When I was a kid I wanted every box of Cracker Jacks I opened to have the tattoos. I would completely cover myself any chance I could. As I got older I just started drawing them on myself, waiting for the day I could get one for real. Within days of turning 18, I got my first one (Marvin the Martian). Within a week I had my second. Needless to say, I was hooked.
For centuries tattoos have been a part of our cultures. Tattoos play a part in our beloved saga as well. Consider examples like Darth Maul’s full body Sith tattoo, Anakin’s blue tattoo that was given by leech-like ink slingers in the first Clone Wars cartoon, or even Achk Med-Beq with his Tyson-like face tattoo. Tattoos surely span our Galaxy.
Nowadays tattoos are looked at differently, positively, and more accepted than they were just a short time ago. You see them on all types of people, from all walks of life, all happily sporting some ink. They are not for everybody and there are always horror stories. The best thing you can do is research your artist and their flash (tattoo art). As a fan of anything, a tattoo is probably the biggest thing you can do to show just how dedicated you are to what you love.
For me, I made my Star Wars fandom permanent on my 40th birthday.
(Artwork: “Darth Trooper Skull” by Marc Ecko, Tattoo Artist: Aaron Funk @Tattoo Revolution, Redlands CA)
Anyone that has a tattoo never has their last one. They only have time between the last one and the next one. I will even take it a step beyond by saying that this is my “first” Star Wars tattoo. I have plans for more…
If you haven’t guessed from my other blogs, I think Celebration Anaheim is going to be so amazing all of our heads are going to explode! I want to talk about the many great tattoo related things getting ready to happen in our Galaxy and Celebration is a great start.
First, there is a follow-up to the acclaimed book The Force in the Flesh based on Star Wars inspired body art. The Force in the Flesh Vol. II is a coffee table book with 312 pages, packed with over 1000 photos telling the stories of 57 different Star Wars tattoo collectors and artists from all over the world. You can pre-order Vol. II for $70 until 4/1/15. Pre-orders are now available and if you’ll be attending Star Wars Celebration, you can have your copy signed and picked up in person at the show!
Then there is the Star Wars Celebration Tattoo Pavilion! I may be dropping some credits or waving the hand to get something added to my “permanent collection”. You can make an appointment with one or more amazing Geek-centric tattoo artists including a couple of the guys from A&E’s hit show Epic Ink – Josh Bodwell and Jeff Wortham. You can can contact any of the amazing artists for an appointment through the Celebration website. There will be a tattoo contest on the last day of Celebration. If you’re like me and interested in participating in the Star Wars Tattoo Competition at Celebration, pre-register at the Force in the Flesh booth in the Tattoo Pavilion during Celebration Exhibit Hall hours. You may enter in one of five categories: small/medium color, large color, small/medium black and grey (fingers crossed!!!), large black and grey and tattoo of the weekend. The winners will get exclusive awards created especially for this event. I don’t beg often…
Back in 2007, at Celebration IV, for the 30 anniversary of A New Hope the motto was “Star Wars is Forever”. My friends, in two years and a few weeks A New Hope will be 40. Yeah, let that sink in for a second. If you’re getting that feeling in your chest right now, that’s what a tattoo feels like to me. What will the motto be then? What is your motto now? Is it ready for forever?
My friends, thank you for reading.
May the Force be with you…
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