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#1 Edited by louis0nfire (205 posts) -

I have 5 tattoos, all on my lower/upper arms. I've always considered getting a gaming related tattoo, whether it be a favorite game of mine like Fallout or something more generic like a D-Pad. What are your thoughts on video game tattoos? If you have any, share some pictures!

#2 Posted by IceOrb (182 posts) -

Don't.

#3 Posted by ajamafalous (12166 posts) -

I think they're pretty dumb.

#4 Posted by Subject2Change (2966 posts) -

Nothing against em, make sure it's something you want on you forever. I only have 1 very large tattoo covering a large part of my leg from the knee down. I have considered a gaming tattoo but there is nothing that means that much to me in the gaming world besides CS/D2 taking up most of my Middle School and High School life and WoW prior to actually becoming an adult.

#5 Posted by nohthink (1223 posts) -

@IceOrb said:

Don't.

I'm with this dude. Hate to tell you but yeah.... don't

#6 Edited by Chop (1998 posts) -

If you love games and want to express that to the world, nothing is wrong with a game tattoo. Personally, I'm with

#7 Posted by fox01313 (5089 posts) -

If it's iconic (like mario, the nintendo 8 bit controller or something else) it could work but then again with the wrong design or putting it in the wrong spot it could go wrong. If nothing else just put it up on your shoulder/back area so you have some room to work with & don't have to deal with comments on it from people who don't play video games. For something like fallout 3 & I was going that route of getting a gaming themed tattoo, I'd go with one of the pipboy images (from either the perks or some of the art in fallout 3 or new vegas), then again that's me & you might go with something else, just pick something you like & you can always get an artist or yourself to draw it up on yourself with a sharpie or body paint to get a customized fake tattoo for a couple days to just play around with what you want or where to go with it & see what you think. GLHB!

#8 Posted by ckeats (489 posts) -

If games are important to you, then yeah go for it. Getting a game tattoo has always been in my plans as games have been a huge part of my life for so long.

Just don't get any GTA release dates. You'll kick yourself in the ass for that one.

#9 Posted by SaturdayNightSpecials (2446 posts) -

I think there are very few things meaningful or appealing enough to occupy a stretch of your skin.

Generally anything from a video game falls outside of that group.

#10 Posted by Breadfan (6590 posts) -
Do it. 
#11 Posted by OllyOxenFree (4988 posts) -

As long as it's something stylish then I think it'd be fine. Just not something like pixel art or fuckin' Sephiroth on your back. Wait what.

#12 Posted by crusader8463 (14429 posts) -

I think any pop culture themed tattoos are dumb. The tattoo will last a life time, but the fad you are currently crazy for will not. I personally think just random tattoos on a person are ugly as all hell, but if it has some special meaning to you then knock yourself out. It's your body. Just try to think about what you will think of it in 20-30 years time. I have always wanted to get a Brotherhood of NOD symbol tattoo on me somewhere because it has a deep personal meaning to me, but instead of running out to get it done as soon as I was old enough to I instead promised myself that if by the time I'm 30 I still wanted it I would get it. 4.6 more years to go!

Christ... now I feel old and sad. Thanks a lot OP.

#13 Posted by PeasantAbuse (5138 posts) -

Get a swastika.

#14 Posted by hoossy (939 posts) -

if it's this cool...

#15 Posted by RobotHamster (4177 posts) -

If you do get something I'd make it something really subtle. For example, I was thinking of getting the weak spot on the colossus from shadow of the colossus, unless someone asks they'd never know. Still not sure if I'll get it but I think it'll work.

#16 Posted by MethodMan008 (822 posts) -

I got nothing against them.. If a game means a lot to you go for it...

But then again I have a comic tattoo, so maybe I'm crazy. :P

#17 Posted by crusader8463 (14429 posts) -

@Breadfan said:

Do it.

Caterpie would make a kick ass tattoo! Better yet, get a Metapod on your penis and every time you get an erection you can yell "Metapod! Harden!"

#18 Posted by ImmortalSaiyan (4702 posts) -

I don't see them as any different from any other tattoo and you have five of those. if you want to get, why not?

#19 Posted by Doctorchimp (4055 posts) -

I have a friend who has de_dust2 for life in that generic counter-strike console font style.

It looks pretty rad...

#20 Posted by iam3green (14390 posts) -

it just depends on what you get. most gaming tattoos are 8bit characters, since it's a general thing where people will know what it is.

#21 Posted by Zacagawea (1617 posts) -

Don't get a video game tattoo.

Get a horse tattoo. Bitches love horses. Make sure it covers your entire back too.

