A mug shot of a South Carolina woman has gone viral, with some news stations claiming that her face will "haunt your nightmares."
Morgan Joyce Varn, 24, was arrested in Lancaster County April 28 on charges of kidnapping, armed robbery, and property damage. Fox News reports that Varn and a male accomplice stole money and a cell phone from a 25-year-old man.
Varn and her accomplice, 23-year-old Mikael Robinson, were arrested at a home. A SWAT team is reported to have entered the house and recovered a stolen pistol, ammunition, and a "substantial amount of cash," according to the Sheriff's Office.
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It isn't necessarily Varn's story that's making headlines, but her appearance. The blonde tattooed woman has completely black eyes, possibly as a result of corneal tattooing.
"What is wrong with her eyes?" one person posted in reaction to the story.
"How does a person have all black eyeballs?" asked another.
The Huffington Post reports that "eyeball tattoos," are a new trend in the body-modification community. The procedure involves an injection of ink into the sclera, or the whites of the eyes. The results are irreversible and experts aren't completely sure if there are any long-term effects on vision.
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"There are a substantial number of known short-term risks associated with injecting too much ink, including prolonged headaches, sensitivity to light, and staining of surrounding tissue due to ink migration," said body modification artist Russ Foxx. "The bottom line is that this is an experimental procedure, and we don’t know long-term risks. Don’t do it unless you’re willing to take on the risk of complications over time. Or the worst case scenario: blindness or even complete loss of your eye(s)."
The results of the procedure are incredibly striking. According to The Charlotte Observer, some users even questioned whether the photo was faked.
Others joked that Varn looked devilish, and commentators and news agencies alike are calling her appearance frightening.
"Here’s a Mugshot to Haunt Your Nightmares," read a Las Vegas news station's caption for the story on Facebook.
"Call a priest," wrote one commentator in reaction to the photo.
Foxx tells The Huffington Post that those in the body-modification community find the procedure to be beautiful.
"The eyes are a strong communication tool and are always seen," he says. "The contrast and relationship between a person’s natural iris color and the scleral tattoo can create all sorts of amazing and beautiful effects."
Varn is currently in custody and faces charges of armed robbery, kidnapping and malicious injury to personal property, kidnapping, possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, and possession of a stolen pistol, according to WGHP.