I grew up on Sailor Moon and definitely feel it was a pinnacle in my childhood. I have two Sailor Moon tattoos and still watch episodes on YouTube whenever I am feeling down. It hasn’t lost any of its humor or magic to me. Sailor Moon and the Sailor Scouts taught me to be brave, to by myself and that feminism is awesome. They fought for love, justice, equality, and the well-being of the world; physically and morally. As a kid I looked up to the girls in a fantastical sense. I know it’s just a “cartoon” but the messages every episode sent still ring with truth and relevancy to this day. Every Sailor Scout had a very defined personality and character traits, and it was so easy to align with one as your favorite. I decided to make some fashion sets for each [inner] Sailor Scout based off their personality. I tried to add as much nuance and detail as I could. I had way too much fun making these – and probably spent way too much time on them. This is how I envision the scouts if they were personified modern-day teenage girls. For those that were big fans of the show, I know you’ll notice lots of quirky details in these sets, and I hope you love and appreciate them! If they are well received, maybe I will do the Outer Scouts and some of the more iconic villains. If any of you are curious, my favorite scouts are Venus and Jupiter. Who is your favorite?
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I am all for nerd tattoos, and my friend Sarah has one of my favorite. She has a sailor moon thigh piece that shows her total dedication. We also have matching Crescent Moon wands! I dont come across interesting, well-done or unique Sailor Moon tattoos very often, but I wish I did. Check out her thigh piece, in all its majesty:
Asking Sarah to take a picture of her tattoo was just an excuse to get her to take her pants off.
Here is a picture of our twin Crescent Moon Wands:
You can lurk Sarah hard at her Tumblr.
There is a fine, and I stress fine – line when it comes to the nerd creative outlet of Cosplay. You have to really know what you’re doing, what you look like and what you’re capable of. I dont think i’ve ever been so impressed by the accuracy and quality of a costume as I was with this girl who is dressing as Asuka from Neon Genesis Evangelion. Asuka is one of my favorite characters from science fiction in general, just because of how fucked up and real she is. This girl looks the part, her hair is perfect and not a $5.99 Party City wig, and her figure is perfect for the costume, which alone is extremely accurate. The suits the kids in Evangelion wear are called “Plug Suits” and they are skin tight and help them sync with their humanoid mechs. I am dying to know how this girl constructed it or where she had it constructed.
So, I got anther tattoo. No big surprise there. It might be a little strange that its my second Sailor Moon tattoo in one month, and probably not my last.
Its Luna from Sailor Moon as a japanese Lucky Cat, with the sign for Venus in the coin. Venus is one of my favorite Sailor Scouts and her symbol is precious. It turned out better than I could imagine and since Pooka is a fellow nerd - I cant wait to go back to her for more nerd tattoos!
Today one of my besties, Sarah, and I got (another) matching tattoo. We grew up loving Sailor Moon, and even as adults talk about it all the time. Im not ashamed, shit. This wont be my last Sailor Moon tattoo either, as I plan on having another tattooer friend and Sailor Moon enthusiast tattoo something else related on me sometime soon. We got Sailor Moon’s Crescent Moon Wand, but we had Steve draw it up like an old traditional tattoo! Too cute.
This is a picture of Sarah and I from about a year ago! Its crazy how my hair has doubled in length, and my amount of tattoos has doubled as well…haha!
In my opinion, only thing better than a nerd tattoo, is a twin tattoo.
I am at work right now, its only 5:13 and I work at 6, so im trying to get a little entry done. I think i’ve been drinking too much coffee because nothing taste all that appealing anymore. I always crave it so I drink it anyway but I think I need some new options! The last few nights i’ve worked have been extremely slow, and im predicting another slow night since everyone goes out on Fridays. I havent been up to anything interesting because I work all night and its nearly too hot to go out during the day. I cant wait for it to cool off, although in Florida there isnt much of a “cool” season unfortunately. I dont know why I always end up back in Florida when I hate this weather so much. I want to round-house kick it in the face.
This morning when I woke up, I ate some Lucky Charms and while flipping through the channels I saw that one of my favorite movies was about to come on! This is always a great way to start your day before you have to work. I was elated. The movie is a Hayao Miyazaki film titled “Spirited Away” – I was fortunate enough to catch it in theaters when it came out in 2001! It’s about a young girl named Chihiro who by chance ends up in a spirit world inhabited by japanese spirits and monsters. Humans are not allowed, so when she is discovered she begs for a job at the Spirit bath-house so she can earn her way while she figures out an escape plan. Most humans are turned into pigs if discovered or disrespectful to the spirits, but Chihiro meets a magical boy who guides her through the world and keeps her safe. It is just an all around strange and entertaining movie that I can watch over and over.
I want to have a Miyazaki marathon.
I have compiled a short list of some of my favorite geek-culture romances. What are your favorite geek-culture romances? I had a long list but did my best to keep it short and list the ones very near-and-dear to my heart. In no particular order:
1. Craig and Raina of the Graphic Novel “Blankets”
This will forever be one of the most moving and visually appealing reads I have ever had the pleasure of coming across. It’s one of those reads that is so real and relatable it almost physically pains you to finish, and when you do finish you’re left thinking about it days after. It’s a coming of age story about first love and first heartbreak, sexuality and spirituality. Blankets is one of those reads that changed my literary life so much, I ask everyone I get to know and care about if they’ve read it, and if they haven’t, I lend it to them or buy them a copy.
2. Zidane Tribal and Garnet Alexandros of Final Fantasy 9
First, this is my favorite Final Fantasy. Hands down, no contest. I could replay this every month for the rest of my life. It’s a quirky fantasy story set in a magical and medieval setting. Zidane is part of a band of thieves, sent to the kingdom of Alexandria to kidnap their princess: Garnet Alexandros. Garnet is a fairly unconventional princess. She is sharp, witty, rowdy and it turns out, she wants to be kidnapped. Before Zidane can physically kidnap her himself, she approaches him demanding he kidnap her “right away”.
