Meaning of mephobia explained as TikToker's face tattoo intrigues users

Amber Peake September 6, 2022
Meaning of mephobia explained as TikToker's face tattoo intrigues users

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Curiosity into the term mephobia seems to have sparked on TikTok after users question the meaning behind TikToker MUAWK’s face tattoo.

The online creator who has over three million followers on the video-sharing platform has the term inked under her right eye

While the tattoo is often seen throughout her videos due to its placement, curiosity seems to have sparked this week after the TikToker shared a video pretending to wipe off her face tattoo.

We take a look at the meaning behind the tatted term and what the TikTok creator has said of the inking.

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What does mephobia mean?

According to Urban Dictionary, the term describes the fear of being so awesome that the world can’t take it.

As explained in several entries on the site, those who suffer with mephobia are fearful that the human race will face its demise as it cannot handle their awesomeness.

Entries defining the word date to as early as 2011, with more recent definitions from 2020 showing it still has the same meaning more than a decade on.

While the phrase appears to have taken off online, as explained by Types Of Phobia, mephobia does not appear to be a real fear. 

@muawk

Posting this cuz I get hundreds of messages a day asking what it says. It says mephobia #facetatgang

♬ original sound – Berk

TikToker MUAWK has had the ink since 2020

TikTok user MUAWK who has over three million followers on the video-sharing platform has had her mephobia tattoo since 2020.

Fans of the creator, who is known for her makeup transformations, will know that the TikToker’s ink is placed under her right eye.

The online creator documented getting the ink in a video that she shared on her YouTube in March 2020

Since getting the tattoo, MUAWK has addressed comments regarding her ink across her page as users have wondered both what it says as well as if it is real.

In her latest video, the creator was seen to feature her face tattoo in a video, as she pretended to wipe off her ink with a q-tip: 

@muawk

my makeup looks so good today 🥹

♬ Bound 2 – dyana

MUAWK has previously addressed meaning behind her mephobia face tattoo

In May 2020, a couple of months after the TikToker got the ink tatted, MUAWK addressed the tattoo’s meaning in a video.

In the post, she explained that commenters often ask questions regarding her tattoo, so she thought to make a video that they can refer to.

She also added that her tattoo’s meaning had the same as the definitions on Urban Dictionary: “It means the fear of being so awesome that the human race can’t handle it and everyone dies.”

While she didn’t reflect on a reason why she chose to get the inking, in her YouTube video getting the tattoo, as she reflected on the terms’ meaning to her tattoo artist, she admitted she thought it was “hilarious.”

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Amber is an entertainment journalist with a love for anything showbiz, celeb or reality TV. After graduating with a degree in Journalism at Brunel University she became a Showbiz Reporter at Express.co.uk. Having written for both HITC and The Focus, Amber is now a staff writer for The Focus covering the latest celeb and entertainment trends.