Accused Cop-Shooter’s Unique Tattoos Raise Eyebrows
Particularly the ink in the white of his right eyeball
ANCHORAGE – Jason Barnum, the accused gunman who allegedly shot an Anchorage police officer, had the town talking about his unusual look. The most eye-catching though, was his tattooed eyeball.
It was the talk of the Anchorage Tattoo Studio, off of Benson Boulevard in Midtown. One of its resident’s artists said if you wanted to get that look, you’d probably have a hard time finding a professional to do it.
Friday, the day after the accused gunman was taken into custody, was the first time locals got a good look at Barnum’s face.
Anchorage Police Lieutenant Anthony Henry said that Barnum’s ink is suspicious. "We have some indications that are may be some prison gang affiliations, but nothing that has been substantiated yet.”
APD said they have intel looking into it.
But tattoo artists said there is nothing good about eyeball ink, done by a professional or in prison. “Most people in their right mind would not do that,” said tattooist Mason Pillion.
According to Pillion, unlike most tattoos, an eyeball tattoo is stuck with you for life. “That will not be removed ever. There is nothing that can be done to save that.”
Eyeball tattoos are legal, but most artists said they won’t do them. “We don't have the tools here because we do professional tattoos, and that is something that is more or less jailhouse.”
In fact Anchorage Tattoo Studio doesn’t even carry the kind of needle you would need to get an eyeball tattoo.
“Conventionally not a tattoo needle,” said Pillion. “These are a group of solid needles. As where the ink in the eyeball is injected through a hypodermic needle.”
According to correction officials, inmates caught with fresh prison ink could get into trouble.