Tattoos: A Permanent Display of Fandom Affection

Tattoos: A Permanent Display of Fandom Affection

By: Meg Humphrey

Before ECCC, I had to break down and get two tattoos I’ve had in my head for a couple years: the Stargate addresses from Earth to Othala (the Asgard home world) and to Atlantis.

Meg's Stargate Tattoos

If you didn’t already know, feet tattoos hurt like a #*@&!!!!!

You may be thinking “Really? Tattoos based on something you like from pop culture are terrible!” I’m the first to admit that I don’t understand why that guy has a tat of Homer Simpson eating a donut or why that girl decided that tattooing Justin Bieber’s signature on her body was a good idea. But don’t forget that even though it may be a nerdy tattoo based on something that you find to have little significance, it often holds more value than just to say “hey, I like this thing.”

These gate addresses, for example, are surprisingly important to me. They don’t only represent the show itself, but the lessons I’ve learned from it and they also remind me that Stargate is one of the things I share very closely with my dad. We fling quotes at each other, we go see the actors at conventions together, and if I wasn’t home on a Friday night when a new episode was airing, Pa would record it so we could watch it together the next day.

Tattoos are beautiful not just because of the artistry, but because of the meaning they hold. Here are some rad tattoos I found while wasting my time on Tumblr!

Very cute Ariel tattoo on Tumblr user thepryncess!

Very cute Ariel tattoo on Tumblr user thepryncess!

 

This tattoo belonging to Tumblr user sunfollower is of the bloodroot plant! She studies plants as a career!

This tattoo, belonging to Tumblr user sunfollower, is of the bloodroot plant! She studies plants as a career!

I’m sure Harry Potter fans would recognize this tattoo! Great use of white ink!

I’m sure Harry Potter fans would recognize this tattoo! Great use of white ink!

love-me-not-143’s tattoo is from The Lord of the Rings and translates to “Now is not the end, it is the beginning, do not falter now if you trust nothing else.”

love-me-not-143’s tattoo is from The Lord of the Rings and translates to “Now is not the end, it is the beginning, do not falter now if you trust nothing else.”

It couldn’t help but be drawn to watts18269’s My Little Pony tattoo. That is CLASSIC MLP, showing off the Pegasus Windwhistler (who has a know-it-all older sister personality).

It couldn’t help but be drawn to watts18269’s My Little Pony tattoo. That is CLASSIC MLP, showing off the Pegasus Windwhistler (who has a know-it-all older sister personality).

Do you sport any nerdy tattoos?

Disclaimer: As cool as these are and as much I love my tattoos, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE think about any tattoo idea for at least a year in order to lessen the chances of being a bad-decision-dinosaur!

meg@haveyounerd.com 
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