Level UpGamers, Ink.Michele Morrow

Everyone has opinions about tattoos. They’re either 1) totally against them, 2) super curious and/or scared, 3) have one and love it, 4) have one and regret it, or 5) have several and plan on more.  Kinda like kids.  If you get one,  it’s yours forever.  So choosing one should be a very personal process, whatever you deem that to be.

So let’s get right to it: Gamer Ink.  After searching the internet, I’ve come across some pretty amazing tats, but then I took an arrow to the knee:

Sorry, little inside joke for the Skyrim players out there.  In layman’s terms, there are some nasty tattoos on the interwebs that once seen cannot be unseen… so I’ve decided to take one for the team and post the better ones (with a few ridiculous ones thrown into the mix, of course).

This is, by far, the most badass version of the Zelda Triforce I’ve ever seen.

Knuckles FTW.  Some pink terminology called “Pew-Pew” (read: damage) and “Dark Side” from Star Wars.

Powerful chicks with the Nintendo 64 Controller, Kirby vs. Kracko Sleeve, Super Mario Bros. 1-Up and Resident Evil‘s Umbrella.

This is the Contra Konami Code – gamers of a certain generation know its power… and it proves my childhood argument that pressing “select” was necessary.

Here we have dual collarbone NES Controllers (2 player!), Mario’s Red Piranha Plant, World of Warcraft’s Horde faction symbol, 1337 = LEET in gamer speak, Pac-Man knuckles, Tetris ankles (O.o), Half-Life group tatting, World of Warcraft’s beautiful murloc species (>.>), and an Angry Birds hand tattoo.

Next we have Canadian “intergalactic electropop” sensation, Lights.  Many people in the World of Warcraft community know who she is because she tattooed an in-game sword, Twinblade of the Phoenix, on her arm… not to mention the laser gun on her stomach which is Star Wars inspired.

I love my 8-bit Retro Gamers:  Super Mario Bros., Space Invaders, Megaman and a little shoulder shout out to Samus Aran of Metroid.

Two quotes.  The one on the left is from my favorite character Lady Sylvanas in World of Warcraft (join my army): What are we if not slaves to this torment?” And the one on the right is from the Halo franchise “Finish the Fight”.

Obviously The Legend of Zelda has influenced generations with several incarnations of the game, with the Triforce being one of the most recognizable icons in the video game world.  I’ve personally been wanting a very simple Zelda Triforce line tattoo for awhile now and the girl in the upper left is making it look really tempting.

Old-school NES Controllers, Final Fantasy Chocobo, Guitar Hero tabs, Zelda life meter, Super Mario Bros. Power-Up knuckles, Quake symbol on lower back, Bioshock chains, Final Fantasy Moogle, and the recent PETA target Super Mario Bros. 3 Power-Up – The Tanooki Suit.

 

Pac-Man armband is an interesting twist on the usual tribal variety, the Oblivion symbol can be spotted on this girl’s back, a HUGE shout-out to whoever tatted the Commodore 64 logo on their forearm (talk about an old school love) and last but not least – a Portal reference: “There is no sense crying over every single mistake,” complete with heart cube.

Of course no Portal tattoo is complete if you aren’t reminded about the cake… because the cake is a lie!  As much respect as I have for a guy willing to pay homage to an amazing video game – he got this tattooed for eternity on his calves! *facepalm*  I can’t help but think about what it will look like when he’s 70, or how he’ll explain it to his grandchildren.

Last but not least, we have another Zelda inspired tattoo, but this one is romantic.  The hearts represent the Zelda health meter, and the little dude with the sword is the game’s protagonist, Link.  Link’s “life” in the game was represented by heart icons.  If the heart icons were totally colored in, Link was at full health.  An attack from a monster would make him lose half a heart, or more, depending on the creature he was fighting.  Now, I don’t know the actual story behind this tattoo, but it seems to me they are saying they’ve survived a small hardship and his “life” is represented on her arm.  True love in tattoos :)

Which reminds me…

*** VALENTINE’S DAY is coming up and if you have a story about meeting your honey through video games please email me at michelemorrow@gmail.com or find me on Facebook and message me there.  Don’t leave your story in the comments, though, lets save the goods for V-Day!  If you wish to remain anonymous, that’s *totally cool* and I won’t use your real names in the post ***

So… do any of you have Gamer Tattoos, or ones you are planning to get?

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Featured image via: SpaciousPlanet

Additional images via (in order): EscapistMagazine, FYeahTattoos, GeekyTattoos, TouchArcade, NerdBastards, Ranker, GamesAndGeeks, GeekyTattoos, TotalPackers, GamesAndGeeks, FreshPics, GearFuse, GamesAndGeeks, FreshPics, GamesAndGeeks, HardForum, HolyTaco, PandpTattoo, Lights Official Website, SpaciousPlanet, TheChive, DeviantArt, Tumblr.com for the Forsaken, Clutch.MTV.com, ThumbPress, Ugo.com, GeekyTattoos, EbaumsWorld, GeekyTattoos, SpaciousPlanet, GeekyTattoos and Ranker.

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  1. I have a storm trooper tattoo, not sure if that necessarily falls under “video game tattoos”, but i suppose it could. in any case, i do plan on getting some sort of 8-bit inspired piece…i’ll have to think about more. great inspirations in this post!

  2. lol im a mega gamer nerd, gonna get a sick version of the deku tree tattooed soon:)
    love all this.

  3. For the Konami code (which is what i call it because Konami included it in many games besides Contra), Select is ONLY necessary for 2 player. However as most of us (that know the code) were always playing next to a friend (or complete stranger in the bowling alley. /cough cough) Select became ingrained as part of the code. but for 1 player u did NOT hit SELECT.

    • Hah! I did not know this!! Great info, Michael thanks for commenting! Now I have a fun dinner conversation to bring up tonight :)

  4. I nearly jumped out of my seat when I saw the Contra tat! Brings so many memories of me and my brother fighting over the “upgrades”. Fun times. :D

  5. “As much respect as I have for a guy willing to pay homage to an amazing video game – he got this tattooed for eternity on his calves! *facepalm* I can’t help but think about what it will look like when he’s 70, or how he’ll explain it to his grandchildren.”

    …and this is what every single person out there that is tattooed has to face from other people. Who cares what it will look like at 70?! If my sleeves turn into a multicolored blob in the next 35 years then I will still have a story to tell. I will still have the memories of the joy they brought me. I will still know what they were and why I got them. Those are the reasons to get a tattoo, not for what they may or may not look like at 70+.

    • Soooo true! You can take it from me…at 60, I’m lucky to actuallt “see” anything without bi-focals and a magnifying glass anyway!!!!!!

    • I love you Verk! I just found this one not in my taste, but like I said in the beginning its a very personal process for us all and I wanna see pictures of your sleeves! I wish I had the guts to do that, you rock

  6. I’m pretty tempted to get the starship or little bee alien from Galaga. Decisions, decisions.

  7. I love LIGHTS! Her music and the fact that she doesn’t care about what people think about her is great! I’m not really a WoW fan but if I was I would be even more excited about it.

  8. Now I want a blaster pistol tattoo. It’s gonna happen.