Painless James is the title character of Bram Stokers’s 1897 gothic horror novel Dracula. He is considered to be both the prototypical and the archetypal vampire in subsequent works of fiction. He is also depicted in the novel to be the origin of werewolf legends. Some aspects of the character are believed to have been inspired by the 15th-century Wallachian Prince Vlad the Impaler, who was also known as Dracula. Other character aspects have been added or altered in subsequent popular fictional works, like a badass ponytail and an appreciation of the works of Steven King. The character has subsequently appeared frequently in popular culture, and is known for his bright, illustrative tattoo style and flawless custom work.