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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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A Cartographer Is Mapping All of the UK’s National Parks, J.R.R. Tolkien-Style
Peak District National Park
Peak District National Park
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Cartographer Dan Bell makes national parks into fantasy lands. Bell, who lives near Lake District National Park in England, is currently on a mission to draw every national park in the UK in the style of the maps in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, Kottke.org reports.

The project began in September 2017, when Bell posted his own hand-drawn version of a Middle Earth map online. He received such a positive response that he decided to apply the fantasy style to real world locations. He has completed 11 out of the UK’s 15 parks so far. Once he finishes, he hopes to tackle the U.S. National Park system, too. (He already has Yellowstone National Park down.)

Bell has done various other maps in the same style, including ones for London and Game of Thrones’s Westeros, and he commissions, in case you have your own special locale that could use the Tolkien treatment. Check out a few of his park maps below.

A close-up of a map for Peak District National Park
Peak District National Park in central England
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A black-and-white illustration of Cairngorms National Park in the style of a 'Lord of the Rings' map.
Cairngorms National Park in Scotland
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A black-and-white illustration of Lake District National Park in the style of a 'Lord of the Rings' map.
Lake District National Park in England
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You can buy prints of the maps here.

[h/t Kottke.org]

All images by Dan Bell

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The Simple Optical Illusion That Makes an Image Look Like It's Drawing Itself
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Artist James Nolan Gandy invents robot arms that sketch intricate mathematical shapes with pen and paper. When viewed in real time, the effect is impressive. But it becomes even more so when the videos are sped up in a timelapse. If you look closely in the video below, the illustration appears to materialize faster than the robot can put the design to paper. Gizmodo recently explained how the illusion works to make it look like parts of the sketch are forming before the machine has time to draw them.

The optical illusion isn’t an example of tricky image editing: It’s the result of something called the wagon wheel effect. You can observe this in a car wheel accelerating down the highway or in propeller blades lifting up a helicopter. If an object makes enough rotations per second, it can appear to slow down, move backwards, or even stand still.

This is especially apparent on film. Every “moving image” we see on a screen is an illusion caused by the brain filling in the gaps between a sequence of still images. In the case of the timelapse video below, the camera captured the right amount of images, in the right order, to depict the pen as moving more slowly than it did in real life. But unlike the pen, the drawing formed throughout the video isn't subject to the wagon-wheel effect, so it still appears to move at full speed. This difference makes it look like the sketch is drawing itself, no pen required.

Gandy frequently shares behind-the-scenes videos of his mechanical art on his Instagram page. You can check out some of his non-timelapse clips like the one below to better understand how his machines work, then visit his website to browse and purchase the art made by his 'bots.

And if you think his stuff is impressive, make sure to explore some of the incredible art robots have made in the past.

[h/t Gizmodo]

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