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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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Man Buys Two Metric Tons of LEGO Bricks; Sorts Them Via Machine Learning
May 21, 2017
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Jacques Mattheij made a small, but awesome, mistake. He went on eBay one evening and bid on a bunch of bulk LEGO brick auctions, then went to sleep. Upon waking, he discovered that he was the high bidder on many, and was now the proud owner of two tons of LEGO bricks. (This is about 4400 pounds.) He wrote, "[L]esson 1: if you win almost all bids you are bidding too high."

Mattheij had noticed that bulk, unsorted bricks sell for something like €10/kilogram, whereas sets are roughly €40/kg and rare parts go for up to €100/kg. Much of the value of the bricks is in their sorting. If he could reduce the entropy of these bins of unsorted bricks, he could make a tidy profit. While many people do this work by hand, the problem is enormous—just the kind of challenge for a computer. Mattheij writes:

There are 38000+ shapes and there are 100+ possible shades of color (you can roughly tell how old someone is by asking them what lego colors they remember from their youth).

In the following months, Mattheij built a proof-of-concept sorting system using, of course, LEGO. He broke the problem down into a series of sub-problems (including "feeding LEGO reliably from a hopper is surprisingly hard," one of those facts of nature that will stymie even the best system design). After tinkering with the prototype at length, he expanded the system to a surprisingly complex system of conveyer belts (powered by a home treadmill), various pieces of cabinetry, and "copious quantities of crazy glue."

Here's a video showing the current system running at low speed:

The key part of the system was running the bricks past a camera paired with a computer running a neural net-based image classifier. That allows the computer (when sufficiently trained on brick images) to recognize bricks and thus categorize them by color, shape, or other parameters. Remember that as bricks pass by, they can be in any orientation, can be dirty, can even be stuck to other pieces. So having a flexible software system is key to recognizing—in a fraction of a second—what a given brick is, in order to sort it out. When a match is found, a jet of compressed air pops the piece off the conveyer belt and into a waiting bin.

After much experimentation, Mattheij rewrote the software (several times in fact) to accomplish a variety of basic tasks. At its core, the system takes images from a webcam and feeds them to a neural network to do the classification. Of course, the neural net needs to be "trained" by showing it lots of images, and telling it what those images represent. Mattheij's breakthrough was allowing the machine to effectively train itself, with guidance: Running pieces through allows the system to take its own photos, make a guess, and build on that guess. As long as Mattheij corrects the incorrect guesses, he ends up with a decent (and self-reinforcing) corpus of training data. As the machine continues running, it can rack up more training, allowing it to recognize a broad variety of pieces on the fly.

Here's another video, focusing on how the pieces move on conveyer belts (running at slow speed so puny humans can follow). You can also see the air jets in action:

In an email interview, Mattheij told Mental Floss that the system currently sorts LEGO bricks into more than 50 categories. It can also be run in a color-sorting mode to bin the parts across 12 color groups. (Thus at present you'd likely do a two-pass sort on the bricks: once for shape, then a separate pass for color.) He continues to refine the system, with a focus on making its recognition abilities faster. At some point down the line, he plans to make the software portion open source. You're on your own as far as building conveyer belts, bins, and so forth.

Check out Mattheij's writeup in two parts for more information. It starts with an overview of the story, followed up with a deep dive on the software. He's also tweeting about the project (among other things). And if you look around a bit, you'll find bulk LEGO brick auctions online—it's definitely a thing!

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These $425 Jeans Can Turn Into Jorts
May 19, 2017
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Modular clothing used to consist of something simple, like a reversible jacket. Today, it’s a $425 pair of detachable jeans.

Apparel retailer Opening Ceremony recently debuted a pair of “2 in 1 Y/Project” trousers that look fairly peculiar. The legs are held to the crotch by a pair of loops, creating a disjointed C-3PO effect. Undo the loops and you can now remove the legs entirely, leaving a pair of jean shorts in their wake. The result goes from this:

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To this:

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The company also offers a slightly different cut with button tabs in black for $460. If these aren’t audacious enough for you, the Y/Project line includes jumpsuits with removable legs and garter-equipped jeans.

[h/t Mashable]

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