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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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5 Wacky Ideas to Redesign the Skateboard
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Most skateboards come in a few basic shapes. They may be different widths or lengths, have kicktails or flat noses, or different imagery painted on their decks, but for the average rider, they look fairly similar. That’s not the case with the skateboard decks below, created as part of a competition during NYCxDESIGN, an annual New York City design festival.

For a competition called DeckxDesign, the award-winning design firm frog asked a group of notable branding agencies, artists, product designers, and other creative professionals to reimagine the humble skateboard.

This is the second NYCxDesign competition frog has hosted—in 2017, the agency asked designers to reimagine the dart board.

This time, individual designers like Karim Rashid and groups from firms like MakerBot, Motivate (the company behind bike sharing systems like Citi Bike), and frog itself came up with new ways to skate. There were no rules, just the simple prompt: Design a skateboard.

The results included a piece of furniture, a repurposed Citi Bike tube on wheels, a board covered in greenery, one covered in black faux alpaca hair, a skateboard made from recycled trash, and more. Below are some of the most unusual.

A white table that looks like a skateboard
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A recycled piece of a Citi Bike on wheels
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A wavy skateboard with purple, spherical wheels
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A skateboard covered in faux alpaca fiber
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A skateboard covered in mounds of greenery
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All of the skateboards created for the competition were later auctioned off to benefit the New York City-based nonprofit Art Start.

All images by Nikola Brandonjic

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Google Launches World's Largest Digital Collection of Frida Kahlo Artifacts
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Fans of iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo have a lot of new material to sift through, thanks to Google’s launch of the largest-ever digital exhibition of artworks and artifacts related to the painter. As reported by Forbes, the “Faces of Frida” retrospective and its 800-item collection were the result of a collaboration between the Google Arts & Culture platform and 33 museums around the world.

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Visitors to the website can peruse rare artworks from private collections that had never been digitized until now, including View of New York, a sketch Kahlo made in 1932 while staying at the former Barbizon-Plaza Hotel. There are also personal photographs of Kahlo, as well as letters and journal entries that she penned.

Using Street View, you can even see inside the “Blue House” where she lived in Mexico City. Another feature lets visitors zoom in on high-resolution paintings, which were created using Google’s Art Camera, according to designboom.

For Google executives, the decision to celebrate the life and work of Kahlo was a no-brainer. “Frida's name kept coming up as a top contender when we started to think of what artist would be the best to feature in a retrospective,” Jesús Garcia, Google's head of Hispanic communications, told Forbes. “There's so much of her that was not known and could still be explored from an artistic perspective and life experience.”

An original artwork by multimedia artist Alexa Meade was specially commissioned for “Faces of Frida.” Photographer Cristina Kahlo, Kahlo’s great-niece, aided in the process. Check out the video below to see how she brought Kahlo's artwork to life in a living, breathing painting.

[h/t Forbes]

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