Tattoos are a very personal expression, but not one of which everyone approves. Redditor kittencollector has a friend who films his Dad’s reaction every time he gets a new tattoo. Let’s just say Dad isn’t pleased. Still, it’s amusing and many of you might be able to relate.

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This incredible tattoo has turned this woman’s back into an alethiometer from the His Dark Materials trilogy. In the story, there were also four needles on the device that a person used to get answers to a question. First, you lined up three of the needles on the right images, then you thought about your question, and eventually the fourth needle would swing to the answer. You have to wonder if this is still a work in progress with the hands planned as a later addition.

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(920 Tattoo Company via io9)

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Fans of Jack Kirby will love Wendi Freeman’s latest tattoo. The host of the Double Page Spread podcast got this tat of a “Mother Box” from Kirby’s “Fourth World” comics.

Brian Stringer of Ink Fusion Tattoos did this tattoo for Freeman during C2E2. Great stuff, Wendi!

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cosplay class

Heroes of Cosplay star Holly Conrad recently cosplayed as Cecil from Night Vale. The character has a lot of tattoos, and she got tons of compliments on her faux ink. So, for her Cosplay Class web series, Conrad created a how-to video. You’ll need the tattoo art, transfer paper, water, and a few more supplies. She demonstrates how to apply the temporary tattoos to make them look realistic.

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thor and loki tattoo battle

Done by Jasmine Wright from Buju Tattoo in San Diego, CA.

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i heart moe tattoo

By Dan at Dead Mans Hand Tattoo in Townsville, Australia.

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little mermaid tattoo

From Mark Barela.

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(via Buzzfeed)

super mario

Inked by Tania Zhang at Exotix Studios in Toronto, ON.

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bed bug tattoo

Y’know, every once in a while I get asked to write something that makes me intrinsically want to say “NONONONONO” but I still have to write something positive about it.

So, um, isn’t nice of this entomologist to feed 1000 bed bugs using his own arm? He even got a cute little (itchy, swollen) bunny tattoo out of the deal.

Mind you, he’s totally cool with this and there’s even an interesting story about why they have this bed bug colony in the first place. But you’re just gonna have to watch the video because I’m running off to dunk myself in hot water and lots of soap.

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These porcelain figures are traditional images of fair-skinned women in puffy ball gowns, but they’ve been given a whole new vibe with the addition of sailor tattoos. It’s the work of Scotland-based artist Jessica Harrison who likes to explore the canvas of a person’s skin in different ways:

Harrison proposes a multi-directional and pervasive model of skin as a space in which body and world mingle. Working with this moving space between artist/maker and viewer, she draws on the active body in both making and interpreting sculpture to unravel imaginative touch and proprioceptive sensation in sculptural practice. In this way, Harrison re-describes the body in sculpture through the skin, offering an alternative way of thinking about the body beyond a binary tradition of inside and outside.

Her work is currently on display at Galerie L.J. in Paris as part of her very first solo show titled FLASH.

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