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26 Cool Tattoos Spotted at Comic Con

Jill Harness
Jill Harness

Geeks are known for their dedication to their favorite comics, TV shows, video games, and movies—so it's hardly surprising that there are tons of geeky tattoos at Comic Con, the world's largest pop culture gathering. Here are few of the greatest and geekiest tattoos spotted at this year's convention.

1. Batman Vs. Joker

As you might imagine, Batman is a pretty popular tattoo at Comic Con. This one is particularly impressive, since it looks like an actual comic book drawing.

2. Joker Vs. Batman

But if you really want a tattoo that looks like a scene from the comic book, it's best to have an action shot like this Batman and Joker tattoo.

3. Batman: The Animated Series Sleeve

This fan opted to get a whole Batman sleeve, but wanted it to be a little less gritty than many of the comics, so she chose the style of the characters from The Animated Series. While the tattoo isn't quite complete yet (Batman and Talia al Ghul are also on the sleeve, but not yet filled in), it already looks great and will only be better in the future.

4. That's No Moon Tattoo

Did you know that Star Wars was the first film to come in Comic Con? A marketing person from the film showed slides at the convention all the way back in 1976. That's why, aside from the general geek interest, the San Diego Comic Con has always had a tight relationship and adoration for all things Star Wars. This amazing sleeve shows just how much dedication some people at the convention have to the franchise.

5. Aren't You A Little Short For A Stormtrooper Tattoo?

Portrait tattoos require a truly skilled artist and often cost a lot because they need so much detailing. That should give you some idea of just how dedicated this fan must be to get a stormtrooper tattoo with such meticulous detail.

5. Prepare to Become One With the Force, Tattoo Fan

While most fans are quick to loathe the Star Wars prequels, the one character that managed to develop his own fan base seems to be the intimidating, cool-looking Darth Maul. In fact, this was actually the second Darth Maul tattoo I saw, both featuring actor Ray Park's autograph.

6. Time And Relative Dimension In Skin

I particularly like the traditional style of this Doctor Who tattoo. I just wonder if it's a tribute to Matt Smith's Doctor, or if he will add another tally mark when the next Doctor appears.

7. Don't Panic

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy has long been a geek favorite, so you should always expect to see a few t-shirts inspired by the books at the convention, and don't be surprised if you see a tattoo as well.

8. Seriously, Don't Panic

Or maybe even a few Hitchhiker's Guide tattoos.

9. This Orwell Was Done Well

There are a number of book-inspired tattoos at the convention; I particularly like this 1984 tattoo.

10. It's No Dark Mark

There are also tons of Harry Potter fans at the convention every year, so it was hardly surprising to find some tattoos related to the books, but I found this guy's illustrations from the book particularly impressive.

11. The Legend of Zelda Tattoos

There are always a few Zelda tattoos to be seen around the con, but I saw more this year than ever before. In fact, this wasn't even the only royal crest chest tattoo I saw.

12. A More Modern Ancient Symbol

This one is interesting because it seems to be a Hyrule crest, but with a modified version of the loftwing rather than the more classic, geometric design. (If I'm wrong, feel free to correct me.)

13. Oh No, He's Only At Half Health!

This one was easily my favorite of the many Zelda tattoos because it featured so many aspects of the game rather than just a logo.

14. Chrono Trigger

Here's a pixelated scene from Chrono Trigger. [NOT Final Fantasy, as we initially wrote. Thanks guys!]

15. I Ain't Afraid Of No Ghost Tattoo

Speaking of classic '80s icons, this Ghostbusters tattoo was simply radical.

16. But I Am Afraid Of These Monsters

There are always plenty of horror fans at the convention, but few of them are as dedicated as this gentleman, who had a full sleeve filled with classic slasher monsters.

17. A Real Monster

I've never seen a tattoo featuring the real Dracula, Vlad the Impaler.

18. She's Still Pretty Sexy For A Dead Chick

When you love both zombies and pinups, it only makes sense to mix the two together. I'd expect nothing less from the mind who created Zombie Jesus.

19. A Pretty Poison Tattoo

Here's another delightfully dark babe in a tattoo, this time, Snow White. This lovely lady is a member of the Pretty Poison Burlesque troupe.

20. This Is Hallow-Sleeve

Nightmare Before Christmas fans are a dedicated bunch and this is far from the only sleeve I've seen that was inspired by the film, although it was the only one I saw at the convention.

21. Adventure Time, Come On Grab Your Ink

There were so many Adventure Time costumes this year and the show has a huge fan base. This girl has started getting a whole sleeve based on the cartoon, even if it has only been on the air a few years now.

22. Down the Rabbit Hole

This guy's Alice in Wonderland sleeve was also unfinished, but what he had completed was pretty impressive. 

23. Kill The Wabbit

Thank you Noah and Brad for identifying these great designs as the work of tattoo artist Jesse Smith.

24. The Most Artsy of the Bunch

This tattoo is based on one of the works of Alex Pardee, who has been an exhibitor at the convention for around 10 years. While he started out as an unknown artist with a tiny booth in the "Artist's Alley" area, he now is fairly popular and always rents out a large booth right beside one of the main convention entrances, making him a true Comic Con success story—and this ink a perfect Comic Con tattoo.

25. Tesla Powers Activate

This tattoo actually belongs to my friend David, but it was nerdy and at Comic Con, so it does belong in this collection. 

26. Narwhal? Narwhere?

This might have been my personal favorite at the convention—not just because I'm a sucker for narwhals, but because it is so simple and so cute at the same time.

So there you have it tattoo lovers—a chance to enjoy and explore the great tattoos spotted at Comic Con 2013. If you want to see some of the fantastic cosplay, don't miss my post featuring over 200 costumes. And if you know anyone featured in this article or the names of the artists who did these pieces, let me know in the comments so I can give credit where it is due. Thanks!

