After recent allegations of abuse started to unravel, fans have been forced to reconsider their Manson-inspired body art.
Early in February, actor Evan Rachel Wood alleged that Marilyn Manson had abused her for some time. Wood revealed in an Instagram post, that; “He started grooming me as a teenager and horrifically abused me for years,” and added that “I am here to expose this dangerous man and call out the many industries that have enabled him.”
Wood has inspired more women, including actor Esmé Bianco, who have since come forward with further claims of domestic violence and abuse. Bianco has issued a claim with the LA County Sheriff's Department, who is now launching an investigation into the musician.
Manson did, however, deny all the allegations as “horrible distortions of reality”.
The allegations have left several of Manson’s fans reevaluating how they see their idol, with some even deciding to stop listening to his music entirely.
However, other fans have much more to contemplate, seeing that they have Marilyn Manson’s face tattooed somewhere on their body.
Some fans spoke out in an interview with Vice, about their tattoos of the artist and how they feel.
A 22-year-old named Tara stated; "I got my tattoo two years ago. I have a few tattoos, but he’s the only person I have. It’s quite funny – as soon as I got it, I thought, 'He needs to not do anything wrong now otherwise I’ll have to get rid of it'.
I feel quite mortified after the news. I’ve spent the last week looking at ways to cover it up or get it lasered as soon as possible.
"Finding out the news was heartwrenching, but I’m not going to support someone like that. I’m probably going to do a 'blast over', where you leave the tattoo but do a really dark tattoo over the top. What I’m taking away from this is not to get anything tattooed that’s linked to anyone again, I’m going to stick to basic tattoos that I like and look pretty. Maybe I’ll get a Grim Reaper or a big black hood to cover his face."
26-year-old Marcella also has the lyric of one of Manson’s songs tattooed on her. She said: "I got my tattoo about a year ago. I started listening to Marilyn Manson when I was 14 and I still listen to him now. I’ve always admired his personality as an artist, so this is not such a beautiful moment for me. I’m really disappointed. As a woman, I know how important this fight against abuse is. I hope these accusations are false but the situation is complicated. These accusations are serious but I don’t know Marilyn Manson as a human being. I love him as an artist. I will still listen to his music and I will never cover my tattoo.
"If I had a tattoo of his face, I would definitely remove it. I think with a quote you can separate him from his art, but it’s another thing to have a portrait of the man behind the quote."
A 33-year-old man stated: "I don’t have anything positive or negative to say about Marilyn Manson. I got the tattoo in January of 2019. I’m covered in tattoos. It’s on my leg and my leg is full of other portraits, such as Tupac and Rogue Warrior. Marilyn Manson’s not someone I aspire to be like, but he had a pivotal point in music when I was growing up.
"I don’t want to blindly dismiss the allegations, but I don’t know the full details. I don’t know what to believe, but I don’t put things past anybody, especially celebrities. I’m getting it covered up next month anyway. My artist recently got rid of her picture of this tattoo online. She wants to remove it, and it’s always been my least favourite."
18-year-old Elis added; "As soon as I read [the recent news], I had to take down seven posters from my room with his face. I was a hyper fan. I always dressed up with his makeup and outfits. He’s been pretty much the only artist I’ve listened to for the past four years. I’ve been exploring other music now trying to find something else.
"I have a tattoo from Eat Me, Drink Me, one of the more controversial albums now. When I first heard the news, I was really disgusted and felt like I needed to get it removed right away. The more I’ve thought about it, the more I’ve separated the tattoo as something that more represents a hard time in my life that I got through with the help of his music. If I can't turn it into something cool, then I’ll definitely get it covered, otherwise I won’t.
"While he still has a career, I don’t want to be participating in it. I might go back to his older music at some point because I was also listening to it for the guitar, and I was as much a fan of the guitarist as him, it’s not just him – it’s a whole band.
"It’s the same with my tattoo. An artist did it, it’s not like Marilyn Manson tattooed this on me himself."