(Source) Eric Ortiz wanted to face his fears. So he tattooed a black widow spider on his face.“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.
I’m trying hard to find a hole in Eric Ortiz’s logic here and I just can’t do it. Ever heard the saying, Own your fear or your fear owns you, well that’s exactly what just happened. Guy is petrified of spiders, so what better way to tell all the Spiders you’re the boss than to get their body tattooed on your face. It’s brilliant. Spiders are like dogs, they can smell fear (made this up), so if you make it loud and clear that you’re not afraid well then they’ll leave you alone. And you can say it all you want, but everyone knows you aren’t truly over a fear until you get it prominently tattooed onto your face. Next level thinking all over the place Eric. Well done. May I say you’re almost too smart for that landscaping job you currently have? I think I may.
Probably the funniest quote I have read in a year. So dumb it’s sneaky brilliant.
That’s why I got it, Just to, like, make me know, that that’s what I fear, but not to fear it.