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14 Fantastically Fun Lego Tattoos

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We’ve seen librarian tattoos, ink inspired by Twin Peaks, math-related tats and some of the strangest geek tattoos ever created, but now it’s time to appreciate another geek obsession in ink—LEGOs.

1. Brickbusters

What’s better than a Ghostbusters tattoo? A LEGO Ghostbusters tattoo like this one, which was inked on Geeky Tattoos reader Daniel’s wife by Heather Maranda of Skinfinity Tattoo.

2. The Dark Fig

Similarly, Batman is cool, but LEGO Batman is just plain awesome. Anyone who has ever played the videogame version and smashed bad guys into little block pieces can attest to that—and so can the person who had this great Dark Knight tattooed on them by Max Pniewski of Southmead Tattoo.

3. The Caped Brick-saver

Here’s another LEGO Batman tattoo, which has a more hand-drawn look to it. Tattoo artist Nate the Knife did an amazing job at adding a little artistic flair to this iconic piece.

4. Indiana Jones and the Brick of Meow

What's most fun about this LEGO Indiana Jones tattoo isn’t Indiana himself, but the fact that the artifact he seems to be risking his life for is SpongeBob SquarePants' pet snail, Gary. Well played, Brian Russell.

5. Luke, I Am Your Builder

Any franchise worth marketing seems to have a LEGO set by now, but Star Wars has long been a favorite of block-builders. Here’s a great tribute to two of the most popular geek icons in the world by BME zine user Krista.

6. Self-Portrait In Block

Some of us use online tools to see what we would look like as a LEGO and then save the image to our computer. Other people like the idea of being a Minifig so much that they get their bricky alter-ego tattooed on themselves. Geeky Tattoos reader Trevor (who previously appeared in our scientist tattoos article) is one of those people, explaining that since it’s the “height of narcissism to get a tattoo of yourself … I combat that by rockin’ the LEGO 'Me'ni-fig.”

7. Are You Ready For Some Geekball?

This delightful New England Patriots tattoo was blocked in by Stefano Alcantara.

8. Yo Ho Yo Ho, A LEGO Life For Me

There are a lot of pirate tattoos out there, but this is the first LEGO pirate tattoo I've seen. London at MD Tattoo Studio did a great job making it sufficiently LEGO-esque while still including tons of great pirate imagery.

9. Skull and Cross Bricks

Speaking of the Jolly Roger, the LEGO version is a great option for those who feel they are “not intimidating enough to have a serious Skull and Crossbones tattoo,” like DeviantArt user MrHoeft. Then again, any sea-faring toys are likely to start shivering when they see this tough tattoo.

10. Inking the Plastic

This fun piece was done by Paul Naylor on DeviantArt user judasgoat8.

11. Brick Beach Babe

A lot of men like their ladies curvy, but here’s one gent who prefers his to be a little square. She may not be Marilyn Monroe, but it’s still pretty easy to ogle this LEGO lady by Craig Holmes of Iron Horse Tattoo.

12. Rock Blockster

Maybe it’s just me, but I can’t help but feel like if David Bowie were a minifig, he would have taken on this alter-ego at some point. Part robot, part spaceman and 100 percent rock, this tattoo by Topsiturby might not resemble any existing LEGOs, but it’s simply amazing just the way it is.

13. Just A Little Interlocking Touch

There’s no rule that says LEGO tattoos need to be big. In fact, the most famous LEGO user in the world, artist Nathan Sawaya, got the bumps from a brick tattooed on his thumb, noting that it was a fitting choice as his work often leaves him with similar marks on his fingers and thumbs.

14. Rest In Pieces

Some people get tattoos for their deceased friends, but Linus Bohman is so dedicated to LEGOs that he got a tattoo dedicated to his favorite discontinued brick part, the finger hinge.

Do you have a permanent tribute to the world’s favorite building toy? If so, be sure to share your tattoos in the comments!

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The World’s First 3D-Printed Opera Set Is Coming to Rome
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In October, the Opera Theater in Rome will become the first theater to play host to a 3D-printed set in one of its operas. The theater’s performance of the 19th-century opera Fra Diavolo by French composer Daniel Auber, opening on October 8, will feature set pieces printed by the Italian 3D-printing company WASP, as TREND HUNTER reports.

Set designers have been using 3D printers to make small-scale set models for years, but WASP says this seems to be the first full 3D-printed set. (The company is also building a 3D-printed town elsewhere in Italy, to give you a sense of its ambitions for its technology.)

Designers stand around a white 3D-printed model of a theater set featuring warped buildings.
WASP

The Fra Diavolo set consists of what looks like two warped historic buildings, which WASP likens to a Dalí painting. These buildings are made of 223 smaller pieces. It took five printers working full-time for three months to complete the job. The pieces were sent to Rome in mid-July in preparation for the opera.

Recently, 3D printing is taking over everything from housing construction to breakfast. If you can make an office building with a printer, why not a theater set? (Though it should be noted that the labor unions that represent scenic artists might disagree.)

[h/t TREND HUNTER]

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Japanese Artist Yayoi Kusama to Launch Her Own Museum in Tokyo

Still haven’t scored tickets to see Yayoi Kusama’s world-famous “Infinity Mirrors” exhibition? The touring retrospective ends at the Cleveland Museum of Art in October 2018, but art fans who are planning a trip to Japan can also enjoy Kusama's dizzying, colorful aesthetic by visiting a brand-new museum in Tokyo.

As The New York Times reports, Kusama has announced that she's opening her own art museum in the city’s Shinjuku neighborhood. Slated to open on October 1, 2017, it’s dedicated to the artist’s life and work, and includes a reading room, a floor with installation works—including her “infinity rooms”—and two annual rotating exhibitions. The inaugural exhibition, “Creation Is a Solitary Pursuit, Love Is What Brings You Closer to Art,” will display works from Kusama’s painting series "My Eternal Soul.”

Kusama is famously enigmatic, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that news broke just recently that she was planning to launch a museum. The five-floor building was completed in 2014, according to artnet News, but Kusama wanted to keep plans under wraps “as a surprise for her fans,” a gallery spokesperson said.

Museum tickets cost around $9, and will go on sale on August 28, 2017. The museum will be closed Monday through Wednesday and visits are limited to 90 minutes, so plan your schedule accordingly.

[h/t The New York Times]

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