From here they embark on an amazing journey where they make new friends and enemies, encounter spirits and monsters, fly on airships and every character is on their own journey of self discovery. At one point in the story, Zidane inspires Garnet so much, she cuts her hair short and goes by the alias “Dagger”. I wont spoil the ending of the game, but I will say it is worth a play.
3. Han Solo and Princess Leia Organa of Star Wars
Star Wars is iconic, and I believe so is Han and Leia’s relationship through out the series. Both characters have sharp tongues and a lot to say – which results in both a passionate and at times hilarious relationship. Growing up I wanted to be Princess Leia so bad. I just thought she was so tough and fantastic. I wanted a guy just like Han Solo to keep me on my toes. Their relationship is elaborated much more in the books. Did you know they have twins? Yup. Jaina and Jacen.
4. Kitty Pryde ( Shadowcat ) and Piotr Rasputin ( Colossus )
I think it’s obvious I am probably the biggest Kitty Pryde fan. Ever. I was also always a big Colossus fan. So when they hooked up I was pretty elated. Kitty loved Piotr blindly and faithfully for who he was, and while Piotr reciprocated, it wasnt with the same passion. In Secret Wars, Piotr falls in love with an Alien women named Zsaji, she eventually died, but when Piotr returned to earth, he broke up with Kitty. They remained friends, but as in most situations like this, were more aloof around each other. At one point, Kitty had to exploit Piotr for the sake of mission, and while she hated doing it, the thought of how badly he had hurt her made her go through with it. At another point in the story, Piotr beats up Kitty’s current boyfriend, Pete Wisdom, showing he still has feelings for her. Unfortunately Piotr dies later on, and Kitty has to spread his ashes back home.
He is later brought back by Joss Whedon ( a huge Kitty Pryde fan ) in Astonishing X-Men and he and Kitty rekindle their relationship passionately. At this point, and it pains me to say it, Kitty is not “dead” but trapped in a giant bullet that is currently phasing through the earth. Kitty gave herself up to save the planet, shortly after she and Colossus worked things out. They simply cant catch a break.
5. Peter Parker ( Spider-Man ) and Mary Jane Watson
Ooooh, Mary Jane. How jealous of you I was when I was 6 years old and in love with Spider-man. I’ve since got over it and love their whole dynamic. Girl next door and secret super-hero; how perfect. I love that Peter, a true nerd, fawned after his friend and neighbor for years, and that she was always so warm and understanding with him. She is an A+ broad and I love that through all their trials and tribulations, kidnappings and various other otherworldly mishaps, they can end up together. You know you’ve got the perfect girl when she keeps your identity a secret and packs you a lunch before you jump out of your 10 story window in a spider costume.
* Brock and every Nurse Joy ever
For a Pokemon Trainer that specializes in Rock-type Pokemon, he sure has a soft spot for the ladies. Brock would lose his damn mind whenever in the vicinity of a Nurse Joy. I’d put money down that he would take his Pokemon to a health center even when they weren’t sick, just to see a Nurse Joy. Brock claims he can tell all the identical Nurse Joys apart. That is how much he loves them. Although, he often has to be restrained around them by a friend – thats how much he loves them.
Can I please have one? I guess im moving to Japan.
Combining two of my loves: coffee and one of my favorite Studio Ghibli films – Kiki from Kiki’s Delivery Service!
i’ll be trying the above at work later!
I really love Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibili. I have never been disappointed in any of the movies put out by them, and am always overly excited when I hear about a new one. So color me excited, because I just found these teaser trailers for the next one titled ” The Borrowers Arrietty ” which was inspired by Mary Norton’s fantasy book filled with tiny people.
The Borrowers is a series of children’s fantasy novels by Mary Norton about tiny people who live in the homes of big people and “borrow” things to survive while keeping their existence unknown. The central characters of the novels are a borrower family surnamed Clock: Pod, Homily and their spirited teenage daughter, Arrietty.
No doubt Miyazaki will transform this story into something more magical than it already is. It is supposed to be released in Japan on July 17th, 2010 – but I couldn’t find a US release date. Hopefully sooner than later!
If you’re a guy, your eyes will probably go straight to her Star Wars fight scene near her baby-maker, but for me, it went straight to her Evangelion forearm tattoo. Evangelion is EASILY my favorite anime, and EASILY my favorite series of anything – ever. I cant even get started on how much I love it, but I love this girl and I am totally inspired (again) to get a Neon Genesis Evangelion tattoo myself. As if I didnt have enough tattoo ideas lined up already.
Now, I stopped suggesting people watch Evangelion a long time ago, because it’s a bit of a mind freak and It takes a certain kind of person to really get into it and understand it. Although, I DO suggest you Wikipedia it, read up on it a bit, and see if it tickles you in any way. Here’s the gist:
“Evangelion is an apocalyptic mecha action series which revolves around the efforts by the paramilitary organization Nerv to fight monstrous beings called Angels, primarily using giant mecha called Evangelions which are piloted by select teenagers, one of whom is the primary protagonist.
Events in the series refer to Judeo-Christian symbols from the Book of Genesis and Biblical apocrypha among others. Later episodes shift focus to psychoanalysis of the main characters, who display various emotional problems and mental illnesses; the nature of existence and reality are questioned in a way that lets Evangelion be characterized as “postmodern fantasy“
It’s well beyond any other “Giant Robot” anime – it’s a little heavy while touching on subjects of religion and mental illness, so while I feel everyone should give it a shot, it’s not for everybody, but it might be for you. If I can give this series one more fan, that’s good enough for me.