So there I was, at New York Comic Con sitting in the front row of the Grant Morrison panel waiting for it to start and buzzing with excitement, when I glance to the man to my right and saw Grant’s face on his arm! I freaked out (in a good way) and switched seats with my friend to ask him all about his amazing Grant Morrison tattoo. After we bonded over Grant for a bit he showed me even more comic book tattoos that he had. Jackpot!
Tattoo Tuesday is one of my favorite things to blog about. I love tattoos and geek things and love it even more when they combine. As I’ve said many times, Grant Morrison’s The Invisibles is what got me into reading comics. He blew my mind and changed the way I thought about a lot of things. So when I saw Shane’s tattoo, I knew Grant must have affected his life in an amazing way and wanted to hear all about it. By the way, Shane’s middle name is Bruce Wayne. Yeah, pretty awesome.
Tattoo Tuesday Featurette Interview with Shane:
Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I’m 23 years old, from Westchester, NY. I’ve been reading and collecting comics since the age of 5 (no joke I bagged and boarded my comics and organized them alphabetically at that age) I love the geek/comic culture and have always dreamed of working in the industry.
What are your tattoos of, and why did you get them?
I started getting tattooed at the age of 15, mostly traditional old school work, mainly because as far back as I could remember I’ve always seen myself with tattoos. So it’s more about evening out my outer appearance with my inner. Recently I’ve only been getting comic related tattoos and its all I really plan on getting from here on out (besides a descendants one I got last month) because it really describes who I am and what I’m about.
I’ve been tattooed by multiple artists over the years, now I strictly stick with my dudes, Vicente Guizar at House of Ink in Mt Vernon and Dan Mountain from Ink Studio also in Mt Vernob
Any plans for future tattoos?
Absolutely I’m currently working on a Batman half sleeve which I’ve been planning since as far back as I can remember. And many more to come after that.
I feel that Grant is the most influential and controversial writer of our time. His work really saved my life. I first started reading his work on Animal Man but discovered who he actually was when he was doing The Invisibles, then became a die hard fan around the time he started his epic run on Batman. His work has been influential to me and something I really hold dear. As a person he’s very positive and spiritual which I really admire. I believe people these days need to focus on the solution and not the problems, and to practice love in all our affairs.
Which authors and comics have been most influential in your life and why?
Besides Grant, I grew up loving Mike Allred’s Madman, Jim Lee’s WildC.A.T.S and most of all Chuck Dixon, Frank Miller, Jim Starlin and all the other Batman writers of the 90s, that’s what really got me into comics and shaped my favorite character for me growing up. I really enjoy obscure characters and have a total dude crush on Namor the Submariner. Geoff Johns run on JSA to my favorite books ever. And I’ve really been enjoying EVERYTHING Scott Snyder has been doing. Aside from comics, Deepak Chopra, Kahlil Gibran, Emmet Fox, today in life I try to practice being positive and living my life in the light. Notice I said try… nobody’s perfect.
If you were on a deserted island what video game, comic/book, movie, TV show would you bring?
I don’t really play video games. But I’d go with The Avengers arcade, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Captain Ron (for comedic relief) and Batman TAS.
Where can we find you on the Internet?
On the roof with commissioner Gordon. Or on Instagram: bigblued