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Russell Wood Knows Kung Fu (and Thor)

Reader Russell Wood shares his tattoo collection with us today, a mixture of classic kung fu cinema and super heroes, with a little help from the modern prometheus, Frankenstein’s monster himself.

Check out the full gallery and the stories behind Russell’s tattoos after the jump.



Russell Wood: Kung Fu films, especially the ones one made by the Shaw Brothers, have always been part of my life since I was a child. The imagery, characters and mythology of Hong Kong cinema was the perfect thing to represent and express myself through my tattoos.





I’m a lifelong Marvel zombie and always had a deep love for the mighty Thor. When I first started getting tattoos I was keeping away from characters and trying to design an image that fit the parts of my body I was planning on getting work done on, and Mjolnir, Thor’s hammer, was exactly what I wanted. I recently added my spin on Kirby dots to both fill up space on my arm and to link with other tattoo work to form a sleeve, but also to stand out more as the Lee/Kirby comic version of Mjolnir.


As for Frankenstein’s monster, I have an obsession for the story in its many forms including the Universal/Hammer/Marvel one.


Some of my other tattoo work includes a microphone with hip hop written across it, the Big Ben clock face on the side of my neck, the , big Ben clock face on side of neck, the hollyhock crest of the Tokugawa clan from “Lone Wolf and Cub” on the back of my neck. I’m also planing on getting a Peter Cushing and a Lam Ching Ying tattoo.

All the tattoos were done by artist Braxton Hole.

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