Hitman has tattooed eyelids

 Cnn 2009 Crime 03 12 Cartel.Teens Art.Cardona.Nocourtesy.Cnn This gentleman, Gabriel Cardona, was a hit man for a Mexican drug cartel. His eyelids are tattooed with eyes.
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  1. Reminds me of something I saw in my tattooist’s portfolio; some guy who’d lost the fingertips of one hand in an industrial accident. The fingernails were gone as well, so he had a fresh set tattooed on, complete with hangnail.

  2. This is such an incredibly dangerous place to have tattoos done. Who on earth would risk needle work there considering all the blood vessels that the tattoo artist would have to work around?

  3. Does he have any tattooed on the back of his head? Maybe he doesn’t want anyone sneaking up on him, even when he’s asleep.

  4. When I get my eyelids tatoo’ed I want the eyes very cross-eyed, so when people bug me with questions I can look at them with crossed eyes, and they’ll just say “uhh… nevermind.”

  5. (to the tune of Santa Clause is Coming to Town)
    He sees you when he’s sleeping… Don’t know if he’s awake…

  6. is there video of him blinking?

    also, does anyone else look at the picture and think… feminine?

  7. #4: These guys were assassins for a mexican drug cartel> I think a tattoo job gone wrong was the least of their worries.

  8. This is such an incredibly dangerous place to have tattoos done. Who on earth would risk needle work there…

    A hit man for a Mexican drug cartel?

  9. Bah. “Hit” for “it”, in the above.
    And it is an interesting expansion on what a vice-president may do, eh?

  10. Yeah, the part of the story where he brags about torturing a 14 year old to death before dumping his body into a barrel of diesel to turn it into stew kind of makes the “gentleman” appellation inapt. By the way, isn’t this eyes on the eyelids trick traceable to a trick by one of the 3 Stooges?

  11. Yes. Perhaps the editors could do one of those strikethroughs and replace the word “gentleman” with “sociopath.” That just somehow feels right.

  12. So these kids were in their teens, spending months at a time in Mexican training camps, and driving $70,000 Mercedes. No one, particularly their families, thought any of this was… unusual?

  13. If guilty this is a despicable human. But I agree with #11, when I saw this on cnn I thought he looked like an off-duty cross dresser and his partner in crime looked like a poorly rendered thug from GTA3.

  14. Hey, kids! Want to look like a Mexican drug cartel hitman but just don’t have the cash? Here’s a solution for the cost of a bottle of tequila.

  15. This is very reminiscent of Jimmy Buffetts book “Where is Joe Merchant”. One of the characters in that story (Joe Merchant) is a hit man who has his eyelids tattooed by an African Witch Doctor so as to watch for trouble while he sleeps.

    I doubt this guy was inspired by that book, but I wonder what the common cultural link is.

  16. Obviously these kids are murderers in league with the drug cartels, but be careful what else you conclude based on the statements of police and prosecutors.

    For example, the claim that the kids were Zetas gave me pause. According to a 2007 report by the Congressional Research Service, the total number of Zetas was estimated at less than 200, possibly as low as 30. The Zetas are an enforcer gang of specialized assassins. When they last “staffed up” it was with former Guatemalan special operations officers, not 13-year-old kids. Calling these kids “Zetas” is almost certainly hyperbole, whether on the part of the suspects themselves or the local authorities.

    I don’t want genuine horror at the brutality of the Mexican drug cartels to be used as just another another propaganda weapon in the war on drugs (which caused this problem in the first place).

  17. I would have hoped with hitman money he could afford to have it professionally done – this looks horrible by any standard. Done professionally (not by a cosmetician with those deplorable ‘pen machines’ but by a properly trained tattoo artist with a properly configured tattoo machine) tattooing eyelids is not really any more dangerous than any other area. The tattooist does not have to work around blood vessels, that statement shows a lack of knowledge about both the biology of the eyelid and tattooing. It is also not very painful, probably less so than many traditional areas – it is the weird sensation of the vibration through the eyelid and the saline rinsing of the eye to remove excess ink that bothers most people. My eyelids were a relatively (compared to other tattoos) pleasant experience.

  18. We are looking into the eyes of a slime ball. All 4 of them. Any time you look into the eyes of a person that will kill you, you are looking into the eyes of a slime ball. A.K.A Neocons.

  19. I think he must have put some kind of sheilds under his eyelids while having the tattoes done.
    And I bet it was mighty uncomfortable for a while when the tatts scabbed over…
    I wonder if he got jolted awake every time he went into REM sleep!!

  20. @ The Jones Ultimatum

    Urban legend, nothing is placed under the eyelids when they are tattooed despite the stories people will tell about spoons, etc.

  21. What The Lizardman said. I also have had my eyelids tattooed and nothing is placed under the eyelids.

    The scabbing is no big deal, either. You just, well, live with it for a week or so and then it’s all good. Doesn’t bother you during sleep.

  22. The skin on the eyelids are so thin I’d have to admire the courage and pain tolerance of those who had tatts done on them. I think the tattoos were supposed to symbolize he can see even when he is asleep.

  23. @38 The person in that video is Shannon Larratt(founder of BME) who is also often present around the forums here on BB

  24. There is nothing admirable about this scumbag. Welcome to what’s happening to Texas and will soon take over the US.

  25. Laredo isn’t Texas, I don’t care what the map says. I have been there and have friends working for the BP there. It is Mexico and not one of the better parts thereof.

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