My Geeky Tattoos: Part 1

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Ever since I saw my brother-in-law’s Superman tattoo as a kid, I decided that I wanted one one day.  But being that I was scared of needles, I could only admire tattoos from afar. Fast forward to 2017 and I currently have 3 tattoos with 5 more planned. My favorite one is inspired by my favorite anime/TV show/anything, Dragon Ball Z.

(People don’t believe me. Then I show them my socks. This actually happened at work last week.)

My rule for tattoos is that I have to wait at least a year before I actually get it done. During that time, I ponder over my design and tweak it if needed. This is exactly what I did with my DBZ tattoo. I knew that I had to have a Dragon Ball-inspired one but I was having trouble designing it. I had already decided that I didn’t want character face. But what else would I get? A dragon ball? A scouter? Gohan’s glasses? A senzu bean? I had no clue. Then it dawned on me one day after shopping. I had gone to a department store to look for items for my apartment. I found a few cute pictures frames and polka dot sunglasses. I also got a set of plaques that had inspirational words on them. One of those words was “hope” which is my favorite word. As someone who has faced many struggles in life, there were times where I could only hold onto hope; just like Mirai(Future) Trunks.

(I even had purple hair for a couple of years!)

Death is nothing in the present Dragon Ball storyline. A character dies, everyone is sad for an arc, and then they get wished back. Hooray. But in Mirai Trunks’ world, Piccolo is dead which means no Kami and no Dragon Balls. As the Z-fighters are obliterated one by one, the chances of the world surviving the Androids’ massacre is slim to none. His beloved master, Gohan, is no match for Android 17 and Android 18 and dies just like the others. Even in the midst of all of the unspeakable things happening in his world, he still has hope that his world can be saved. Depending on which version of the anime and manga you viewed, Trunks or Bulma wrote “HOPE!!” on the side of Trunks’ time machine before he headed to the past in an effort t0 save the future.

(Hope <3)

In the lower right hand corner of the tattoo it reads “Hebrews 6:19″ which is one of my favorite Bible verses. It reads: ” We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain.”

People get tattoos for different reasons. For me, my tattoos tell a part of my story. There are days when I look at this tattoo as a reminder everything will work out in the end.  <3

Do you have any geeky tattoos? Tell me about it below!

Welcome to The Geek Parade: An Introduction

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I personally want to welcome you to The Geek Parade; a place where I’ll be celebrating my love for all things geeky: cosplay, cartoons, music, films, anime, and etc. I started this blog because I love talking about various forms of entertainment. I rarely see things at face value and I’ve always had a habit of analyzing things. I love to take things apart and see how and why they work. But most of all, I love sharing my thoughts with other people who are just as intrigued as I am.

A shot of me as Mikasa.

The first anime series I ever laid eyes on was Yama Nezumi Rokki Chakku (Rocky Chuck, the Mountain Rat). The series told the story of a woodchuck named Rocky and his animal friends who went on adventures while avoiding predators; namely a weasel, a fox, and a farmer. However, the series was known as The Fables of Green Forest on the English language channel while I was living in Germany circa 1992. Being that I was only 3 years old at the time, I had no idea that I was watching an anime series from 1973. But what I did know is that I was viewing an enjoyable piece of animation. When Sammy the Blue Jay screamed “TROUBLE! TROUBLE!” in the opening sequence, I knew that I was in for an adventure.

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(I reached out to Rocky Chuck at his home for an interview but he wasn’t having it. He threatened to call the police.)

Fast forward to the mid-90s and by this time I had viewed shows like Speed Racer, and G-Force (Gatchaman). However, it was not until I discovered Sailor Moon that I found out that it was from Japan and called anime. The characters, storylines and music demanded my attention and I needed more of it. It was through Toonami that I discovered Dragon Ball ZIt was through the small video rental shop by my house that I was able to watch Ranma ½ . Showtime, Sy-Fy, and HBO introduced me to classics such as Akira, Armitage III, Project A-Ko and Dirty Pair.  I could go on.  But not only did I enjoy watching anime, I loved to talk about it. I would talk to anyone who would listen (or not tell me to shut up).

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(Me: “But Conan and Jimmy look exactly like! How is it that no one has figured out his identity? It’s the Superman effect!” Other human: Not killing me)

This is my 3rd or 4th blog; I lose count. I get an idea, try to start a blog and then I leave it to die in the blog wasteland after a few months. But my old blogs had one thing in common: they focused on things that I wasn’t really passionate about. So I had trouble creating content and lost steam. But the 4th (or 5th) time is a charm. I absolutely cannot contain my excitement as I begin this journey.  Stayed tuned, hold on, and get ready to be a part of The Geek Parade! You’re in for a treat! 🙂