Teen Mom 2 alum Javi Marroquin showed off his finished back piece. The Deleware native has been working for years to finish his ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ themed tattoo.
It contains images of characters created by Tim Burton such as Jack Skellington, Oogie Boogie, Mayor, Dr. Finkelstein, Sally and Zero. The tattoo also has some pumpkins and a tombstone with “RIP” engraved on it.
“Finally put this beauty together! My guy @mikemaratattoo over at @aggressiontattoo brought my vision to life #nbc #nightmarebeforechristmastattoo,” Marroquin wrote via Instagram on July 24.
He also shared an Instagram story from his tattoo artist, Mike Mara, owner of Aggression Tattoo in Whitehall, Pennsylvania. “Finally, after years, I’ve put the finishing touches on my husband @Javim9,” he wrote.
Marroquin used a numbing cream for the process and said the tattoo was painless. “Feel nothing. Thanks @ @painlesstattooco,” he wrote.
Marroquin first sold the numbing cream when he shared a portrait of his youngest son, 3-year-old Eli, the child he shares with ex-fiancé Lauren Comeau. Marroquin shares his eldest son – 8-year-old Lincoln – with ex-wife Kailyn Lowry.
Marroquin may have loved his finished work, but fans on Reddit didn’t seem to like the tattoo.
“The nightmare has only just begun,” sneered one fan.
“Not only am I a crappy concept, it’s poorly executed. Wow. That’s enlightening,” agreed a second person.
“A good rule of thumb for tattoos is: if you wouldn’t hang the same art in your living room, is it good enough to be a permanent part of your body?” I just came up with this rule 😅 but I stand by it,” said one popular comment.
A social media user discovered that Marroquin’s current tattoo was a cover-up. His original back piece seemed to have a space theme.
It’s not the first time Marroquin has been criticized for one of his tattoos. Fans on Reddit gored the MTV personality when he shared his portrait of Eli. This time he went to the Ink Gallery Tattoo Studio in New Jersey to get a tattoo from Tiffany “Tattooz” Perez.
Marroquin credited a numbing cream, Painless Tattoo, with allowing him to sit through the chest piece.
“I’ve always wanted a brisket, but I knew I didn’t want to go through the pain,” Marroquin wrote on July 9. “Then I discovered @painlesstattooco and decided to give them a chance so I can get Eli’s portrait.”
“No exaggeration, I didn’t feel anything at all, I’ve obviously had a lot of tattoo sessions and nothing compares,” he continued. “I have used the creams as soon as the skin was injured but have never applied any cream before the session.”
Marroquin also has a tattoo of Lincoln on his forearm and a tattoo of Lincoln’s half-brother Isaac – Lowry’s eldest son – also on his forearm.
Lowry has had crushes on Marroquin in the past and said she still loves him. The two were married for five years, from 2012 to 2017.
“There’s so much love in it, as much as I hate it sometimes. I really feel like you have to love someone to hate them, does that make sense?” she said during a July 7 episode of her Coffee Convos podcast.