Words: Will Stroude; Image: Nico Tortella, shot by Harol Baez for Attitude
Nico Tortorella has stipped down on Instagram to show off an arresting new full-body tattoo.
The Walking Dead: World Beyond star gave fans an eyeful of the new inking - and plenty more besides - as they unveiled the dramatic new body art on social media this week.
Nico, who identifies as sexually-fluid and gender-fluid, shared a video and series of images of the tattoo, made up unbroken line running from the nape of their neck to their ankle, winding down their back and legs.
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The intricate artwork was designed by contemporary tattoo artist Rex Morris, also known as FCKNRX, who Tortorella said they had discovered at the "necessary moment".
In a caption alongside the images, Tortorella refused to expand more on the story behind the design, instead writing: "i am not going to explain what this tattoo means to me. instead i am going to leave you with a quote from the artist from a recent interview."
The quote from Morris reads as follows: “There’s profound hope in remembering the universe has no interest in you. More simply, in the current state of being constantly bombarded with dogmatic philosophies on how to exist socially and how to construct an identity for yourself, it can become harder and harder to decipher what you actually value.
"It’s dangerous to spend your time sorting through objects or experiences to decide whether or not they represent you. For me personally, it’s important to make time to be in nature and face its blank stare and remember that there were beautiful things before anyone decided that there were."
Tortorella, who has been married to long-term partner Bethany C. Meyers since 2018, spoke to Attitude last year about the pair's queer, polyamorous relationship and their own relationship with their sexuality.
Photography: Harol Baez
"I think that my own understanding of the binary of sexuality and the binary of gender has transitioned over the years, and I try to more educate than necessarily explain who I am with my family", they say.
"I had a very serious boyfriend at one point, and that’s when I told certain family members that I was dating somebody that wasn’t a girl. I was 24, 25."
Of their marriage, Tortorella said: "I am kind of a serial monogamist in my polyamory. I’ve explained this term before, but it’s a lot of fancy words jumbled together for, I love dating one person at a time.
"I’m married, yes, but I love dating one person at a time. I have a partner in LA that I’ve had for a long time, but I’m not his only partner; he’s not my only partner.
"I think both of those words, queer and polyamorous, are heavily weighted, and they mean different things to different people. And what they mean to us works for us. And sometimes it doesn’t."