Tattoo Tuesday: Brian K. Vaughan’s Saga & Y the Last Man Comics

With the return of Saga last week, I thought it was the perfect time to dedicate a Tattoo Tuesday to one of my favorite comic book authors, Brian K. Vaughan!

You’re doing yourself a great disservice if you’re not reading Saga yet. But seriously, what are you waiting for?! I blogged about Saga being my favorite comic book series of 2012 and it hasn’t let me down yet. Whether you fell in love with Yorick, Mitchell, Nico or Alana, we’re all part of the BKV family!

Read more when I saw BKV at NYCC las year here and here.

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.

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Saga #1 cover tattoo from the  [Source 1 Source 2]

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Izabel from Saga [Source]

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Poppy’s Y the Last man tattoo [Source]

Girl Gone Geek Blog Brian K Vaughan Y the last man Comic Tattoo 3“From Jed K. in Revelo, Ky.: “My tattoo is of very last page fromY: The Last Man #60, the last issue of the series. It is Yorick’s straitjacket flying through the air.”

He adds, “I got this tattoo after I finished my graduate degree. It is my first and only tattoo. The reasons I picked this image are twofold: First of all, I really like the series and hated to see it go. Secondly, the open straitjacket represented freedom from expectations and freedom to do what I wanted to do with my life. Sappy, I know, but I’m a bit sentimental that way.” [Source]

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Y the Last Man [Source]

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Jennifer said, “An ampersand on my left wrist, to symbolize writing, plurality, a general dorky love of punctuation, and a character from my favorite comic (Ampersand the monkey fromY: The Last Man.)” [Source]

Tattoo Tuesday: LunaRae’s Sailor Moon & Lion King Ink

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LunaRae is back with new tats! You may remember her from her Yoshi and Fullmetal Alchemist Tattoo Tuesday Featurette a while back. We’ll she mentioned in that interview getting new ink and now she’s here to show it off!

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 LunaRae:

What are your new tattoos of and why did you get them? 

Girl Gone Geek Blog Tattoo Tuesday LunaRae tattoos Sailor MoonLunaRae: Sailor Mars tattoo – this is the symbol seen in Sailor Moon Super S and Sailor Moon Stars. It took me a while to decide but I liked the idea of keeping my ankle tattoos as symbols. Sailor Mars is my favorite Sailor Senshi. I’m also an Aries, and my name is Rae. Perfect huh? After not being able to see my best friend/sister in over a year (because she had to move away for a while), we are finally reunited and I have my matching [Simba tattoos] this time!

I’m loving your geeky collection of tattoos! Any plans for new ones?  
LunaRae:  Future tattoo plans?: I’m debating on The Hunger Games Mockingjay pin for the outside of my left leg. The book series is by far one of my favorites, and the movie was really good as well. The other idea is to do my favorite APC (A Perfect Circle) album design (“Mer De Noms” album). There are always ideas going through my head about adding to my Yoshi tattoos on my back, but I’m still up in the air about it.
Where do you live on the internet?

I’m on Facebook of course, though I keep that personal. I do have a photography page there “LunaRaePhotography“. I am also on Deviantart, LunaRaeB.
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Tattoo Tuesday Featurette- My Neil Gaiman ‘Sandman’ Tattoo

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As many of you know by now, I’m a very big fan of the writer Neil Gaiman. The entry-level Gaiman drug of choice for me was the comic series Sandman. If you’ve read it, you already know just how utterly brilliant it is. It’s one of those series that’s masterfully blends myth, mystery and mind-blowing stories. It is easily one of my top favorite comic book series. Despite my many Tattoo Tuesday posts I blog about, only 2 out of my 6 tattoos can be called “geeky”. Now I love looking at geeky ink, but for me to decide to get something tattooed on my body (forever), it had to hit me on several levels, and that’s what this quote from Sandman did.

Neil Gaiman Sandman Fear of FallingNow Sandman is a pretty long series, but I remember the day I read “Fear of Falling” vividly. It’s one of the few things I’ve read that gave me actual goosebumps. The quote is, “Sometimes you wake up. Sometimes the fall kills you. And sometimes, when you fall, you fly.” This is a loaded quote for me because I have a mini obsession about dreams, so it hits me on that level easily. But more importantly, it’s a constant reminder to myself not to limit what I do in life because I’m afraid of failure.

