A priest forced me into an exorcism because of my “demonic” tattoos
A woman has claimed that a priest once performed an exorcism on her because of her “demonic” tattoos.
Heavily tattooed DeeDee Villegas, 30, from Cebu, Philippines, first got into the tattoo culture due to peer pressure – and is now covered in inking that took 200 hours to complete.
However, she grounded herself in the culture when she discovered the rich historical significance and importance of tattoos in cultures around the world.
Over the past 12 years, DeeDee has spent over $26,000 tattooing 60-70% of her body, including her eyeballs.
Her tattoos took over 200 hours to complete and covered her entire body except for her stomach and legs.
In addition to her body art, which DeeDee considers to be one continuous, interconnected work of art, she also has 12 facial piercings.
Being heavily modified and lesbian in the Philippines is said to present a number of challenges.
DeeDee has once been exorcised on public transport by a priest and people frequently quote her Bible quotes for her or their own “protection”.
“I got my first tattoo during my emo goth college phase, mostly due to peer pressure,” DeeDee said.
“At first it was a fashion position and later it evolved into an outlet for me.
“When I felt extreme emotion or suffered from bouts of depression or anxiety, tattoos became my coping mechanism.
“It didn’t last very long and I went to rehab to overcome my depression, but the tattoos became a permanent form of expression for me.
“I became permanently invested in them when I took a course in art appreciation and learned the rich historical significance of tattoos.”
Throughout her adult life, DeeDee has argued against “tattoo discrimination” but says things have started to look up.
She claims that the Philippines has evolved in terms of accepting heavily modified members as well as LGBTQ members over the years.
“In the Philippines it’s always a challenge, to this day I am regularly verbally attacked in the street,” said DeeDee.
“However, there is a noticeable change, there are careers that heavily modified people can apply for and thrive in.
“There was a time when you didn’t get a face-to-face interview with a visible tattoo and that has changed.”
DeeDee believes that social media has been the single most influential medium in the journey of highly modified individuals being accepted into Filipino society.
This story originally appeared on the sun and has been reproduced here with permission.