Tattoo artist explains possible meanings behind Clemmons murder suspect’s facial tattoos

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — Tattoo artist Ronnie Whitesell, also known as “Tic Toc,” says the tattoos on Pazuzu Algarad’s face tell a story.

“Now you look at the situation he was in and you kind of understand what he’s thinking,” said Whitesell, who owns Darkside Tattoos on High Point Road.

Algarad was one of three people arrested Sunday for allegedly killing someone and burying their body in a Clemmons backyard in 2009.

Algarad’s face is marked with close to a dozen tattoos that Whitesell says are all versions of different tribal markings.

Whitesell says the tattoo on Algarad’s chin is a Polynesian Moko tattoo, drawn on warriors during ceremonies or sacrifices to show tribal affiliation.

“The more tattoos on the face you had, the higher up in the tribe he was,” Whitesell said.

A tattoo on Algarad’s cheek is a version of Celtic knotwork, mostly worn by Viking warriors.

“It was all on their clothes, their armor, on their swords, their ships,” he said.

Investigators haven’t said whether the suspect belongs to a cult.

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