Tattoo Tuesday- AKIRA

TETSUOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

Sorry, it’s a reflex. I couldn’t help myself. AKIRA is one of my favorite anime films of all time, and one of my favorite films in general. The manga series was written and drawn by Katsuhiro Otomo. Otomo also directed the landmark film which changed anime films from that moment on.

I remember when I first saw AKIRA, I was young and although I didn’t “get it” I still instantly fell in love with it and all its intensity. Now that I’m older whenever I rewatch AKIRA I find that I still don’t fully “get it”, but I think that’s why I, and so many people, love AKIRA so much. This manga and anime film is bursting with complexity the conversation about it will never end!

Before I get carried away let’s move on to what you came here to see, Akira tattoos!

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 or previous Tattoo Tuesday feel free to email me at girlgonegeekblog[at]gmail.com.

[Source: Cosplay.com Kaneda’s Profile and Flickr]

“I cut it out of the second page of the graphic novel, and the tattoo artist blew it up by probably 30%” [Source: Tatoosbydesign.com]

“Here is a pic of my Akira rib piece in progress. Four sessions down, hopefully one to go!” [Source: Travis Fights Giants Blog]

Maurilio Duarte Nunes Augusto says this about his tattoo: “There is nothing like mark your own body with something that means A LOT to you, and makes you remember for all your life why you’d become who you are. AKIRA was the manga which opened my eyes to my passion and made want do draw more than ever. So, I asked to , my former but eternal student, to mark definitely my body with this design, made by myself. Crazy? I’ve seen worst tattoos before, and it makes complete sense TO ME. I’ll never regret it, it’s part of my life, of my soul and now, it’s part of my body as well. The memory of AKIRA will live in our hearts forever.” [Source: mauriliodna.deviantart.com] Continue reading →

Picture of the Week- My Neighbor Totoro Christmas

Mona and Nathan made this adorable Totoro Christmas card which I’m featuring as the Picture of the Week.  Christmas is on Saturday and what better way to represent that with everyone’s favorite forest spirit Totoro from Hayao Miyazaki’s My Neighbor Totoro.

You can buy this too-cute-for-words Totoro Christmas card on their Etsy shop Etsy.com/sunshinecupcake and Etsy.com/Alienate

Check out their Flickr Alienate

Their blog Sunshine Cupcake


Lastly if you want some more Miyazaki goodness check out my previous posts:

Totoro Tattoo Tuesday

Hayao Miyazaki Films Tattoo Tuesday

Kodama Street Art

Sunday Funny- Miyazaki

Tattoo Tuesday- Ghost in the Shell

Strangely and surprisingly enough I’ve returned from my Tattoo Tuesday hiatus during finals week. I suppose it’s about time to come up for air before I’m pulled back under again for a few more days.

This week is dedicated to one of my favorite anime films of all time, Masamune Shirow’s Ghost in the Shell. I even wrote a 20 page paper on it for class last semester, I was allowed to pick my topic *evil grin*. I created a condensed blog post version Cyborgs Exist and Humanity is Doomed. It’s about how we are currently living in a posthuman society (yes right now) and how cyborgs exist. I use GITS as an oracle for what we can expect in the future and debate whether a ghost (i.e. soul) can exist in a shell (i.e. machine). GITS goes much further than the typical self-aware machine, and pushes the limits and achieves a type of techno-transcendence (isn’t that a brilliant word?!).

If I don’t stop myself now I’ll start an entirely new 20 page paper! And you didn’t come here for that, you came here to see tattoos and tattoos you shall see!

Enjoy Cyberpunkers!

I included 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.

Joe Peacock’s gorgeous tattoo of The Major done my tattoo artist Todo, 9-hour sitting, at Hell City in Columbus, OH May 29 2009. [Source: Joe Peacock’s Blog]

Major Motoko Kusanagi Leg Tattoo done by the tattoo artist Kryoide [Source: Kryoide DeviantART

Aliensatemyhead Kusanagi Tattoo done by Rachel in Orlando (that’s all the info available) [Source: Aliensatemyhead on DeviantArt] Continue reading →

Totoro Tattoo Tuesday

I LOVEHayao Miyazaki and if you have heart and a soul you do too!  For those of you who don’t know Miyazaki (you clearly aren’t from this planet) he is often compared to being the Walt Disney of Japan and his career has spanned over 50 years.  He’s made incredible movies through Studio Ghibli, which he also co-founded.  One of his films, Princess Mononoke, was the highest grossing film in Japan until Titanic trumped it in 1997.  Other prominent films (even though they all are prominent) are Spirited Away, Kiki’s Delivery Service, My Neighbor Totoro,Ponyo and so much more.

Most of his movies have similar themes although very different and imaginative story lines.

“Miyazaki’s films often incorporate recurrent themes, such as humanity’s relationship to nature and technology, and the difficulty of maintaining a pacifist ethic. Reflecting Miyazaki’s feminism, the protagonists of his films are often strong, independent girls or young women. His films are also notable for dispensing with traditional villains in favour of morally ambiguous antagonists presented with redeeming qualities.(wiki)”

If you haven’t seen his movies I hereby declare it your life’s’ mission to buy them, rent them, find them now and indulge yourself in the glorious world of Miyazaki!  But first check out these My Neighbor Totoro tattoos! Oh and Totoro made a cameo in Toy Story 3!

 

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.
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