The way we see it, there are two ways to permanently celebrate fireworks on your body. You could: (a) hold an M-80 in your hand, light it and allow the explosion to turn your thumb, index and middle fingers into three firework-honoring nubs, or (b) you could get a tattoo. B is obviously the wiser choice. And it's the choice that these 14 people made to display their love for small, visually pleasing explosives. Do these tattoos have a deeper meaning than a simple love for fireworks? Maybe. But is it safe to assume that every one of these people will be celebrating July 4 by shooting Roman Candles at their best friend? You bet it is. Because no one celebrates Independence Day like an idiot with a tattoo of fireworks. Except for maybe an idiot with two.
Long before Michael Bay and Shia LaBeouf got their hands on the Transformers franchise, many kids and grown-up kids fell in love with the TV series, the comic books and the toys during the Transformers Generation One era. A lot of houses got destroyed in the '80s and '90s during Transformers toy battles.
When these folks grew up, some of them decided to dedicate a shoulder or sleeve or two to their favorite franchise. Transformers fans include altruistic people as well as antagonistic pricks, which explains why some have tattoos of "heroic" Autobots and others of "evil" Decepticons. Of course some folks haven't picked a side and just decided to get inked with Optimus Prime or Megatron.
Of the tattoo galleries Clutch has compiled, this one includes some of the most colorful and detailed, and most badass. The recent Green Lantern ink gallery didn't put up much of a fight, but it was playing with a losing hand. "Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon" (or Transformers 3) hits theaters today, so this is also a perfect time to remind you that Rosie Huntington-Whiteley makes her motion-picture debut in this film; Bay sure knows how to pick 'em. Enjoy the ink.
Less than a week after the tragic death of "Jackass" brother Ryan Dunn, Jason "Wee-Man" Acuna got Dunn's face, along with his glorious beard, tattooed on his leg. "How can I do something for Ryan?" Wee-Man asked himself rhetorically in a video before he got inked (below). "Well, it's something he'd probably do for any of us if one of us was in the situation. And I'm going to get him tattooed--on me."
Wee-Man then went under the gun and turned the camera back on himself to check in mid-session. When the Random Hero masterpiece was complete, Wee-Man said, "I wish I was losing a bet and Dunn was still here."
Just as Wee-Man's tattoo will remind him of the friend he and the "Jackass" guys have lost, Dunn's death will serve caution to everyone of the dangers of drunken driving. More photos of the tattoo and the video after the jump.
WNBA players catch a lot of flack for being too masculine, so you'd think they'd shy away from inking up their biceps with LeBron-level body art. Well, they don't.
Fever guard Shavonte Zellous and Shock guard Betty Lennox have both taken the Allen Iverson approach, sporting multiple small tattoos all over, though none on the neck...yet. Storm center Lauren Jackson has "Atonement" tattooed on the inside of her arm, for reasons unknown. Sparks forward Candace Parker wears a biblical verse on her left wrist: "To whom much is given, much is expected." (Isn't that a Spider-Man quote?) And former Dream center Chantelle Anderson has become the girl with the dragon tattoo covering her back.
Even though these tattoos are the most macho examples currently in the WNBA, most are still pretty sexy. Most, we said, not all. Some are still kind of scary.
Congratulations to those of you who had Rick Ross in the "Next Rapper to Get a Tattoo on His Face" pool. Bonus points if you guessed that Ross would get branded with the logo for Cazal, the high-end shades maker. I had 20 units on Waka Flocka.
Ross is photographed here with the Cazal logo about an inch below his left eye. It's fairly small and not exactly an ice cream cone...but why? Nevertheless, Ross joins Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, Game and others in the face tat club. Apparently the face isn't what it used to be.
When Gucci Mane got a dessert treat infamously inked on his cheek, he inspired an attractive woman to do the same. If you see a bunch of chicks running around with Cazal below their eyes in a few weeks, you know who to blame.
As we established yesterday, we're not huge fans of Green Lantern 'round these parts. It's his inability to fight off anything yellow that really bothers us. Think about this: If Ralph Wiggum were trying to eat an old lady's face like it was a freshly picked booger, the Green Lantern could do nothing to defeat him. That's not very super, is it?
