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11 Internet Tattoos

While I may be a tattooed professional blogger, I’ve never been driven to get a tattoo of something related to the internet—especially given how fast things fizzle out online. These folks don’t seem to mind the short shelf-life of most websites, though. Here are 11 people with internet-related tattoos.

1. Reddit Star Wars

You knew someone out there had to have a Reddit tattoo. Well, in case you’re wondering, that person happens to be Fernando Takai and his Reddit logo is all decked out like a Jedi—making it way more fun and geeky than a regular Reddit alien would have been. Like practically everyone else on this list, he too works online.

2. Google It

Here’s a tattoo my boyfriend would love to have for all those times I ask him random questions that even Matt Soniak wouldn’t know off the top of his head. I don’t know who artist Mez Love tattooed this piece on, but I can’t help but wonder if the gentleman in question has a girlfriend who asks him weird, random questions as well.

3. Powered By Google

Josh Charland is a PC tech who knows just how important a good search engine is, which is why he wanted the world to know that everything in his life is Powered By Google.

4. iGoogle

Of course, Google isn’t just about searching for info on the web; it’s also about customizing and organizing the web to best suit your own personal interests. Perhaps that’s why IT pro Ivan Morrison wanted to adorn his right shoulder with the logo for Google’s personalized homepage, iGoogle.

5. Blogger

Violet Blue is a blogger specializing in human sexuality. She loves her job enough to actually get a tattoo of her job title.

6. WordPress

Ed Morita is a Hawaii-based blogger specializing in the topic of baking, which makes sense since he is also a skilled pastry chef. Like Violet, Ed wanted to celebrate his line of work with a tattoo and the end result is particularly nerdy, featuring the WordPress logo surrounded by a PC motherboard. For those who don’t know much about blogging, WordPress is one of the most popular blogging software options around.

7. RSS Headphones

Blogger Drew Olanoff is best known for his recent fight against cancer, but he is also well known for his tattoos. Why? Because he actually auctioned off the opportunity for someone to get their Twitter name tattooed on his arm –with all of the money donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. A year later, and after he battled cancer for himself, he auctioned off space on the other arm, this time donating money to the Livestrong Foundation.

Of course, while both of those are geeky and for great causes, I think it’s worth noting that even some of the tattoos he has gotten outside of charity auctions are still internet-related, like this RSS feed icon with headphones to represent his interest in podcasting.

8. Rackspace

Michael Long is a long-term employee of the Rackspace web hosting service. To prove his dedication to his company, he even got its logo tattooed on his left arm. Now that’s loyalty.

9. Threadless’ Cutter Fish

One of the most common arguments against tattoos is that if you like some artwork, you can always just get a tee shirt bearing the design and then you can remove it when you get tired of it. Of course, for true tattoo lovers, not only is that not enough, but sometimes they may even like a tee shirt design enough to get it tattooed on their bodies. For example, this Canadian gentleman who was tattooed with the image from Threadless’ Cutter Fish design.

10. Internets Love

Joe Stump is a web developer who has worked with eNotes.com, Digg and is co-founder of SimpleGeo. Given his career path, Joe clearly loves the interwebs—and he has the tattoo to prove it.

11. Internet

Rafael Rozendaal is a graphic artist who creates and designs websites, so it’s not all that surprising that he, too, loves the internet enough to get it inked on him.
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I didn’t see any mental_floss tattoos, but if any of you diehard fans out there decide to get one, let us know. We promise to feature you prominently in the inevitable sequel.

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10 Things You Might Not Know About Hägar the Horrible
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For 45 years, the anachronistic adventures of a Scandinavian Viking named Hägar have populated the funny papers. Created by cartoonist Dik Browne, Hagar the Horrible is less about raiding and pillaging and more about Hägar’s domestic squabbles with wife Helga. If you’re a fan of this red-bearded savage with a surprisingly gentle demeanor, check out some facts about the strip’s history, Hägar’s status as a soda pitchman, and his stint as a college football mascot.

1. HÄGAR IS NAMED AFTER HIS CREATOR.

Richard Arthur “Dik” Browne got his start drawing courtroom sketches for New York newspapers; he debuted a military strip, Ginny Jeep, for servicemen after entering the Army in 1942. Following an advertising stint where he created the Chiquita Banana logo, he was asked to tackle art duties on the 1954 Beetle Bailey spinoff strip Hi and Lois. When he felt an urge to create his own strip in 1973, Browne thought back to how his children called him “Hägar the Horrible” when he would playfully chase them around the house. “Immediately, I thought Viking,” he told People in 1978. Hägar was soon the fastest-growing strip in history, appearing over 1000 papers.

