There’s a common misconception that tattoos are only a way to express your individuality (just like everyone else does), or only serve as loving tributes to moms. But they have practical medical applications too, especially now that circuit board temporary tattoos exist.
Here's an odd by-product of body art. In an MRI machine, a tattoo can start generating heat to the point where it burns your skin.
Some optical illusions are even more impressive in tattoo form, where they radically change the appearance of the bearer's skin and, for an instant, make us question reality. It almost looks like you could grab the swirling column tattooed on this fellow's arm.
Morphsuits have become an easy and relatively cheap way of getting a costume together - but have you ever thought about skipping the spandex and just tattooing the suit onto your body? No? Well, if you ever do and have ten grand to spare, the original company behind the morphsuit offer such a service.
While escaping her sinking ship, a pirate encounters a mermaid who wants to know the stories behind her tattoos. What follows is a sweet nautical love story.
I mean, it's missing the arms that let you actually ask questions, but you can't have everything.
If you're going to get a Little Mermaid (villain-centric) Disney chest piece, this is the high-water mark. Amazing.
Letting a swarm of hungry bed bugs feed on your arm sounds squirm-inducingly unpleasant, but this entomologist decided to have a little fun with it. He gave himself a temporary tattoo while giving his bed bugs a nice big meal.
Take a closer look at this Popeye tattoo, and you'll see that the guy's hand is Popeye's super-powered, spinach fist! This tattoo is bananas clever.
There's a ton of awful science reporting out there... but at least most of it comes from people misinterpreting scientific papers and skimming actual press releases. Meanwhile, there's one journalist, who went out looking for an "expert" to say that tattoos cause cancer.
QR codes are one of those technologies where the execution just hasn't lived up to the concept. But every now and then, someone comes up with a cool application of those little black squares. Berrge Tattoo in Istanbul uses this newspaper ad to make sure their tattoo artist applicants at least have the fine motor…
We all know Winnie the Pooh as a beloved children's book character, a Disney icon and, of course, a honey fetishist. But the "willy nilly silly old bear" and his friends have made three recent incursions into nerd-dom that may indicate a more concerted effort by the denizens of Hundred Acre Wood to take over every…
Hint: it's the latter.
Did you ever wish to convey the entire plot of 1980s fantasy flick The NeverEnding Story on your arm? Such was the inclination of a woman named Samelina, who recruited Roger Axelsson of Evil Eye Tattoo in Stockholm, Sweden to give her a sleeve depicting characters like Gmork, Morla, and the Rock-Biter. Pro tip: leave…
Tattoo artist Joshua Couchenour playfully mixes Star Wars characters with traditional tattooing iconography like skulls, snakes, religious symbols, and roses. Even if they're not your tattooed cup of tea, it's not hard to imagine them adorning a Star Wars fan's skin.
Yes, that is a real life Back to the Future Flux Capacitor tattoo. Now all he needs to do is get up to 88 Miles Per Hour and he can send those nipples back to the future! Well done.
Although tattoos and body piercings have gone mainstream, they still carry a connotation of risky behavior. And a new study suggests this stereotype is borne out in the drinking habits of those who modify their bodies: they drink more alcohol than their friends with undecorated skins.
Who knew a few simple strokes from a tattoo artist could turn the mopey Edward Cullen into the brash, mohawked Rufio from Hook! According to Geekologie — who also made this excellent GIF — the ink was part of a bet:
Here's a pretty rad event for Game Of Thrones that we're supremely sad we missed. HBO paid for a collection of die-hard Game Of Thrones fans to drop by the Wooster Street Social Club for free tattoos. They could be inked with one of five sigils from the warring families of Westeros. And they turned out totally awesome!
Want to show people the steely interior that lurks under your soft skin? This Terminator-esque tattoo is the perfect thing. Plus it makes you look totally ripped.