15 Ultra Nerdy Lego Tattoos

They’re just tiny, colorful blocks of plastic, but as of this weekend, they’re Hollywood stars. Who knew a movie about Legos would win such rave reviews? “The Lego Movie is a massive collision of subversive humor, hyper-kinetic energy, mind-jangling design, spinning colors and about 15 million Legos, no exaggeration,” said the Los Angeles Times’ Betsy Sharkey in her review. A 12-year-old Lego champion even gave it a thumbs up. The cult of Lego has exploded in recent years, with minifigs and more making their way onto the flesh of the masses. Here are a few of the nerdiest Lego tattoos that are sure to appeal to your inner toy architect. … Read More

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25 Awesome Tom Waits Tattoos

Gruff-voiced poet Tom Waits celebrates a birthday, today. The howling pianist’s lyrics illuminate a forgotten, shadowy world of drunken sirens, broken dreams, and glassy-eyed regrets. His evocative verses have been tattooed as permanent reminders of the hope and loss his work conjures in the minds and hearts of fans. And the singer’s vagabond style has made him a character worthy of inky tribute. We’ve collected some of the greatest Tom Waits tattoos that honor the eccentric troubadour, below. … Read More

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25 Stunning Space Tattoos

Space advocate, science nerd, and author Carl Sagan believed “the Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena” and that we have a responsibility to “deal more kindly with one another and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.” He wrote about humanity’s interconnectedness with all things, including the faraway places we have yet to explore, with poetry, passion, and wisdom. To celebrate Sagan’s birthday, we’ve gathered 25 of the most beautiful space-related tattoos — and a few that even feature Sagan (and his words) himself. … Read More

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Bookish Portraits Celebrate the Tattooed Librarians of Rhode Island

If there’s something we here at Flavorwire can all agree on, it’s our appreciation for a good-looking librarian with cool tattoos. Well, it may be the smallest state in the Union, but Rhode Island apparently has the highest number of good-looking book catalogers per square foot in the United States. We know this because they’re flaunting it in a new “Tattooed Librarians of the Ocean State” calendar — which you can order and gawk at in good conscience, because all proceeds go to benefit the Rhode Island Library Association. Curious to see what the 12 months of 2014 could look like on your wall? Click through, because we’ve got a few images for… Read More

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14 Totally Creepy ‘Breaking Bad’ Tattoos

I realize that memorializing your favorite pop culture artifacts in tattoo form has a long and storied history. But let me ask you this: isn’t it a little creepy to be so devoted to the degraded morals of a former chemistry teacher that you feel the need to tattoo the proof of his degeneracy on your arms and legs? These are questions which could be posed to any/all of the following tattoo bearers, most of whom are permanently displaying some kind of reproduction of Walter White’s Heisenberg on their body. Because nothing says “employable” like, “My existential dream is to be a murderous drug dealer,” I guess. … Read More

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15 Awesome ‘Great Gatsby’ Tattoos

You may think you’re a fan of The Great Gatsby, but how committed are you really? Lots of folks have proven their love of Fitzgerald’s masterpiece by inking its words and images on their bodies — the floating face of the classic cover and the final lines are perennial favorites in this regard. After the jump, check out some of the greatest Gatsby tattoos from around the web. … Read More

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The Most Amazing ‘Game of Thrones’ Tattoos

We’re always on the lookout for impressive tattoo art, as you probably noticed. When we spotted this wonderful fantasy-inspired ink that combines imagery and text from Lord of the Rings, Doctor Who, and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, we couldn’t help but feel like something was missing: Game of Thrones. The third season is upon us, and we’re ridiculously excited to see what happens next. With dragons and other mythical madness on the brain, we went searching for the most stunning Game of Thrones-inspired tattoos we could find. See what George R. R. Martin nerds and fans of the HBO series are inking their bodies with, and feel free to brag about your own Game of Thrones tattoo in the comments. … Read More

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The Most Beautiful Song Lyric Tattoos We’ve Ever Seen

Song lyrics are clearly a popular choice for tattoos, but the vast majority of lyrical quotes are pretty much plain old script tattoos. We have nothing against this, but it’s interesting to see tattoos where lyrics are combined with an artistic flourish, so we’ve gathered some examples of truly beautiful work that we thought we’d share with… Read More

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The Mysterious, Enviable Lives of Cool, Tattooed Girls Illustrated

Kirsten Rothbart’s illustrations, which we first spotted on Supersonic Electronic, have a comix-inspired style and reveal the mysterious lives of cool, tattooed girls. Smoky rooms, tiger guardians, and other enviable scenarios draw us in — but the German-born artist also shows there are vulnerabilities and a longing for something more. Music has been a big inspiration on Rothbart: “I just love portraying musicians and their way of life. Or what I think is their way of life.” Take a closer look in our gallery. … Read More

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From Kat Von D to Lena Dunham: An Amazing History of Women and Tattoos

As of 2012, tattooed women outnumber men for the first time in American history, making the third edition of Margot Mifflin’s Bodies of Subversion more relevant than ever. Initially published in 1997, the book was the first history of women’s tattoo art and remains the primary source on the subject. The newest revision updates stories from earlier editions while expanding to include over 100 new images, as well as offering a modern take on how the public’s opinion of tattoos has… Read More

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