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12 Great Video Game Tattoos

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We’ve seen internet tattoos, librarian tattoos and some of the geekiest tattoos ever. Next up: tattoos dedicated to video games.

Mario

Super Mario Bros. is one of the most successful game franchises ever, so it should come as no surprise that Mario is one of the most tattooed video game characters. While BME user gliddenr5’s sleeve does have one character from Duck Hunt, the rest is all Mario, and the details and colors of the scene are fantastic thanks to the skill of Kevin DeVore of Art & Soul Tattoo.

I was the player who would do anything to get Yoshi, including going all the way back to the beginning of a level to save him from the enemies. Great choice by Geek Tattoos reader Weso and great art Stax of Studio 13.

Zelda

Gliddenr5’s other arm by Kevin DeVore is equally delightful as his Mario sleeve, only the focus remains on Link’s changes throughout the years.

Of course, nothing says dedication to a game like a whole back piece, like this Zelda design filled with all kinds of icons from the game, spotted by Flickr user Christoffer Blomqvist.

Duck Hunt

Check out Melissa’s Duck Hunt “coat of arms” tattoo by Patrick Colon of East Side Ink.

Technically, Jason’s “’til death” tattoo by Adam Pondozzi at Autograf Tattoo is a Zapper and not directly tied in with Duck Hunt, but given that it was practically the only game anyone really used their Zapper for, I still think of it as a Duck Hunt tattoo.

Kirby

He might not be the most famous Nintendo character, but for his fans, he’s still one of the most beloved characters they’ve ever released. Jake’s tattoo, by Aaron Morris, features Kirby cooking because Jake is attending culinary school and he wanted his Kirby to represent two of his interests.

Sega

Sure, most kids of the 80s and 90s lived on NES and SNES systems, but those of us who had a Sega still hold a place in our hearts for the console. Chantel is still a huge Sonic fan and her Sega is what inspired her to start her career as a game tester. A chest piece featuring their famous controller is only fitting.

Portal

This tattoo is fantastic because it takes a classic tattoo theme of love and betrayal, but adds in a touch of geekiness with some of the most iconic aspects of Portal. Unfortunately, Ed, the curator of Geek Tattoos, doesn’t know where this great piece came from…maybe we can help track down the artist or the tattooee.

World of Warcraft

If you’re going to get a WOW tattoo, you might as well go big. There aren’t many Warcraft tattoos bigger than this great Lycanthrope back piece. No word on who has this epic design, but I can tell you it was done by Clay McCay.

Fallout 3

Richard says that Fallout 3 is his favorite game ever, which is saying a lot considering he has been gaming since Intellivision and Commodore 64 were hot. So, it only makes sense that he would hit up Dave of Sunset Strip Tattoo to put the game’s iconic mascot on his body.

Game Over

You certainly don’t want to see this message flying towards your face because you really might be heading towards a game over. Hopefully Jeff, an employee of great novelty shop Archie McPhee doesn’t get in too many fights.

I’m sure some of you readers have some gamer tattoos of your own, so join in the fun – share your photos with us in the comments!

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Artist Makes Colorful Prints From 1990s VHS Tapes

A collection of old VHS tapes offers endless crafting possibilities. You can use them to make bird houses, shelving units, or, if you’re London-based artist Dieter Ashton, screen prints from the physical tape itself.

As Co.Design reports, the recent London College of Communication graduate was originally intrigued by the art on the cover of old VHS and cassette tapes. He planned to digitally edit them as part of a new art project, but later realized that working with the ribbons of tape inside was much more interesting.

To make a print, Ashton unravels the film from cassettes and VHS tapes collected from his parents' home. He lets the strips fall randomly then presses them into tight, tangled arrangements with the screen. The piece is then brought to life with vibrant patterns and colors.

Ashton has started playing with ways to incorporate themes and motifs from the films he's repurposing into his artwork. If the movie behind one of his creations isn’t immediately obvious, you can always refer to its title. His pieces are named after movies like Backdraft, Under Siege, and that direct-to-video Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen classic Passport to Paris.

Screen print made from an old VHS tape.

Screen print made from an old VHS tape.

Screen print made from an old VHS tape.

Screen print made from an old VHS tape.

Screen print made from an old VHS tape.

Screen print made from an old VHS tape.

[h/t Co.Design]

All images courtesy of Dieter Ashton

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This Is What Flowers Look Like When Photographed With an X-Ray Machine
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Dr. Dain L. Tasker, “Peruvian Daffodil” (1938)

Many plant photographers choose to showcase the vibrant colors and physical details of exotic flora. For his work with flowers, Dr. Dain L. Tasker took a more bare-bones approach. The radiologist’s ghostly floral images were recorded using only an X-ray machine, according to Hyperallergic.

Tasker snapped his pictures of botanical life while he was working at Los Angeles’s Wilshire Hospital in the 1930s. He had minimal experience photographing landscapes and portraits in his spare time, but it wasn’t until he saw an X-ray of an amaryllis, taken by a colleague, that he felt inspired to swap his camera for the medical tool. He took black-and-white radiographs of everything from roses and daffodils to eucalypti and holly berries. The otherworldly artwork was featured in magazines and art shows during Tasker’s lifetime.

Selections from Tasker's body of work have been seen around the world, including as part of the Floral Studies exhibition at the Joseph Bellows Gallery in San Diego in 2016. Prints of his work are also available for purchase from the Stinehour Wemyss Editions and Howard Greenberg Gallery.

Dr. Dain L. Tasker, “Philodendron” (1938)
Dr. Dain L. Tasker, “Philodendron” (1938)

X-ray image of a rose.
Dr. Dain L. Tasker, “A Rose” (1936)

All images courtesy of Joseph Bellows Gallery.

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