Geek Girls Tattoos
Some of our Geek Girls put together this fun collection of their geeky tattoos! Each girl wrote a bit about what their tattoos mean to them, starting with Zelda who put this badass collection together...
Geek Girl Mistress Zelda
I have been getting tattooed regularly since about the second I turned 18. Most of my tattoos are animation or video game themed – I work in video game development and animation is my second love (I almost went into that industry, too). I’ve gotten tattooed from many people over the years, but my current tattoo artist of the past 4 years is actually an animator and now one of my good friends – serendipity!
Alice in Wonderland tattoos, I have several. It is one of my favorite books and stories that I have loved to see retold. Each of the Alice in Wonderland tattoos are in a different style and drawn by a different person – I love the variety in Alice in Wonderland art and how it can be whimsical and colorful or dark and bizarre depending on what direction you go with it. I am schizophrenic, and the Alice in Wonderland tattoos have always represented that part of me – being lost in a world of ones’ own creation. I currently have a Queen of Hearts pinup which was designed by an old friend for me 10 years ago and tattooed by Lee at Art Throb in Oceanside, the Mad Hatter and March Hare with “We’re all Mad Here” in quotes is art from someone on DeviantArt and tattooed by Derrek Everette at Broken Art in Los Angeles, and the Cheshire cat and caterpillar (my favorite) was designed by Chris Lowk at Ink Sessions in North Hollywood for me. I still need to add an Alice at some point, and some sort of background fill to tie all the pieces together.
Beetlejuice and Lydia was done by an apprentice of Chris Lowk as he needed to practice on colored work. I’ve gotten tattooed by a few apprentices over the years, it’s kind of fun to see how they progress. Beetlejuice is one of my favorite franchises and I loved the cartoon growing up. Originally I wanted this piece done in the movie style in their wedding portraits, but I like the cartoon version a lot, too.
Morticia and Gomez I got as a matching pair to the Beetlejuice and Lydia, this piece is also done by Chris Lowk. I didn’t watch the cartoon as much as the films or TV show, but I like it as a matching piece to the Gomez and Morticia J
Robot Devil and angel Bender were done by Sal and Marco at Ink Sessions in North Hollywood. Originally I came here for their New Year’s Eve special and got my Robot Devil done, but fell in love with the shop and people. The Robot Devil and angel Bender are from the episode “The Devil’s Hands are Idle Playthings” and they are obviously the angel and devil on my shoulders J
My Bioshock EVE Hypo and chain links were done by Derrek Everette at Broken Art in Los Angeles. Bioshock is one of my favorite games, and the chains representing “A man chooses, a slave obeys” carries a lot of weight with me. Many of my tattoos have to do with choice, empowerment, and letting go.
My Zelda tattoos are actually how I got the nickname Zelda. I dated a guy for 5 years and his friends thought I was a nerd, so they called me Zelda because of my tattoos instead of my real name. They did it to be dicks, but it ended up sticking ;) Link from the official Link to the Past booklet was my first tattoo by Lee at Art Throb in Oceanside and is still one of my favorite games. The Four Swords Links was done by an apprentice at Broken Art in Los Angeles and I got done mainly because I really liked all of the colors and the cel shading. And then I have a triforce on the back of my neck and a little sprite Link from the first NES game. I used to have heart containers on my chest too, but they weren’t super well done, so I got it covered up with something that I still don’t particularly like, lol.
My pinball flippers is one of my favorite tattoos. I love pinball and played it competitively growing up. I call it my “interactive tramp stamp” and it is still one of my most popular tattoos, even though it’s pretty simple. I have buttons on my sides and the pinball flippers on my lower back…you can figure it out. The flippers are actually from my favorite pinball game, Addams Family.
The Behemoth is my newest tattoo and is still underway. It was designed by Chris Lowk at Ink Sessions in North Hollywood in the style of the Dragons Lair art. I love Dungeons and Dragons and the Behemoth is such an iconic monster.
My Sacred Chao is the symbol of Discordianism, which is an incredibly geeky religion started by acid hippies in the 70s. I follow a Chaos magick path, and the golden apple represents the story of Eris and the goddesses. Kallisti in greek means “For the most beautiful one.”
The monster on my back is less geeky than the others, but was an piece originally drawn by artist Alex Pardee, who I met at Comic Con probably 12 years ago and would come back and hang out with every year back when it was still possible to meet people, have conversations and develop friendships. He was not only incredibly talented, but super nice. He does some amazing geeky pieces, too. I got this piece kind of on a whim – I got the opportunity to get tattooed by artist Andy St. Christ, who is one of the best tattoo artists alive. His realism is mind blowing. Alex Pardee’s pieces are so intricate, I couldn’t imagine having getting it done as a tattoo – the watercolor effects alone were enough to make this an intimidating piece, but Andy did an incredible job putting art to skin, even if it was the most painful experience of my life. A lot of people ask me questions about the monster piece – I feel like it’s a pretty obvious representation of some of the mental illnesses and other setbacks in life I have had to overcome. It’s the tattoo that still means the most to me.
