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A Pair of Flesh-Rending Transformers Tattoos for Your Viewing Pleasure – GWS Reader Ink

Last week’s Megatron tattoo prompted Kevin to send an electric mail to my internets mailbox address with some photos of his double-barreled* Transformers tattoos.

* “Double-barreled” refers to the fact that he’s got the tattoos loaded on both of his arms, or “guns.” You’d know this lingo if you were all big and manly like I aspire to be one day through the power of positive thinking and chemical enhancement.

Maximal Autobot Transformers TattooPredacon Decepticon Transformers Tattoo

I’ve been a lifelong Transformers fan (still collect the toys, comics, etc. and have a pretty sizable collection and have been to a couple conventions, meeting a bunch of people associated with Transformers over the years) and had always wanted TF tattoos, so once I turned 18, I started doing it.

Kevin’s robots-in-disguise-themed ink work began with the Decepticon symbol about ten years ago. The Autobot symbol followed less than a year later. By then, he had developed an addiction to what exactly no one refers to as “riding the ink dragon.”

So, he had the “under the flesh” background with the Maximal and Predacon insignias done shortly before Botcon 2007, which I can only assume is a convention for people slowly converting themselves into robots. I hope Kevin had them fooled with his painted-on circuit boards.

The original […] tattoos were done by Garth Ennis Hixon from Magic Touch Tattoos in Utica, MI. The additions (plus touchups[…] to the originals) were done by Tony Sciarra of Tattoo Factory West in Ledgewood, NJ. I had conceived the original idea of the circuit boards and everything[…]. Thankfully, Tony’s a hella talented artist and really brought my ideas to life.

His Transformers tattoos even propelled Kevin onto the Hasbro Web site.

My tattoos were even very briefly shown on Hasbro’s website during some of their video footage of Botcon 2007 – they were recording people leaving the theater following the premiere of the feature film and I, with my sleeveless shirt, was caught celebrating on camera. Pure geekiness, but awesome nonetheless.

Right, but let me address a minor grammatical issue with your use of conjunctions and conjunctive adjectives: “Pure geekiness, and therefore awesome.” You’re welcome.

(But wait… there’s more! Check out Kevin’s Deadpool tattoo on the GWS Facebook Fan Page.)

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5 comments… add one

  • Rhiannon January 22, 2009, 2:43 am

    I didn’t know that “hella” had spread from California to Michigan and New Jersey.

    That’s hella awful, and I’m hella glad that I don’t have cable, or else I’d see hella kids on The Real World talking about how they’re hella crunked up and stuff.

    /23-going-on-80 cantankerousness. (By the way, looking up “cantankerousness” to confirm that it is, indeed, a word, crashes Mozilla twice. The More You Know.)

  • Paul January 22, 2009, 1:49 pm

    Garth Ennis? The comic book writer?

  • Kevin W. January 22, 2009, 4:52 pm

    Nope, not the comic book writer. I just realized that I made an error in “Garth” association (thank you, Paul) – his name’s actually Garth Hixon (thank you, Google). Not quite sure how my mind made THAT particular leap. Oops.

    I don’t believe he still works at Magic Touch Tattoos, but I know he still works in MI according to my sister.

  • Great White Snark January 22, 2009, 5:48 pm

    @Paul: I was wondering the same thing. This, from Kevin:

    Okay, this just shows that my mind is always on “geek mode”. I erroneously cited Garth Ennis as one of the artists of my tats when in reality, he is, as we know, the writer of Preacher. My mind works in weird ways. The artist’s last name is actually Hixon. Credit Paul (in the comments) for noticing my weird mental lapse. :P

  • nickolai January 23, 2009, 10:57 am

    Cool tats, I like the concept of ripped flesh showing what’s underneath.

    I didn’t know transformers had green circuit boards…

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