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Tattoo the Mario

I'm pretty tired of the cultural fetishization of childhood video games among people in their twenties and early thirties. Recently a friend of mine was talking about how she knows someone who got a Zelda tattoo. The other day I saw someone with a tattoo of Luigi in all his 8-bit glory. Those of you know me know I am not generally a fan of tattoos. Well, I am really not a fan of cultural reference tattoos, and I am especially really not a fan of when those references are video games. Wow, you were a child in the late 80s and/or early 90s and played a lot of Nintendo? NO WAY! Me too! Let me tell you about the fact I did the same thing millions of other people my age did by permanently searing its likeness onto my flesh!

So in the age of Xbox 360, what's next? Will these people spend their mid-life crises modding their motorcycle helmets to look like Master Chief? Will men start sporting goatees and black, thick-framed glasses in order to appear more like Gordon Freeman? Probably not, as they'll likely be spending those years quitely crying themselves to sleep or saving up for another tattoo removal.

Another question that springs to mind: Why limit yourself to video games? There is a whole range of things you and millions of others did as a child that you can co-opt into body art due to your own personal lack of creativity or meaningful symbolism.
"Hey dude, what the hell is that red stripe you have up and down your neck?"
"Oh, that? Well, you know how 'Fruit by the Foot' was totally awesome when we were kids? I got it tattooed onto my side!"
"What?"
"Yeah! The whole thing unrolls down to my crotch! Am I cool or what?!? NOSTALGIA!!!"
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"Will these people spend their mid-life crises modding their motorcycle helmets to look like Master Chief? Will men start sporting goatees and black, thick-framed glasses in order to appear more like Gordon Freeman?"

I'm pretty sure they already do
As a firm supporter of tattoos I'm a little biased, but honesty the whole point of getting ANYTHING tattooed on you is because it's important to you in some aspect. If anything your major complaint should be people who get tattoos 'just because' or because they're trying to be ironically hip. There's a whole slew of tattoos like that and they're infinitely worse/more regretable than some kid trying to pay tribute to their childhood.
This rule doesn't apply when people who have never even touched a nintendo get old school nintendo tattoos. Then I just hate them.
Don't get me wrong, I'm a big fan of certain video games & I don't have a problem with other people getting tattoos, but I completely understand what you mean. I mean not to judge anybody, but I just don't understand it- it seems highly unlikely unless you are the creator of the Mario Brothers that Luigi can have that much of a deep-rooted meaning to you, enough so to get it stabbed onto your body forever. & you have no idea how many people I've seen with newer video-game tattoos as well, the other day I was walking along & I met some guy with a GIANT keyblade tattoo covering his entire forearm. I mean I love me some Kingdom Hearts, but come on man.
I have a giant night elf tattooed on my back now
underneath it says "Everything ends with WoW"
gettin an 8-bit tattoo is the equivalent of gettin a tattoo of a cassette tape. Retro is all the rage!