I got super excited when I saw this topic! Probably a little too excited but oh well! I love tattoos, and I love geeky tattoos. I have a few which I’ll share below, along with ideas for some others!
1. David Aja/Matt Fraction Hawkeye Arrow
I had this tattoo done in December 2012. I even had Matt Fraction sign it when I saw him at a convention (No, I didn’t get that tattooed) and David Aja has commented on it via Twitter! I just really love the artwork and story of their Hawkeye series. Plus it’s no secret that I love Hawkeye. I do consider this book though the one that really got me into comics. I think it’s the first book I added to my pull list.
2. Elsa Chang Black Widow
I love Black Widow which means this tattoo should be a surprise to no one. I had been thinking about a pin up style tattoo but couldn’t land on what look I wanted. There are tons of styles and designs out there. Then I had a light bulb moment when I was looking at some of the artwork I owned. I reached out to Elsa to make sure it was cool I had it done and she said of course! This lovely lady was done in January 2015. Oh FYI, it’s been featured on Buzzfeed.
3. Till The End Of The Line
This is my newest tattoo and was done in September 2015 before I headed off to Baltimore Comic-Con. The handwriting actually belongs to my friend Katy. She’s the Steve to my Bucky. Yup, I have a lot of Marvel related tattoos.
4. Jurassic World Raptor by Josh Bodwell
If you haven’t checked out the work of Josh Bodwell, do it now. He’s on my list of people I need tattoos by. I even emailed him about this tattoo but it’s a little out of my budget at the moment. One day though his art will be found on my body. I’m just not sure when!
5. Maybe More Widows
I have this idea of maybe turning my one Widow into many and having a thigh sleeve (is that even a thing?) done. My only concern is taking away from or messing up what I currently have. I love her beyond word and would hate for anything to ruin that. On the other hand I think it would be pretty amazing to have a few Black Widows by different amazing artists.
And now a few tips. Before you get any tattoo work done, be sure to do your research! While one artist might be great at portraits, they might not be great at text. Don’t assume just because they can do one style, they can do all of them. Be sure to read reviews too about the shops. Are they clean? How were the clients treated? If you’re going after an artist that’s highly sought after, don’t be surprised if there’s a wait list. I made my appointment for Widow in June and didn’t see the artist until January to have the actual work done. I know people are mixed on “you get what you pay for” when it comes to tattoos. It’s one thing to get a tattoo free or for a discount from a friend, it’s another thing when the price is low to begin with, especially if it’s a larger piece, detailed, or has a lot of color. I have a tattoo that was only $50, but it’s a small black paw print. That’s 100% a fair price. In this day and age, it’s just so easy to do your research thanks to Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Remember, this is something that’s going on your body (hopefully) forever. You don’t want to end up like me, getting a bad tattooed lasered off years later. It’s not cheap, and it hurts. Learn from my mistake kids!