In the 21st century, it seems like everybody has a tattoo.  (Yes, I am aware that this statement is hyperbole.  There’s no need to try to refute me, we’re going someplace with this!)  There are two major obstacles to me getting ink of my own, one of which is an Irishwoman about six feet tall.  The other is my indecisive nature, making it nearly impossible to order at Arby’s without regret, much less the decision to get a ‘Sports Night’ logo on my forearm or starship Serenity across my chest.  Fortunately for me, we’re on the intarwebz, where we can theorize to our hearts’ content, leading to today’s indelible query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) might fail in finding one thing I know I’d want to wear on my skin forever, but I could maybe get the whole ‘Human Enigma’ look with a broad selection of superheroes past, asking: What single fictional character would you choose to be on your hypothetical tattoo?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. None. Im pretty much all or nothing style with tattoos, so if I ever got one, it would be one of those big whole back covering yakuza style things, full color and all. If I absolutely had to pick one, it would probably rather be the symbol of the character, like “S” shield or such.

  2. I’m not very interested in the idea of getting an actual character as my tattoo, but I have off and on considered getting an 8-bit style Black Mage from the Final Fantasy franchise.

    However, I’m more open to the idea of getting symbols or other non-character images. I have planned for several years (since I was 7 or 8, so close to 30 years) to get an Imperial logo from Star Wars, but I just have not yet had the opportunity to have it done.

  3. I have the comedy and tragedy masks as played by The Joker and Batman, respectively. I am currently designing a sleeve with the Endless from Sandman, but that is a much bigger project. The important thing is to pick a character that won’t be out of print by the time your grandchildren ask you, “who is that funny person on your neck?” and you have to explain that it’s from a comic that got cancelled at issue six, thirty years ago but it had a sweet chromium, holofoil, clear, variant cover. The nineties were a confusing time. Jimmy…

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