Tattoo Tuesday- Game of Thrones

War and winter are here! Season 2 of the HBO series Game of Thrones premiered Sunday and if you’re a fan like me, you were buzzing with excitement! Because of my love for the show, I began reading the series it was based on, A Song of Fire and Ice by George R. R. Martin. I obsessively devoured the series and finally made it to the massive hardcover A Dance with Dragons.

For me, the major thing about the series is the characters. I’m pretty passionate about a lot of books and shows, but when characters grow on me is when I know I’m in deep. The character development is rich and dynamic. You feel like you know them, you relate to them, you’re protective of them. Of course, the story is amazing as well. The characters wouldn’t grow to who they become without the story. Simply put, Martin is brilliant. He knows how to keep us on our toes!

Most of the tattoos I found were House of Stark, no surprise there. But there were even two Greyjoy tats! Granted, I haven’t finished A Dance with Dragons yet, but they have been pretty much assholes throughout the series. So I’ll assume that person got that ink for Crow’s Eye and Asha, because they are pretty bad ass.

Oh and it’s my name day today!

I include all the information about the tattoo that was available. If you are interested in having me feature your tattoo on a future Tattoo Tuesday feel free to email me at girlgonegeekblog[at]gmail.com.

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“Knocked this little zinger out on my friend/fantastic Kiwi tattoo artist, Erin Chance… Game of Thrones, Stark family sigil…” [Source: archivetattoo]

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Felippe Rodrigues from São Luis, Brasil and his Stark (and enterprise) tattoo [Source:  fyeahtattoos]

Tattoo by Erin Chance [Source: erinchancetattoo]

mrjacktorrance‘s tattoo, “I am a tremendous nerd. I fell in love with the Song of Ice and Fire books recently, and have devoured each book ravenously, watching the HBO series (Game of Thrones) twice and now, I will forever have a reminder of why I became a fan. House Stark, the wardens of the North. Their sigil, a grey and black direwolf, their motto: Winter Is Coming. The artist that inked me is a friend of mine, and a pretty talented guy for an apprentice. I can honestly say that of the few tattoos I have, this was the most fun.”[Source: fyeahtattoos]

Game Of Thrones Inspired Wolf – Sink The Ink, Doylestown, PA – Artist Benji Harris [Source: reddit]

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House Targaryen tattoo, “Got my second tat at Wooster Street Social Club for HBO promotional free Game of Thrones day. Fire and Blood!” [Source: kdags4060]

 House Baratheon tattoo,”Done by Mig at Electric 13 Tattoo in Austin, TX.” [Source: fyeahtattoos]

Terry’s Greyjoy kraken tattoo, “My house greyjoy kraken tattoo, got today for free at Wooster social club, nyc” [Source: terryftw]

Read all about Wendy’s experience getting a free Game of Thrones tattoo curtosy for HBO on her blog,

“I wanted to get the Greyjoy kraken.  Here’s my reasoning:

A.) It’s a fucking Kraken! Krakens are badass, the Greyjoys are badass. (Shut up about Theon. He can suck it.  I just love Asha, and the rest of the drowned crew) Done.
B.) It was the best art. Let’s face it, it is a tattoo.  It’s for life.  I’m gonna go with what I would actually want on my body. I don’t really want a floating lion or direwolf head hanging out randomly on me.  I’m also not really a fan of getting a kinda tribal-y looking dragon – just not my style.  The Baratheon stag reminded me too much of the John Deere logo.  Nope, Kraken, you are for me.

My tattoo artist was Jeb. He usually tattoos at Fly Rite Tattoo in Williamsburg”  [Source: wendywatches]

Iron throne Ttattoo done by JD McGowan, “This is the first sitting for a full sleeve from the Game of Thrones. The iron throne took a good 6 hours to do but well worth it. thanks Miss Robyn.”  [Source: forbiddenimages]

Zac Scheinbaum tattooed this,”The tattoo of the cloaked skull is a nights watch tattoo I made up from the best books ever written! A song of ice and fire series by George R. R. Martin!!” [Source: zachsheinbaum]

“This tattoo was done by Sean at Ink Tattoo Studio in Kingston, Ontario. A couple of my buddies discovered this artist back in October and as soon as I saw his black and grey work I knew I had to have something by him. All I told him was “hawk”, “mountains”, and “Valar Morghulis”, and he did the rest. In the future, I might have the body and other wing of the hawk expanded, although at the moment I’m partial to the round shape of it.

