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LEGO Thumb Tattoo



LEGO artist Nathan Sawaya had a tattoo artist mark his thumb so that it looks like a LEGO brick:

Every single day, I snap together bricks. Each day I am pressing down on the bumps of each brick to make sure there is a tight fit. And if I press real hard, the bumps leave little marks on myfingers and thumb. What better way to pay tribute to my medium of choice, then permanently inking those marks on to my thumb?


Link | Sawaya Website | Photo: Brick Artist

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"What better way to pay tribute to my medium of choice, then permanently inking those marks on to my thumb?"

I think the best way to "pay tribute" is to buy more Lego.

This is just simple narcissism and attention-seeking, like most other tattoos. Subtle in execution, but the fact that it's shared across the internet kind of negates all subtlety.

I don't dislike the tattoo, but I dislike the selling of the idea that tattoos are some sort of "perfect tribute" to things that you like. Maybe "a" tribute, but to those things, but they're much more a tribute to the person behind the needle. After all, you're willing to let that person write on you with permanent ink.
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I love Nathan's works. I'd stumbled across bits and pieces, but I learned heaps about him after he was chosen as a Geek a Week. He had his own Jepoardy category, you know.

This is a really clever tattoo. Subtle, personal, unique. Everything I'd want mine to be if I even got the courage to get one.
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