Eric Ortiz wanted to face his fears. So he tattooed a black widow spider on his face.
Man Overcomes Fear Of Spiders By Tattooing Spider On His Face
Via Daytona Beach News reports:
“Everybody fears spiders,” Ortiz said. “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?”
Ortiz, 24, of Deltona, talked about his spider tattoo after appearing in court on a felony charge of driving while license revoked (habitual) at the Volusia County Courthouse in DeLand.
Ortiz’s particular method of dealing with arachnophobia gets attention.
“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, you’re going to jump, so putting one on my face, I say you know what, I’m going to see what people think.”
What do people think?
“Some people say ‘Why did you get it? You’re never going to get a job,” Ortiz said. “Some people say “It’s cool, man. The tattoo on the face, I would never get it but that one came out cool.’”
His girlfriend wasn’t too happy, though.
“She was mad at me,” he said.
Ortiz said he does landscaping and tile work and doesn’t deal spider-face to face with customers.
“I don’t work in a place where there are people around,” he said. “They are not worried about it right now.”
But the black widow tattoo has not scared away law enforcement. Ortiz’s criminal record includes charges of burglary of a conveyance, domestic battery, possession of schedule 4 substance, retail theft, violation of injunction for protection and loitering and prowling.
What do you expect out of Florida? Thank God he didn’t have a fear of private parts!