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30 of the Best Geek Tattoos

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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 the rising popularity of being a geek, we've recently seen an increase in the number of geek tattoos.

Geek tattoos are nothing new. 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, it seems that some are now trying to outdo each other with how geeky their body art is.

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

Mario

Mario

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, we've also seen an increase in the popular gaming tattoos.

Computer

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

Internet

Yes, we couldn't forget internet-based tattoos. From websites to html code, people really will get anything tattooed on their bodies!

Mobile/Cell Phones

Unsurprising really. Getting a phone-based tattoo is something new. What might be surprising though is how hard it is to find anyone to have an iPhone tattooed on their body. It's good to see Android already though!

Comics

Comics have a huge geek factor, and have been popular for so long. It's also worth noting that comic tattoos are amongst the highest quality of artwork.

Other

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

Conclusion

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

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

Nod (C&C)

Nod (C&C)

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.