The Major League Baseball playoffs have arrived, and that means… tattoos? For one hardcore fan, that’s exactly the case. Jose Romero visited Killer Tattoos in Montclair, CA and asked for Dodger Stadium — normally located in the Chavez Ravine — on the right side of his head, complete with the familiar LA logo.
Today’s CBR Ink post started out with a turtle. He was a teenager, a mutant, a ninja, and a serious party dude with an unparalleled love of pizza. I discovered him late last night on Instagram and bookmarked the link to mess with today. But what I discovered is that the artist of said piece, Carlos Rojas from the Black Anchor Collective in Hesperia, CA, is one hell of a portrait artist when it comes to tattoos. His Instagram is littered with his stunning work and I figured we could go a little topical.
As comic book writer Seth Peck recently tweeted:
Man, lately life just seems like killing time between episodes of “Breaking Bad”.
— Seth M Peck (@sethmpeck) September 22, 2013
And I have a hard time arguing with him. TV’s best drama is addictive, emotionally draining, and pretty much all anyone I know can talk about of late. While perusing Rojas’ work, I came across several “Breaking Bad” pieces he had done. I’m sure there are plenty of “Breaking Bad” tattoos out there, but I doubt many reach this same level of excellence. Check out the full gallery featuring Walter White and Jesse Pinkman after the break.
The Small Press Expo is an annual festival that provides a forum for independent artists, writers and publishers of comic art that might fall outside the mainstream purview. SPX is also home to the annual Ignatz Awards, which recognize outstanding achievements in comics and cartooning by small press creators and creator-owned projects. The winners of the wards are voted on by attendees of the Expo, and the entire process is coordinated by Eden Miller.
Miller recently came across CBR Ink’s radar when Fantagraphics tweeted about her new leg tattoo.
For the last couple years, Skottie Young has been producing his very own brand of awesome for Marvel Comics, delivering awesome and playful baby versions of their many iconic characters like some kind of amazing artist stork. We talked about one of his Wolverine images last October when it became a tattoo, and Young and his fans weren’t anywhere close to done.
Today we bring you not one, not two, but three brand new tattoos inspired by Young’s Baby Marvel illustrations. Witness the power of Baby Nova, the swinging fun of Baby Spider-Man and the two-guns up carnage of Baby Deadpool.
Way back when, CBR Ink did our initial call for submissions from tattooed readers. While we’ve featured many of them here, one of them got lost in the shuffle for far too long. Not quite a year ago, very patient reader David Kiljanowicz offered to share his super hero ink with the world, and today we’re finally fulfilling our part of the bargain.
David’s tattoos tell the story of a lifelong fan who has been reading comics since 1963. Now in his late fifties, David got both tattoos — a superhero tableau on his back and a Flash & Kid Flash — in his late fourties and was kind enough to send us pictures and give us his story of how they came to be. Take it away, David…
As a grammar geek (snob?), I really wanted to just do a post about Milwaukee Bucks block machine Larry Sanders and his new “Give” and “Receive” tattoos. Only, that’s not what Sanders got.
“I before E, except after C.” Sanders and/or his tattoo artist didn’t recall the phrase or double check spelling before going permanent with the typo. And as much as I could waste a couple hundred (or more) words on the subject, Bleacher Report and others have it covered.
Instead, let’s turn our focus to Chris, the recent subject of Robot 6’s Shelf Porn feature. Chris is a Batman fiend who fell in love with the character during the classic ’90s run of “Batman: The Animated Series.”
While he owns tons of comics, statues and other collectibles, perhaps the pièce de résistance in his collection is the Batman symbol emblazoned across his chest, just like the Dark Knight himself. Only, you know, Chris’ symbol is permanent and he doesn’t have a secret identity (that we know about).
No one can question his zeal for the Batman now.
For more on Chris and his collection visit Robot 6.
If memory serves, we haven’t covered any tattoos with black light sensitive UV inks on the blog thus far. Today, that all changes…
I had a hard time getting into Thor as a character when I first started reading comics. I always thought the visual was kind of cool, not to mention his ability to call down the lightning when he needed to, but for the most part he was a guy with a funny way of speaking (often with difficult to read fonts reinforcing this idea) who I knew of, but didn’t follow. The glorious ponytail of Thunderstrike actually drew me in for a bit after he crossed over into one of my regular books, but I just couldn’t get a handle on the character for many years. I later discovered Walt Simonson’s run and well… that’s some damn fine comic booking. I suddenly got Thor.
I have yet to see the movie, but I imagine plenty of fans have put him at or near the top of their favorite characters. Still, there’s one thing Thor fans new and old can likely agree on. Lightning is just plain cool.
CBR Executive Producer Jonah Weiland sent me this tattoo image earlier this week, of Thor’s hammer Mjolnir lit by a black light — and the ink responding in kind.
The tattoo was done by Captain Jack’s Tattoo Studio in Portland, OR, where you can also read all about black light UV ink tattoos. It’s a pretty fascinating process, and one I hope we can feature more of on the blog moving forward.
I just hope whoever got this tattoo also has this awesome Thor 3D wall art night light in their bedroom…
Writer Eric M. Esquivel is best known for his work on BOOM! Studios’ “Freelancers” and his creator-owned “The Blackest Terror” from Moonstone. The latter being one of his own creations, Esquivel opted to commit the character in a fashion more permanent than paper — a new tattoo.
He enlisted fan-favorite comic book artist Jim Mahfood to design the tattoo, and Mahfood added his own spin — err, character — in the form of the Beat Bee. Beat Bee is a “mysterious cosmic traveler, delivering magical mixtapes to all the good boys and girls of the galaxy.”
Ready to press play?
His name is Jalen Tabor, and you haven’t heard of him yet. But, according to sports outlets like ESPN, Yahoo! Sports and Bleacher Report (the latter of whom tipped us off to him), Tabor is likely a top-5 high school cornerback with interest from college football powerhouses like Alabama and Florida.
Whether he goes on to college or even NFL success, only time will tell. But there’s one reason and one reason only CBR Ink cares about Tabor today, before he’s proven anything on a national stage.
Remember our massive Green Lantern post from a few weeks back? The one where I claimed Kyle Rayner stands atop the GL heap? Yeah, you remember. (And I stand by the sentiment.) It also prompted one of our readers, Joshua Balog to chime in with his own two cents. He said that Kyle is his favorite as well…
But you didn’t come here to read my opinions about fictional characters. You came here to see illustrated flesh featuring comic book characters. Well, just so happens Joshua has a Green Lantern tattoo of his own, and while it doesn’t feature any familiar faces, it’s still plenty iconic.