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The World of Comic Book Tattoos

Yes, I just got another tattoo, and this time, it's comic book related.


 
"When you love something/one, set it free." In my case, when I love something, I get it tattooed on me somewhere. Tattoos and tattooing is more common place than ever before. What once was considered "taboo" or only for bikers and grunts in the military is now a part of our everyday culture in America. Many sports personalities sport ink, television shows based on the art seem to be everywhere, and tattoo shops seem to be everywhere, not just in the dirty and dingy part of town. People get tattooed for a plethora of reasons, many of which to commemorate the loss of family member or a loved one, and some of us get tattooed just for the heck of it.
 
I've been getting tattooed for about 8 years now, and the newest edition to my collection, as seen on the right side of your screen, is a Golden Age Green Lantern (Alan Scott). I got this incredibly bright piece on the inner-side of my right leg, creeping over onto the front of my leg... onto my shin. I've always been a huge fan of not only Alan Scott, but also of Golden Age comics in general. I love knowing how this gigantic industry got started, and where some of my favorite characters came from. The Green Lantern, Alan Scott, along with the rest of the Justice Society of America originally appeared in All-Star Comics during the early 40s, and in a sense, this is my ode to the Golden Age of comics as well as World War II. Soldiers read Golden Age comics while having downtime on the battlefield to keep morale up. I know that's a stretch, but oh well. I'm very excited about this one because I'll be building off of it, and it has a Golden Age art feel to it. I plan on getting Alan Scott's face tattooed above it in the next year or so.
 == TEASER ==
For those who have never experienced the wondrous world of tattooing, let me describe it for you in a way that you can truly understand. First, tattoos hurt, a lot. If someone with a tattoo tells you that it didn't hurt, they're lying. Call them a liar to their face. Again, all tattoos hurt; however, there are various degrees of pain depending on the location on your body. The upper arm is the easiest. It's a cake walk compared to the shin or "pit" areas. (arm-pit, behind the knee) So, when you have an idea for a tattoo, you print out what you'd like to get and go to the tattoo parlor. (By the way, do your research, there are tons of bad tattoo artists out there) You show the person tattooing you what you want, and the first this they say to you is "this has to be bigger." You sigh and agree. After the artist does his pre-artist things, you sit down in a chair, and the artist shaves your leg. You make remarks back and forth as the artist calls you a gorilla, and you tell him this is your favorite part and you think you may love him. (Yes, I did this over the weekend) The artist puts a carbon copy on your leg and then the artist begins the outline. They ask you over and over if you're doing ok and if you need a break, unless they hate you. As the tattooing continues, the artist may chat it up with you, and if they have a sense of humor, you can joke around and yell things out like "this isn't a butterfly!" As the tattooing comes to a close, you get tired of being in pain and start making hilarious faces of pain. (Sadly, my friend left and didn't take a picture) Then, after 2 1/2-3 hours of some guy inflicting pain on you, you pull out your wallet and pay him a buttload of money. Or, if you're like me, your credit card is declined twice, and you don't know why, so you rely on your girlfriend to put up the money as you embarrassingly leave the shop. (My bank thought my card was stolen) That's about it. Oh yeah, then you're in pain for a few days, especially when you get a tattoo on your calf and it's constantly tense.
 
This whole debacle was actually planned for C2E2 because they had a tattooing section at the show, but after looking at the tattoo artists there, I didn't feel incredibly positive about getting work done there. So I waited. And as much as G-Man wanted me to get "ComicVine 4 Life" in Old English lettering across my stomach or "Mat & ComicVine: BFF," I've wanted an Alan Scott tattoo for a couple years now. Hope you guys enjoy the story of my pain, especially those who have tattoos and know what I'm talking about. I know there are plenty of people on this site with tattoos on this site, so...
 

What comic book tattoos do you have? Why did you get it/them? Pictures please!


 
~Mat "InferiorEgo" Elfring is a comedian, teacher, comic book writer, comic store employee, and addicted to getting tattooed.~
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Posted by -Eclipse-

Heh, sweet... I always thought it would be cool to get the Iron Fist symbol on my chest, but my girlfriend would hate me forever... xD

Posted by Emperor Gonzo Noir

This dude I know has the first full shot of the Ultimate Green Goblin on his back. One day I'm going to save up and do a full Spider Jerusalem

Posted by jloneblackheart

Cool tat IE! By the way, tattoos only hurt if you don't enjoy pain. 
 
