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36 of the Geekiest Tattoos from Comic-Con 2011

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There are plenty of geeks at Comic-Con, but only a true fan would get a tattoo of his or her favorite comics, movies or other pop culture icons. Even so, with this many fans in one place, you're bound to find ample awesome geek tattoos.

And find them I did. In fact, I found so many that I couldn't even include all of them here. So these are the best of the best—or at least the best of those I saw at the convention. After all, Comic-Con is huge and there are plenty of people with great tattoos that are covered up with equally delightful costumes.

This first piece was a full sleeve of Marvel characters. As you can see, the outside of his arm is all X Men characters, the heroes on the top and a villain on the bottom.

On the inside of his sleeve is another classic Marvel hero, The Hulk.

The next person's entire right arm is covered in a Spider-Man sleeve. As you can see, he's got the spider logo and hobgoblin on the outside.

On the inside of his arm, the editor of the Daily Bugle, John Jonah Jameson Junior, enjoys his cigar as Venom looks on eagerly.

The same gentleman's left arm has an array of other Marvel characters including this pic Iron Man image.

Above that, he has the Phoenix in all of her burning glory.

He also has her alter ego, Jean Grey, prior to her burning up.

At the top of this comic-dedicated masterpiece, he finally has a full-colored Spiderman image and above that is the lovely Black Cat, one of Spiderman's most sexy rivals.

Here's another great superhero sleeve filled with an array of America's favorite heroes, including The Hulk, The Punisher, Wolverine and...

Iron Man, The Fantastic Four, and...

Captain America on the inside. Interestingly, these are all also the stars of some of the most popular comic book movies ever made.

Of course, Comic-Con isn't just about comic books. It's also based around movies and popular culture. This is artist Jon Ascher, a Mental Floss reader who had a booth set up at the convention. His two horror movie sleeves might just be the best I've ever seen.

It contains everything from the Shining, (I'm afraid I don't know what that the one below it is; if you do, please tell me in the comments)...

Nightmare on Elm Street, Night of the Living Dead,...

Ash from Evil Dead, (again, I'm not entirely sure what the one below it is -maybe the monster from Evil Dead?)...

...and then the piece is rounded out with the classic scene from The Exorcist and The Queen of Horror herself, Elvira.

This young man had some of the best geek tattoos of anyone I saw at the convention. My personal favorite was this television brain that has apparently been launched into space.

But this robot with a fish bowl as a head was also delightful.

His only tattoo that had a recognizable source (at least for me—if you know where the others come from, let me know) was this "Ctrl" piece.

This one reminds me of something from an Oingo Boingo album, but I don't think they have any that look exactly like this.

I don't even know how to describe this one, so I guess I'll go with birds shaped like brains with rocket-powered butts.

Tim Burton fans don't need any introduction to the next tattoo. That's right, it's a giant Jack Skellington.

That same Nightmare Before Christmas fan also has an adoration of video games, as evidenced by his Sonic The Hedgehog and Mega Man tattoos.

This next fellow enjoys the Japanese-styled artwork featured in Giant Robot enough to get two of the back covers tattooed on his arms. I really like the giant green swirled background.

But I think the picture on his other arm is even more adorable.

Those weren't his only geeky tattoos, though. He also had this cute and colorful spaceship.

While the colors on this tattoo aren't as vivid as some of the others I've featured, I particularly like this one's extensive linework. It actually looks more like a real comic book page.

The muscle man with this superhero tattoo is a perfect subject for such an underwater icon—after all, he's a professional scuba diving instructor.

I know most of the tattoos here are on men, but you have to remember that females tend to get tattoos in more easily concealed areas. That being said, here's a great tattoo on a woman who obviously has a thing for men with a sense humor.

And he just keeps laughing all day long.

Here's another girl tattoo, again featuring a handsome man.

This Bride of Frankenstein is far more attractive than I remember the traditional monster.

I particularly liked this Creepshow tattoo because it actually looks like a page from the classic horror comic.

Similarly, I love this Judge Dredd tattoo because of the speech bubble with it.

This Alice in Wonderland tattoo is cool in that it isn't limited to the character's traditional appearances. Anyone know who came up with this character design?

Here's another lovely lady's tattoo. This time, a cute little Lenore picture.

