Tattoo Inspirations

I made an appointment to get my next tattoo in September. Is it possible to have a tasteful homage to my love of wacky and weird pop culture-themed parties imprinted on my forearm for the rest of my life? Fingers crossed.

Over the past six years, I’ve had a slew of themed Friendsgivings:


Thank You For Being a Friendsgiving (Golden Girls)


I Get By With a Little Help From My Friendsgiving (The Beatles)


and Imaginary Friendsgiving (The Shining).

I’ve also had a few backyard movie nights:


Moonrise Kingdom


and The Big Lebowski (backyard turned into living room thanks to the rain).

And I had a party room at the Reservoir Geeks’ Lovely Soiree in 2015:


The Royal Tenenbaums.

For my tattoo, I decided to choose one icon to represent each of these special events with my friends. They really have been some of the best nights ever and looking back over some of the pictures just now made me feel so nostalgic - something I’m not opposed to feeling every time I look at my arm.

Each icon will be done in a simple, but graphic, blackline style. This is what I’ve chosen to represent each party:


Golden Girls - Tropical leaf. I always imagine the lush lanai when I think of The Golden Girls.

The Beatles - The Apple Records apple. I’ve played their records so often, this fruit just means the lads to me.

Moonrise Kingdom - A vintage portable record player. One of my favorite scenes in the movie is Sam and Suzy dancing on the beach to a 60s French pop record.

The Royal Tenenbaums - The yellow tent upstairs. I’ve always wanted to hide out in that tent, but it also breaks my heart every time.

The Shining - Vintage motel keychain and key. These were actually the favors at my Shining party almost 3 years ago - a lot of my friends still have it on their key rings!

The Big Lebowski - A patterned rug. It’ll just tie the whole tattoo together, man.

Besides being reminders of all the fun times I’ve had with my friends, they all mean something more to me anyway because I wouldn’t have picked the themes if I hadn’t loved the movie or show or band in the first place. The wheels are starting to turn in my head for my next Friendsgiving… perhaps Pee-Wee’s Big Friendsgiving?

What pop culture tattoos would you get?

Posted on August 26, 2018 .