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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 Getty Center, Surrounded By Wildfires, Will Leave Its Art Where It Is
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The wildfires sweeping through California have left countless homeowners and businesses scrambling as the blazes continue to grow out of control in various locations throughout the state. While art lovers worried when they heard that Los Angeles's Getty Center would be closing its doors this week, as the fires closed part of the 405 Freeway, there was a bit of good news. According to museum officials, the priceless works housed inside the famed Getty Center are said to be perfectly secure and won't need to be evacuated from the facility.

“The safest place for the art is right here at the Getty,” Ron Hartwig, the Getty’s vice president of communications, told the Los Angeles Times. According to its website, the museum was closed on December 5 and December 6 “to protect the collections from smoke from fires in the region,” but as of now, the art inside is staying put.

Though every museum has its own way of protecting the priceless works inside it, the Los Angeles Times notes that the Getty Center was constructed in such a way as to protect its contents from the very kind of emergency it's currently facing. The air throughout the gallery is filtered by a system that forces it out, rather than a filtration method which would bring air in. This system will keep the smoke and air pollutants from getting into the facility, and by closing the museum this week, the Getty is preventing the harmful air from entering the building through any open doors.

There is also a water tank at the facility that holds 1 million gallons in reserve for just such an occasion, and any brush on the property is routinely cleared away to prevent the likelihood of a fire spreading. The Getty Villa, a separate campus located in the Pacific Palisades off the Pacific Coast Highway, was also closed out of concern for air quality this week.

The museum is currently working with the police and fire departments in the area to determine the need for future closures and the evacuation of any personnel. So far, the fires have claimed more than 83,000 acres of land, leading to the evacuation of thousands of people and the temporary closure of I-405, which runs right alongside the Getty near Los Angeles’s Bel-Air neighborhood.

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This 77-Year-Old Artist Saves Money on Art Supplies by 'Painting' in Microsoft Excel
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It takes a lot of creativity to turn a blank canvas into an inspired work of art. Japanese artist Tatsuo Horiuchi makes his pictures out of something that’s even more dull than a white page: an empty spreadsheet in Microsoft Excel.

When he retired, the 77-year-old Horiuchi, whose work was recently spotlighted by Great Big Story, decided he wanted to get into art. At the time, he was hesitant to spend money on painting supplies or even computer software, though, so he began experimenting with one of the programs that was already at his disposal.

Horiuchi's unique “painting” method shows that in the right hands, Excel’s graph-building features can be used to bring colorful landscapes to life. The tranquil ponds, dense forests, and blossoming flowers in his art are made by drawing shapes with the software's line tool, then adding shading with the bucket tool.

Since picking up the hobby in the 2000s, Horiuchi has been awarded multiple prizes for his creative work with Excel. Let that be inspiration for Microsoft loyalists who are still broken up about the death of Paint.

You can get a behind-the-scenes look at the artist's process in the video below.

[h/t Great Big Story]

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