Earlier today Shannon brought up the fact that BME has seen quite a few video game tattoos in its time. Sure enough, I go to check the galleries today and look what turned up…
For IAM: gunsxofxsummer this tattoo by Andy Yoder of Ace of Spades in Asheville, NC, means a bit more than just a simple video game reference.
I like to speak on many levels at once. The obvious “bite me” message, the “bite the bullet” message attributed to general tattoo/pain experiences, and lastly, a reminder to myself to stop riding the fence and bite the bullet and go to one side or the other.
When it comes to Super Mario games the one that gets overlooked the most would have to be Yoshi’s Island. Which is a shame because it first introduced us to the character of Baby Mario. But not everyone has forgotten Baby Mario, as you can see below in this photo sent in by Migoreng.
As if you can’t tell by Haffie’s “post scarification glow”, “I’m not sure there is a happier customer than myself today!” His tetris heart design (which might look amazing one day filled in with tattooing one day in the future). I’m not sure if I should be a little sad about the statement that’s being made by the final ill-fitting brick that is just beginning to fall? In any case, this was done by Luke Iley at the aptly named Scarred Heart Body Modification in Leeds.
I’m kind of surprised I haven’t seen more tattoos for Little Big Planet. Given how much you can customize your ball of yarn, it’s a canvas just waiting to be explored. This one was done by Mark Bailey from Golden Dragon Tattoo Studio in Chester, England.
When it comes to Mortal Kombat, I always preferred Scorpion to Sub-Zero. Obviously that wasn’t the case for this Mortal Kombat fan who got this Sub-Zero tattoo from Zoran. I’ve got to say, this is a pretty great looking portrait of a cold-blooded killer.
Go figure, the day I throw on my Space Invaders shirt is the same day these appear in the 3d implant gallery. This photo was taken 68 days after the implants were put in by Andrey Senkin from St. Petersburg.
Lolben knocks it out of the park with his combination Zelda/Dark Crystal torso. Not only is this probably one of the biggest geek pieces I’ve seen, but it’s also really well done. Hats off to Aaron Cooper from Staircase Tattoo in Santa Cruz, CA for this epic masterpiece.