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17 Tattoos Inspired by TV Shows

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You might love your favorite TV shows, but most of you don’t love them enough to permanently enshrine them on your skin. That being said, plenty of people are that dedicated to their favorite shows, and there are tons of tattoos featuring TV show logos and characters out there. Here are some of the many truly great show tattoos on the net.

1. and 2. Doctor Who 

Given how popular Doctor Who is—it’s even celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this year—it should be no surprise that there are hundreds of tattoos devoted to the show out there.

While it’s hard to choose the best from a massive group like this, Sioux Sinner’s tattoos are certainly fantastic and the canvas they’re inked on certainly isn’t bad either. Both her Dalek and Adipose tattoos were done by Bob Maskal at Merddian Line Tattoo in Oak Park, IL.

Fans of traditional tattoos will certainly be able to appreciate this TARDIS complete with a Gallifreyan seal as inked by Jenni of Heart and Soul Tattoo, NM.

3. and 4. Firefly 

The crew of Serenity may have only lasted one season on Fox and a movie after that, but the Browncoats they inspired are some of the most dedicated fans around—which is why it shouldn’t be all too surprising that many of them have tattoos dedicated to the show.

Serenity might just be one of the most unique-looking ships in science fiction, and Flickr user RobinInSeoul used this to her advantage when getting this stunning traditional Asian designed tattoo by Scott Budgen of Lady Luck Tattoos in Waterford, MI. And in case you’re curious, the Chinese characters spell out “Serenity.”

The great thing about Sarah Nelson’s Firefly tattoo is that even those who haven’t seen the show can still appreciate the message and the simplicity of the design. Artwork by Adam Harmon of Salem Ink.

5. and 6. Star Trek 

With six different TV incarnations, 12 films, and some of the most dedicated fans in the universe, there are tons of Star Trek tattoos out there. Even so, Amy still puts most of them to shame with one full sleeve of Trekkie goodness and another on the way. All of the artwork on her arms was completed by San Francisco artist Mez Love.

While the majority of Star Trek tattoos are very intricate (with the exception of the popular communicator badge tattoos), there’s something so lovely about Jennifer Renner’s refreshingly simple Trek tattoo, done at Triple T, that simply bears the motto “to boldly go.”

7. Twin Peaks 

The same Mez Love who did that fantastic Star Trek sleeve also did the work on this superb Twin Peaks piece. David Lynch would be proud.

8. and 9. The Muppets

Those of us who grew up with The Muppets will always retain a special place in our hearts for them, but some fans take it a step further, reserving a special place on their skin for their favorite characters.

For those who were born to rock and loved Electric Mayhem before they even heard Led Zeppelin, there are no words to describe the awesomeness of this tattoo featuring Dr. Teeth, Janis, and the rest. This astounding work was done by Andrea of Slave to the Needle.

For those that prefer the goofball antics of the Swedish Chef, you’ll surely enjoy this tattoo—even if it shows poor Kermit roasting on a hot skillet. Unsurprisingly, Mike, the bearer of this work, is a chef. Work by Alex Morse of The Canvas Tattoo Studio.

10. and 11. Futurama

Futurama is still one of only a handful of shows to be resurrected after its initial cancellation, and though it has recently been announced that this upcoming season will be its last, fans are still hoping it will be saved yet again. With that kind of dedicated fan base, it’s no surprise that there are so many great Futurama tattoos out there.

This one, on Geeky Tattoos reader Paige, is particularly geeky because it not only features Bender destroying humanity, but because the physics student got it done by Michael Bianco while at Megacon. I’d say she earned her geek cred with this one. If you like Futurama tattoos, don’t miss Bianco’s portfolio where he has another piece featuring giant Zoidberg fighting mega Bender.

It’s pretty common these days for people to mix their interests with classic tattoo imagery like the Virgin Mary, but it’s particularly fitting with Zoidberg, who is almost certainly still a virgin. Still, I think the good doctor would be proud, after all, “Now Zoidberg is the popular one!” Art by Jon L. of Big Deluxe of Salt Lake City, Utah.

12. The Simpsons

While The Simpsons has been around long enough to collect its share of fans with tattoos, most of them are pretty basic copies of the characters. That’s why this one, by Tim Pausinger of Toronto, which features traditional tattoo styling and one of Milhouse’s most nerdy quotes, might just be the best Simpsons tattoo ever.

