This is the best Blucifer tattoo (and story) we know of right now
Seven years after starting her marriage, Emily Wells felt like she had reached a turning point. She left her husband and her home in Portland to make a fresh start in Denver.
In February, a month after deciding to go ahead with a divorce, she had the infamous Denver International Airport Blue Mustang tattooed on her thigh, also known as “Blucifer”. . It was to mark a new chapter in his life.
“A Mustang is a very powerful symbol,” Wells said. “The statue itself is so strong and resilient. This is what I want to move forward with in this transitional phase of my life.
She commemorated the new ink in an article on Reddit in r / Denver on Tuesday.
Local Redditors quickly debated the tattoo design, declared their love (or hate) for the 32-foot laser-eyed carving, and complained about their own dead relationships.
Although Wells hasn’t even been in Denver for a year, his ties to Colorado and Blucifer go back more than a decade. She first spotted the statue at DIA almost as soon as it was erected in 2008.
“I thought it was awesome,” Wells said of his first impression. “He’s one of those beautiful, alluring but scary, ‘What the fuck is this? Why is it here? ‘ kind of works of art. I like this kind of art.
But instead of just commemorating his own story, Wells added a new chapter to Blucifer’s lore with the tattoo, one that Wells describes quite accurately as “pretty metal.”
For those who have not fallen into this particular Wikipedia hole however, the city of Denver initially commissioned sculptor Luis Jimenez to build the statue in 1992. After years of development in limbo, a piece of the horse’s torso came loose from a winch in Jimenez’s workshop and slammed him against a support beam in 2006. He then bled to death at the age of 65.
Blucifer survives as some sort of Frankenstein monster, a sculpture that killed its own creator.
Wells obviously doesn’t want the same fate for her ex-husband. The separation and divorce were amicable, but the connection runs deeper than a fantasy of revenge.
“(Jimenez) shares the same last name as my ex-husband, so it all depends on the depth of that name,” Wells said. “And I just… I want to end this part of my life.”
Wells had just returned from the DMV when we interviewed her. She is in the process of changing her login details to her maiden name.
Wells isn’t the first person to get a Blucifer-themed tattoo. A quick Google search will show at least one other Blue Mustang alive on someone’s bicep, although Wells claims his is best in class. For now, Denverite can testify that she definitely has the coolest documented Blucifer tattoo.
The tattoo was completed in a 5.5 hour session by artist Anthony “Slay J” Box. He and Wells designed the tattoo together, incorporating other Colorado elements like columbines, as well as a background inspired by the sunsets that adorn the sky over Peña Boulevard.
The flowers are strategically placed to hide some of Blucifer’s most alarming and precise anatomies, scandalizing some of the statue’s Reddit fans.
Like another woman Denverite interviewed about her singular Denver-themed tattoo, Wells received mostly enthusiastic responses from strangers spotting the piece for the first time. She was in Meow Wolf when a staff member asked her about the tattoo, then asked other coworkers to take a look.
The response online was in some ways exactly what she expected, too. Sharing a piece of thigh and mentioning that you are single is always a bet for a woman online. “There has been an increase in the slippage of DM,” she said with a laugh. “But other than that, it was a positive experience.”
An unexpected benefit came from commentators who applauded Wells’ decision to change his life.
Redditors commemorated and celebrated the blank slates, new beginnings and brand new opportunities brought by dead relationships. And Wells celebrated with them. “! It’s weird to say, but divorce can truly be an incredible gift, ”wrote one commentator.
“When you walk through the fog, it’s glorious! Welcome to a blue sky to accompany your Blucifer, ”said another.
Wells quickly integrated into the Denver scene. She tango dances, performs as a Drag King and practices Aikido martial art. In addition, she was a DJ at the Underground Music Showcase in Denver.
And Blucifer is certainly not going anywhere either.
Confusing and alluring, he will continue to guard DIA, his laser eyeballs monitoring every passing vehicle. He’s tough and strong – the same things Wells hopes to embody in the next stages of his life in a new but very familiar city.