Ash Costello got the word “Dead” tattooed on the back of her hand in February 2014 by artist Danny Anchor. She loves zombies and vampires and often refers to herself as a “Living Dead Girl.”
In a video, she talks about the commitment she’s made by getting this and her other hand tattoos:
Going underneath the sleeve, as we called it, and getting onto my hand was a HUGE commitment. As we joke, we say “there goes my bank job” or “there goes my corporate desk job.” Which obviously I was never going to have. But getting a tattoo on your hand or neck or face solidifies like, that’s it — you are committed to being an artist and you are so screwed if you ever decide otherwise.
Ash Costello took hold of a tattoo gun and gave herself this “Blow Me Up” tattoo on her arm in February 2014. The phrase comes from the DC Comics villain Harley Quinn, who says “I’m having a bad day. I’m sick of people trying to shoot me, run me over, and blow me up!” For Ash, the phase represents perseverance:
My tattoo says “blow me up” with a red and green heart. I’ve always felt like a Harley Quinn just looking for her Joker, that mad love, 2 villains, it means and no matter how much you try and blow me up, I’ll always keep coming back. So go ahead and blow me up then, but I’m still here, causing trouble, just waiting to cause some trouble with him instead.
Ash Costello has a skull tattoo on her right thumb which is the logo for the band Misfits, who have been one of her favorite bands since she was in high school. She and Nikki Misery got the matching tattoos from artist Danny Anchor in December 2013. She writes: “Too much horror business, driving late at night. Friday the 13th tattoo #themisfits with @danny_anchor”
Artist Shaun Kama covered Ash Costello’s old ohm tattoo with a colorful orange jack-o-lantern pumpkin in October 2013. Halloween in her favorite holiday and she likes dressing up like it’s Halloween everyday.
Ash Costello has a tattoo a razor blade cutting her wrist to represents her struggles with depression and everything that she has overcome. She writes:
“My Friday the 13th tattoo with the @nydrock boys. To remind me…..I have survived the worst times, the fucking worst, but I pushed through it and now I’m enjoying the best times with my best friends.”
She got this tattoo on September 13, 2013 as part of a tradition in which tattoo parlors give discounted tattoos on every Friday the 13th. Usually the tattoos have the number 13 in them, and Ash’s razor blade has “XIII” which is the Roman Numeral for 13.
“I have a lot of Friday the 13th tattoos because I’m a big advocate of $20 tattoos. I have my razor blade, and the heart, and the Misfits, and other little things.”
Ash Costello has a dark black crow with accents of purple and blue that spans the inside of her right arm. There is a quote in a banner: “It says ‘Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt,’ which is from one of my favorite books of all time, Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut,” Ash says. Artist Baba Austin started work on the design in February 2011 and completed it in May 2011.
“Before this one I would have said that tattoos don’t hurt, I really like the feeling, but this one hurt so bad. I don’t know if I’m like turning into a pansy. A good friend of mine Baba came up to me and offered me a free tattoo for Warped Tour. It’s like the biggest thing ever. I know this doesn’t make sense but I didn’t realize it was so big when he free-handed it, and then he started going and I was like ‘oh wow, I just ended up with half a sleeve and I don’t even know how.'”
Ash Costello and Nikki Misery have matching broken heart tattoos on their hands with the words “I wished for you.” The heart is yellow with red blood drips on her thumb and it has an ornate design including filigree swirls and a stained glass pattern.
They got the tattoos back in 2011 when they were dating. Nikki was then in a different band, Stitched Up Heart, and Ash was about to leave for Warped Tour with New Years Day. Nikki later joined New Years Day and the two are very close friends even though they are no longer a couple. They’ve even gotten more matching tattoos.
“My boyfriend has the other one. We realized I’m going to be away on tour for 5 more months. So we wanted to have something where it’s like a little piece of each other. So when we hold hands they connect.”