I was hoping to save that headline for a picture of a helicopter tattoo, but I suppose a Predator tattoo will work just as well.

We’ve seen portraits by Zoran a couple of times before.  Most notably his Che and Joker portraits.

While this doesn’t seem to be taken from a still in any of the films, it does resemble the mask from some of the comic books.  As you’ve probably already guessed, this particular portrait came from the sci-fi tattoo gallery.

Little Yellow Boxes

The world would be a much better place if everyone was able to express their own inner monologue via little yellow boxes.  Alas, that can’t happen, so we all have to live vicariously through the merc with the mouth, Deadpool.  In the 2009 Deadpool one-shot “Games of Death” our hero traveled to a mysterious island to participate in a deadly reality TV game show.  In addition to giving the fans a fun little tale, it also provided them with a fantastic cover by Greg Land.

One of those fans is Exiled_Sun who is an apprentice at Nautica Tattoo Studio in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland.  One of the resident artists at Nautica, Albert Connor was nice enough to give Michael a recreation of the cover art.  You can check out more photos of the piece in the cartoon and comic tattoo gallery.

Telling a story

In today’s final comic book tattoo post, we’ve got a full sleeve by Aldona Szery.  Now my comic-fu isn’t the best, so I’m not sure if this is from any particular comic (although I’m getting a distince Image comics vibe), she does manage to blend together multiple panels from a comic to tell a story.

I’ve made the image a clickthrough so you can see the full sized image, as it wouldn’t fit in the margins on ModBlog.

Also, a quick announcement, sometime next week and all of the sites attached (including IAM) will be going down for 18-24 hours as we’ll be doing some server wide upgrades.  Keep an eye on ModBlog as we’ll let you know when we have the specific time frame of the downtime.

In brightest day, in blackest night

In brightest day, in blackest night,
No evil shall escape my sight
Let those who worship evil’s might,
Beware my power… Green Lantern’s light!

Some of you may have noticed that the cartoon tattoo gallery has been renamed to the cartoon and comic gallery.  In light of the rename, we’ll be taking a look at a couple of newer comic book related tattoos today.  First up is a tattoo of Alex Ross’ version of Hal Jordan that TheDarkKnight has as the start of his “Heroes of DC” leg.

Mark Sawyer from Pushin Ink Tattoo in Cincinnati, OH is the artist behind this tattooed version of Green Lantern.

Why so serious?

It’s now time to send in a pair of clown tattoos from two different artists.

We’ve seen Xusha on ModBlog before, most recently with her fresh hand implant.  This time however, she’s showing off her new portrait tattoo by Toumaniantz Rouslan, which has a bit of a “sad clown” feel to it.

Now while Xusha’s clown may be a little on the sad side, this familiar clown by Zoran from Tattoo Hard Core in Serbia is definitely a cheerful fellow.  I’m certain he needs no introduction.

The Doktor is in

When it comes to comic book tattoos, the majority of them are created in the likeness of comic book characters.  Portraits, logos, etc.  It’s not too often we see someone get a tattoo that a comic book character has, which probably has to do with there not being too many tattooed comic book characters.  Well, Warren Ellis isn’t one to stick to convention, and his Doktor Sleepless character sports a bright green grinder tattoo on his back.  Now while Combatcow’s grinder isn’t green, it is a faithful recreation of Ivan Rodriguez’ artwork.

The optical illusion part of the tattoo is pretty awesome.  Sit back and look around the picture.  You should see the gears moving around on their own.

The Darkness

I’m not that big a comic book guy so I actually had to look up where this tattoo came from.  This piece by Albert Conor from Nautica in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, is inspired from the comic “The Darkness”, specifically a cover by Dave Keown and Richard Isanove.  You can check out the original art here, and be sure to check out the galleries for more comic book inspired images.

The City of Sin

When it comes to kick-ass sleeves, you don’t have to look very far if you’re in Linz, Austria.  That’s where Martin from Studio 74 crafted this amazing tribute to the film adaptation of Frank Miller’s Sin City.  Now you’ll find it in the cartoon gallery, but that’s just because there’s no movie or comic gallery.  By the looks of it, the inner forearm has a picture of Jackie Boy, but I have no idea what’s inside the upper arm.