This weeks Tattoo Tuesday features Neil Gaiman’s Sandman comic book series. I found some beautiful tattoos of Dream, The Endless, other characters, quotes and symbols. I’m currently reading the Sandman series now and think it is pure genius. It also feeds the ravenous fascination I have about dreams, my obsession with literature and my growing comic book fangirlness all at the same time. Although I’m not done with the series yet, I could seriously see myself getting a tattoo of a Sandman/Gaiman quote in the future.
Check out previous Tattoo Tuesday’s here.
UPDATE: After @neilhimself RT’ed this post (yes, I fainted!) I got an enormous amount of views which just sent me over the moon! A lot of you wonderful Sandman fans included links in the comments section below of their own Sandman tattoos which I loved to see. So I wanted to make sure everyone else looked in the comments section and checked those out as well. There’s some really good ones! I really appreciate everyone adding their tattoo in the comments! Everyone else feel free to share your Sandman ink below!
I included all the information about the tattoo that was available. If you are interested in having me feature your geeky tattoo on a future Tattoo Tuesday feel free to email me at girlgonegeekblog[at]gmail.com.
(Source: Geeky Tattoos)
Yavannna‘s Sandman Tat from Studio Bee-Shop done by David Arias.
MaximusDamage Tattoo, “the scene where Dream breaks free from his captures after generations of solitude confinement to which he must then reclaim his rightful kingdom.” Studio Splash of Color, Melbourne, Australia.
(Source: MaximusDamage DeviantArt)
(Source: Anneisms Blog)
Ula_hoop’s Sandman Tattoo from ‘Ramadan’ in Fables & Reflections’ Tattooed by Peter Archer at Blackbird Tattoo in Portland, OR.
DeadlyLittleMiho‘s Dream Tattoo done at Marvel Tattoos in South Bend, IN. “The artist’s nickname was “Whitey”.”
Cara Walton (thewaltonsare on Flickr) tattoo of Death. The tattoo artist is Chris Porter and was done at Alley Cat Tattoo in Harrisonburg, VA.
ArmChairJ‘s Tattoo of Delerium of The Endless. Tattoo done by the late Suzanne Fauser at Creative Tattoo in Ann Arbor, MI, in 1995. (done in 1995)
What Armchairdj said about their tattoo, “Again, I went for the “direct translation of a comic-book panel,” this one by Jill Thompson, from the Sandman arc “Brief Lives.” (She was a little freaked out when I showed it to her at a signing at Chicago Comics years later.)
Suzanne was a true artist, and this is one of my favorites. She did more to translate the original art into a tattoo-approriate configuration. She simplified the pattern in the dialogue balloon, which is much more tie-dyed in the original. She also translated the color of the shadow on Delirium’s face from grey to a freckle brown. Otherwise, she kept enough of the original flavor that it totally looks like Jill’s work – Tori Amos-style lips and all.”
Yet another one of Armchairdj‘s tattoos. The Gates of Horn and Ivory, guard Dreams Castle. Tattoo done by Kevin Lytle, a tattoo artist at Eternal Tattoo in Livonia, MI. Check out his Tattoo Project on Flickr.
(Source: ArmChairJ Flickr)
“Mercedes Tattoo – the key to the gates of hell from Neil Gaiman’s Sandman comic.” (Source: TomFlikrPhotos Flickr)
“Sometimes you wake up. Sometimes the fall kills you. And sometimes, when you fall, you fly.”
If I’m going to put words on my body, I want people to be able to read it easily and understand it. This phrase truly speaks to me. It inspires me every time I read it, and I want it to inspire other people too. I decided to have it tattooed on my body so everyone I meet, whether Sandman fan or not, could draw inspiration from it as I have. :)”
What Will said about his tattoo, “This was my first tattoo, though I’ve been thinking about it for … well, a long time. The phrase comes from Neil Gaiman’s “Sandman” series, from Delirium’s sundial and means “time is broken.” For me, it was always a play on having no sense of time, but realizing that memories are persistent beyond any real sense of time. I can remember what happened ten years ago better than I can what I did for lunch yesterday. I think most people are like that. Having it just above where most people wear a watch is just part of the joke.”
(Source: Contrariwise Literary Tattoos)
“You don’t have to stay anywhere forever.” Volume 9: The Kindly Ones.
What Preeti said about her tattoo, “Gaiman’s a favorite of mine, and the quote just really struck me, I’ve got a bit of wanderlust and want desperately to see everything and live everywhere. Not to mention, Lucifer says it to Delirium and barring Dream, they’re my two favorite characters.”
(Source: Contrariwise Literary Tattoos)
Discordia‘s Sandman quote from The Wake,
“Omnia mutantur, nihil interit.” “Everything changes, but nothing is truly lost.”