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'Vampire Woman' Takes Her Love for the Supernatural to a New Level

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Mexican tattoo artist Maria Jose Cristerna, known as 'Mujer Vampiro' (Vampire Woman), attends a photo opportunity during the "Expo Tatuaje" international tattoo expo in Monterrey April 3, 2011. (REUTERS/Tomas Bravo)

This is the amazing face of "Vampire Woman" Maria Jose Cristerna — who takes the trend for body art to a whole new level.

The Mexican tattoo artist and trained lawyer showed off her look at a tattoo exhibition in the city of Monterrey Monday.

"Tattoos were a form of liberation for me. My family was and is deeply Catholic,” Cristerna said. "I studied at a religious school, I fell in love, got married in white at 17, followed a career. I wanted to make things right.”

Cristerna, 35, said constant beatings and abuse at home triggered her reinvention and led her to tattoo nearly 100 percent of her body – and that’s not all. She also has multiple face piercings and titanium implants to create "horns" under the skin on her temples and forehead.

SLIDESHOW: Extreme Body Art

The mother of four has even had dental implants to create "fangs" to complete her look — but claims to live a "normal life.”

"The horns I have are a symbol of strength and were implanted without anaesthetic. I had the fangs done because I loved vampires as a little girl and I changed the color of my eyes so they were how I really wanted them to be," she said.

And her transformation is not yet complete — she plans to have two more titanium implants added to the back of her head.

"Tattooing is my way of being immortal, of really being a vampire and not dying – leaving my work on other people's skin."