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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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5 Things You Might Not Know About Ansel Adams

You probably know Ansel Adams—who was born on February 20, 1902—as the man who helped promote the National Park Service through his magnificent photographs. But there was a lot more to the shutterbug than his iconic, black-and-white vistas. Here are five lesser-known facts about the celebrated photographer.

1. AN EARTHQUAKE LED TO HIS DISTINCTIVE NOSE.

Adams was a four-year-old tot when the 1906 San Francisco earthquake struck his hometown. Although the boy managed to escape injury during the quake itself, an aftershock threw him face-first into a garden wall, breaking his nose. According to a 1979 interview with TIME, Adams said that doctors told his parents that it would be best to fix the nose when the boy matured. He joked, "But of course I never did mature, so I still have the nose." The nose became Adams' most striking physical feature. His buddy Cedric Wright liked to refer to Adams' honker as his "earthquake nose.

2. HE ALMOST BECAME A PIANIST.

Adams was an energetic, inattentive student, and that trait coupled with a possible case of dyslexia earned him the heave-ho from private schools. It was clear, however, that he was a sharp boy—when motivated.

When Adams was just 12 years old, he taught himself to play the piano and read music, and he quickly showed a great aptitude for it. For nearly a dozen years, Adams focused intensely on his piano training. He was still playful—he would end performances by jumping up and sitting on his piano—but he took his musical education seriously. Adams ultimately devoted over a decade to his study, but he eventually came to the realization that his hands simply weren't big enough for him to become a professional concert pianist. He decided to leave the keys for the camera after meeting photographer Paul Strand, much to his family's dismay.

3. HE HELPED CREATE A NATIONAL PARK.

If you've ever enjoyed Kings Canyon National Park in California, tip your cap to Adams. In the 1930s Adams took a series of photographs that eventually became the book Sierra Nevada: The John Muir Trail. When Adams sent a copy to Secretary of the Interior Harold Ickes, the cabinet member showed it to Franklin Roosevelt. The photographs so delighted FDR that he wouldn't give the book back to Ickes. Adams sent Ickes a replacement copy, and FDR kept his with him in the White House.

After a few years, Ickes, Adams, and the Sierra Club successfully convinced Roosevelt to make Kings Canyon a national park in 1940. Roosevelt's designation specifically provided that the park be left totally undeveloped and roadless, so the only way FDR himself would ever experience it was through Adams' lenses.

4. HE WELCOMED COMMERCIAL ASSIGNMENTS.

While many of his contemporary fine art photographers shunned commercial assignments as crass or materialistic, Adams went out of his way to find paying gigs. If a company needed a camera for hire, Adams would generally show up, and as a result, he had some unlikely clients. According to The Ansel Adams Gallery, he snapped shots for everyone from IBM to AT&T to women's colleges to a dried fruit company. All of this commercial print work dismayed Adams's mentor Alfred Stieglitz and even worried Adams when he couldn't find time to work on his own projects. It did, however, keep the lights on.

5. HE AND GEORGIA O'KEEFFE WERE FRIENDS.

Adams and legendary painter O'Keeffe were pals and occasional traveling buddies who found common ground despite their very different artistic approaches. They met through their mutual friend/mentor Stieglitz—who eventually became O'Keeffe's husband—and became friends who traveled throughout the Southwest together during the 1930s. O'Keeffe would paint while Adams took photographs.

These journeys together led to some of the artists' best-known work, like Adams' portrait of O'Keeffe and a wrangler named Orville Cox, and while both artists revered nature and the American Southwest, Adams considered O'Keeffe the master when it came to capturing the area. 

“The Southwest is O’Keeffe’s land,” he wrote. “No one else has extracted from it such a style and color, or has revealed the essential forms so beautifully as she has in her paintings.”

The two remained close throughout their lives. Adams would visit O'Keeffe's ranch, and the two wrote to each other until Adams' death in 1984.

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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
Dan Bell

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
Dan Bell

A black-and-white illustration of Cairngorms National Park in the style of a 'Lord of the Rings' map.
Cairngorms National Park in Scotland
Dan Bell

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
Dan Bell

You can buy prints of the maps here.

[h/t Kottke.org]

All images by Dan Bell

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