LEGO extraordinaire Baron von Brunk has an imaginative set of Zelda and LEGO tattoos. If his ink didn’t impress you enough (which they should have), he makes LEGO replica’s of an old video game consoles that transform into a robots. I know right?!
Tattoo Tuesday Featurette Interview with Baron von Brunk
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Baron: My name’s Baron von Brunk, a highly-praised multimedia artist, sideburn aficionado, quirky inventor and humble country boy! Currently living in Queens, NY, I’m employed as a professional package layout designer, however as an AFTRA/SAG actor, I have aspirations to get back into the entertainment industry rather than corporate work — and hopefully be a permanent actor, with a hobby for creative designs on the side. For fun, I build custom LEGO models based on geeky references or historical scenes, and I previously I was a Flash animator for Newgrounds.com, before I took a break from web animation in 2009. A lot of my old cartoons from the mid-2000s still survive online, but times have changed and my styles have lately been more geared towards better quality work, rather than crude web toons. I’m also a freelance artist who’s done lots of advertisements for indie events, local bands and burlesque shows — the latter of which is a more recent venture, in which I plan to get more involved with!
What are your geeky tattoos and why did you get them?
Baron: Currently I have 10.5 tattoos — the left arm has several small Legend of Zelda items, whilst my right arm has two LEGO minifigures based on vintage sets. My left arm is designated to be my monument for my early years as a Nintendo gamer, whilst my right arm is in honor of my lifelong fascination for LEGO bricks — and specifically my two favorite genres of said toy brand!
What was the tattoo shop you got your tattoo done and the tattoo artist?
Baron: I actually got all of my tattoos done by a freelance tattoo artist named Kristen Fristed — who unfortunately doesn’t have a website nor shop, as she works from her apartment solely through word of mouth. (If interested you can get her contact information from Baron.)
Any plans for future tattoos?
Baron: Probably at some point in this year I intend to get more small Zelda items on my left arm, such as small rupees, Poe ghosts, and possibly an ocarina. As for my right side, I’m considering getting a large tattoo of my custom illustration of my site’s mascot: an Amish LEGO minifigure with scythe! I can tolerate a lot of pain, hence my tattoos always get completely filled in with as many colors as possible — never any dull little outlines or tiny symbols!
What sparked your love for LEGO?
Baron: “LEGO” was actually the first word I could spell as a wee lad! My first sets were DUPLO toys given to me around age 2, and throughout my childhood, I’ve been fascinated by all things relating to LEGO and its various brands. My two all-time favorite genres of LEGO have always been Castle and Space — hence my tattoos of a Castle Forestman minifigure, and a diagram of a Space Futuron astronaut. Otherwise, I’ve been consistently collecting sets and assembling my own custom original creations since my early years. It’s only been in recent times that I’ve been chronicling my creations via photos and web — and making more refined models!
Favorite Zelda game?
Baron: To be perfectly honest, I was never really a Legend of Zelda fan early in my NES days — as I’ve always been more of a Mario fan. My fascination for the Zelda franchise came about in my middle school days around age 14, when Ocarina of Time was released — and subsequently, I became a huge fan, and inevitably Majora’s Mask! Unfortunately, in my opinion modern video games don’t hold much entertainment value compared to their predecessors, ergo I don’t consider myself a modern console gamer — and thus, my Zelda tattoos are more of a monument to my childhood/teen years during the heyday of gaming: classic sprites to early 3-D polygons — mid 1980s to early 2000s!
Do you have any other favorite fandoms?
Baron: As a geek amongst geeks, I have man interests — but in a very selective sense. Aside from vintage video games and LEGO models, I’m rather interested in classic Transformer toys — as in, the original (real) ’80s toys, and in no way whatsoever “Bayformers.” I’m also a collector of Ghostbusters, Star Wars, Mobile Suit Gundam, and some G.I. Joe toys here and there. I like to do a lot of “mashup” projects with my LEGO sets and other fandoms, such as LEGO Nintendo controllers that transform into robots — some of which were featured in Nintendo Power! I’ve also built my own custom Mobile Suit Gundams from LEGO, and even made plans to assemble Ban Dai Gundam models painted with custom colors and insignia to resemble World War II vehicles.
Baron: For video games, realistically I’d say Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, as those games had seemingly endless replay value (besides, maybe it’d give me an opportunity to complete every side mission). For comics, more than likely I’d choose the graphic novelizations of the U.K. Transformers series from the late 1980s. Movie? I’d say probably the only real Transformers movie — the animated one from 1986 with Judd Nelson and Robert Stack! And finally, for TV, I’d say every Gundam series — as there’s so damn many of them, and could thus last a lifetime trying to watch!
Where can we find you on the internet?
Baron: I’m all over the place online, and a shameless self-promoter! My main website is baronvonbrunk.com, which has ample links to my other ventures and whatnot. I don’t have a basic Facebook profile, but instead, a fan page for my creative designs. On Twitter, my username is @baron_von_brunk, on Tumblr I can be found on vonbrunk.tumblr.com. Feel free to follow me on one of those places, and chances are I’ll follow back! All of those aforementioned sites contain ample galleries of my work, such as LEGO sculptures, paintings, vector sticker designs, promotional burlesque material and so forth!
Baron’s Zelda tattoos include: 275 in Hylian rupees, Biggoron’s Sword, the Lens of Truth, and an activated Bombchu.