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13 of the Weirdest Geek Tattoos Ever

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We’ve all seen plenty of geek tattoos before, but every now and again you run across one that really stands out not for its quality, but for its sheer weirdness. These are some of those truly fantastic odd tattoos.

1. Choose Your Fandom

What’s your favorite fandom? Oh, you can’t decide? Well neither could this person, whose tattoo features Yoda with Spock ears, a hoverboard, a sonic screwdriver, a towel around his neck, and a red H on his forehead. The piece, photographed by Instagram user emilyshoichet, features details from a number of sci-fi favorites in one delightfully odd package.

2. Futile, Resistance Is

Prefer your Yoda to be a little less scattered, but still show your varying interests? Then you’ll appreciate this great Borg Yoda tattooed by Tara Quinn.

3. The Assimilation Proclamation

Speaking of odd Borgs, how about Michael Vellotti’s Abe-borg-ham Lincoln? It’s a perfect blend of scifi and history in a weirdly wonderful package thanks to the great tattoo work of Chris Krahn of Boise Tattoo.

4. Played by Cephalopod Nimoy

This Spoctopus tattoo might be highly illogical, but it’s still pretty fascinating. Artist Daniel Limon of Tuscon inked this bad boy, but the original design was most likely inspired by this drawing by Mallory Hodgkin.

5. My Little X-Man

The lines between entertainment for boys and girls has been thinning over the last few years and there are now just as many male fans of My Little Pony as there are female fans of Wolverine. With that spirit of geek unity, I bring you Wolverine riding a My Little Pony. Artist Chris Yoakum of Urban Body tattooed this for a man in honor of his sister while she went abroad for a year to study.

6. Oh Bother

When you first see Becky Cousineau’s tattoo, done by Tom Beste of Eternal Tattoos, it makes absolutely no sense. Then when you consider that the character created by artist Rodney Fyke is named Dead Pooh, you realize that it’s just a great pun. But hey, at least it’s cute and nerdy.

7. Hello Clarice

For some reason, Hello Kitty seems to be a favorite of those with a thirst for weird geek tattoos. That being said, it’s pretty hard to get any weirder than a mashup between one of the creepiest serial killers in pop culture and one of the cutest characters in the world. Of course, as Hello Kitty Hell points out, “trying to equate Hello Kitty to Hannibal Lecter is just plain wrong because, quite frankly, the evil feline is so much worse.” Hello Kitty Hell reader Nickey Lynn has this delightful monstrosity, which makes me wonder if she really hates Hello Kitty or just loves Hannibal Lecter.

8. Luke, I Am Adorable

Speaking of strange Hello Kitty tattoos, here’s Hello Vader ready to recruit you to the Dark Side in the cutest way possible. This piece was tattooed by Brian in Youngstown and sent into Hello Kitty Hell, but if you prefer the Rebels, you might enjoy this R2D2 Kitty on Fashionably Geek reader Jodi that was tattooed by Justin Z. from Inksanity Tattoo.

9. Why So Friendly?

Just one more Hello Kitty! (It would take an entire article to cover all the weird HK tattoos out there.) Say hello to Batman’s worst enemy, the Kitty Joker. While most of the other weird Hello Kitty tattoos still at least look cute, this one really might give someone nightmares—it captures perfectly how demented The Joker is, and adding in the mind of Hello Kitty could only make things worse. Twitter user valeriafla is the proud owner of this tattoo sent in to Hello Kitty Hell.

10. Hey Nazgurl, How You Doin’

I bet you never realized the ring wraiths in The Lord of the Rings had such killer bodies. This fantastically strange work belongs to Tumblr user Lyfeisfunni and was done by Bob Parr at Jaded Angel.

11. Looking for a Virgin? Why Not Zoidberg?

While Zoidberg was always the outcast on Futurama, his pathetic isolation meant that geeks everywhere felt a kinship with the smelly doctor. Now Zoidberg is the popular one. So popular, in fact, that Redditor Intereo even got this great Virgin Zoidberg tattoo from Jon L. of Big Deluxe.

12. R2D2 & Friend Sat on a Wall

Why are Humpty Dumpty and R2D2 sitting together on a wall in this piece inked by Paradise Tattoo? That’s for someone else to know and the rest of us to wonder.

13. Classy Cthulhu

What’s worse than an evil Cthulhu destroying your life? A rich Cthulhu judging you and your shoddy clothes as he ends your pathetic existence. No word on who wears or who inked this masterpiece, but it was too good and to weird not to share. (If you happen to know, tell us in the comments so we can give credit where it is due.)

I’m sure some of you have some strange tattoos and here’s your chance to share them with pride. Feel free to post pictures, links or just describe them in the comments and celebrate your geektacular oddness. 

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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.

FIRST PRIZE

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 PRIZE

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

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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