“Valar Morghulis” comes from George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series and literally translates to “All men must die”. My personal attachment to the phrase comes from something Ygritte says in A Storm of Swords:

“You’re mine” she whispered. “Mine, as I’m yours. And if we die, we die. All men must die, Jon Snow, but first we’ll live.” [Source: fyeahtattoos]

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“My 2nd tattoo, the House Stark heart tree from George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones. Art and tattoo by Jason, at Mind Over Matter.” [Source: tyshalae]

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Tattoo reads “I am the watcher of the walls. I am the sword in the darkness.”

Why Noelle Smith go this tattoo, “On the morning of my eighteenth nameday, my father came to me. You’re almost a man now, he said, but you’re not worthy of my land and title. Tomorrow you’re going to take the black, forsake all claims to your inheritance and start north. If you do not, he said, then we will have a hunt, and somewhere in these woods, your horse will stumble and you’ll be thrown from your saddle to die. Or so I will tell your mother. Nothing would please me more.

My story and Samwell Tarly’s is so similar it hurts. My father mentally and physically abused me for seventeen years. Constantly telling that I wasn’t good enough, that I would never become anything. One of my last memories of him is, him trying to kill my mother and threatening to kill me next.

From the moment I read Samwell’s story, I felt such a kinship with him. He was someone relatable. So broken and useless was exactly how I felt for many, many years. So I decided if Samwell could take the Black and say the words and come away a stronger person, that I would do the same. And here I stand.

I am the sword in the darkness. I am the watcher on the walls.” [Source: noellesmith13]

Tattoo Tuesday Featurette- Girls Ink Hearts’ Doctor Who, Sherlock and Harry Potter Tattoos

I first came across GirlsInkHearts’ Sherlock tattoo on her live journal while looking for Tattoo Tuesday ink. I keep surfing her blog… and then… *gasp* I came across her fantastic sonic screwdriver in a garter tattoo! So the next logical step was was to search the internet (aka cyberstalk) for her contact info, because I had to have her for Tattoo Tuesday Featurette. And to my lovely surprise she had two Harry Potter tattoos as well! This is practically a regular Tattoo Tuesday!

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 Girls Ink Hearts:

Can you tell us about yourself?
I’m a twenty-years old psychology and linguistic student from University of Sydney. I spend most of my time at the cinema, watching tv shows on my laptop, and reading.

What are your tattoos of and why did you get them?
I have four tattoos. My first tattoo is of the Deathly Hallows and is behind my right ear; I got it because Harry Potter has been a huge part of my life, especially my childhood, and I wanted something subtle to show for it.
My second tattoo is on my back, between my shoulders. It is the Hogwarts motto “draco dormiens nunquam titillandus“, which is Latin for ‘let sleeping dragons lie’ or ‘never tickle a sleeping dragon’. The font is actually the font used to publish the Harry Potter books. This might sound silly, but I really like the idea of falling asleep next to someone, and have them read my tattoo, grin, then tickle me awake.

