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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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Barack Obama Taps Kehinde Wiley to Paint His Official Presidential Portrait
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Kehinde Wiley, an American artist known for his grand portraits of African-American subjects, has painted Michael Jackson, Ice-T, and The Notorious B.I.G. in his work. Now the artist will have the honor of adding Barack Obama to that list. According to the Smithsonian, the former president has selected Wiley to paint his official presidential portrait, which will hang in the National Portrait Gallery.

Wiley’s portraits typically depict black people in powerful poses. Sometimes he models his work after classic paintings, as was the case with "Napoleon Leading the Army Over the Alps.” The subjects are often dressed in hip-hop-style clothing and placed against decorative backdrops.

Portrait by Kehinde Wiley
"Le Roi a la Chasse"
Kehinde Wiley, Wikimedia Commons // CC BY 3.0

Smithsonian also announced that Baltimore-based artist Amy Sherald has been chosen by former first lady Michelle Obama to paint her portrait for the gallery. Like Wiley, Sherald uses her work to challenge stereotypes of African-Americans in art.

“The Portrait Gallery is absolutely delighted that Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald have agreed to create the official portraits of our former president and first lady,” Kim Sajet, director of the National Portrait Gallery, said in a press release. “Both have achieved enormous success as artists, but even more, they make art that reflects the power and potential of portraiture in the 21st century.”

The tradition of the president and first lady posing for portraits for the National Portrait Gallery dates back to George H.W. Bush. Both Wiley’s and Sherald’s pieces will be revealed in early 2018 as permanent additions to the gallery in Washington, D.C.

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What the Homes of the Future Will Look Like, According to Kids
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Ask a futurist what the house of tomorrow will feature and she might mention automatic appliances and robot assistants. Ask a kid the same question and you’ll get answers that are slightly more creative, but not altogether impractical. That’s what Made.com discovered when they launched Homes of the Future, a project that had kids draw illustrations of futuristic homes that served as the basis for professional 3D renderings.

According to Co.Design, the UK-based furniture retailer recruited children ages 4 to 12 to submit their architectural ideas. The doodles, sketched in pen, marker, and colored pencil, showcase the grade-schoolers' imaginations. Paired with each picture is concept art made with a 3D illustrator that shows what the homes might look like in the real world.

The designs range from colorful and whimsical to coldly realistic. In one blueprint, drawn by Ameen, age 10, a neighborhood of rainbow buildings and flowers float among the clouds. Another sketch by Ellis, age 7, shows a “home built to last” with titanium, bricks, a steel roof, and bulletproof windows. Some kids seemed less concerned with durability than they were with the tastiness of the infrastructure. Cherry-flavored bricks, candy windows, and a giant jelly slide were just some of the features built into the future homes. Sustainability was also a major theme, with solar panels appearing on two of the houses.

Check out the original artwork and the 3D versions of their ideas below.

House of the future drawn by kid.

House of the future drawn by kid.

House of the future drawn by kid.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

[h/t Co.Design]

All images courtesy of Made.com.

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