It’s Monday and time for Ask Kotaku, the weekly function wherein Kotaku-ites deliberate on a single burning query. Then, we ask your take.
This week we Ask Kotaku: Would you ever get a online game tattoo?
Difficult query! I’m truthfully wrestling with it.
I didn’t blink when getting my Star Wars tattoo, so simple as it’s, however I would want to consider an excellent purpose to get one thing video game-related completely etched in my pores and skin. That’s to not deride anybody who has achieved it, I simply…I don’t know, for some purpose I don’t need to be the dude who has pikmin inked on his chest simply because he actually likes Pikmin. And I believe that’s attention-grabbing contemplating the foolish stuff I’ve already achieved to my physique.
So, remaining reply? Possibly! Similar to the rest, I’d want a great purpose.
I’ve no tattoos. I don’t have any ethical objection to them, actually, I believe they usually look fairly cool on individuals. However personally, I can’t think about selecting something that I’d need completely emblazoned on my pores and skin. I truthfully really feel bizarre shopping for shirts which can be tied to video video games or motion pictures as a result of I don’t understand how lengthy I’ll be into that exact factor. So I simply sit and take into consideration what I’d get inked on me for just a few hours, quit and repeat the method just a few years later after I get the random urge to attempt to get a tattoo once more.
Possibly sooner or later I’ll lastly break. However then I’ll see the costs for a great tattoo and I’ll in all probability move as soon as once more.
I’d completely get a online game tattoo! None on my pores and skin for the time being, however I’ve been mulling over getting a chess pawn. The pawn is a motif used all through the indie puzzle recreation Superliminal. I downloaded it on a whim as a result of I used to be searching for a great think-y recreation. I used to be unemployed in the midst of a pandemic with little else to do. With out spoiling any of the great things, it was a recreation I didn’t know I wanted to play till I did. Superliminal was quick and candy, nevertheless it gave me the fleeting feeling that the whole lot was going to fall into place simply nice at a time after I wanted it essentially the most. I determine having a reminder of that on my physique eternally isn’t a horrible concept.
There’s no simpler approach to get individuals speaking than by citing tattoos. Those that don’t have them will say they’d get one, however they’re indecisive and don’t need to decide to inking one thing on their physique eternally. Those that do have them will say it’s no large deal, that you just overlook they even exist…earlier than diving right into a spirited dialogue about significant items, favourite artists, prime studios, why these studios are so rattling costly, any journeys they’ve made particularly to these studios, and any plans in retailer for future ink. Oh, yeah, they usually’ll say it doesn’t damage. (They’re mendacity.) They’ll additionally say that, when you get your first one, you’ll ache for extra. (They’re not mendacity.)
Because it occurs, the one which did me in is a gaming-themed tattoo. A number of years in the past, my finest pal and I break up a bottle of dangerous tequila and did that factor all shitfaced individuals do: talked about how freaking superb Transistor is. Somebody—unsure who—floating the thought of getting a Transistor tattoo. Fuck it. Why not, proper? I drunkenly opened Photoshop and mocked up this actually sloppy, deconstructed model of the Transistor from Transistor. Principally, we broke the factor right into a sequence of geometric shapes, stripped away the colour, duplicated it, after which inverted the black-and-white tones on the second, so we’d have two matching but distinct tattoos. The artwork was [no comment], however the concept was sound, and a few good of us at a tattoo studio in Queens labored magic with the messy JPEGs we introduced in.
Now I’ve many (many) extra. I suppose, if you wish to get pedantic, you may say one other is gaming-themed. Lengthy earlier than Future’s Past Gentle growth was even introduced, I bought a tattoo of Jupiter and the 4 Galilean moons. Europa, the smallest of the 4, is the first location for Past Gentle’s narrative. Does that depend?
Anyway, pricey Kotaku readers, I can’t wait to see your entire Triforce tattoos.
In an previous life, I was a youth employee. And when teenagers would ask me about getting tattoos, I’d say a really Previous Man factor: “Are there any garments in your wardrobe greater than 5 years previous?” Which was clearly dishonest, due to course not, they’re rising youngsters, they wouldn’t match. However , they bought the thought. Wait till the whole lot you care about has stopped altering each six months earlier than indelibly etching issues into your pores and skin. I utilized the identical rule to myself, and seemingly having did not ever develop up, I’m relieved. As a result of goodness is aware of, The Longest Journey tattoos I’d have painted myself in again in 1999 may really feel just a little awkward to me now.
I notice I sound like such a curmudgeon, however I’m a hypocrite too. I believe it’s so damned cool when individuals get complete sleeves achieved, and envy each their dedication and tolerance for ache. I might chronicle all my gaming loves, one thing that works in Day of the Tentacle, Knights of the Previous Republic, Deus Ex, Dragon Age, Dungeon Grasp, one way or the other some Hexcells, and sure, goddammit, The Longest Journey too. It’d be fairly the factor.
I’ve at all times needed a online game tattoo and ever since turning into an actual grownup with actual cash, the urge to get ink that may completely embarrass the shit out of my mother and father has solely gotten stronger. I don’t have something but however not like most of my colleagues, I’m extra all in favour of tattoos of phrases relatively than acquainted photographs. Lyrics from one in all Dragon Age: Inquisition’s songs, “The Daybreak Will Come,” is on the prime of my listing for literary tattoos.
The night time is lengthy
And the trail is darkish
Look to the sky
For sooner or later quickly
The daybreak will come
Dragon Age is one in all my favourite online game sequence. I’m additionally a really words-oriented individual (duh, author) and strongly related to imagery across the solar, the sky, and stars (my Twitter deal with comes from the Latin phrase “Per aspera, advert astra”). Naturally, I’m drawn to the thought of a tattoo that mixes each my love of the sky and Dragon Age. It’s additionally not exterior the realm of chance to get an inventive tattoo too, although I’m much less certain of what it could appear like. Robust contenders are Dragon Age: Inquisition’s inquisitor symbol, Mass Impact’s N7 logo, or some emblem that represents the four chocobros of Final Fantasy XV.
Oh yeah, nearly forgot. If the Shanghai Dragons ever win the Overwatch League championship I will probably be within the tattoo parlor the very subsequent day.
My associate and I had been presupposed to get matching tattoos (no, I’m not telling you what they had been) earlier than the pandemic hit. The plan was then to work up from there into another cool designs. Stuff that makes me really feel good, like a bowl of ramen perhaps, or a twin-popsicle. These sound like jokes and but they’re the most effective I can give you, which is why as foolish because it feels to get a gaming tattoo it doesn’t appear any worse than the choice. It might in all probability be one thing from EarthBound, perhaps the Bubble Monkey. He appeared pleasant and completely satisfied, two vibes I want to additional domesticate in myself. Or the shiny gold Final Starman. I too want to be a star of a person. We’ll see. Possibly sometime as soon as it’s reasonably safer to have a stranger print ink on my physique.
I’m deeply honored to have been invited to return to Kotaku to reply this query. I’ve thought deeply concerning the matter at hand. Thought of it. Contemplated it. And I’m completely satisfied to supply a solution: Nope.
How About You?
Kotaku’s weighed in, however what’s your take? Do you stroll the ink-ed path, or go away that stuff for much much less uptight individuals? Kidding, kidding. Have your say! We’ll be again subsequent Monday to deliberate and debate on one other nerdy problem. See you within the feedback!