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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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Artist Makes Colorful Prints From 1990s VHS Tapes

A collection of old VHS tapes offers endless crafting possibilities. You can use them to make bird houses, shelving units, or, if you’re London-based artist Dieter Ashton, screen prints from the physical tape itself.

As Co.Design reports, the recent London College of Communication graduate was originally intrigued by the art on the cover of old VHS and cassette tapes. He planned to digitally edit them as part of a new art project, but later realized that working with the ribbons of tape inside was much more interesting.

To make a print, Ashton unravels the film from cassettes and VHS tapes collected from his parents' home. He lets the strips fall randomly then presses them into tight, tangled arrangements with the screen. The piece is then brought to life with vibrant patterns and colors.

Ashton has started playing with ways to incorporate themes and motifs from the films he's repurposing into his artwork. If the movie behind one of his creations isn’t immediately obvious, you can always refer to its title. His pieces are named after movies like Backdraft, Under Siege, and that direct-to-video Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen classic Passport to Paris.

Screen print made from an old VHS tape.

Screen print made from an old VHS tape.

Screen print made from an old VHS tape.

Screen print made from an old VHS tape.

Screen print made from an old VHS tape.

Screen print made from an old VHS tape.

[h/t Co.Design]

All images courtesy of Dieter Ashton

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This Is What Flowers Look Like When Photographed With an X-Ray Machine
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Dr. Dain L. Tasker, “Peruvian Daffodil” (1938)

Many plant photographers choose to showcase the vibrant colors and physical details of exotic flora. For his work with flowers, Dr. Dain L. Tasker took a more bare-bones approach. The radiologist’s ghostly floral images were recorded using only an X-ray machine, according to Hyperallergic.

Tasker snapped his pictures of botanical life while he was working at Los Angeles’s Wilshire Hospital in the 1930s. He had minimal experience photographing landscapes and portraits in his spare time, but it wasn’t until he saw an X-ray of an amaryllis, taken by a colleague, that he felt inspired to swap his camera for the medical tool. He took black-and-white radiographs of everything from roses and daffodils to eucalypti and holly berries. The otherworldly artwork was featured in magazines and art shows during Tasker’s lifetime.

Selections from Tasker's body of work have been seen around the world, including as part of the Floral Studies exhibition at the Joseph Bellows Gallery in San Diego in 2016. Prints of his work are also available for purchase from the Stinehour Wemyss Editions and Howard Greenberg Gallery.

Dr. Dain L. Tasker, “Philodendron” (1938)
Dr. Dain L. Tasker, “Philodendron” (1938)

X-ray image of a rose.
Dr. Dain L. Tasker, “A Rose” (1936)

All images courtesy of Joseph Bellows Gallery.

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