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?!

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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?

LEGO Robin Hood figure

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.

Tattoo Tuesday Featurette- My 8-bit Heart Tattoo and My Brother’s Zelda and Megaman Tattoos

Me and my brother Myles matching 8-bit heart tattoos (my tattoo is on the right)

My brother Myles and I are very close (but not Lannister close). He’s not just my brother, he’s my best friend. So when I found out he was interested in tattoos I suggested we get matching brother and sister tats. One day when I was looking at my blog mascot the 8-bit heart idea popped into my head. I asked Myles what he though, hoping that I finally found something that we both agreed on and he loved the idea. After months of us trying to figure out what to get tattooed, we finally figured it out!

Despite the countless Tattoo Tuesdays I’ve blogged about I didn’t have any geek-related tattoos of my own. Now I’m finally able to be featured on my own Tattoo Tuesday. I already know that my next tattoo will be a quote from Neil Gaiman’s Sandman comic series.

Myles being the boss that he is, got three tattoos his first time! He got the half filled 8-bit heart, a Megaman E-Tank and a Triforce from Zelda. Myles loves video games and he really likes Megaman and The Legend of Zelda.  We chose the 8-bit heart because it represents our love for games, geekery and our awesome sibling bond. Love you bro! Oh and follow him on twitter @rabble_rowser and me too @girl_gone_geek!

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My brother Myles got 3 tattoos on his arms, an E-Tank from Megaman, Triforce from Zelda and our matching 8-bit heart. It was done at Village Tattoo Pop in NYC by Diego.

My 8-bit heart tattoo on my ankle. It was done at Village Tattoo Pop in NYC by Christopher.

Tattoo Tuesday Featurette- Bonnie’s Zelda, Totoro & Portal Tattoos

I’m pretty sure you love Tattoo Tuesday as much as I do. Sadly enough I don’t do them every Tuesday, because frankly they take a very long time to compose. But I’ve found a way to give you your weekly dose of nerd ink every Tuesday! I was inspired by Bonnie’s geeky trio of tattoos to start a Tattoo Tuesday Featurette series. I wanted to know more about her, her tats and what makes her squee. So I asked her!

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Tattoo Tuesday Featurette Interview with Bonnie Williams: 

Girl Gone Geek: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Bonnie: I’ve been a gamer since I was four years old, I remember the day my dad brought in a SNES that my uncle didn’t want anymore plus Street Fighter II and Super Mario World with it. I was hooked from then with the only difference being that I’m more heavily into PC games now but still play console games, gosh it’s been two decades now!

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

I first got Navi from The Legend of Zelda tattoo’d on my left shoulder, I choose this location as it felt fitting since she couldn’t exactly be tattood in the air next to me so she’s always by my side, she was Links companion and I wanted something simple, recognisable and cute for the general audience who haven’t a clue about the game series, she was a combination of the cartoon and 3D versions of her. The Legend of Zelda was my first game obsession and love which is still pursued even now and felt like the Zelda series has always played a part in my life important enough to represent.

My next tattoo was several months later and almost on impulse, I played a game called Portal in 2010 and didn’t think I’d get in with the hype of the game but I did even if I struggled, I managed to complete it and fully enjoy it, I felt this was an accomplishment and I was proud of myself. The companion cube symbolises a lot in the game and after seeing a friends t-shirt from the Valve store I fell in love with the design and decided to get it on my forearm although I do regret getting the complete design and intend to cover up the two lines underneath the companion cube alhough with what I can’t decide yet.

My most recent tattoo was half an impulse as I’d been thinking about getting a tattoo involving my love for rainbows and I wanted to combine it with something else I loved to make it extra special. I looked for ideas ranging from cute things I loved such as strawberries to things like soot sprites from Studio Ghibli. In the end I found someones artwork on DeviantArt and asked to use their image, I’ve always gone to a place in Brighton called The Wizard of Ink and this time I gave them a bit ore of a challenge and made a few changes such as adding deeper sketchier lines as my tattoos all have that little touch, they suggested adding their own style of clouds to it to which I agreed too. It was the most painful and longest of my tattoos and he’s on my right shoulder holding an umbrella forming a rainbow behind it as if he’s floating through the sky over my shoulder.

Was there a moment that you realized you went from liking to loving Totoro, Zelda and Portal?

With Zelda I remember falling in love with it when I was five or six years old from the first scene of playing A Link to the Past and it’s stuck ever since. With Portal I didn’t think I’d love it like I do so that surprise made me even more fonder for the game although I’ve yet to play Portal 2 I love it already. Totoro was a love I didn’t understand at first, why did all these people love such a simple and dull film? I wanted to love Totoro too but I didn’t understand but after watching the film a second time I was deeply in love with the Totoro character and the film “My Neighbour Totoro”, I’ve spoken to others who have felt the same after watching it two times too and I don’t think I’ll ever stop loving the Japanese equilevant to Disney which is Studio Ghibli, if I have children they’re being brought up on these films!

Do you have any plans for future tattoos?

Yes actually, I intend to get a dragon of some sort, perhaps Haku from Spirited Away so I’ve got another link to something else I love but it’s always an issue as to where and what size you’d like the tattoo although I’ve also got my best firend of seventeen years now to design me a tattoo of the Zora theme of Link doing a love and peace sign best done by Vash from the anime series called Trigun as that has also played an important part to my teenage years and I recently rewatched with my boyfriend to remind me of how good the series is (although it holds nothing on the manga but has some good voice cast members in it). There’s more than those I’d like in the future and simple cute things such as stars, rainbowd and strawberries but they’re not very geeky.

Which character would you want to hang out with for a day and why, Link, Totoro or Wheatley?

I think Wheatley would be great for conersation especially with the voice of Stephen Merchant but Link would be justified by my love of him to choose over Wheatley especially since it has been a love for two decades now, it would be like a scene from a Shoujo anime where the female main character finally gets to meet the man she’s loved all her life although he’d not have much to say judging by the games although the mangas do make him talk more and bring more character to him, lets just hope he’s not the same Link as from the 1980’s cartoon series. As for Totoro he’d be amazing company but we’d not have much to say really, given that he doesn’t speak any language that I’m aware of, he’d be great for cuddles though.

Where do you live on the internet?

I’m sometimes found on Twitter as NorikoNeko but generally I’m dull lazy when it comes to using websites, my games and reading take priority over my social life on most occasions unless it can be combined with Steam of course!