If I had to get a tattoo to represent one of my more-noticeable physical features, I’d be sporting a likeness of Pinocchio after he had told a really, really big lie.
But I don’t have one, because my considerable ego wouldn’t tolerate that sort of annoying reminder of my alleged less-than-perfection. GWS reader Ben, on the other hand, is one of those glass-is-half-full types who takes full ownership of his distinctive physiological quirk.
This geek’s waddling gait–caused by a skeletal malformation–inspired the proudly-brandished tattoo of a penguin commando from Batman Returns on his shoulder.
That’s cool, I guess. If you’re into positive attitudes and that sort of thing. Whatever.
I got this tattoo this spring in London on Camden High Street. I got it because I have a malformation in my hip joints that causes my legs, and thus my feet, to face diagonally outward making my walk more of a waddle at times. My name is Ben so in Middle school I was nicknamed “Benguin” which I was quite fond of. Add that to my love of Batman, penguins, and explosives, and the tattoo was really just inevitable.
You’re a good man, Ben. Getting teased in middle school plus a fondness for explosives would have manifested a lot differently here in America.
Do you have a geeky tattoo you’d like to show off? Contact me with a photo and description, and I’ll consider profiling it in a post on this here blog.
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