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Huge Tattoo of the The Dark Knight Batman Symbol – Geeky Curiosity of the Week

The Dark Knight is almost upon us, and frenzied fanboys haven’t found themselves so lathered up since having to wash off the stink of Tobey Maguire’s dance moves in Spider-Man 3.

See my words and mark them: Someone or someones you know will soon use superlatives like “brilliant,” “amazing,” or “fuggin’ fuggtastic” in the course of telling you that (a) The Dark Knight is perhaps the best superhero movie ever, and (b) Heath Ledger deserves an Oscar.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you. You might just find yourself jaded by the cacophony of broken-record hype. Which is too bad, because the movie really is, well… fuggin’ fuggtastic. And deserves all the credit it gets.

Dark Knight Batman Symbol Tattoo

That’s why I’m putting out a call for genuinely novel and creative ways for fanboys (and -gals) to express their enthusiasm for the newest Batman film from director Chris Nolan.

You could do worse–well, depending on how you look at it–than to take a cue from the dude who emblazoned a tattoo of the Batman symbol from Batman Begins and The Dark Knight across his back, courtesy of Tony Siemer of New Breed Tattoo in Dayton, Ohio.

As Tony explained to me:

My customer is a total Batman freak! He had an old nasty dark tattoo that he wanted covered up so we used the symbol and I added the beveled edge which seems to really work!

Hell yeah, it works. It looks like someone cut the Batman symbol from a plate of steel and slapped it onto his back hard enough to leave a welt. Seriously, though. You can see the red marks.

Badass, yo.

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15 comments… add one
  • Shithead July 16, 2008, 10:42 am

    Eh??? Where’s my cake?

  • Mel Valentin July 16, 2008, 12:50 pm

    “Someone or someones you know will soon use superlatives like “brilliant,” “amazing,” or “fuggin’ fuggtastic” in the course of telling you that (a) The Dark Knight is perhaps the best superhero movie ever, and (b) Heath Ledger deserves an Oscar.”

    Guilty as charged, your honor.

    I didn’t use the words “brilliant,” “amazing,” or “fuggin’ fuggtastic,” though. I said there weren’t enough superlatives to describe TDK.

  • nickolai July 16, 2008, 4:40 pm


  • Nathan D July 16, 2008, 5:09 pm

    That looks fairly “hot off the presses”

  • Nima July 16, 2008, 9:35 pm

    I think that’s just a nasty case of backne.

  • collapsibletank July 17, 2008, 1:48 am

    I call fake. POV not consistent with angle of back, and wingtips fail to curve around sides of shoulders.

    And looks fake.

  • megaggie July 17, 2008, 11:31 am

    Yeah, if you click on the picture and look at the artist’s other tattoos you can see that a tattoo that large should curve around his shoulders. Think that pic is a fake!

  • Chris July 19, 2008, 11:11 am

    That must have really hurt :o
    BTW, real nice blog. I’m linking it in mine ;).

  • Paul July 21, 2008, 2:26 pm

    This is the internet so everything is a fake.

  • Yeo July 21, 2008, 9:14 pm

    I’m a huge huge batman fan, who’s a female. This is absolutely awesome!! I’ve got to admit I’m pretty jealous. I def. have plans for a Batman tattoo in the future, though it won’t be quite so big. Not sure whether to do the traditional batman logo to the new one. But I am blown away by this one!

  • patrick July 22, 2008, 11:43 am

    that was totally worth it

  • mjtbatman July 28, 2008, 8:52 pm

    Dude… The guy with the tat on his back of the bat signal? ? ?
    That’s totally RAD. I became insanely insistent that I do Batman justice. Seeing this picture truly expedites my true lust for batman. Live on and let’s hope that someone like me gets the balls to take that next step. He’s my new hero

  • Planet Comic Book Radio July 28, 2008, 11:31 pm

    Ouch! That looks painful.

  • BATMAN FAN December 24, 2008, 2:11 pm

    i love it but i thnk i would want something smaller

  • tribal dragon tattoos September 6, 2009, 5:46 pm

    This is a fake if I ever so one. It is so much so, that I can tell that this guy doesn’t know photoshop well enough to make it a reliable fake. It is simply a lazy fake.


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