We're willing to admit, though, that not everyone feels this way. In fact, some people are so in love with Green Lantern that they've gotten the lemonade-fearing hero tattooed onto their body. And for that, we deem them more badass than Green Lantern himself. Because if you can handle a tattoo needle you're inherently cooler than someone who couldn't take down the Bananas in Pajamas.
Check out the ink after the jump.
Pittsburgh Steelers fans are about as intense as any European soccer hooligan or 15-year-old Twihard. So to be recognized as the Most Terrible of the Terrible Towel twirlers is an honor reserved for one serious badass. Meet Pittsburgh-area catering manager Johnny Menesini, who may have a legitimate claim to the title thanks to a forearm-length tattoo of Steelers defensive end Brett "The Diesel" Keisel. Menesini, known online as TVsCHACHI, is active on Steelers message boards and describes himself on his LinkedIn profile as "Strictly Bad Ass," with specialties ranging from "Raconteur" to "Beer Drinking" and "Food Constructs."
The tattoo's inspiration, Keisel's now infamous "playoff beard," became the most memorable image of the team's year. In February, The beard was shaved during "Shear the Beard," an event that raised $30,000 for the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Keisel assured fans he'd grow it back next season, saying, "The beard will decide when the time is right to come back, and it will all of a sudden appear." But thanks to a little permanent ink, The Beard will live on via Johnny Menesini's arm.
Photo: Johnny Menesini's Photobucket
Sabrina Athena doesn't care for conformity. Good thing, because at 5-foot-11 with size 8 to 10 hips, the 25-year-old beauty won't find work as a typical rail-thin, borderline anorexic model. Sabrina, who hails from the Motor City, attends the Fashion Institute of Technology and she's very comfortable in her own skin, more so now with two new additions: her tattoo of a peacock, representing natural beauty, and another one of a lotus flower.
It's fitting that Sabrina shares a name with Athena, the Greek goddess of war and warfare strategy. Of course Sabrina's means aren't violent, but she's fighting the notion that models must be size 0 and dine on iceberg lettuce and ice cubes to maintain that figure. There's plenty more of Sabrina to see, so check the vid.
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LADIES Former "TRL" host Hilarie now appears in the the TV show "White Collar" [Esquire]
Like fine wine, she only gets better with age.
UNPLUGGED Exclusive: Lil Wayne's Unplugged of "6 Foot 7 Foot" [RapFix]
The full performance airs live on MTV2 this Sunday at 9 PM ET/PT.
BIKES Brett Banasiewicz unveils The Kitchen [Alli Action]
The 30,000-square-foot masterpiece will be serving a big park course and much more.
BICYCLES Deadly urban dance of the day [Daily What]
Real-life Frogger on wheels plus a soundtrack.
FLOWCHART How will you react to "The Human Centipede 2"? [Fork Party]
SOCIAL INK Woman tattoos 152 Facebook friends on her arm [BuzzFeed]
Things are going to get awkward when someone unfriends her.
SUMMER TREAT Cone-ing is the new planking? [Double Viking]
I'm willing to spend two dollars to find out.
SLACKS 7 brave men who rocked white pants on a regular basis [Smoking Jacket]
It's always a good day when Tony Montana, MJ and the Smurfs appear together.
While most people who had their training wheels off during the 1980s only have mixtapes, large plastic frames or an STD as souvenirs of the colorful decade, some hair band fans got badges of devotion that they continue to wear proudly. As far as tattoos go--no offense to the folks with butterflies or bald heads---they're pretty high on the list of awesome. Now is the appropriate time to queue up your '80s hair metal playlist for those of you playing along.
Of course the obvious hair bands are here: KISS, Bon Jovi, Motley Crüe. There's also representatives for more great bands that likewise rocked the decade with some memorable tunes, a substantial quantity of jewelry and out-of-control hair. And although many of you spent the '80s plodding along to school with your GI Joe and Care Bears lunch boxes, or incubating in your mother's womb, it's never too late to get a tattoo of your favorite '80s hair band. Click on for plenty of inspiration.