2. HE COULD HAVE BEEN BULBAR THE BARBARIAN.

A Hägar the Horrible comic strip
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Working on Hi and Lois with cartoonist Mort Walker (Beetle Bailey) gave Browne an opportunity to solicit advice on Hägar from his more experienced colleague. As Walker recalled, he thought “Hägar” would be too hard for people to pronounce or spell and suggested Browne go with “Bulbar the Barbarian” instead. Browne brushed off the suggestion, preferring his own alliterative title.

3. A HEART ATTACK COULD HAVE CHANGED HÄGAR’S FATE.

When Browne came up with Hägar, he sent it along to a syndicate editor he knew from his work on Hi and Lois. According to Chris Browne, Dik’s son and the eventual artist for Hägar after his father passed away in 1989, the man originally promised to look at it after he got back from his vacation. He changed his mind at the last minute, reviewing and accepting the strip before leaving. Just days later, while on his ski vacation, the editor had a heart attack and died. If he hadn’t approved the strip prior to his passing, Browne said, Hägar may never have seen print.

4. THE STRIP HELPED BROWNE AVOID VANDALS.

A Hägar the Horrible comic strip
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Chris Browne recalled that Halloween in his Connecticut neighborhood was a time for kids to show their appreciation for his father’s work. While trick-or-treaters were busy covering nearby houses in toilet paper or spray paint, they spared the Browne residence. The only evidence of their vandalism was a spray-painted sign that read, “Mr. Browne, We Love Hägar.”

5. BROWNE’S DAUGHTER TALKED HIM OUT OF KIDNAPPING PLOTS.

Vikings were not known for being advocates for human rights. Hägar, despite his relatively genteel persona, still exhibited some barbaric traits, such as running off with “maidens” after a plundering session. Speaking with the Associated Press in 1983, Browne admitted he toned down the more lecherous side of Hägar after getting complaints from his daughter. “Running off with a maiden isn’t funny,” she told him. “It’s a crime.”

6. HÄGAR ENDORSED SODA.

A soda can featuring Hägar the Horrible
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Despite his preference for alcohol, Hägar apparently had a bit of a sweet tooth as well. In the 1970s, King Features licensed out a line of soda cans featuring some of their most popular comic strip characters, including Popeye, Blondie, and Hägar. The Viking also shilled for Mug Root Beer in the 1990s.

7. HE WAS A COLLEGE MASCOT.

In 1965, Cleveland State University students voted in the name “Vikings” for their collegiate basketball team. After using a mascot dubbed Viktorious Vike, the school adopted Hägar in the 1980s. Both Hägar and wife Helga appeared at several of the school’s sporting events before being replaced by an original character named Vike.

8. HE EVENTUALLY SOBERED UP.

A Hägar the Horrible comic strip
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When Dik Browne was working on Hägar, the Viking was prone to bouts of excessive drinking. When Chris Browne took over the strip, he made a deliberate decision to minimize Hägar’s imbibing. "When my father was doing the strip, he did an awful lot of gags about Hägar falling down drunk and coming home in a wheelbarrow, and as times go on that doesn't strike me as that funny anymore,” Brown told the Chicago Tribune in 1993. “Just about everybody I know has had somebody hurt by alcoholism or substance abuse.”

9. HE HAD HIS OWN HANNA-BARBERA CARTOON.

It took some time, but Hägar was finally honored with the animated special treatment in 1989. Cartoon powerhouse Hanna-Barbera created the 30-minute special, Hägar the Horrible: Hägar Knows Best, and cast the Viking as being out of his element after returning home for the first time in years. The voice of Optimus Prime, Peter Cullen, performed the title character. It was later released on DVD as part of a comic strip cartoon collection.

10. HE SAILED INTO THE WIZARD OF ID.

A Wizard of Id comic strip
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In 2014, Hägar made an appearance in the late Johnny Hart’s Wizard of Id comic strip, with the two characters looking confused at the idea they’ve run into one another at sea. Hägar also made a cameo in Blondie to celebrate that character’s 75th birthday in 2005.

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Every Emoji Ever, Arranged by Color
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What lies at the end of the emoji rainbow? It's not a pot of gold, but rather an exclamation point—a fitting way to round out the Every Emoji Ever print created by the design experts over at Pop Chart Lab.

As the name suggests, every emoji that's currently used in version 10.0.0 of Unicode is represented, which, if you're keeping track, is nearly 2400.

Each emoji was painstakingly hand-illustrated and arranged chromatically, starting with yellow and ending in white. Unicode was most recently updated last summer, with 56 emojis added to the family. Some of the newest members of the emoji clan include a mermaid, a couple of dinosaurs, a UFO, and a Chinese takeout box. However, the most popular emoji last year was the "despairing crying face." Make of that what you will.

Past posters from Pop Chart Lab have depicted the instruments played in every Beatles song, every bird species in North America, and magical objects of the wizarding world. The price of the Every Emoji Ever poster starts at $29, and if you're interested, the piece can be purchased here.

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