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Facing Your Fears – Guy Tattoos Spider on His Face to Combat Arachnophobia

Now here’s a guy who literally ‘faced’ his fears. To deal with his morbid fear of spiders, Eric Ortiz got a black widow spider tattooed on his face.

You’ve got to be either really gutsy or really stupid to put something so huge and permanent on your face. I’m not sure which one Ortiz is. The 24-year-old from Deltona, Florida, said: “Everybody fears spiders. That’s why I got it. Just to, like, make me know, that that’s what I fear, but not to fear it. You know what I’m saying?”

I’m not too sure I know what he’s saying. How can putting a spider tattoo on your face make you less scared of spiders? Well, it’s his face and if it works for him, who am I to judge? But a lot of people are judging Ortiz for his rash decision. “Everybody looks at it like, ‘Damn spider’ ‘cause if you’re going around your house, you know what I’m saying, you see those spiders, you’re going to jump, so putting one on my face, I say you know what, I’m going to see what people think.”

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Photo: Facebook

Again, I’m not too clear what he’s talking about, but it obviously means a lot to him. His girlfriend, unfortunately, didn’t share his excitement over the tattoo. “She was mad at me,” said Ortiz. As were a lot of other people, going by the comments on his Facebook picture. “Tell me that’s fake???” wrote one friend. “Please tell me that’s not real,” said another.

“Some people say, ‘Why did you get it? You’re never going to get a job,’” said Ortiz. But he isn’t worried about the tattoo ruining his career. He does landscaping and tile work so customers don’t really have to deal with his face a lot. “I don’t work in a place where there are people around. They are not worried about it right now.”

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Photo: Facebook

Ortiz also has the letters ‘P A I N’ tattooed on four of his fingers. I suppose that means he’s afraid of pain as well? Going by his track record, he certainly doesn’t fear breaking the law. His criminal record includes charges of burglary of a vehicle, domestic battery, possession of drugs, and retail theft.

Surprisingly, a few of Ortiz’s friends have appreciated his bold decision. “Some people say, ‘It’s cool man. The tattoo on the face, I would never get it but that one came out cool,’” said Ortiz. His reaction to all his haters is the same: “If I could start from scratch, I wouldn’t change shit!!!”

via The Daytona Beach News Journal

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