The Walking Dead comic is one of the few series that constantly stresses me out. With complex and interesting characters thrown into unbearable situations, there’s bound to be some emotions involved. And for me, it has been all of them. Issue 100 left me devastated for days, to say the least. I still don’t like to talk about it. (Obsessed much?!)
Although my opinion of the comic and TV show waivers from positive to negative at times, my love for The Walking Dead always remains.
And to think that I thought I was a huge fan of The Walking Dead!
I include all the information about each tattoo that was available. If you’re interested in your tattoo being featured on a past or future Tattoo Tuesday or Tattoo Tuesday Featurette, email me at jamila[@]girlgonegeekblog[.]com.
I am 38 and have just come out as a sci-fi geek these last few years. It has been so much fun to go to conventions, talk about my favorite shows and books endlessly, and even create a sci-fi book club. In the daytime, I’m opening a seasonal restaurant on a lake with my husband so I can have winters off.
What is your tattoo of and why did you get it?
My tattoo is a rocket ship in space done in the style of 1950’s sci-fi book art. I really like the stylization and color schemes that were used back then. The main reason I got it was as an homage to sci-fi. Getting it done was part of embracing the fact that I love sci-fi and read it voraciously. I’ve always read it and always will. Science fiction is a part of how I see the world. I believe it’s made me a smarter person and I wanted to immortalize that in a tattoo.
Where did you get your geeky tattoos done and by who?
Yes! Currently I’m thinking to continue down the arm. Since the rocket ship is in space I might put land below it and then the underworld below that. I have a sneaking suspicion that a blue police box may show up in one of those designs. I also have my back done. It’s a tree in tribal design. I toy with adding to that as well but I get more excited thinking about what to put in the underworld.
What are you a fangirl for?
Dr. Who! The writing is great, the companion relationships are fascinating, the unlimited worlds are intriguing, it’s just awesome! I also really like when time travel is wrapped up into stories. It allows for many mind-bending stories.
If you had to live in any fictional sci-fi world, what would it be and why?
I would want to be a member of SG1. I would be able to travel to different worlds, accidentally travel in time (or parallel realities) when the wormhole messes up, save people on other planets, and, of course, hang out with McGyver! I really liked Stargate Universe too but I wouldn’t want to be trapped on that ship. Stargate Atlantis was my least favorite (still watched). The Wraith were really good bad guys though!
If you were on a deserted island what video game, comic/book, movie, TV show would you bring? I would bring my Buffy comics, all the Dr. Who episodes, and the Fifth Element. That movie never gets old.
GGGB: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Nicole: I’m an automation engineer, derby girl, gamer, and blogger.
Let’s hear all about your geeky tattoo!
Nicole: I have a circuit board heart tattoo. I’ve been in love with technology since I was about 5 and got a toy laptop for Christmas. This love shaped my childhood and eventually became my career. I wanted a way to show my love for something that has given me so much.
Any plans for future tattoos?
Nicole: I’d like to get “Bad Wolf” in Circular Gallifreyan, a Zelda style life meter, and the number 42 with a galaxy in it.
What’s your current tech obsession?
Nicole: All things mobile.
What piece of science fiction technology can you not wait to be invented?
Nicole: I still really want a hover board.
If you were on a deserted island what game, book and TV show would you bring?
Nicole: Game: BioShock
TV Show: Doctor Who
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 met you at a Grant Morrison panel and judging by your tattoo of him, he’s made a big impact in your life. Can you explain how Morrison’s work has affected your life?
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
It’s been a while since I’ve had time to write up a Tattoo Tuesday post, so I’m glad I’m back with some awesome sci-fi ink from a reader! Sue-Ann, nickname ysabelkid, is a huge science fiction fan (if her tattoos didn’t already give that away). She shared with me the beginning stages of her sci-fi back piece which includes Serenity and Stargate SG-1 pieces. Sue-Ann and her boyfriend are even planning a Stargate-themed wedding on Pi Day in 2015!
Ysabelkid’s Discworld Grim Squeaker tattoo
She went into depth on her blog about why she chose to have the sci-fi ship and portal, but the short version is, “Each of the ships I will have represent the concept of creating one’s own family, and exploring new places with them. The family idea is most prevalent in Firefly, Star Wars, Star Trek and Farscape, and of course, what better way to immortalise travelling to new worlds than Stargate, Star Trek and Robotech? I’ll also be including a quote from Galaxy Quest – ‘Never give up, never surrender!’.”
