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30 of the Best Geek Tattoos

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This article will showcase more than 30 of the best geek tattoos from around the internet to help you get inspired for your own.

This article will showcase more than 30 of the best geek tattoos from around the internet to help you get inspired for your own.

The Rise of the Geek Tattoo

Over the last few years, something strange has been happening in the world: the geek is becoming popular! With this, we've also seen an increase in the number of geek tattoos.

Geek tattoos are nothing new though. Some cite people who got Star Wars–based tattoos back in the 1970s as the start of the trend. With more and more people getting these types of tattoos though, it seems that some are now trying to outdo each other with how geeky their body art is.

This is a selection of more than 30 of the best geek tattoos found online. Some are awesome, some are OK, and some are really bad! (You'll know which ones are which.)

In this article, we'll take a look at some inkjobs from across these areas of geek culture:

  • Video Games
  • Computers
  • The Internet
  • Mobile/Cell Phones
  • Comic Books and Graphic Novels

What Is a Geek?

What exactly defines a geek isn't always totally clear and has seemed to shift a number of times, especially in the last decade or so.

According to Merriam-Webster, the two main definitions are:

  1. a person often of an intellectual bent who is disliked
  2. an enthusiast or expert especially in a technological field or activity

These touch on a good portion of how the term is generally used today, though this additional definition found on Urban Dictionary is also helpful:

"A person of high intelligence who typically does not fit into popular social groups. Geeks tend to make friends with other social outcasts with similar hobbies and/or interests."

Some combination of these three definitions help paint a clearer picture of what we might mean when we say "geek" now.

Though with the explosion of Star Wars, comic books and graphic novels, science-fiction and fantasy, and video games into the mainstream over roughly the last two decades, it's difficult to say what even qualifies as "popular culture" anymore—and thus making it similarly tough to say who or what really functions as "outcast" or "underground" either.

So for the purposes of this article, we can just say that "geek tattoos" are ones that reference various cultural iconography across different media, without having to focus too much on the popularity or perceived "geekiness" of any particular reference.

Video Games

A good place to start as any, video games have always had a massive geek following. But with the recent huge increase in the popularity of video gaming—thanks in part to COVID-19—the gaming industry now brings in more money than movies, music, or sports.

It comes as little surprise then, that we've also seen an increase in gaming tattoos. These aren't just relegated to the most popular titles like Mario, Zelda, Final Fantasy, or GTA though. You can also find tattoos of indie games like Undertale, Journey, Hollow Knight, and even Untitled Goose Game.

Computers

Fanboys will always want to prove their worth, and there's no better way to say "I love this brand" than with one of these fanboy tattoos.

Whether you're a loyal follower of a particular operating system or you just really like a certain typeface, these inkjobs are only for the most diehard of fans.

The Internet

Yes, we couldn't forget internet-based tattoos. From websites to HTML code, some people just really love their online lives!

You can even create a memorial to the now-defunct Internet Explorer or proclaim your belief that the internet is apparently better than God.

Mobile/Cell Phones

Considering we now spend a huge chunk of our lives staring at them, it comes as little surprise that there are people out there willing to get tattoos of their favorite mobile phones.

Some are iPhone- or Android-for-life heads, while others prefer to show their affinity for specific models from the past, like the above tattoo of the fan-favorite for people who love to text: the Sidekick.

Or maybe you just like texting and want to immortalize that moment when you're waiting on one to come through.

Comic Books and Graphic Novels

Comics have a huge geek factor, have been popular for so long, and are only getting more popular by the minute. It's also worth noting that comic tattoos are often among the highest quality of artwork.

They don't always have to be the most famous male superheroes though. You can get a sweet rendition of Ironheart, Storm, or Zatanna.

Or if you're tired of humanoids, think about getting some ink of Groot or Lying Cat.

Other Great Geeky Ideas

Above are some random/funny/strange/cool/useful tattoos that are classed as geek but don't fall into the above categories.

More Tattoo Inspiration

Show Us Your Geekiest Tattoos

So there you go, more than 30 of the best geek tattoos from around the internet.

Don't agree or seen something better? Leave a comment with a link for others to see.

Comments

Guest131 on May 31, 2014:

You have to love the connect the dots tattoo

suregeek from www.suregeek.com on October 03, 2011:

Wow that is talent! Amazing art on those geeks! Great article..

JF on June 30, 2010:

Hey buddies, I got my!

Mortal Kombat on my skin: http://twitter.com/account/profile_image/eusoujf?h...

WHoArtNow (author) from Leicester, UK on May 25, 2010:

@ Holly - Now that is cool! Stand up and take a bow!

Holly on May 24, 2010:

Tattoo artist here...I got my knuckles done a few years ago, check it out:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v457/Dragon0nThe...

Drew23 on November 10, 2009:

heh. hilarious.

