Holy Tattoo Blogs, Batman!
I saw this delicious blog devoted to pin-up girl tattoos over on Needled this morning. Yowza! What Marisa failed to mention is that Raised by Puffins also maintains a blog about owl tattoos and one about, you guessed it, Batman tattoos!
I’ve been contemplating a Batman tattoo post for a while now, but there are so many out there that I didn’t know where to start (especially due to all the hype re: The Dark Knight)! Thanks RbP, for doing the hard work for me!
Here are a couple of highlights:Adam West-era Batman tattoo by Mike Kolling of Twilight Tattoo in Minneapolis, MN
Raised by Puffins, you should really check out the work of Electric Pick! Not only does he have a killer signature style of pin-up girl, he’s recently posted an update of his awesome Batman “pantleg” (is the term catching on yet?).
I think RbP should combine two of his tattoo passions and do a blog about Harley Quinn tattoos! I’d subscribe!
I like owl tattoos.
The owl today symbolizes wisdom, which it did for the ancient Greeks as a BIRD that was sacred to the goddess Athena. In addition, though, it was also traditionally associated with its nocturnal hunting activity and known as a messenger of death or a conductor of souls in cultures as diverse as the Algonquin Indians of North America, the pre-Inca Peruvian Chimu of South America, and in ancient Egypt. As with many large birds, tattoo artwork is sometimes lavishly detailed when it comes to the owl, whether done in black line or color, showing the owl in flight or perched. Indeed, its quietly staring pose is perhaps one source of its association with knowledge and insight.
The owl, like many other animals that inhabited the Pacific Northwest, was used as a crest figure in many types of design. In some Northwestern cultures like the Haida, perhaps because it appears at night with silent flight and makes an eerie call, it is associated with death and the souls of the departed, particularly the souls of ancestors. In the typically abstract and highly stylized designs of this region, the owl has large, round eyes and a sharp, short beak.
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September 9, 2008 at 12:29 pm
Thanks, Tattoobody! I was going to write to Raised by Puffins to ask him (or her) to explain the significance/symbolism of the owl tattoo to his (or her) readers, but maybe now I don’t have to! (As you can tell, I’m all about getting other people to do my work for me this week. Not my fault! I’m on jury duty!)
September 9, 2008 at 5:55 pm
did it hurt. i heard that you can get tattoo with local anesthetic like Dr.Numb that reduce to no pain. did you use anything like that. i checked out some different sites, and i think this is interesting http://www.Dr.Numb.com. i also heard that using just the black colour is better in the long run than mixing alot of different colours.
September 21, 2008 at 11:01 am
woot! thanks for the support! There are now a few excellent harley quinn tattoos up there already, if you’re interested.
I love the Electric Pick piece – he has an owl in the owltattoos blog – and will post it today!
September 24, 2008 at 4:21 am
Hi Marcus from vancouver, thanks for commenting. When I got my tattoo, it didn’t really start hurting until about the 3rd hour. Before I had any tattoos, someone told me that it felt like a prolonged cat scratch. For the most part, I think that’s pretty accurate, but it stings more on sensitive skin, like the inside of the arm. And after you’ve been drilled for a few hours, it all starts to hurt. The tattoo artist has to clean off the excess ink and blood every so often, and it feels so good for a second or two when he (or she) wipes the work-in-progress down with cool liquid.
Honestly, I think the healing process is much more uncomfortable than the tattooing itself.
September 25, 2008 at 8:16 am
Hey Raised by Puffins! Nice to see you here on Ink Nerd! I saw the new Harley Quinn post on both sites! I’d like to think I helped inspire that decision…
One question: I know that you usually indicate when a photo is a reader submission, but where do you get your other photos? Artists’ sites, BME, Flickr, etc.? Or do you have other secret conjuring powers?
Keep up the good work!!!
September 25, 2008 at 8:21 am
These tattoos are truly amazing. A real pleasure to view. I too have put togeather a blog around tattoos but nothing as good as this.
January 1, 2009 at 4:14 pm
Very cool post. This post have good Tattoo.
May 8, 2009 at 8:06 am
Whoaa, cool to see my Batman pantleg here……
June 26, 2009 at 3:00 am
Wow now these guys must be in touch with their child side 😛
July 6, 2009 at 6:09 pm
Batman was one of my favorite cartoon characters when I was a kid!
Love the tat of Joker too very original
July 6, 2009 at 6:11 pm
Love the joker piece and the first Batman – first time I’ve seen an arrangement of flowers surrounding a super hero tat but it works.
August 14, 2009 at 9:50 am
Wow, I apologize for not getting around to replying for so long! Bad Inknerd! Bad Inknerd! I swear I have good excuses…
@Cross Tattoos: Aw, shucks. I wouldn’t say this is better than your blog. I learned a lot about, um, cross tattoos from your site!
@Makia: Thanks! Glad you like it (them?)!
@Sebastian: Pantleg! Ha! Thanks for stopping by (2 months ago)! Love love love your pantleg. Keep the term alive! (Cute kid, BTW; I’m a new dad, as well–one of my “good excuses” mentioned above…).
@Tattoo Evan: Being in touch with your inner child is what it’s all about! (Or at least what this blog is all about, anyway…)
@Flash Your Tattoo Blog: You should consider printing comic-book-tattoo-inspired art on your custom baby clothes; you’d sell some to me (see above)!
August 17, 2009 at 9:23 pm
i like the idea of not sticking to the obvious stuff. adding child stuff shows your intrests and what u like. dont know what i would have tho, dangermouse prehaps
October 3, 2009 at 3:08 pm
I like tattoos, love everything about it
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