We can’t stop here. This is bat country.

I swear, the first person that complains that this isn’t a damn near perfect copy of Johnny Depp’s face is getting left alone in Las Vegas, completely twisted on drugs, no cash, no story for the magazine, and on top of everything else, a gigantic god damned hotel bill to deal with.

Matt Kramer from Mind’s Eye Tattoo in Emmaus, PA is responsible for this brilliant Fear and Loathing tattoo.

$h*! My Tattoo Says

He’s been a starship captain, a police officer, a lawyer and a singer.  He’s probably had his portrait tattooed many times before, he’s William Shatner.  Now this Shatner tattoo is interesting as it’s not a classic Shatner.  This is more a priceline or Denny Crane Shatner.  You can tell by the wig he’s wearing.

Portrait by Manny Landry from The Fall in Vancouver, BC

Some like it hot

There’s no denying Marilyn Monroe’s permanent status as an old Hollywood icon.  It was this status that prompted Andy Warhol to create his famous silk screen “The Marilyn Diptych”, forever cementing Marilyn’s image in the annals of modern art.  James Pruitt from Alliance Tattoo Lounge in Yuma, AZ has been on a roll with his abstract tattoo submissions, and here’s another featuring the blond that gentlemen prefer.

Bring It!

You know it was bound to happen soon enough.  In fact I’ve seen several Charlie Sheen tattoos over the past week, but when I saw this one sent in by Alie K (IAM: alouicious) I knew we had a winner. Over the weekend she’s been featured on  Fox News, Gawker, countless blogs and websites, and even had her image stolen by the Weekly World News without giving her any credit.

Alie tells me there’s still a little bit of work left to be done in the face, and background, but for the most part it’s finished.  The owner of this piece?  One of her co-workers at Adrenaline Tattoo in Toronto.  You can check out more of Alie’s non Charlie Sheen work in her BME Portfolio Gallery.  Keep an eye on her gallery, as she tells me she’s got some great photos of a piece of hers that recently won 1st place for most realistic at the Sydney Tattoo Convention.

Son of a bitch, I’m sick of these dolphins.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go on an overnight drunk, and in 10 days I’m going to set out to find the shark that ate my friend and destroy it. Anyone who wants to tag along is more than welcome.

– Steve Zissou – The Life Aquatic


Oh Bill Murray.  Is there anything you do that isn’t brilliant?  (For the record I choose to believe the Garfield movie doesn’t exist).

Seriously.  I grew up with Bill on the big screen on a regular basis.  I was a bit too young to catch his SNL stint, but by the time Ghostbusters came out, I was 6 and ready to see it.  I can remember being terrified by the scene in the NY public library, laughing at slimer and Rick Moranis, and thinking Dick getting melted marshmallow dumped on him was the greatest thing ever.  Of course it wasn’t until I was older that I was able to go back and watch Ghostbusters and truly appreciate the brilliance that went into making the film.  Seriously, go back and just watch Bill.  Every line is delivered perfectly.  I highly doubt any actor could have pulled that role off as perfectly as he did.

Of course, as time went on, Bill’s star began to fade.  By the 90s most of his films are forgettable, with maybe the exception of Groundhog Day and Rushmore.  Speaking of Rushmore, I’d say that was when he rose like a phoenix out of the ashes of his career.  Somehow Wes Anderson was able to reach back in time and yank the Bill Murray from 1984 and place him in the body of Bill Murray 1998.  Since then, he’s had a string of brilliant films where he’s been able to showcase his ability to act, as well as his comedic skills.  If you have any doubt about it, go watch Zombieland.

Now as strong as my appreciation for Bill is, IAM: fist_intheair definitely has me beat.  Nikko Hurtado from Hesperia, CA. did this piece on him recently, and I was floored when I saw it.

Regardless of your current feelings towards Bill, you must have some fond memory of at least one of his performances.  Was it his turn as Ernie McCracken in Kingpin?  Or maybe you’re a bit older and prefer him in Meatballs (fun fact:  I went to the camp across the lake from Camp White Pine outside Haliburton, ON, where Meatballs was filmed).  Obviously fist_intheair prefers Steve Zissou, so what was/is your favorite Bill role?

Coming Straight Outta Compton

I LOVE this tattoo. It was done at Golden Lotus Tattoo in  Little Rock, AR, although I don’t know the artist name responsible. If anyone does, please let us know in the comments section.

This Eazy-E Portrait is well laid out , has clean line work, great contrasting colors and it sends a message that continues to ring true even almost 15 years after Eazy-E  passed on to that great ghetto in the sky.


Editor’s Note:  The artist’s name is Chris Thomas.

Don’t hurt me

I’m not going to lie, this tattoo gives me the creeps. It’s like Clint Eastwood is coming for you after he just finished kicking Chuck Norris’ ass. Ryan Sharp out of The Monster Shop in Mansfield, UK just sent in a batch of photos to start his mini portfolio if you’d like to check it out. I don’t have the link for it yet but it should be in the next tattoo update on BME.