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After walking around sporting a terrible Pikachu tattoo for four years, one poor guy (let’s call him “Ash Ketchum”) finally turned to a professional for help.
While Lindsay Baker isn’t a Pokémon Master, she’s clearly a talented and imaginative tattoo artist. When one of her clients at Nite Owl Tattoo in Northampton, Massachusetts, showed her the poorly drawn Pikachu — “It was his first tattoo,” she told BuzzFeed, “and apparently the girl who did it had been drinking” — Baker knew exactly how to make the best out of a bad situation.
If your plans to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Studio Ghibli don’t include a tattoo sleeve inspired by some of Hayao Miyazaki’s most beloved films, well … then maybe you’re not a real fan.
The work of Andy Kurth of Electric Chair Tattoo in Clio, Michigan, this amazing sleeve features characters and scenes from Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle.
In a story that seems ripped from the pages of Weekly World News, or maybe just Captain America, we now learn of a comics fan who’s had subdermal implants, tattoos and part of his nose removed in an effort to make himself look like the Red Skull.
Suddenly, that Superman fan who’s undergone numerous plastic surgeries to resemble the Man of Steel doesn’t seem so extreme, does he?
(Fair warning: Actual photos follow.)
No matter how many Simpsons T-shirts, posters, figurines and lunchboxes you own, you’ll never be as big of a fan as Lee Weir is.
The 27-year-old New Zealander is a bit of a Homer Simpson devotee. Well, maybe he’s more than a bit, considering he holds the Guinness Worlds Record title for Most Tattoos of the Same Cartoon Character Tattooed on the Body. Because, yes, that’s a thing — so much of a thing that it requires “tattoo” to be mentioned twice.
Happy Saturday and welcome to Shelf Porn, our showcase for fans and their collections. Today’s shelves belong to Chris in Texas, who goes shirtless to show us his love for Batman — as well as his statues, comics and more.
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And now here’s Chris …
Most fans who make the annual pilgrimage to Comic-Con International return with some creator signatures or sketches, a few exclusive releases and maybe a case of the con crud. However, Timmy Madere isn’t most fans.
According to The Verge, the New Orleans resident got drunk during the 2009 convention, stumbled into a nearby tattoo parlor, and walked out with the Green Lantern emblem affixed in indelible ink to the middle finger of his right hand. Since then, he’s returned to Comic-Con, and to Nothing Sacred Tattoo, each year to get another permanent memento of his trip.
This year he got two tattoos: a rendition of the Jerry Robinson-drawn Joker playing card, and the Superman Cyborg symbol, which join The Flash’s lightning bolt, the Black Adam’s lighting bolt, a Bizarro symbol, the black Superman emblem, and another Joker playing card. He’s still shooting for an enormous Starro on his back.”It’s weird because comics were the things that inspired me, that helped shape me as a kid I guess, and I ended up getting a bunch of villain tattoos,” Madere tells the website. “They have the coolest symbols! Everybody’s got a Batman or a Superman. No one ever gets the alternative.”
See more photos on The Verge.
Writer Neil Gaiman and artist David Mack have teamed up to create a new piece of art that features a poem written by Gaiman. The CBLDF are selling a print of it to raise funds for their cause, limited to 90 copies, but the rarest version is on the back of Burton Olivier:
“He’s the person who wrote to me and asked if I’d write a comic for his back … and I said yes, if it could also do some good for the CBLDF,” Gaiman said on his Tumblr. “And then I asked who he’d want to draw it, and he said, David Mack. So I asked David, who also said yes.”
The CBLDF is selling the “variant blue test run” versions of the print, which were created in very limited quantities prior to the standard edition grey run. Check out the print, which is on a French paper called Madero Beach rather than, um, human flesh, after the jump.
A few years back I discovered the music of Peter Cooper, a storyteller who released a great song about Hank Aaron. So when I saw his latest single on iTunes, “Grandma’s Tattoo,” I checked it out — only to find it had a comic connection. Grandma’s tattoo, as it turns out, is of a certain Caped Crusader she happened to be a big fan of.