King Features Syndicate
10 Things You Might Not Know About Hägar the Horrible
King Features Syndicate
King Features Syndicate

For 45 years, the anachronistic adventures of a Scandinavian Viking named Hägar have populated the funny papers. Created by cartoonist Dik Browne, Hagar the Horrible is less about raiding and pillaging and more about Hägar’s domestic squabbles with wife Helga. If you’re a fan of this red-bearded savage with a surprisingly gentle demeanor, check out some facts about the strip’s history, Hägar’s status as a soda pitchman, and his stint as a college football mascot.


Richard Arthur “Dik” Browne got his start drawing courtroom sketches for New York newspapers; he debuted a military strip, Ginny Jeep, for servicemen after entering the Army in 1942. Following an advertising stint where he created the Chiquita Banana logo, he was asked to tackle art duties on the 1954 Beetle Bailey spinoff strip Hi and Lois. When he felt an urge to create his own strip in 1973, Browne thought back to how his children called him “Hägar the Horrible” when he would playfully chase them around the house. “Immediately, I thought Viking,” he told People in 1978. Hägar was soon the fastest-growing strip in history, appearing over 1000 papers.


A Hägar the Horrible comic strip
King Features Syndicate

Working on Hi and Lois with cartoonist Mort Walker (Beetle Bailey) gave Browne an opportunity to solicit advice on Hägar from his more experienced colleague. As Walker recalled, he thought “Hägar” would be too hard for people to pronounce or spell and suggested Browne go with “Bulbar the Barbarian” instead. Browne brushed off the suggestion, preferring his own alliterative title.


When Browne came up with Hägar, he sent it along to a syndicate editor he knew from his work on Hi and Lois. According to Chris Browne, Dik’s son and the eventual artist for Hägar after his father passed away in 1989, the man originally promised to look at it after he got back from his vacation. He changed his mind at the last minute, reviewing and accepting the strip before leaving. Just days later, while on his ski vacation, the editor had a heart attack and died. If he hadn’t approved the strip prior to his passing, Browne said, Hägar may never have seen print.


A Hägar the Horrible comic strip
King Features Syndicate

Chris Browne recalled that Halloween in his Connecticut neighborhood was a time for kids to show their appreciation for his father’s work. While trick-or-treaters were busy covering nearby houses in toilet paper or spray paint, they spared the Browne residence. The only evidence of their vandalism was a spray-painted sign that read, “Mr. Browne, We Love Hägar.”


Vikings were not known for being advocates for human rights. Hägar, despite his relatively genteel persona, still exhibited some barbaric traits, such as running off with “maidens” after a plundering session. Speaking with the Associated Press in 1983, Browne admitted he toned down the more lecherous side of Hägar after getting complaints from his daughter. “Running off with a maiden isn’t funny,” she told him. “It’s a crime.”


A soda can featuring Hägar the Horrible

Despite his preference for alcohol, Hägar apparently had a bit of a sweet tooth as well. In the 1970s, King Features licensed out a line of soda cans featuring some of their most popular comic strip characters, including Popeye, Blondie, and Hägar. The Viking also shilled for Mug Root Beer in the 1990s.


In 1965, Cleveland State University students voted in the name “Vikings” for their collegiate basketball team. After using a mascot dubbed Viktorious Vike, the school adopted Hägar in the 1980s. Both Hägar and wife Helga appeared at several of the school’s sporting events before being replaced by an original character named Vike.


A Hägar the Horrible comic strip
King Features Syndicate

When Dik Browne was working on Hägar, the Viking was prone to bouts of excessive drinking. When Chris Browne took over the strip, he made a deliberate decision to minimize Hägar’s imbibing. "When my father was doing the strip, he did an awful lot of gags about Hägar falling down drunk and coming home in a wheelbarrow, and as times go on that doesn't strike me as that funny anymore,” Brown told the Chicago Tribune in 1993. “Just about everybody I know has had somebody hurt by alcoholism or substance abuse.”


It took some time, but Hägar was finally honored with the animated special treatment in 1989. Cartoon powerhouse Hanna-Barbera created the 30-minute special, Hägar the Horrible: Hägar Knows Best, and cast the Viking as being out of his element after returning home for the first time in years. The voice of Optimus Prime, Peter Cullen, performed the title character. It was later released on DVD as part of a comic strip cartoon collection.


A Wizard of Id comic strip
King Features Syndicate

In 2014, Hägar made an appearance in the late Johnny Hart’s Wizard of Id comic strip, with the two characters looking confused at the idea they’ve run into one another at sea. Hägar also made a cameo in Blondie to celebrate that character’s 75th birthday in 2005.

Pop Chart Lab
Every Emoji Ever, Arranged by Color
Pop Chart Lab
Pop Chart Lab

What lies at the end of the emoji rainbow? It's not a pot of gold, but rather an exclamation point—a fitting way to round out the Every Emoji Ever print created by the design experts over at Pop Chart Lab.

As the name suggests, every emoji that's currently used in version 10.0.0 of Unicode is represented, which, if you're keeping track, is nearly 2400.

Each emoji was painstakingly hand-illustrated and arranged chromatically, starting with yellow and ending in white. Unicode was most recently updated last summer, with 56 emojis added to the family. Some of the newest members of the emoji clan include a mermaid, a couple of dinosaurs, a UFO, and a Chinese takeout box. However, the most popular emoji last year was the "despairing crying face." Make of that what you will.

Past posters from Pop Chart Lab have depicted the instruments played in every Beatles song, every bird species in North America, and magical objects of the wizarding world. The price of the Every Emoji Ever poster starts at $29, and if you're interested, the piece can be purchased here.


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