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Sioux City tattoo artist tries his hand at different kind of ‘flesh’ for unique Halloween art – Sioux City Journal

He will then turn them into humans, animals, space aliens, zombies, you name it.

According to tattoo artist-turned-pumpkin sculptor Luke Schroder, the best gourds are the ones that feel solid to touch. Schroder sells many of his creations. Others are used as auction items for nonprofit fundraisers.

Creating art out of edible objects is actually a sideline for Schroder, who is a fulltime tattoo artist at Addictive Tattoo.

So, he trades human flesh for pumpkin flesh all for the sake of art, right?

"In a way," Schroder said. "The difference is that tattoos are art you take to the grave. Pumpkins, on the other hand, are anything but permanent."

Still, they'll last a few weeks if you choose a good gourd.

"If you thump 'em and they sound solid, you got a good pumpkin," Schroder said.

Sioux Cityan Luke Schroder said horror movies and metal music has both his tattoo and his pumpkin art.

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Indeed, Schroder became something of an expert when picking posable produce. He can make more than 50 3D pieces, in various shapes and sizes, every Autumn.

Many will go as auction items like during Camp High Hope's annual "Haunted Lodge" fundraiser, while others are sold to art lovers who can also appreciate a good ghoul.

Schroder certainly belongs in that category. A fan of the macabre since childhood, he began drawing in school and never stopped.

"I was a kid who loved movies like (John Carpenter's 1982 cult favorite) 'The Thing' and listening to heavy metal music like Metallica," he said. "Both movies and music have influenced my art."

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