#22 Posted by Ksaw (353 posts) -
This is the only game tattoo I approve of.
#23 Edited by DefaultProphet (554 posts) -

If you're gonna get a tattoo referencing something specific in culture, get something that people who are also fans will get but non-fans will still think looks cool. There's nothing worse than having to explain what your tattoo is referencing and your only response is "Video Games"

#24 Posted by 9999dmg (132 posts) -

I have a pretty ok tattoo of a metroid spawn on the inside of my right arm. When people ask about it I just say something like, 'yeah it's from a videogame'. If I were to get another tattoo it would be a horse tattoo that takes up my entire back.

#25 Posted by MattyFTM (14434 posts) -

I love the idea of getting a subtle gaming tattoo. I'd love to do it some day. Nothing that's like a character or a game logo or anything that literally screams "VIDJA GAEMS!!!!!!!". But something more subtle that just looks like a normal tattoo to the uninformed, but has a gaming background. I'm thinking the design on the Aperture Science would look cool. But I don't know. I'm not going to rush into it, a tattoo is for life.

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#26 Posted by theoldhouse (439 posts) -

Now I want a pokemon tattoo

#27 Posted by Dad_Is_A_Zombie (1212 posts) -

What the hell, it's better than getting a woman's name on your arm. Trust me...

#28 Posted by Wacomole (837 posts) -

Personally, I'd say get it printed on a T-Shirt instead.

#29 Posted by VilhelmNielsen (1744 posts) -

If it means anything to you. The most important thing for me is music, so I'm getting a music-related tattoo. If video games spawned the same feelings for me as music does, I'd get a gaming tattoo. Though I'm against any logos, catchphrases etc. Original tattoos all the way!

#30 Posted by TaliciaDragonsong (8607 posts) -

Only if it has personal meaning, which it does in my case.

#31 Posted by Jimbo (10008 posts) -

I think if it's a piece of art that looks cool in its own right and just happens to be from or inspired by a game then it's ok. I think anything like a D-pad (anything which just says "OH HEY DID YOU KNOW I LIKE GAMES??") is lame as fuck.
 
Caterpie works because Caterpie looks baller.

#32 Posted by Viking_Funeral (1922 posts) -

@hoossy said:

if it's this cool...

Oh, god. I can only imagine the look on his face when it was finally pointed out to him.

But something like this is cool, for example.

(That's the Brotherhood of Steel's logo, for those that don't play Fallout).

#33 Posted by L44 (575 posts) -

Get one of Big the Cat and be done with it

#34 Posted by black_jac (1 posts) -

Well first you have to consider this: If you're asking for the opinions of others about whether or not you should get a video game tattoo, then isn't it already apparent that you shouldn't? Getting tattooed is something you do as an ultimate form of expression to commemorate something sentimental to you. If you have to ask if others think a certain tattoo is cool or not to be blazoned onto your skin, then you're obviously more concerned with outward appearances, meaning that you let the judgement of others dictate the way that you live. That isn't very cool.

#35 Posted by BulletproofMonk (2734 posts) -
@MattyFTM said:

I love the idea of getting a subtle gaming tattoo. I'd love to do it some day. Nothing that's like a character or a game logo or anything that literally screams "VIDJA GAEMS!!!!!!!". But something more subtle that just looks like a normal tattoo to the uninformed, but has a gaming background. 

What this guy said.
#36 Posted by Cramsy (1177 posts) -

There was this guy I quoted a while back. I looked it up to post again, great bit of advice.

@McGhee_the_Insomniac said:

I use to want a tattoo, but I'm glad I didn't. I use to be a hardcore Christian, graduated from a Evangelical Bible college, and was going to go into the ministry. Ten years later and I'm now an atheist. Going years back I use to really want some kind of Christian tattoo. How stupid would I feel today with some fucking Greek phrase from the Bible on my arm?
Tattoos never change, but you do. Or you should. If you aren't changing and growing as a person, you've got a problem.

Get a tattoo if you like, just think about it really hard I guess.

#37 Edited by HarlechQuinn (451 posts) -

Seem to be in a minority here, but my left arm mostly consists of gaming related tattoos. So if you find something you like, just go for it... I might add some pictures later, although the sleeve is not done yet and actually I wanted to wait till it's done before I take some pictures of it.

P. S. I might mention that I am not one of those every tattoo stands for something in my life or has a deeper meaning to it types, which you tend to see a lot in those tattoo related reality soaps... If I'll like the design and know that I don't get bored after a few years I go for it. But as I can enjoy/appreciate some "destroyer lines" on walls... you should take my stance on tattoos, art etc with a grain of salt ;)

#38 Posted by Jimbo (10008 posts) -
@black_jac said:

Well first you have to consider this: If you're asking for the opinions of others about whether or not you should get a video game tattoo, then isn't it already apparent that you shouldn't? Getting tattooed is something you do as an ultimate form of expression to commemorate something sentimental to you. If you have to ask if others think a certain tattoo is cool or not to be blazoned onto your skin, then you're obviously more concerned with outward appearances, meaning that you let the judgement of others dictate the way that you live. That isn't very cool.