My third tattoo is “221B” from the address “221B Baker Street”, the address of Sherlock Holmes. It’s on my right wrist. I picked the exact font used on the door of BBC Sherlock’s flat. (I actually got it done with a friend who is a fan of Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes; she got “221B” in the film’s font behind her ear). I’ll be honest and say I’m not a purist, but I’m completely in love with the BBC show. My house burnt down in September 2010 and all I really had left was the laptop I’d taken to uni[versity] with me that day; I had all three episodes of Sherlock on my laptop and those episodes were my lifeline during a really hard time. It’s the first fandom I’ve really felt like I belong in; my friends in the fandom feel like family. I really wanted a tattoo to remind me of how much the Sherlock fandom feels like home.
My fourth tattoo was done in two parts. I had a lace garter tattooed around my right thigh, then a few weeks later Eleven’s sonic screwdriver tattooed down the side of my right thigh. I knew I wanted a Doctor Who related tattoo, but I wasn’t sure what. I considered getting bow-ties behind my thighs, and when looking up photos of thigh tattoos, came across garter tattoos and loved the idea of a sonic in a garter. I was initially hesitant about getting it done because it is a great deal bigger and, well, obvious than my other tattoos. Then I re-watched season 5 of Doctor Who and caved.
Any plans for future tattoos?
I’ve been discussing an Alice in Wonderland inspired tattoo with my tattoo artist. I’d also really like a tattoo inspired by the novella “Metamorphosis” by Franz Kafka, but I don’t have a design in mind yet.

Favorite doctor and favorite companion?
Eleven and Amelia Pond.
Favorite Sherlock story?
Book-wise, I quite like “A Study in Scarlet” (but not nearly as much as I like “A Study in Pink”). My favourite episode of the BBC series is “The Great Game”.
What do you think would happen if Sherlock and the Doctor met?
There would be too much incredible in one place, possibly tearing a hole in the universe.
Tom Baker has the scarf and Matt Smith has the bow tie, what would your doctor accessory be?
A garter!
What are your other favorite fandoms?
“Harry Potter” and “The Avengers”.

Where can we find you in the web? 
All my links are here: http://flavors.me/girlsinkhearts

Tattoo Tuesday- Sherlock Holmes

Whether Sherlock solved his way into your heart through Sir Arthur Canon Doyle’s book or on the small or big screen, there’s plenty room in the fandom for everyone.

My dad is a big fan of Sherlock and I remember him talking about him and reading the stories to me when I was younger. I also went to visit the 221B Baker Street, but Sherlock and John weren’t home. Probably busy detecting, smoking pipes and wearing deerstalker hats.

Now I’m all grown up, I couldn’t be happier seeing everyone’s favorite consulting detective and beloved sidekick doctor back on TV and film, whether he’s being played by Cumberbatch or Downey.

I include 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.

Tattoo by JJ Osman done at Palor was Doll Star Tattoo [Source]

CedricsSecret‘s Sherlock Holmes Tattoo Quote: “First tattoo!! This is the full contextual quote:

“It saved me from ennui,” he answered, yawning. “Alas! I already feel it closing in upon me. My life is spent in one long effort to escape from the commonplace of existence. These little problems help me to do so.” – Sherlock Holmes, in “The Red Headed League”

Side note, I do know that on the tat existence is spelled incorrectly, but that was intentional as it is my own handwriting an individual nuance that make up the tattoo.” [Source]

Allison Smith a graphic designer from Boston, designed her own typography Sherlock tattoo. [Source]

“221b is for the address of Sherlock Holmes, which is 221b Baker Street. I’ve loved Sherlock Holmes and most of its adaptations for several years now. I also recently visited London and went to this address, which had been a significant part of my life. Therefore, it reminds be both of the fandom that I have always loved, and one of the best experiences of my life.” [Source]

“Alison Reed ’08 (above) holding the first Sherlock Holmes story, A Study in Scarlet, as presented in Beeton’s Christmas Annual, from the Ned Guymon Mystery and Detective Fiction Collection. Photo taken by Alison’s friend, Tomas, on the occasion of their visit in Summer 2010.

Alison Reed, an Oxy ECLS major, Phi Beta Kappa, and now PhD Candidate in English at the University of California at Santa Barbara, was a student staffer and Mellon Library Recruitment Intern in Special Collections. She was so taken by the bookplate Ned Guymon designed for his Mystery and Dectective Fiction Collection, that she customized it for her own tattoo. Reed’s friend and co-worker in Special Collections, Lara Spade, after seeing the tattoo, said that she plans to do the same.”  [Source]

Stephanie Egan‘s 221B Tattoo, “First Tattoo inspired by the Worlds most devious and famous Detective Sherlock Holmes and his Loyal Friend Dr. John Watson’s famous Address, 221B Baker Street.” [Source]

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Littleparacosm talks about her tattoo and love for Sherlock, (she also has a killer sonic screwdriver in a gater belt tattooed on her leg here) “…It’s inspired from the Sherlock Holmes books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and a direct reference from BBC’s adaptation by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss. For those of you who don’t follow Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes and Doctor John Watson live at 221B Baker Street.