Chris Lowk, Marco, Sal and apprentice at Ink Sessions
in North Hollywood, CA
Derrek Everrette and apprentice at Broken Art
in Los Angeles, CA
Lee at Art Throb in Oceanside, CA
/ Andy St Christ in Oceanside, CA
Geek Girl Princess Nightmare
These are photos over a span of time. The white ones barely show up in pictures, but I expect when the dark lord is back the dark mark will become darker. The other white ones are a silhouette of dragons forming a heart and elvish writing from Lord of The Rings (but I can't tell you what it says, it's a secret! I have only told three people in the 12 years I have had it). They are amongst the first I had two of which are on my arms. I had them done in white because at the time I was a model and it was not acceptable for me to have tattoos on my arms in what I was doing. The white did not show up in photos...which now makes it difficult to share them with you!
Several photos of my back are over time....The demon with the angel....the Moulin Rouge end credits...and lastly Slytherin.
The fountain is from Harry Potter as well, it is the Fountain of Fair Fortune. I have had that one for a very long time and was excited to see it has finally made its way into places in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, it is one of my favorite stories of all time.
'Confessor' is one I designed using symbols important to Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth novels.
The pin up girl and Angel/Demon were my first. The pin up girl was a drawing someone did for me of 'me' as a super hero and the Angel/Demon is by Joseph Vargo. They are now 13 years old. The black and white photo is from just a few weeks after I got that tattoo.
The ending credits of Moulin Rouge were something that always meant a lot to me, few people watch through to the end of the credits to see these symbols appear. The film itself, the words, and symbols mean a lot to me.
It is safe to say I love all things Harry Potter and each one related means something important. The Dark Mark is another very old one at about 12 years. It is from JK's original website where every once in a while while looking at things, it would just appear on the screen. It was the original image for the dark mark before the films etc.
The double infinity is from the TV show Revenge. That is a longer story than you want to hear, as are many others.
My Batman symbol has a Wolverine claw through it, I am much more of a Marvel fan than DC but I do love batman.
Tinkerbelle is my only regret, it came off a hot topic sweatshirt, to me it represents lack of creativity and complete and total boredom...as that is how I ended up with it. After 10 years I think the time has come to cover her with something else.
Lastly I just wanted to add in credit to Nik Nelson of Ascension Tattoo who did the four Moulin Rouge symbols, the Batman/Wolverine, Always, Slytherin, Confessor, and double infinity...and some day more, I hope! I have gotten tattoos in many different states (and states of mind ;-) ) but he is my favorite person to go to, I really love his work :-)
I think that is about all the info there is...I tried to keep that short but there are a lot of them!!
Geek Girl Lena Leather
These are my geeky tattoos! They aren’t all of them but the most geeky ones I have! The bat symbols on my chest were done by an artist who is in KS by the name of Bryon Parsons at Addictions in Ink
. My Jack and Sally were done by Chris 'Titus' Strickland
at Ambition tattoo in Knoxville TN. Rarity's cutie mark is by Geo at Passionfish
, Knoxville, TN. Jewel the nug (from dragon age) was done by Jamie Cooley at Red 13 Tattoo
. Hopefully I can add more nerd inspired tattoos in the future!
Geek Girl Roxy Lee
First one is on my right rib cage and is a quote from proverbs with comedy and tragedy masks.
Second is on my left forearm and is a quote from the movie Labyrinth.
Third is on the back of my neck and is a quote and Adam chains from the videogame Bioshock.
Fourth is on my left rib cage and is Harley Quinns name and hat from Batman.
Geek Girl Jenn Marvel
I have a Wonder Woman Tattoo on my right forearm.
Why I decided to get it. Wonder Woman as always played a huge part in my love of comics, she is by far my favorite character and inspires me daily.
Wonder Woman was a huge role model for me to be strong and brave and to never give up on anything. To always push myself and persevere even when the odds are against me.
I’ve also been told that my personality resembles wonder woman. and people always associate me with that character. Hopefully the first of many nerdy tattoos in my future.
Geek Girl Dezi Desire
Pretty self explanatory, my wrists are devoted to my overwhelming love for Stargate and I'm the Fifth Element.
My Parker Lily tattoo is a lot more sneaky as being a geeky tattoo as it's based on a tattoo every Parker girl (They are call girl spy's basically) has in Strangers in Paradise. I'm madly in love with everything Terry Moore does... as you can see, haha.
Geek Girl Jillian Ryan
Geek Girl Mistress Jessie
I have two geeky tattoos from my two favorite book series! The first one is a grace from "The Sword of Truth" series. It has blood dripping from it to represent my favorite character, the Mord'Sith. Also my favorite character to cosplay.
My second geeky tattoo is the fearless rune from "The Mortal Instruments" book series! It's a nice reminder to be fearless!
Thanks to Geek Girl Mistress Zelda
for putting this post together! :D
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January 28 2016