Today, when you think of tattoos, you don’t automatically assume what many of our parents did – that they’re reserved for bikers and military types (think cartoon Popeye with the anchors on his forearms). People from all walks of life wear them now as art, and as expressions of love, loss, and remembrance. They express themselves and their passions, no matter how weird or geeky, through their tattoos. Some wear bold, intricate sleeves while others choose more modest designs that can be concealed beneath business suits or jeans. Tattoos today can be true works of art, involving hours of meticulous detail and several sessions of sitting through the willingly incurred pain of the needle. Johnny Depp said it best, “My body is my journal, and my tattoos are my story.” This fourth installment of our Geeks With Ink series features submissions from Celine, Jessica, Kate, Sara and David, who share their love of comics on their skin.

Celine - Wonder Woman

“I have a Wonder Woman tattoo because it’s a thing between my husband and myself. I’m his Wonder Woman and he’s my Superman. He’s loved Superman since he was a child. Shortly after we were married, we each got tattooed (he got Superman’s symbol, of course) and added the date we were married.” – Celine

Jessica - HaaH

“This is my Alot of Love. Based on Allie Brosh’s creation featured on the blog Hyperbole and a Half, the Alot of Love is my very own mythical creature – my power animal – comprised entirely of love. Apart from “3” being my favorite number, the three hearts are representative of several different “triptychs” of love in my life, including that of my relationship with my two sisters. As a synesthetic, I experience the color purple as joy, so purple was chosen for the word love to express the joy of full-hearted love.” – Jessica

Kate - C&H

“I discovered Calvin & Hobbes when I was 13 or so, when my mom bought me a copy of the Sunday Comics collection. I related to Calvin a lot as a kid. I was an only child with no friends, really, though I had a stuffed raccoon instead of a tiger. As I got older and could understand the writing better, it really just connected with me on a very fundamental level. I had wanted a C&H tattoo for a long time, but settled on the one I have when I saw a version of them looking up at the sky. It was superimposed on a Hubble photo of, I think, a nebula. This, tied with the fact I used to go stargazing with my dad all the time when I was a kid (before the light pollution got so bad you couldn’t see the Milky Way anymore…) just seemed like the perfect tattoo for me. In many ways, the Calvin on my arm is me.” – Kate

Sara D - Cap America


“After surviving five years of marriage, we decided to pick our favorite superheroes and have them tattooed on the other. I love Agent Coulson, so David had to get S.H.I.E.L.D His favorite is Captain America. I think I got the better end of the deal because mine is more easily recognizable. David has to explain his tattoo to people regularly.” – Sara


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