13. Curb Your Enthusiasm

Thanks to Buzzfeed, I now know that there are a lot of people out there with Larry David tattoos. While it’s hard to pick a favorite from such an odd menagerie, the utter strangeness of the blend of Motorhead’s War Pig and Larry David’s face makes it by far the most memorable. Apparently this one belongs to Twitter user Mr. Tooth.

14. Archer

This is by far one of the greatest adult-oriented cartoons on television these days, so it’s not all too surprising that someone has a tattoo based on the show. This particularly exquisite design was done by Zane at STR Body Modification, Australia.

15. The Munsters

This classic TV show has inspired a whole legion of tattoos on people in the goth and rockabilly scenes, but I have yet to see any that are nearly as good as this amazing Grandpa Munster portrait by artist Roman Abrego.

16. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

When Geeky Tattoos reader Moe decided he needed a TMNT tattoo, he called his artist suggesting a tattoo featuring the turtle’s masks creating a leg band. When the artist, Austin West at Divinity Tattoo in AZ, suggested this image instead, Moe was instantly sold, and this brilliant heraldry of turtles design was born.

17. My Little Pony

Say what you will about My Little Pony, but you can’t deny that the show has a seriously dedicated fan base and there are certainly plenty of less adorable tattoos a person could get. This particular design was inked by Derrek Everette of Broken Art Tattoo in CA.

As always, if you have any tattoos that would fit in here, feel free to share them. Otherwise, let’s discuss: If you were going to get a TV show tattoo, which show would be your inspiration?

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Art Lovers in England, Rejoice: France's Famous Bayeux Tapestry is Coming to the UK
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One of France’s most prized national treasures, the Bayeux Tapestry, is officially heading to England for exhibition. The loan will mark the first time the fragile 11th century work has left France in nearly 1000 years, according to The Washington Post.

French president Emmanuel Macron announced news of the loan in mid-January, viewed by some as a gesture to smooth post-Brexit relations with Britain, ABC reports. The tapestry depicts the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, a historically important event replete with guts and glory.

Stretching for 210 feet, the Bayeux Tapestry’s nine embroidered panels tell the tale of Harold, Earl of Wessex, who swore an oath to support the right of William, Duke of Normandy, to the English throne once King Edward (a.k.a. Edward the Confessor) died without an heir. But after Edward's funeral at Westminster Abbey, Harold breaks his oath to William so he could be crowned king instead. Believing he was the rightful ruler, William—today remembered as William the Conqueror—decides to wage war and ultimately defeats Harold at the Battle of Hastings.

The historical narrative has endured for centuries, but the tapestry's provenance has been lost to time. Experts think that the artwork may have been created in England, shortly after the Battle of Hastings, although it’s unclear who designed and embroidered the scenes. Its original owner, Bishop Odo of Bayeux, the half-brother of William the Conqueror, may have commissioned the Bayeux Tapestry. He became Earl of Kent after the Battle of Hastings, and this new title would have afforded him access to skilled artisans, The Guardian explains.

The Bayeux Tapestry is currently on display in the town of Bayeux in Normandy. It likely won’t leave France until 2020, after conservators ensure that it’s safe to move the artwork. According to The Telegraph, the tapestry might be be displayed at the British Museum in 2022.

[h/t The Washington Post]

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This Snow Sculpture of a Car Was So Convincing Cops Tried to Write It a Ticket
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Winter is a frustrating time to be on the road, but one artist in Montreal has found a way to make the best of it. As CBS affiliate WGCL-TV reports, his snow sculpture of a DeLorean DMC-12 was so convincing that even the police were fooled.

Simon Laprise of L.S.D Laprise Simon Designs assembled the prank car using snow outside his home in Montreal. He positioned it so it appeared to be parked along the side of the road, and with the weather Montreal has been having lately, a car buried under snow wasn’t an unusual sight.

A police officer spotted the car and was prepared to write it a ticket before noticing it wasn’t what it seemed. He called in backup to confirm that the car wasn’t a car at all.

Instead of getting mad, the officers shared a good laugh over it. “You made our night hahahahaha :)" they wrote on a fake ticket left on the snow sculpture.

The masterpiece was plowed over the next morning, but you can appreciate Laprise’s handiwork in the photos below.

Snow sculpture.

Snow sculpture of car.

Snow sculpture of car.

Note written in French.

[h/t WGCL-TV]

All images courtesy of Simon Laprise.

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