One of many: my namesake
 

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Edited by EdwardWindsor

a dude in the bar i used to work in had the wolverine style adamatuim claws and mechanism tattooed onto his right arm sort of like a bio mech tattoo looked epic. I dont have any pics thou , all i know is it was awesome cost a bomb and took like 14 hours since was crazy detailed

Posted by G-Man
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Posted by Paragon

I really want to get either a Flash logo or Green lantern logo somewhere on me. If I do go to the Sochi Olympics, then I'll most likely get the rings as well. (Was so close to qualifying for Vancouver... Damn! Could have had a tattoo by now...)

Posted by Ororo19

I'm getting Storms head dress piece somewhere

Posted by Bathory1313

I'm working on getting the Green Lanern Symbol on my calf shoulder (haven't decided yet), if it looks good I will most likely get the remaining lantern colors somewhere else...

Posted by Sharkgirl93

I'd love to get a pin up of X-23 somewhere but it's be expensive :( I think i'll just still to a little x-man symbol somewhere, that'd be nice and neat :) 

Posted by Nick-SV(ril)

thats one great tattoo,and the colors,really cool.I got mine almost a year ago.I need to save some more money,and planning on getting a Legion of Super-heroes ring-tattoo on my finger,and probably General Zod's logo/symbol in the inner side of my leg
 
outer side of left leg:

Posted by goldenkey
@Nick-SV(ril) said:
"thats one great tattoo,and the colors,really cool.I got mine almost a year ago.I need to save some more money,and planning on getting a Legion of Super-heroes ring-tattoo on my finger,and probably General Zod's logo/symbol in the inner side of my leg
 
outer side of left leg:
 
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hahaha my brother has the same one on his arm. he got it when turned 21 he's 39 now.
Posted by RafaGreyDanvers

I've a HUGE Psylocke fan so i have one Psylocke tattoo on my arm! 
 
[IMG]http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p71/rafac/Imagem001.jpg[/IMG    
Posted by goldenkey

My friends whole arm is a Batman sleeve.  He has the cover to the Hush graphic novel #1, and has misc. other batman stuff all over the rest of his arm.  DC 10 cent  etc.
Posted by MTHarman

Only comic tattoo I have is Batman hanging on a noose, I would show a picture but its hard seeing that its on my back.
Posted by G Bird

I have 5 tattoos now but I want to get a Batman logo somewhere on my arm I think. I also was thinking about getting a big spider web and Spider-Man symbol on my back but one of my black friends said that's a racist thing so I don't think I really want that now lol!

Posted by GothamBat

I only have 1 tattoo, but it's not comic related, it's music related. But I do plan on getting a bad ass Batman tattoo at some point.

Posted by CylonDorado

I have my face tattoed to look like Lobo.  
 
 
 
Lol, not really.
Posted by Nova`Prime`

I saw an awesome stylized Cap shield, if I ever find it again I might get that. I also want to get something that shows my time serving aboard a submarine. I was thinking of getting Namor's trident, but that's not specific enough. The only think I won't get is a specific character.

Posted by lastdrag0n89
@-Eclipse-:  Then get somewhere small like I have one on the Back of my arm 
(note: its a crappy pic that I took a quick snap at but its there)
Posted by couzinit99

THAT'S AWESOME!

Posted by Jordanstine

   
    
^ Crazy Sauce

Posted by Duncan Idunno

Watcha gonna do when that hair grows back in?

Posted by -Eclipse-
@lastdrag0n89: Pretty much anything comic-related permanently stuck onto my skin is a big no-no :P
Posted by Stamps
@-Eclipse- said:
" @lastdrag0n89: Pretty much anything comic-related permanently stuck onto my skin is a big no-no :P "
same here -Eclipse-, same here.
Posted by .Mistress Redhead.

OHH super cute Tatt IE!!

Posted by HaloKing343

Tatoos are sick. But yet, I've gotta give props to  Nick-SV(ril)  and his totally awsome superman one.
Posted by Zeraphyne

I thought of getting the tattoo Nate Grey has on his chest 
http://www.comicvine.com/x-man/29-15051/

Posted by spiderguylll
@Sharkgirl93: HELL YEAH
Posted by yo_yo_fun

thats an awesome tattoo! i'm thinking about getting the Batman symbol & the Robin symbol, most likey on my arm.

Posted by Rob.H
@G-Man:  That's the first Madman tat I've seen.  You've inspired me.
 
I'd either get something like that or Hellboy's RHOD on my back.
Posted by CrimsonComedian

Savin' m'chest for a giant Deadpool Logo. And on the back -- him with his thumb up or somethin'...

