenes share similar fans, and tattooers should attend or tattoo at more horror conventions,” she says.
Nicoletto has become somewhat of a fixture at horror conventions, including Son of Monster-palooza, in Burbank, CA, where she met Bela Lugosi Jr., namesake of her favorite horror actor. “Most people don’t know it, but Dracula  was the first horror flick with sound,” she says. “It didn’t have any blood but it was creepy as hell.”
She loves Lugosi’s work so much that she is sketching out a leg sleeve of him from Brooklyn Payne. “You see a lot of Dracula portraits, but [Lugosi] was in a lot of other badass horror flicks,” Nicoletto says.
Following in the footprints of her Hollywood hero, Nicoletto was even cast in a scary movie of her own, House of Horror: Gates of Hell. “I didn’t see it but I’m told that my head got blown off. I can’t watch myself. It’s like listening to your own voice on the answering machine, only 1,000 times worse,” Nicoletto says. “I never watched LA Ink, but I am told by friends that instead of showing the great art we were doing they only showed the tattooers who acted like they were on Jerry Springer.”
From her current chair, at Electric Pen in North Hollywood, CA, she says she doesn’t regret being on LA Ink. “Because of the way I look, people have always stared at me. But at least now some of them come up and say, ‘Hi, weren’t you on LA Ink?’” —Rocky Rakovic