Lastly, here's one more great comic tattoo, this time Angela, a sexy valkyrie-styled character from Spawn.

Do any of you have geektastic pop-culture tattoos that would be appropriate for the Comic-Con crowd? If so, be sure to share links to pictures in the comments.

Also, if you happen to know any of the people in the photos, or the artists responsible, then feel free to leave more info in the comments or email me at I'll be happy to add more information on the artists and the people wearing the ink as it comes in!

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Ape Meets Girl
Pop Culture
Epic Gremlins Poster Contains More Than 80 References to Classic Movies
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It’s easy to see why Gremlins (1984) appeals to movie nerds. Executive produced by Steven Spielberg and written by Chris Columbus, the film has horror, humor, and awesome 1980s special effects that strike a balance between campy and creepy. Perhaps it’s the movie’s status as a pop culture treasure that inspired artist Kevin Wilson to make it the center of his epic hidden-image puzzle of movie references.

According to io9, Wilson, who works under the pseudonym Ape Meets Girl, has hidden 84 nods to different movies in this Gremlins poster. The scene is taken from the movie’s opening, when Randall enters a shop in Chinatown looking for a gift for his son and leaves with a mysterious creature. Like in the film, Mr. Wing’s shop in the poster is filled with mysterious artifacts, but look closely and you’ll find some objects that look familiar. Tucked onto the bottom shelf is a Chucky doll from Child’s Play (1988); above Randall’s head is a plank of wood from the Orca ship made famous by Jaws (1975); behind Mr. Wing’s counter, which is draped with a rug from The Shining’s (1980) Overlook Hotel, is the painting of Vigo the Carpathian from Ghostbusters II (1989). The poster was released by the Hero Complex Gallery at New York Comic Con earlier this month.

“Early on, myself and HCG had talked about having a few '80s Easter Eggs, but as we started making a list it got longer and longer,” Wilson told Mental Floss. “It soon expanded from '80s to any prop or McGuffin that would fit the curio shop setting. I had to stop somewhere so I stopped at 84, the year Gremlins was released. Since then I’ve thought of dozens more I wish I’d included.”

The ambitious artwork has already sold out, but fortunately cinema buffs can take as much time as they like scouring the poster from their computers. Once you think you’ve found all the references you can possibly find, you can check out Wilson’s key below to see what you missed (and yes, he already knows No. 1 should be Clash of the Titans [1981], not Jason and the Argonauts [1963]). For more pop culture-inspired art, follow Ape Meets Girl on Facebook and Instagram.

Key for hidden image puzzle.
Ape Meets Girl

[h/t io9]

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Barack Obama Taps Kehinde Wiley to Paint His Official Presidential Portrait
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Kehinde Wiley
Kehinde Wiley Studio, Inc., Wikimedia Commons // CC BY-SA 3.0

Kehinde Wiley, an American artist known for his grand portraits of African-American subjects, has painted Michael Jackson, Ice-T, and The Notorious B.I.G. in his work. Now the artist will have the honor of adding Barack Obama to that list. According to the Smithsonian, the former president has selected Wiley to paint his official presidential portrait, which will hang in the National Portrait Gallery.

Wiley’s portraits typically depict black people in powerful poses. Sometimes he models his work after classic paintings, as was the case with "Napoleon Leading the Army Over the Alps.” The subjects are often dressed in hip-hop-style clothing and placed against decorative backdrops.

Portrait by Kehinde Wiley
"Le Roi a la Chasse"
Kehinde Wiley, Wikimedia Commons // CC BY 3.0

Smithsonian also announced that Baltimore-based artist Amy Sherald has been chosen by former first lady Michelle Obama to paint her portrait for the gallery. Like Wiley, Sherald uses her work to challenge stereotypes of African-Americans in art.

“The Portrait Gallery is absolutely delighted that Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald have agreed to create the official portraits of our former president and first lady,” Kim Sajet, director of the National Portrait Gallery, said in a press release. “Both have achieved enormous success as artists, but even more, they make art that reflects the power and potential of portraiture in the 21st century.”

The tradition of the president and first lady posing for portraits for the National Portrait Gallery dates back to George H.W. Bush. Both Wiley’s and Sherald’s pieces will be revealed in early 2018 as permanent additions to the gallery in Washington, D.C.


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