Posted by Theodore

that's what I want.
Posted by supermanofste-el

That looks more like something you water your plants with than a lantern.
Posted by Ash The Flash
Upper right arm about two weeks old. And yes it is Barry Allen, not Wally West. I think next week I will get Hal Jordan symbol on left upper arm.  
Posted by ManuelPrez
@lastdrag0n89 said:
" @-Eclipse-:  Then get somewhere small like I have one on the Back of my arm 
(note: its a crappy pic that I took a quick snap at but its there)
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I dont like tats but man that looks AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by lastdrag0n89
@ManuelPrez: Thanks bro, i need to get i touched up though. Ive had it for more than a year and 1/2 now.
Posted by inferiorego
@supermanofste-el: it's based off the original design, so yes, it does kind of look like a watering can
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Posted by Meteorite

I'd love to get the X-Men logo on my chest, like Nate Grey has.

Posted by Son_of_Magnus

i have batman on one calf and the joker on the other

Edited by courtney12490

I want something discreet because I'm in the closet about comic books. Any ideas? 
Also, I found this the other day and think that it's amazing. 

Posted by courtney12490

This is my one tattoo that I have right now. 

Posted by iloverobots

I'm surprised I've never seen anyone with Action Comics #1 cover tattooed. A lot of my friends are into tattoos, unfortunately none of them are into comics. I on the other hand, am into comics... tattoos... not so much yet. 
 
I've been thinking about it for the past couple of years though. First time I thought of getting some ink I was told "Write down / draw an idea of what you want, put the note away for 2 years then go back to it. If you still think it's a good idea, get it done". So far none of the designs I thought about were still getting me excited after 2 years... so I figured I haven't found the right tattoo yet. 
 
One thing I hate is people who show up at a tattoo place with pretty much no idea what to do and pick something on the spot from "the giant book of overly done tattoos". 

Posted by brendon277
@courtney12490: OK that right there is a hot ass pic and i too am in the closet about comics cuz i sorta have a rep at my school and i don't wanna ruin that rep.
Posted by Omega Ray Jay

I want/ wanted the Mandalorian symbol on my lower arm, just haven't got around to it.

Posted by aztek_the_lost

I've always wanted a tattoo, of course I'm not even of legal age yet but when I watch LA Ink, tattoos just keep looking better and better...but the pain always makes me wonder if I really want one, people always make it sound so horrible but when I watch LA Ink or something, the people seem pretty calm, maybe that's just fancy editing

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Posted by courtney12490
@aztek the lost said:
" I've always wanted a tattoo, of course I'm not even of legal age yet but when I watch LA Ink, tattoos just keep looking better and better...but the pain always makes me wonder if I really want one, people always make it sound so horrible but when I watch LA Ink or something, the people seem pretty calm, maybe that's just fancy editing "
Seriously? I would've pegged you for mid-twenties. Everybody who doesn't have one yet thinks that they're painful. Honestly, I have a really high thresh hold for pain, so it didn't hurt at all, but think about it like this: if they really hurt that bad, would soooo many people have them? 
 
@iloverobots said:
" I'm surprised I've never seen anyone with Action Comics #1 cover tattooed. A lot of my friends are into tattoos, unfortunately none of them are into comics. I on the other hand, am into comics... tattoos... not so much yet.  I've been thinking about it for the past couple of years though. First time I thought of getting some ink I was told "Write down / draw an idea of what you want, put the note away for 2 years then go back to it. If you still think it's a good idea, get it done". So far none of the designs I thought about were still getting me excited after 2 years... so I figured I haven't found the right tattoo yet.  One thing I hate is people who show up at a tattoo place with pretty much no idea what to do and pick something on the spot from "the giant book of overly done tattoos".  "
Whoever told you that was smart. My dad likes to joke around with me, that if I got the tattoo that I first wanted I would have a Pikachu on my bicep. The tattoo that I actually do have now is a variation of something that I've wanted since I was fourteen. I am very Irish and the Celtic knot represents that well. It's also not somebody's name (KISS OF DEATH!) or something that I'm going to be embarrassed to show my grandkids one day. 
 
@brendon277 said:
" @courtney12490: OK that right there is a hot ass pic and i too am in the closet about comics cuz i sorta have a rep at my school and i don't wanna ruin that rep. "
It's just sooo realistic looking. It's good to know that I'm not the only one in the closet about comics :D
Posted by Gylan Thomas

I've had my entire body tattooed silver to look like the Surfer.

Posted by No_Name_
@Theodore said:
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that's what I want. "
HAHAHAHA
Posted by courtney12490

I need recommendations. I can't think of anything subtle but also comic-booky at the same time.

Posted by grimreaper1980

i've got one of doomsday's fist punching through the superman symbol.

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