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Venezuela tattoo expo showcases 'Vampire Woman'

January 30, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
It was body art taken to a whole new level. Hundreds of artists and aficionados were in Venezuela for a big expo.

Special guests included Mexico's "Vampire Woman"- 98 percent of her body is covered in tattoos. She also has prosthetic fangs and platinum implants in her forehead.

"The 'Vampire Woman' was not something I thought of, it was a name that one of Mexico's major television stations baptized me with," said Maria Jose Cristerna. "It doesn't necessarily bother me because it has helped me transcend to a new level. Yes, I do like vampires but they are only a dream, a fantasy."

In previous interviews, the 35-year-old has said she altered her image as a form of self-expression after being the victim of domestic violence in a former marriage.

Folks from all over the globe were at the expo to show off their work, purchase body jewelry or even get life-long souvenirs.

ABC News contributed to this story.