I am the guy with the space invader on my chest.

I got it in 2001, a long time before the current 8-bit craze... my reasoning was that I wanted something 'tribal', but the more I researched the origins and meanings of common tribal designs, the more I realized that I would just be co-opting someone else's culture for my own aesthetic whims.

the space invader is a tribal design from *my* culture.

TerryJ on July 22, 2009:

Omg I cant believe it, you got a photo of me on here..rofl, im the one with the tux tattoo...anyhow i'm looking into a way to have some tribal style tatoo surounding it.

AJHargrove from USA on May 27, 2009:

Some of these were made of win, like the penguin. Some were pretty, like the Zelda... but personally, if I got a tattoo, it'd be something small. And possibly geeky.

sunforged from Sunforged.com on April 08, 2009:

Mario Shiva is awesome! Im actually kind of impressed with the helvetica tat, as a graphic designer Ive been forced to stare at the nuances between fonts long enough to possibly brainwash myself too, not usre if i would go with helvetica though!

That sidekick tattoo is terrible!

i think the ruler may be the greatest idea for a tattoo i have ever seen! and comic book guy leaves me rolling.

great collection.

WHoArtNow (author) from Leicester, UK on April 08, 2009:

@lauren - Respect for the Umbrella Tat!

lauren on April 07, 2009:

This is my boyfriend and I's first tattoos,

MINE

http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=9abq8j&s=5

AND HIS

http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=2dj5rnq&s=...

Pounded Ink on March 17, 2009:

That's a great collection of geek tattoos.

Blakjac on March 07, 2009:

for those willing to follow the link, i have an awesome black mage tattoo, pixelated, ff1 style.

chefgeek on March 02, 2009:

@whoartnow that picture was taken right after i had it down which was a while ago

Randy Behavior from Near the Ocean on March 02, 2009:

I'm an ink virgin, but if I were to get a tat those would not be it!

Crackberry on March 02, 2009:

I'm a massive Blackberry fan and I' m almost ashamed by that tattoo, what was he thinking!!

mon_scandel on March 01, 2009:

Spiderman chessst ,, wowah!!by farrrr besssst (=

WHoArtNow (author) from Leicester, UK on March 01, 2009:

Hoorah indeed!

ivan on March 01, 2009:

hoorah for NOD!

Corey on March 01, 2009:

The helvetica type one is not geeky, I think that is more of a typography designer tattoo. So if there was a question with which of the following does not belong here, I would choose that one.

WHoArtNow (author) from Leicester, UK on March 01, 2009:

@ Shulla - I heard the Zune guy got 5 free songs and some stickers from M'soft for his tat and that was it!

Direxmd on March 01, 2009:

thanks C.C. :)

Shulla on March 01, 2009:

A lot of people got paid to get these.Ones like FF, Zune, Windows, etc. are most likely just advertisement.

WHoArtNow (author) from Leicester, UK on March 01, 2009:

@chefgeek - Awesome! Looks likt you'd only just had it done too!

ChefGeek on March 01, 2009:

Very cool. I have my own geek tattoo too. check it out http://s235.photobucket.com/albums/ee193/Dark-Yuki...

WHoArtNow (author) from Leicester, UK on March 01, 2009:

You don't have to have any to appreciate them! Thanks for stopping by :D

C. C. Riter on March 01, 2009:

Great hub, but no tats on me nor my ass. Nice tat Direxmd

WHoArtNow (author) from Leicester, UK on March 01, 2009:

The spiderman and incrdible hulk tats do look insane. I love the way the hulk turn into bruce as he twists his arm wround.

Pest from A couch, Ionia, MI on March 01, 2009:

That spider man tat is insane! And the power button is cool.

WHoArtNow (author) from Leicester, UK on March 01, 2009:

@ilovehubbing - Thank you very much.

ilovehubbing on March 01, 2009:

Nice hub

WHoArtNow (author) from Leicester, UK on March 01, 2009:

I've PM'd you.

Direxmd on March 01, 2009:

Sure, give me a minute and I will take a pic, got facebook, aim?

WHoArtNow (author) from Leicester, UK on March 01, 2009:

Awesome! Would love to see a pic of that! C&C rules, I still remember playing for the first time. Revolutionary game.

And thanks a lot. :D

Direxmd on March 01, 2009:

HA! Awesome. I have the Brotherhood of Nod's logo on my chest--from Command And Conquer.

It actually holds a lot of meaning to me; fight for those who cannot fight for themselves, and help protect third world countries from abusive first world ones.

Great hub, very fun :)

WHoArtNow (author) from Leicester, UK on March 01, 2009:

I was the same, but while I was writing this Hub, the thought of the little Hubpages logo on my wrist kept poping into my head :S

St.James from Lurking Around Florida on March 01, 2009:

Don't think I could go geek ink. Very cool hub tho.

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