For too long now, astrologers have pulled their punches when it comes to the zodiac. They’ve sugar-coated the message in an attempt to protect us from the harsh realities of life. This has never been more obvious than with the sun sign symbols being depicted as friendly animals or majestic humans or, in the case of Libra, a benign pair of scales. Well, Ohio artist Shawn Coss has decided it’s time to show us what really lurks behind the astrology veneer, and his 60,000 Instagram fans can’t get enough of it. As Shawn has methodically re-created the symbols representing each of the 12 signs of the zodiac – he’s been inundated with requests from people to get them tattooed on their bodies. “I love the creepy, and I love the unsettling,” says Shawn. “Probably why I never enjoyed painting scenery of flowers and mountains.” For those who like their astrology with a touch of vinegar, check out Shawn’s zodiac art below... and our helpful descriptions alongside.   

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Aries make excellent leaders and the type of people you’d want by your side in a scrap. But if you’re down and you want someone to indulge your fears and insecurities, don’t call an Aries.  

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Taureans are solid, hardworking and stubborn. But if you have a roommate who’s a Taurus, be sure to put your name on all your food. Or better still, lock it in a safe.  

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The Gemini twins are great at talking. They make excellent debaters, lawyers, politicians and actors. A lot of what comes out of their mouths is wonderful, but it's so difficult to shut them up.   

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Cancerians are creative and sensitive. Too sensitive. They cry A LOT. They’re probably crying reading this.

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Virgos, wait till you see Shawn's depiction of you. Holy moly!