A few years later, I finally decided to get the quote inked, but then I had to find a tattoo artist. Because my tattoo was a quote from a comic, I wanted someone who would “get” the significance to tattoo me. That’s when I met the talented lolita geek tattoo artist, Imani. Well, we met on the internet first, as many people do nowadays, through my friends Otakus & Geeks. Finally, at NYCC last year we met in person. I spotted her adorable pastel-colored locks in a sea of cosplayers and it was like we were old friends meeting again. That’s when I decided I’d wait for the chance for Imani to tattoo me. A couple of months ago, she came back to NYC and it finally happened! She’s a talented illustrator and I wanted to use her superpowers to create a custom tattoo for me. She literally sketched out the quote on my back before tattooing. Of course, I couldn’t be happier with tattoo and the experience. Thanks, girl!

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Tattoo in progress- the sketch before getting inked

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Almost done!
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Jamila Girl Gone Geek Sandman comic book tattoo Neil Gaiman Fear of Falling 3All done!

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My tattoo healed and in the wild!

Tattoo Tuesday Featurette- Matt’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ Smaug Tattoo

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Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

My name is Matt Naragon, and I have been geeky as long as I can remember. I am an avid game player, a Mac enthusiast, a dnd lover, and a husband of an equally geeky wife.

What is your geeky tattoo of and why did you get it?

The tattoo is of hobbit origin, and shows us part of the famous map and an image of Smaug lurking around the side. I have always loved Tolkien, and the tattoo just naturally suits me. The tattoo was created by artist Brooks Blanton from Wildman’s Tattoo in Ft Wayne, IN. He did a fantastic job bringing this tattoo to life, and remains one of the most amazing portrait tattooists I have ever seen.

Any plans for future tattoos?

Future plans for the tattoo are to bring Gollum into the mix on the other side of the map, along with slowly migrating down to the stomach with more tasteful Tolkien art.

Are you a fan of anything else in the fantasy genre? If so, what? 

I am a big fan of gaming, especially Assassins Creed as of late. I also love Star Wars and things associated with it. Oh, and zombies.

If you were going on an adventure, which 5 Tolkien characters would you take with you?

I would definitely take Boromir as my first pick. Elrond would be useful, and young Bilbo would come as well. It would be a toss up between Fili or Kili for fourth spot, and I could have no other than Gandalf taking up the rear (to always save the day).

If you were on a deserted island what video game, comic/book, movie, TV show would you bring? 

I would bring along Skyrim for gaming, as it would last me the longest. The Hobbit would be book of choice, and probably movie of choice as well. The TV show would be Rules of Engagement, I’ve been watching that sitcom lately on Netflix and love it.

Where can we find you on the internet?

I am not on the Internet in force much, but you can usually find me on Facebook or Deviant Art. If not there, lately I have been going crazy planning out the perfect Connor AC3 cosplay outfit.

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

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

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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  

Tattoo Tuesday Featurette- Alexia’s Studio Ghibli Tattoo

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 a Thank 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!

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

Tattoo Tuesday Featurette Interview with Alexia

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

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

Twitter: @lexmate

Tumblr: lexmate.tumblr.com

Tattoo Tuesday Featurette- Baron von Brunk’s LEGO & Zelda Tattoos

LEGO extraordinaire Baron von Brunk has an imaginative set of Zelda and LEGO tattoos. If his ink didn’t impress you enough (which they should have), he makes LEGO replica’s of an old video game consoles that transform into a robots. I know right?!

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 Baron von Brunk

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Baron: My name’s Baron von Brunk, a highly-praised multimedia artist, sideburn aficionado, quirky inventor and humble country boy! Currently living in Queens, NY, I’m employed as a professional package layout designer, however as an AFTRA/SAG actor, I have aspirations to get back into the entertainment industry rather than corporate work — and hopefully be a permanent actor, with a hobby for creative designs on the side. For fun, I build custom LEGO models based on geeky references or historical scenes, and I previously I was a Flash animator for Newgrounds.com, before I took a break from web animation in 2009. A lot of my old cartoons from the mid-2000s still survive online, but times have changed and my styles have lately been more geared towards better quality work, rather than crude web toons. I’m also a freelance artist who’s done lots of advertisements for indie events, local bands and burlesque shows — the latter of which is a more recent venture, in which I plan to get more involved with!

What are your geeky tattoos and why did you get them?