My tattoo is a reference to the numbers the door on Baker Street in BBC’s Sherlock (2010 – present), which I am in love with. It’s been a huge part of my life and the first time I’ve felt like I’ve been part of a community. I feel like I fit in in the Sherlock fandom; the friends I’ve made there feel like family to me.
…Thanks to Pim from Skin Deep Tattoo for tattooing me. Thanks to Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss for BBC’s Sherlock. Thanks to Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman for the amazing Holmes and Watson. And thanks to the Sherlock fandom for everything.” [Source]
Sherlock tattoo on Rick the drummer from Lifehouse, tattooed by Mike DeVries [Source]

Sunday Funnies- Game of Porcelain Thrones

I’m on A Storm of Swords now. Gods be good, I don’t think I’ll stop reading until I reach A Dance with Dragons!

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Sunday Funnies- Game of Thrones Orientation

I haven’t read this yet, but I can’t wait! Working my way from book one.  

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The Day I Met Grant Morrison

“Whatever you think I am, that’s what I’m not.” – Grant Morrison   

Grant Morrison’s comics blew my mind. And just as I was picking up the pieces he blew it again. Before I tell you my encounter with the supergod I’ll begin with my meager comic book beginnings which began with his series The Invisibles… well kinda. It technically began with The Watchmen, allow me to explain… Continue reading →

Sunday Funnies- Harry Potter Edition

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Ever wonder what Harry Potter would be like if it was a teen show in the 80s? So did Lucy Knisley (via her LucyLou Liveblog).

Kate Beaton from Hark, a vagrant’s The Adventure’s of Tiny Hermione. She was featured in a previous Sunday FunnyBrown Recluse Spider-Man. Continue reading →

30 Pieces of Harry Potter Jewelry

If there are three things I’m sure about in this world is my love for Harry Potter, jewelry and supporting indie designers and Etsy is the best place for that. I’m sure you can tell where this post is going…

Want more geeky jewelry? Check out:

Owl in Birdcage Earrings – Purple Hedwig By: BeanDoll

 Harry Potter Firebolt broom necklace By: SixAstray

Limb and Fingers Jewelry Shop- Dark Mark Harry Potter Necklace By: DiagonAlley

The Golden Snitch Pocket Watch Locket By: birdzNbeez

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Picture(s) of the Week- 30 Pieces of Imaginative Harry Potter Artwork

Potter and Hedwig By Michelle Romo

If you’re like me you are counting down to the last installment of Harry Potter The Deathly Hallows Part 2 with a combination of excitement and sadness. Excitement for the obvious reason, it’s Harry Freaking Potter; and sadness because it’s all coming to an end. No more book, no more movies. There is Pottermore… but still!

Like many of you, I’ve been a Potter fan for over a decade now. I even got my parents hooked on the HP. We still laugh about how we’d all fight over whose turn it was next to read whenever the latest book came out. We also had a strict vow of silence until everyone was finished, no spoilers!

With Deathly Hallows Pt. 2 coming out this week on July 15th (yes I will be at the midnight showing on Thursday) it was damn near mandatory to feature Harry Potter & Co. for Picture of the Week. The Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, CA is showcasing an exhibit inspired by the J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world. Continue reading →

Neil Gaiman’s ‘American Gods’ Coming to HBO

Neil Gaiman’s award-winning Americana/fantasy/realism novel American Gods (2001) will be made into a television series on HBO (cue angels singing). Rumors of Gaiman’s work such as Sandman and American Gods making its way to the small or big screen have been buzzing around for years and finally some solid decisions have been made.

American Gods summary, Continue reading →