I’ve wanted a tattoo for as long as I can remember. Not a sleeve covering an entire arm or multiple images inked onto various parts of my body; just a single piece of art on a discreet area of skin. A tattoo with a video game reference which subtlety displays my love for the adventure genre without being too over-the-top. Nothing like Jack from Mass Effect.
The problem? I’m a complete and utter wimp. It was only four years ago that I finally worked up enough courage to get my ears pierced – and even then I fainted on the table afterwards, I’m ashamed to admit. Needles, pain and horror games don’t feature at all highly on my list of favourite things. But a very kind nomination for the Mystery Blogger Award from Retro Redress recently and being asked what tattoo I’d go for has got me thinking…
If I was brave enough, what would I go for? Here are some of the best and worst I’ve managed to find across the internet, along with a few which may manage to convince me to get inked.
The gorgeous LightningEllen from LightningEllen’s Release and lovely Nathan from Hurricane thought process are the proud owners of the first two tattoos above – you can read more about their inky experiences by clicking on those links. It’s artwork like this, and as shown in the other images in this section, that make me want to pluck up the courage to go under the needle myself.
No… just no. It’s tattoos like this which put me off the whole idea and not want to bring a needle anywhere near my skin. I understand body art is a very personal thing and means something to the owner that others may just not get; but some of these are so badly designed or poorly drawn, and I feel sorry for these people who are going to be marked for the rest of their lives.
It’s probably no surprise to most reading this that I’ve included a few Monkey-Island-inspired works here! I really like the one of Murray; it’s definitely something I could see myself opting for because it’s subtle and he’s such a great character. The last isn’t a tattoo but an absolutely beautiful image by vapidity on DeviantArt, but it would make a great piece of body art.
When Nathan took part in GameBlast17 with us last year and stayed the weekend, he almost managed to convince me to leave with him the day afterwards to get a tattoo. Who knows, when he’s back for GameBlast18 next month he may just succeed…