As a huge fan of artist Cliff Chiang, here’s something I’d be all over — if I were attending next week’s Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo and if I weren’t, y’know, deathly terrified of needles. It’s an eBay auction for a custom tattoo by Chang and tattoo artist Brian Stringer. Proceeds benefit The Hero Initiative, so it’s win-win!
The above art, which accompanies the auction listing, would make a fantastic tattoo. But here’s the thing: The winner can have Chang draw the character or subject of his or her choice (with a few caveats, I imagine) in advance of the show. The tattoo will be in black and gray; any color is at the tattooer’s discretion. Oh, and no face or neck tattoos. Visit the eBay listing for more details — and to bid, of course. The auction ends on March 16.
Welcome once again to Shelf Porn! Today’s Shelf Porn comes from Joshua Strasburg, who lives in the Blue Beetle’s hometown, El Paso, Texas. Joshua shares his history as a collector as well as look into his comics closet.
There won’t be a Shelf Porn next week, as I will be out of town, but we’ll be back in October. It would be great to come back to an in-box filled with Shelf Porn submissions, so send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, if you use any comic book or graphic novel themes in your Halloween decorations, we’d love to feature them, too … so send us your pictures!
Now let’s hear from Joshua …
“Did the most terrifying commission of my life today at C2E2,” tweeted Batman & Robin artist Cameron Stewart on Saturday. What made it so scary? The guy who commissioned the piece — a drawing of Batman, to be specific — told Stewart he planned on immediately getting it tattooed on his body. No pressure!
Fortunately, the words “Cameron Stewart” are pretty much a seal of quality when it comes to drawings of Batman, and as Stewart revealed today, the tattoo came out bitchin’. You can click here to see the original art, too. “A busy convention is not my ideal environment to draw something that will go on someone’s body forever,” Stewart noted, but he really shouldn’t worry so much.
C2E2, the new Chicago convention brought to you by the makers of the New York Comic Con, will hold its inaugural convention this weekend at the Lakeside Center at McCormick Place. Our buddy Kiel spoke with Lance Fensterman of Reed Exhibitions about the show yesterday, if you’re curious about Reed’s plans for it.
If you’re exhibiting at the show, debuting a new comic or just have some exciting plans for attendees you’d like to share, drop me an email and I’ll run it in one of the many round-ups we’ll be doing between now and Friday.
And if you are attending the show, here’s some stuff to add to your agenda/buy list …
Artist Ryan Kelly will debut his self-published book Funrama at the show. He’ll be in Artist Alley at booth K-9. You can also purchase it online for a couple dollars more.
I was already fond of this season’s American Idol contestant Siobhan Magnus — she clearly marches to the beat of her own drum, she sings with nary a trace of the radio-diva vocal tics that plague so many other singers on the show over the years, and she wields her astonishing high notes like weapons. But the moment I realized she had an homage to the cover of The Gashlycrumb Tinies, cartoonist Edward Gorey’s infamous alphabetical gallows-humor guide to the death of small children, tattooed on her arm, I joined Team Siobhan for real.
Jason Kolnos of The Cape Cod Times penned a piece on the tattoo, noting that Cape Cod native Magnus grew up not far from the town where Gorey spent his autumn years, and where the Edward Gorey House, a museum dedicated to his life and work, is now located.
As far as I’m concerned, exposing Gorey’s black-comic masterpiece to Idol‘s terrifyingly huge audience is just another reason to vote Magnus early and often.
(Image via leon_)
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This tattoo is on my left leg in between my knee and sock line. Its from the fight between Scott Pilgrim & crew vs Matthew Patel (the final fight in book 1 of the Scott Pilgrim series). It wraps around 60% of my leg so it was hard to get just 1 shot of it looking right. Here is a panoramic styled mock up taken just soon after it was done (hence the redness).