If you truly didn't care about outward appearances or the judgement of others then you wouldn't be concerned with tattoos or any other form of expressing yourself in the first place. You express yourself to others, not to yourself - that's why it's called an expression.
#39 Posted by Guided_By_Tigers (8061 posts) -

Most are dumb but this Starman Deluxe one is pretty badass...

#40 Posted by Still_I_Cry (2494 posts) -

I wouldn't, unless you think it is something you'd still like in the future.

#41 Posted by Ravenlight (8011 posts) -

@L44 said:

Get one of Big the Cat and be done with it

#42 Posted by Sooty (8082 posts) -

lame.

#43 Posted by NathHaw (2804 posts) -

I have a pretty hard stance on gaming tattoos. Don't. This is coming from a dude who wanted one kinda a lot at one time.

#44 Posted by BigChickenDinner (761 posts) -

I've seen someone with a tattoo of, I guess a Mario level (8bit) tattooed around his waist. So if you walked around him you saw a few Iconic Mario things, a few enemy types, a few set pieces, and Mario, breaking some blocks. Its cool. But its all up to you. Do you want your body marked with someone's idea forever? I have a tattoo that was a drawing from my brother... and one that was a fuck you to the Marine Corps.... Both are badass... but my brothers is far better than the other one.. I was thinking about getting an EVE tat somewhere, just a tiny one, because that game is epic.

#45 Posted by GregisPurple (20 posts) -

I was thinking of getting the song of storms done just like this.

#46 Posted by Jimbo (10008 posts) -
@black_jac said:

@Jimbo: You're right in certain cases, however, it would vary amongst different individuals as motivation for getting a tattoo is idiosyncratic. Personally for me, I view a permanent marking on my body as the greatest form of dedication to something meaningful to me (in my case my old ODA number). I have it located directly over my heart, always obscured by clothing, and only my wife, my SF brothers, and myself know it exists. But like I said, that's just me, and that's my reasoning for getting tattooed.

And when you say "that you expresses yourself to others, not to yourself", and that that's why it's called an expression, you're only speaking of a possible direction of expression. Many artists and musicians paint or play music simply to express their emotions at any given time, and those works aren't ever presented to the public. It's entirely possible to be expressive, and not necessitate that the expression be for the sake of others.

But in the end, I'm also wrong since I assumed the topic author's intentions of getting a tattoo were the same as mine.

Right, but you're expressing that dedication to your wife and your 'SF brothers'. You're communicating to the people closest to you how much it means to you, because -quite naturally- you care about what they think of you.  If you didn't care what others thought you wouldn't need the tattoo, because you already know how much it means to you. When you talk to people about it, you tell them it's directly over your heart, again to convey the importance you place on it. Whether consciously or subconsciously, I think you care about it and what it says about you.
 
I take your point about  a musician playing to themselves (though I don't know whether I'd call it expressive to do so).  I just think there's a contradiction between saying a tattoo is the ultimate form of expression and then suggesting it's not cool to consider how others might judge it. Personally, I think getting a tattoo just for the sake of looking cool is a totally legit reason, and if that is the motivation then it's just plain good sense to ask if people think it's cool before getting it done rather than afterwards.
#47 Edited by Asrahn (555 posts) -

Depends entirely what you're getting of course. In my opinion, one should either be able to stand for it for the rest of ones life (I have runes on my right arm, which is fine due to my ancestry) or it may symbolise something that you never want to forget - a reminder that growing up too much perhaps wouldn't be a good thing for you.

Also, the Emperor Protects.

#48 Posted by Sweep (8986 posts) -

@crusader8463 said:

@Breadfan said:

Do it.

Caterpie would make a kick ass tattoo! Better yet, get a Metapod on your penis and every time you get an erection you can yell "Metapod! Harden!"

This is the best Idea I have ever heard. You've got my vote.

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#49 Edited by Branthog (5598 posts) -

I can't wait to get a tattoo so I can be unique, just like everyone else!

I have nothing against tattoos and dig chicks with tatts, but I don't give enough of a shit about anything in the world to have it stuck on my body for the rest of my life. Further, I'm from Portland, so having a tattoo is about as original as drinking coffee, beer, going to strip clubs, or wearing flannel.

#50 Posted by TentPole (1858 posts) -

@IceOrb said:

Don't.