Tattoo Tuesday Featurette: Andy’s Studio Ghibli & Akira Back Piece

Girl Gone Geek Blog Andy's Akira Tattoo3

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Girl Gone Geek Blog Andy Tattoo TuesdayAndy: I’m 32, and living in Wales, UK where I work as a security guard and bouncer, whilst completing a film degree in my spare time. Still make time for my comics and Akira collection – my passion!

What are your tattoos and why did you get them?

Andy: My ‘main’ ink is a large Akira back piece (Notice a theme forming? lol) comprised of the 5th cover of the paperback collection (green Tetsuo), the cover of a Japanese special edition DVD (Tetsuo/cape) and Kaneda with Bike from an ad for the laserdisc. About 45 hours or so, but may add to it. As far as I’m concerned, nothing comes close to the quality of the film and comics. Perfection. On my stomach is a black and grey Totoro homage, with Mei leapfrogging Chibi and Chu. This was my very first tat. In fact, the search for references is what led me to your wonderful blog and your Totoro Tattoo Tuesday! Colour me grateful! :-) On my hip is a work-in-progress No Face from Spirited Away. They all represent my fanatical love of the Anime I grew up with, and a manifestation of my light fluffy side contrasted with my darker preferences, I guess. If I want be pretentious about it. ;-)

We can see that! Any plans for future ink?

Andy: I’m planning a massive studio Ghibli homage for my chest/ribs – bathhouse of the gods behind my NoFace, a Hayao Miyazaki landscape and Catbus behind the Totoro piece to go to my breastbone. A rocky crevice on the opposite hip to No Face to be filled with soot gremlins, with one or two joining procession behind Chibi. A cherry blossom tree atop the rocks, with the main from Princess Mononoke by it, and cherry blossoms falling/caught by soot gremlin below.
That should keep me going for a bit!

I love how you have all the details planned out. If you could have any Ghibli creature as a pet, which would it be and why? 

Totoro and No Face

Totoro and No Face

Andy: A soot gremlin (or MANY) as a pet, for sure. Would take the pain out of housework if I could just shout at the dirt and have it run itself away…

Good point, plus, they’re pretty cute. If you were on a deserted island what video game, comic/book, movie, TV show would you bring?

Andy:

Videogame – Skyrim

Comic- What else? AKIRA!!!

Movie – Akira AGAIN. But Spirited Away is a close second.

TV- Babylon 5, it was so clever for its time, and the narrative is EPIC. The Walking Dead, too, please. I’m greedy!

Where can we find you on the internet?

Andy: I’m almost off the grid:-( I don’t have my own blog yet, waiting until I restart my ink. If you wish, hit me up on email or Facebook at Andy-price@live.co.uk

All tattoos done by Dee Buchanan of VidaLoca Tattoo in Bolton, UK 

 

If you’re interested in being featured in a Tattoo Tuesday or Tattoo Tuesday Featurette please email me at jamila(a@)girlgonegeekblog(.)com or girlgonegeekblog(@)gmail(.)com  

Anime, Comic Book & Other Geeky Valentine’s Day Jewelry

Batman Earrings  Engraved Dark Knight Rises by LaserCutJewelry

Comic Book Jewelry Batman Earrings Dark Knight Rises Heart Stud Earrings

Ponyo and Sosuke Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea by jennyloveskawaii

Anime Jewelry Studio Ghibli Ponyo and Sosuke Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea Anime Cameo Pendant Necklace

Spirited Away Chihiro and Haku Dragon Anime by jennyloveskawaii

Anime Jewelry Studio Ghibli Spirited Away Chihiro and Haku Dragon Cameo Necklace

Sailor Moon Cosmic Heart Compact by Ge3kedUp  

Anime Jewelry Sailor Moon Cosmic Heart Compact NecklacePokemon Misty Anime Japanese Cameo Pendant by jennyloveskawaii  

Pokemon Jewelry Misty Anime Japanese Cameo Pendant Necklace

Guitar Pick Necklace  Character or by RedLotusDesignz

Anime Jewelry Necklace - Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask Necklace

I Choose You PokéHeart  Pokémon Inspired by monsterkookies

Pokemon Jewelry I Choose You PokeHeart - Pokemon Inspired Industrial Steampunk Heart Necklace Pendant

Love Potion Necklace in Silver by ANORIGINALJEWELRY

Chemistry Jewelry Love Potion Necklace in Silver

Sterling Silver Serotonin Molecule Necklace With by katgirl86

Geek Nerd Science Jewelry Sterling Silver Serotonin Molecule Necklace With Leather Cord Valentines

I Say LOVE  Wood Pendant Necklace by cricketstudiogallery

Comic book Jewelry I Say LOVE Wood Pendant Necklace

For the Love of Batman Friendship Necklaces  Laser by LicketyCut

Comic Book Jewelry For the Love of Batman Friendship Necklaces

Chained Mad Love by Geekropology

Comic Book Jewelry Batman Joker and Harley Quinn Chained Mad Love

 

Death Note Ryuk Manga Necklace by OneWord111

Anime Jewelry Death note Ryuk Manga Necklace

 

Thank You, Hayao Miyazaki

“I’ve come to the point where I just can’t make a movie without addressing the problem of humanity as part of an ecosystem.”

– Hayao Miyazaki

Dear Hayao Miyazaki,

It all started one afternoon in my uncle’s room on a hot and humid summer day in The Bronx in 1999. My uncle popped Princess Mononoke (Mononoke Hime) in the VCR and my brother, cousin and I sat in awe for 134 minutes. Then I watched it again. And again. And again. I fell in love with Princess Mononoke that day, and concurrently with everything that you breathed life into.

Mononoke was different yet so familiar, like a story I knew I always needed to hear. There was violence, industrialization and humans juxtaposed against nature, spirits and gods. But it was all beautiful.  I didn’t know who was bad and who was good. It was strange not knowing who to root for, especially at 12 years old. But then I realized that was the point. It’s rare in family films that the line isn’t distinct between the hero and the villain. Life isn’t black and white, and through your films you showed us and prepared children for the realities of the world.

After Mononoke, I devoured any and everything you made that I could get my hands on, from Porco Rosso, Spirited Away,  Laputa: Castle in the Sky and much more. Totoro, Kiki and Nausicaä represent a lot of your recurring themes such as reverence for nature, highlighting independence and encouraging pacifism but depicted in such magical ways. Disney had female characters, some strong, some not. But you are constantly representing strong female characters in your work. They were not always likable, but always real, and I respect and admire you for that. That is what young girls and boys need to see.

You are one of the worlds greatest directors of animation and writers to grace this planet. Your films tickle my soul and you make the world a better place.

Thank you, Hayao Miyazaki.

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

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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