Few things go together quite as well as obsessive devotion to a television show and the decision to get something permanently imprinted on your skin. So it’s hardly surprising that there are so many cult TV tattoos out there. That’s why, to give ourselves a bit of a challenge, we’ve only rounded up the ones that truly spoke to us – for better or for worse. We’ve also omitted the gobs of sci-fi show ink (Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica), because they’re utterly ubiquitous, and honestly, the stuff we did find was pretty predictable. (Anyone regretting those “The truth is out there” tatts yet?) And since there are so many incredible animated series tattoos (The Simpsons, South Park), and we’d seen most of them everywhere, we left those out, too. With those caveats, your roundup of epic cult TV tattoos is after the jump.
1. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Okay, we love this show, too, so we’re not going to rag on your decision to give it all the real estate on your back. And we will second Great White Snark in commending you on placing Giles front and center. We only wonder why Buffy A) seems poised to stake Giles and B) appears to be wearing her bra outside her shirt.
4. Golden Girls
There are a number of wonderful tattoos devoted to TV’s favorite old ladies, and many of them are prettier and more intricate than this one (although, to be fair, it looks like it was photographed just after it was done, when the skin was still irritated). But can we appreciate, for a moment, the brilliant idea of putting Rose, Dorothy, Blanche, and Sophia on Mt. Rushmore?
These are actually two different tattoos, juxtaposed because, though they were once in love (and then got back together in the afterlife, even though it’s totally obvious that Nadia is his soul mate), Sayid is probably the best Lost character to have adorning your limb for eternity, while Shannon may well be the worst.