The Scary Guy

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The Scary Guy
The Scary Guy in 2011
The Scary Guy in 2011
Background information
Born (1953-12-29) December 29, 1953 (age 67)
OriginNew Hope, Minnesota, U.S.
Occupation(s)Professional speaker, artist, tattoo artist, comedian, entertainer, singer

The Scary Guy (sometimes stylized THE SCARY GUY) (born (1953-12-29)December 29, 1953) is a United Kingdom-based American motivational speaker who campaigns worldwide to eliminate hate, violence, prejudice, and bullying in schools and corporations. In addition to being a tattoo shop owner,[1] comic, entertainer, inspirational speaker, and performance artist, The Scary Guy has pierced nose, eyebrows, and ears and covers over 85 percent of his body with tattoos.[2]

Early life[edit]

The Scary Guy was born on December 29, 1953, as Earl Kenneth Kaufmann, to his father, Carroll August Kaufmann, and his mother Constance Joan Buckingham. Growing up in New Hope, Minnesota, The Scary Guy graduated in 1972 from Cooper Senior High School[2] and excelled as a voice major at Macalester College, in Saint Paul.[3]


The Scary Guy got his first tattoo at the age of 30[4] and now has tattoos that cover an estimated 85% of his body. Over the years, his collection has grown as a reflection of his life experiences. They are what he calls, 'modern tribalism', reflecting on various emotional events. One of these is a tattoo of a man called "Yuppiecide", a representation of his former self. Scary Guy's other tattoos represent his love of art and others are chosen simply because The Scary Guy was a computer salesman at one point in his life and they looked "cool".[5]


  • Hatwood, Mark David. 7 Days and 7 Nights – An Official Biography of The Scary Guy. VisionHeart, Inc. 2008



See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Frighteners – The Scary Guy". Big Tattoo Planet. August 22, 2011. Retrieved April 2012. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  2. ^ a b Windrow, John (September 1, 1998). "The Scary Guy brings a message of the spirit". Star Tribune. p. 1E.
  3. ^ Associated Press (September 11, 2000) Wisconsin State Journal Scary Guy: Don't judge me or anyone by our appearance; His message to kids: Prejudice is the country's no. 1 social disease. Section: Local/Wisconsin; Page 2C.
  4. ^ (January 13, 2007) "Scary Guy's Words Resonate" [1] Obtained July 2011
  5. ^ The New York Times (March 1, 1998) "Questions For; The Scary Guy" [2] Obtained July 2011

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