Her artist, Ryan ‘Busta’ Bolton from The Golden Tiki specialises in cartoons. She was completely amazed by his attention to detail and intricate shading on these pieces, which she noticed was very different from his normal style. The full back tattoo will most likely take another year before it’s finished. But she’s not done yet! She plans to dedicate a tattoo sleeve of women she adores which will include Wonder Woman, Ripley and Sam Carter to name but a few.
Sue-Ann’s very first tattoo was a Hanie Mohd fan drawing of the Grim Squeaker from Discworld. She plans to match it with the Librarian on the opposite ankle. The Squeaker tattoo was inked by Abigail at Electric Eye Tattoos in Durban. But it’s incomplete since the tattoo artist has since left and she’s still tracking her down.
Sue-Ann tells us why she decided to get the Squeaker tattoo, “Terry Pratchett’s writing means a great deal to me, and with his Alzheimer’s, the world is losing one of the greatest minds that ever lived. So it makes sense to me to immortalise him with some of the characters who mean the most to me.” I can’t wait to see Sue-Ann’s complete sci-fi back tattoo and her strong sci-fi female characters sleeve!
Alexia’s tattoo was done by Tom Pickett at Bespoke Tattoos in Guildford, Surrey
As you can tell by now, I’m a big fan of tattoos. But there’s something about Miyazaki related tattoos that I love more than others. I even wrote aThank You Letter to Miyazki, explaining my love for the animation genius.
So when Alexia emailed me her darling tattoo inspired by the Studio Ghibli Great Collection, I instantly fell in love. My next tattoo will be a quote from Sandman, but recently I’ve been considering a Ghibli/Miyazaki related tattoo. Of course, if that happens I’ll blog all about it!
My names Alexia Christofi, I’m a 21-year-old girl from London, but I’m at university in Portsmouth studying computer games technology.
What is your tattoo of and why did you get it?
My tattoos a Studio Ghibli inspired piece, it’s the front cover of the Studio Ghibli Great Collection. I’m a massive Miyazaki fan and have been since I was younger, I can watch the films over and over and still be impressed every time. I figure if I was going to have something permanent on my skin it may as well be something beautiful that I’m passionate about!
Do you have any other tattoos?
I have a small heart on my wrist. Pretty cliché but a best friend and I decided to get matching tattoos, and it’s simple and small enough to not be overbearing.
Any plans for future tattoos?
I have at least 2 more planned, one is my daughter’s name in Greek on my wrist, but my biggest one is a Howls Moving Castle sleeve. I need to first find someone who’s brilliant enough to do it though, it’s pretty intricate!
Favorite Miyazaki movie?
Favourite would probably have to be Howls Moving Castle. My best friend and I probably watch it at least twice a month!
Which character from a Miyazaki movie would you love to have as a pet?
I’d love to have a totoro as a pet, I’m not sure why but they’ve just always appealed to me!
What are your other favorite fandoms?
I’m not sure I really have any other favourites, I suppose I read a lot of books and play a lot of games but I rarely find myself focusing a lot of my energy on one thing!
Where can we find you in the web?
I have a twitter and a tumblr, but I be honest they’re both just full of pictures from my instagram and random reboots and retweets, but feel free to follow if you want to anyway! :D
I’m extremely picky with my anime, but Samurai Champloo is damn near perfect in my eyes. But what else would you expect from the great Shinichirō Watanabe? The animation is sharper than Mugan’s mouth and the soundtrack is smoother than Jin’s swordplay. I was head-over-heels in love with Mugen and Jin. How could you not adore bad boy Mugen and his b-boy fighting skills?! Or admire the reserved and mysterious Jin? And can someone please tell me how Fuu manages to eat all that food! I’m sure Momo is hiding somewhere in the folds of blog post. Champloo was beautiful, hilarious and touching at the same time. Simply put, it was a damn good anime.
You can’t talk about Samurai Champloo without including the opening credits.
I include all the information about the tattoo that was available. If you’re interested in your tattoo being featured on a past or future Tattoo Tuesday or Tattoo Tuesday Featurette, email me at jamila[@]girlgonegeekblog[.]com.