April 25, 2006 9:11 PM   Subscribe

You think your tattoo is nerdy? From Dinosaur Comics to Exploding Dog, these webcomic fans show their love in a permanent fashion. Hmm. I'm sure I have room for Choo-Choo Bear somewhere.
posted by frykitty (34 comments total)
Oh dear.
posted by Devils Slide at 9:30 PM on April 25, 2006

I've seen worse.
posted by brain_drain at 9:55 PM on April 25, 2006

Dang, somebody already beat me to the Achewood rabbit ambulance.
posted by MrBadExample at 10:09 PM on April 25, 2006

I've seen worse.

And perhaps nerdier.
posted by birdie birdington at 10:30 PM on April 25, 2006

Could be a lot worse!
posted by Steven C. Den Beste at 11:18 PM on April 25, 2006



I'll bet that person who got Halfpint! on their calf is going to regret that in ten years.
posted by jimmythefish at 1:08 AM on April 26, 2006


I'm sure there's a bad tattoos community on livejournal or myspace where you can all go bitch/laugh to your hearts content.

The toothpaste for dinner tattoo makes me laugh every time.
posted by slimepuppy at 1:30 AM on April 26, 2006

All I'm sayin' is why White Ninja?

I mean, as funny as it might be, he draws like my five-year old. And I don't let him use permanent marker, let alone a tattoo needle.
posted by Parannoyed at 1:32 AM on April 26, 2006

The White Ninja "tattoo of a muscley arm on a muscley arm" is one of my favourites. I can't believe that people tattoo Toothpaste for Dinner comics on themselves though. Yes, they're funny, but wtf?
posted by antifuse at 1:38 AM on April 26, 2006

Oh, and from the Mac tattoo page - why the hell do people consider the standby symbol to be representative of the Mac? Was the Mac first to use this? I don't get it.
posted by antifuse at 1:42 AM on April 26, 2006

I can't imagine ever regretting a Sheriff Pony tattoo.
posted by RylandDotNet at 1:46 AM on April 26, 2006

Okay, the muscley-arm was brilliant, I'll give you that.

And Antifuse, I've always been shown that as the power button, not the standby.
posted by Parannoyed at 1:47 AM on April 26, 2006

Yes, I assumed it was a superimposition of 1 (on) and 0 (off).
posted by Kiwi at 2:20 AM on April 26, 2006

why the hell do people consider the standby symbol to be representative of the Mac?

You made me curious, so I checked: 9 of the 11 electrical devices within easy reach of this chair use that symbol for power or for standby. A quick Google found a lot of people who associate the symbol with Apple (usually people asking for Apple-related tattoo or haircut design ideas, actually!) but nothing to suggest that Apple created or popularised it. It is apparently just a standard.

A mean explanation would be to say that Apple fans naturally assume that anything they consider elegant or well-designed must be an Apple thing...
posted by ArmyOfKittens at 2:24 AM on April 26, 2006

(also more horrible/awesome tattoos at bmezine -- delete as appropriate.)
posted by ArmyOfKittens at 2:35 AM on April 26, 2006

Oh - back to regrettable tattoos: who can forget this classic.
posted by Kiwi at 3:42 AM on April 26, 2006

Any tattooing story that has the word 'drunk' in it worries me. No one involved in the process should be intoxicated. And it's pretty fucking unprofessional for the tattooist to go through with a tattoo when 'he could not understand what she was saying.'
posted by slimepuppy at 4:05 AM on April 26, 2006

Yeah, that's what I meant - I remember seeing that AskMe thread ages ago, and didn't see the Mac relation.

At any rate, if we're talking about awesome tattoos, my favourite is the first result if you do a GIS for lawnmower tattoo (possibly NSFW, I guess)

And that drunk tattoo story, I think the girl was just trying to cover up for the fact that she didn't know how the athlete's name was spelled, and probably wasn't drunk at all.
posted by antifuse at 4:32 AM on April 26, 2006

At a friend's tattoo shop there is a flash portait of Pee-Wee Herman on the wall. As far as I know, no on has actually gotten it, though.
posted by TedW at 4:43 AM on April 26, 2006

Oh, oh, even worse! [Not Really Safe for Work or Snackfoods / Bakery Icons]
posted by exlotuseater at 5:09 AM on April 26, 2006

I was aghast at the Apple tats until I saw the Sad Mac. That, I could accept.

I think one of them missed a chance -- it should have said "Ink Different"

The link to the i-in-a-circle is incorrect. An I completely surrounded by a circle is "power on/power off". A I "escaping" from a circle, like the Mac power icon, means 'Soft power on/off' -- more importantly, it means that there may still be active circutry in the box, even when it appears off.
posted by eriko at 5:37 AM on April 26, 2006

and the muscley arm is from Strongbad. Its the "big beefy arm" that he draws for TROGDOR!
posted by ShawnString at 6:08 AM on April 26, 2006

doh! that should have been TROGDOR!
posted by ShawnString at 6:10 AM on April 26, 2006

ShawnString: White Ninja may have copied it (although, drawing a muscley arm in a cartoony way isn't really that hard) but I'm pretty sure the dude that got that tattoo, based it on this White Ninja comic
posted by antifuse at 6:19 AM on April 26, 2006

A few more Creatures in My Head tattoos.
posted by amro at 6:32 AM on April 26, 2006

Holy crow, I want the Sheriff Pony one.
posted by Dr-Baa at 7:13 AM on April 26, 2006

exlotuseater has wrecked my brain.
posted by frykitty at 7:15 AM on April 26, 2006

The Sheriff Pony one is awesome, and since its on its creator, is it really possible to ever regret it?
posted by drezdn at 7:29 AM on April 26, 2006

The "muscle" on the muscle arm is going to be hilarious when that guy is a wrinkled old man.
posted by agregoli at 8:22 AM on April 26, 2006

ok...fair enough...but i like the strongbad association
posted by ShawnString at 8:56 AM on April 26, 2006

My 2 younger brothers and I all have the Rebel Alliance insignia in various locations.

Yes, that's nerdy. But as far as pictograms go, it's pretty tough looking, and I do kinda like the "rebellion against fascism" aspect of it.

But yeah... go ahead and laugh.
posted by butterstick at 1:42 PM on April 26, 2006

Who knew pandas could post to metafilter?
posted by kenko at 4:26 PM on April 26, 2006

butterstick, I have one too. SW nerds unite!
posted by lovecrafty at 10:46 PM on April 27, 2006

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