Friday, March 18

5 Fandom Friday | Five Geeky Tattoos I Have Or Want

Friday, March 18

I was really excited to see this prompt on the list of upcoming posts. I love geeky tattoos, and I'm excited to see what people share, and I have geeky tattoos that I love to share.

Some of these are not exactly geeky, but I put them in order from least geeky to most.

Five (Mostly) Geeky Tattoos I Have Or Want


5 | My first tattoo


I got my first tattoo not long after Colt and I moved in together. We went out for dinner, and had a super uncomfortable time (not with each other, with the atmosphere in the restaurant). When we left, we decided to make the night better by getting tattoos. (I'm really not sure why this is where our thought processes led.)

We chose a nearby tattoo shop that got decent reviews online, and walked right in. When I told the artist I wanted a star, he pulled out a stencil, but I stopped him. When I doodle, I draw stars, so I wanted to draw this one for myself.

I tend to forget that I even have this one, so the next few I got in places that I could actually see. (Also, this photo shows me how much I really need to re-dye my hair!)

4 | My little reminders


These were my second and third tattoos. I wanted to give myself some permanent positive reinforcement. These phrases are snippets of quotes that I love, from two extraordinary women:

"Do one thing each day that scares you."—Eleanor Roosevelt

"It's never too late to be what you might have been."–George Eliot

I used a favorite font for the one on the right wrist, but the left is my mom's handwriting—yet another extraordinary woman. Sadly, I'll likely have to cover these up at some point in the future. When I got them, I didn't really think about the fact that tattoo ink spreads, nor that it spreads more when in a location that moves around a lot.

3 | My Avengers mashup


I wrote about this tattoo, which is my latest, back in October. The Avengers made a big impact on my (pop culture) life, and I wanted something to memorialize my love of the movie. It took me a while to figure out how to fit all of these iconic images/logos together into a cohesive whole, but when I finally worked this design out, I knew it was "the one."

This was my third time working with Megan at Bijou Studio here in Austin—the first two being the tattoo in No. 2—and I'm so very glad I found her! She does amazing work.

Click the image below for a larger look at the full piece.


2 | My three-quarter scifi sleeve


My three-quarter sleeve is certainly my largest and most colorful piece, and I think it's amusing that I went from a small star and tiny wrist tattoos to, well, this beast.

I actually got this piece done in two halves—what's above the elbow came two years prior to the bottom part. My idea with the top half was that I was sharing three very important parts of my nerddom from different points in my life: The U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D is from Star Trek: The Next Generation, which I watched when I was pretty young. The Millennium Falcon is from Star Wars, which I really started to love in high school. And the TARDIS is from Doctor Who, which I didn't start watching until I was in my 20s.

I soon found myself wanting to add more spaceships from other fandoms, however, and a Vincent Van Gogh quote that I'd wanted to somehow fit into a tattoo for ages. So I went back to my amazing tattoo artist and asked her to extend it. I added the Stargate, from Stargate; Firefly from Firefly and Serenity; the Normandy from Mass Effect; and Moya from Farscape. The quote reads:

"I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream."

I thought it was quite fitting for this fantastical space piece.

Click the image below for a larger look at the full piece. And apologies for the awkward photos—it's really hard to get good shots of an entire arm.


1 | Future ink


Since I started getting tattoos, I've gotten a new one or expanded an old one about every two years. I just got my latest one last year, so I still have a bit of time before the itch again needs to be scratched. And I'm not sure what I want to add to my collection next; I actually have no ideas at this moment. But I'm sure inspiration will strike soon!

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