Tattoo Tuesday Featurette- Bonnie’s Zelda, Totoro & Portal Tattoos

I’m pretty sure you love Tattoo Tuesday as much as I do. Sadly enough I don’t do them every Tuesday, because frankly they take a very long time to compose. But I’ve found a way to give you your weekly dose of nerd ink every Tuesday! I was inspired by Bonnie’s geeky trio of tattoos to start a Tattoo Tuesday Featurette series. I wanted to know more about her, her tats and what makes her squee. So I asked her!

If you’re interested in being featured in a Tattoo Tuesday or Tattoo Tuesday Featurette please email me at girlgonegeekblog(@)gmail(dot)com.

Tattoo Tuesday Featurette Interview with Bonnie Williams: 

Girl Gone Geek: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Bonnie: I’ve been a gamer since I was four years old, I remember the day my dad brought in a SNES that my uncle didn’t want anymore plus Street Fighter II and Super Mario World with it. I was hooked from then with the only difference being that I’m more heavily into PC games now but still play console games, gosh it’s been two decades now!

What are your tattoos of and why did you get them?

I first got Navi from The Legend of Zelda tattoo’d on my left shoulder, I choose this location as it felt fitting since she couldn’t exactly be tattood in the air next to me so she’s always by my side, she was Links companion and I wanted something simple, recognisable and cute for the general audience who haven’t a clue about the game series, she was a combination of the cartoon and 3D versions of her. The Legend of Zelda was my first game obsession and love which is still pursued even now and felt like the Zelda series has always played a part in my life important enough to represent.

My next tattoo was several months later and almost on impulse, I played a game called Portal in 2010 and didn’t think I’d get in with the hype of the game but I did even if I struggled, I managed to complete it and fully enjoy it, I felt this was an accomplishment and I was proud of myself. The companion cube symbolises a lot in the game and after seeing a friends t-shirt from the Valve store I fell in love with the design and decided to get it on my forearm although I do regret getting the complete design and intend to cover up the two lines underneath the companion cube alhough with what I can’t decide yet.

My most recent tattoo was half an impulse as I’d been thinking about getting a tattoo involving my love for rainbows and I wanted to combine it with something else I loved to make it extra special. I looked for ideas ranging from cute things I loved such as strawberries to things like soot sprites from Studio Ghibli. In the end I found someones artwork on DeviantArt and asked to use their image, I’ve always gone to a place in Brighton called The Wizard of Ink and this time I gave them a bit ore of a challenge and made a few changes such as adding deeper sketchier lines as my tattoos all have that little touch, they suggested adding their own style of clouds to it to which I agreed too. It was the most painful and longest of my tattoos and he’s on my right shoulder holding an umbrella forming a rainbow behind it as if he’s floating through the sky over my shoulder.

Was there a moment that you realized you went from liking to loving Totoro, Zelda and Portal?

With Zelda I remember falling in love with it when I was five or six years old from the first scene of playing A Link to the Past and it’s stuck ever since. With Portal I didn’t think I’d love it like I do so that surprise made me even more fonder for the game although I’ve yet to play Portal 2 I love it already. Totoro was a love I didn’t understand at first, why did all these people love such a simple and dull film? I wanted to love Totoro too but I didn’t understand but after watching the film a second time I was deeply in love with the Totoro character and the film “My Neighbour Totoro”, I’ve spoken to others who have felt the same after watching it two times too and I don’t think I’ll ever stop loving the Japanese equilevant to Disney which is Studio Ghibli, if I have children they’re being brought up on these films!

Do you have any plans for future tattoos?

Yes actually, I intend to get a dragon of some sort, perhaps Haku from Spirited Away so I’ve got another link to something else I love but it’s always an issue as to where and what size you’d like the tattoo although I’ve also got my best firend of seventeen years now to design me a tattoo of the Zora theme of Link doing a love and peace sign best done by Vash from the anime series called Trigun as that has also played an important part to my teenage years and I recently rewatched with my boyfriend to remind me of how good the series is (although it holds nothing on the manga but has some good voice cast members in it). There’s more than those I’d like in the future and simple cute things such as stars, rainbowd and strawberries but they’re not very geeky.

Which character would you want to hang out with for a day and why, Link, Totoro or Wheatley?

I think Wheatley would be great for conersation especially with the voice of Stephen Merchant but Link would be justified by my love of him to choose over Wheatley especially since it has been a love for two decades now, it would be like a scene from a Shoujo anime where the female main character finally gets to meet the man she’s loved all her life although he’d not have much to say judging by the games although the mangas do make him talk more and bring more character to him, lets just hope he’s not the same Link as from the 1980’s cartoon series. As for Totoro he’d be amazing company but we’d not have much to say really, given that he doesn’t speak any language that I’m aware of, he’d be great for cuddles though.

Where do you live on the internet?

I’m sometimes found on Twitter as NorikoNeko but generally I’m dull lazy when it comes to using websites, my games and reading take priority over my social life on most occasions unless it can be combined with Steam of course!


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