Baron: Currently I have 10.5 tattoos — the left arm has several small Legend of Zelda items, whilst my right arm has two LEGO minifigures based on vintage sets. My left arm is designated to be my monument for my early years as a Nintendo gamer, whilst my right arm is in honor of my lifelong fascination for LEGO bricks — and specifically my two favorite genres of said toy brand!

What was the tattoo shop you got your tattoo done and the tattoo artist? 

Baron: I actually got all of my tattoos done by a freelance tattoo artist named Kristen Fristed — who unfortunately doesn’t have a website nor shop, as she works from her apartment solely through word of mouth. (If interested you can get her contact information from Baron.)

Any plans for future tattoos? 

Baron: Probably at some point in this year I intend to get more small Zelda items on my left arm, such as small rupees, Poe ghosts, and possibly an ocarina. As for my right side, I’m considering getting a large tattoo of my custom illustration of my site’s mascot: an Amish LEGO minifigure with scythe! I can tolerate a lot of pain, hence my tattoos always get completely filled in with as many colors as possible — never any dull little outlines or tiny symbols!

What sparked your love for LEGO?

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Baron: “LEGO” was actually the first word I could spell as a wee lad! My first sets were DUPLO toys given to me around age 2, and throughout my childhood, I’ve been fascinated by all things relating to LEGO and its various brands. My two all-time favorite genres of LEGO have always been Castle and Space — hence my tattoos of a Castle Forestman minifigure, and a diagram of a Space Futuron astronaut. Otherwise, I’ve been consistently collecting sets and assembling my own custom original creations since my early years. It’s only been in recent times that I’ve been chronicling my creations via photos and web — and making more refined models!

Favorite Zelda game?

Baron: To be perfectly honest, I was never really a Legend of Zelda fan early in my NES days — as I’ve always been more of a Mario fan. My fascination for the Zelda franchise came about in my middle school days around age 14, when Ocarina of Time was released — and subsequently, I became a huge fan, and inevitably Majora’s Mask! Unfortunately, in my opinion modern video games don’t hold much entertainment value compared to their predecessors, ergo I don’t consider myself a modern console gamer — and thus, my Zelda tattoos are more of a monument to my childhood/teen years during the heyday of gaming: classic sprites to early 3-D polygons — mid 1980s to early 2000s!

Do you have any other favorite fandoms?

Baron: As a geek amongst geeks, I have man interests — but in a very selective sense. Aside from vintage video games and LEGO models, I’m rather interested in classic Transformer toys — as in, the original (real) ’80s toys, and in no way whatsoever “Bayformers.” I’m also a collector of Ghostbusters, Star Wars, Mobile Suit Gundam, and some G.I. Joe toys here and there. I like to do a lot of “mashup” projects with my LEGO sets and other fandoms, such as LEGO Nintendo controllers that transform into robots — some of which were featured in Nintendo Power! I’ve also built my own custom Mobile Suit Gundams from LEGO, and even made plans to assemble Ban Dai Gundam models painted with custom colors and insignia to resemble World War II vehicles.

If you were on a deserted island what video game, comic/book, movie, TV show would you bring?  

Baron: For video games, realistically I’d say Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, as those games had seemingly endless replay value (besides, maybe it’d give me an opportunity to complete every side mission). For comics, more than likely I’d choose the graphic novelizations of the U.K. Transformers series from the late 1980s. Movie? I’d say probably the only real Transformers movie — the animated one from 1986 with Judd Nelson and Robert Stack! And finally, for TV, I’d say every Gundam series — as there’s so damn many of them, and could thus last a lifetime trying to watch!

Where can we find you on the internet? 

Baron: I’m all over the place online, and a shameless self-promoter! My main website is baronvonbrunk.com, which has ample links to my other ventures and whatnot. I don’t have a basic Facebook profile, but instead, a fan page for my creative designs. On Twitter, my username is @baron_von_brunk, on Tumblr I can be found on vonbrunk.tumblr.com. Feel free to follow me on one of those places, and chances are I’ll follow back! All of those aforementioned sites contain ample galleries of my work, such as LEGO sculptures, paintings, vector sticker designs, promotional burlesque material and so forth!

Baron von Brunk- LEGO Spaceman Diagram

Baron’s Zelda tattoos include: 275 in Hylian rupees, Biggoron’s Sword, the Lens of Truth, and an activated Bombchu.