10 Gaming Tattoos You’ll Never See


In much the same way that tattoos were once associated exclusively with bikers and criminals, games were once associated exclusively with nerds and social outcasts. Over the course of the last two decades, however, both have become ubiquitous. In 2012, games — and tattoos — are for everyone!

Coupled with the rise of games and tattoos has been the rise of, well, gaming tattoos. Game-inspired body art ranges from Final Fantasy’s Cactaur King to Damon Baird from Gears of War. Bioware founder Greg Zeschuk even got in on the action with this SWTOR-inspired piece. Last but not least, check out GameFront writer Ross Lincoln’s awesome
Mario/Sacred Heart mash-up.

Still, despite the profusion of gaming tattoos, and the many different games that inspire them, there are some gaming tattoos that you will never, ever see.

10. Alpha Protocol


Love it. Hate it. People weren’t sure exactly what to make of Alpha Protocol. When you take a confusing concept and marry it to a generic art style, bad things happen. I love Obsidian, but I don’t see anyone getting a tattoo of super-vanilla protagonist Michael Thorton anytime soon.

9. Leisure Suit Larry


What, you don’t want a picture of a horny, balding midget permanently attached to your body? What are you, some kind of freak?

8. Zoo Tycoon


Isn’t the idea of being a “Zoo Tycoon” essentially ridiculous? Are there really moustache-twirling millionaires out there, raking in the proceeds from their for-profit zoos? Assuming that the core audience for this game is middle-aged women who don’t care for farming or roller coasters (and kids), I think we can rule out the possibility of body art.

7. Brutal: Paws of Fury


This early-nineties fighting game, featuring anthropomorphic animals as combatants, is largely forgotten. Except by furries. But you can’t see their tattoos underneath the fursuits.

6. Superman 64


Widely regarded as the ugliest game of all time, I doubt Superman 64 will inspire any ink. In fact, I think you need superhuman Kryptonian vision to even look at screenshots without feeling nauseous.

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2 Comments on 10 Gaming Tattoos You’ll Never See


On March 28, 2012 at 5:27 am

# 11. A Robert Bowling MW3 retirement commemorative tat

Dusan Bosnjak

On March 27, 2013 at 4:13 pm

Dude, i need to have LSL and the rest of the quest gang tattooed. I actually just started looking for inspiration because i wantit basic and pixelized