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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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Take a Peek Inside One of Berlin's Strangest Museums
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Vlad Korneev is a man with an obsession. He's spent years collecting technical and industrial objects from the last century—think iron lungs, World War II gas masks, 1930s fans, and vintage medical prostheses. At his Designpanoptikum in Berlin, which bills itself (accurately) as a "surreal museum of industrial objects," Korneev arranges his collection in fascinating, if disturbing, assemblages. (Atlas Obscura warns that it's "half design museum, half horror house of imagination.") Recently, the Midnight Archive caught up with Vlad for a special tour and some insight into the question visitors inevitably ask—"but what is it, really?" You can watch the full video below.

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Microscopic Videos Provide a Rare Close-Up Glimpse of the Natural World
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Nature’s wonders aren’t always visible to the naked eye. To celebrate the miniature realm, Nikon’s Small World in Motion digital video competition awards prizes to the most stunning microscopic moving images, as filmed and submitted by photographers and scientists. The winners of the seventh annual competition were just announced on September 21—and you can check out the top submissions below.


Daniel von Wangenheim, a biologist at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria, took first place with a time-lapse video of thale cress root growth. For the uninitiated, thale cress—known to scientists as Arabidopsis thalianais a small flowering plant, considered by many to be a weed. Plant and genetics researchers like thale cress because of its fast growth cycle, abundant seed production, ability to pollinate itself, and wild genes, which haven’t been subjected to breeding and artificial selection.

Von Wangenheim’s footage condenses 17 hours of root tip growth into just 10 seconds. Magnified with a confocal microscope, the root appears neon green and pink—but von Wangenheim’s work shouldn’t be appreciated only for its aesthetics, he explains in a Nikon news release.

"Once we have a better understanding of the behavior of plant roots and its underlying mechanisms, we can help them grow deeper into the soil to reach water, or defy gravity in upper areas of the soil to adjust their root branching angle to areas with richer nutrients," said von Wangenheim, who studies how plants perceive and respond to gravity. "One step further, this could finally help to successfully grow plants under microgravity conditions in outer space—to provide food for astronauts in long-lasting missions."


Second place went to Tsutomu Tomita and Shun Miyazaki, both seasoned micro-photographers. They used a stereomicroscope to create a time-lapse video of a sweating fingertip, resulting in footage that’s both mesmerizing and gross.

To prompt the scene, "Tomita created tension amongst the subjects by showing them a video of daredevils climbing to the top of a skyscraper," according to Nikon. "Sweating is a common part of daily life, but being able to see it at a microscopic level is equal parts enlightening and cringe-worthy."


Third prize was awarded to Satoshi Nishimura, a professor from Japan’s Jichi Medical University who’s also a photography hobbyist. He filmed leukocyte accumulations and platelet aggregations in injured mouse cells. The rainbow-hued video "provides a rare look at how the body reacts to a puncture wound and begins the healing process by creating a blood clot," Nikon said.

To view the complete list of winners, visit Nikon’s website.


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