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|Asia Argento is the daughter of actress Daria Nicolodi and Dario Argento, the master of Italian horror films. She starred Vin Diesel in XXX (2002), but she is an international star and a favorite of indie directors like Gus Van Sant, Abel Ferrara, and Oliver Assayas to name a few. Her most visible American roles were in B. Monkey (1998), Land of the Dead (2005), the Kirsten Dunst film Marie Antonette
She has directed a number of films, documentaries and music videos, has written a novel and has been published in a number of magazines. She has won two David Di Donetello awards which are the Italian equivalent to the Oscars. She is also a DJ.
AN EYE: "It's on my shoulder, I got it on my first trip to Amsterdam when I was 14. I was so high on hash, and while I knew that I wanted an eye, I really didn't know how I wanted it. The guy at the tattoo place felt sorry for me, and anyway he did it."
TWO SNAKES AND A SUN: "It's over my ass. I did the two snakes in Minneapolis when I was shooting Trauma. I was 16. The sun that's in between, I did that in Amsterdam (again) when I was 17. The snakes were taken from a Medusa statue that I saw in Rome, and they were intertwined around her waist. And the sun... I dunno', I drew it... but all these tattoos, I have to say, I would have a million symbolic reasons that were very true at the time I was having the tattoo, very romantic in a way... You could say: "I got this tattoo for a reason'" - but not really, I really liked those drawings, and this is the bottom line."
AN ANGEL: "It's taken from a painting by the Belgian painter Delvaux... But she's not an angel, I added the wings. And I did it there (rising from her pubis mound) not for some sexual iconography of a flying pussy, but more to hide it from my father, who was not so happy about me having all these tattoos. I remember when I finally showed it to him, like three years after, 'cos I managed to hide it for a couple of years, he said that now I could fulfill my dream and work in the circus as the tattooed wonder."
ANNA: "The last one I got, and maybe it's the only one I got for a reason. It's my sister's name (the deceased Anna - who Scarlet Diva is dedicated to) on my ribs. Because I remembered this line by Blixa Bargeld: "I don't know who cut you off my ribs" - as of Eve for Adam. It looks like a jail tattoo, something very dirty."
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