The Story of a Tattoo, 15 Years in the Making

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This story starts with a 15 year old idea by a man named Joe (the) Peacock…

What was that?  Yes, his name is Joe Peacock.  No, not the plumber.  No, he’s not in the mafia.  Yes, he has a really nice tattoo.  No, he didn’t get it when he was 15… jeeze, can I continue now?

Now Joe is a true jack of all trades; programmer, writer… snazzy dresser.  He is also an idea man.  If you haven’t guessed by now, the idea I’m going to share with you was his grand tattoo.

Joe’s tattoo is an homage to Akira, the 1988 anime film by Katsuhiro Otomo.  Completed in sections, the tattoo tells the story presented in the movie.  It also covers events in the manga works that the movie was based on.

Here is a composite of the sleeve he had done (some distortion due to unwrapping the arm based on his photos):

The Tattoo

The tattoo breaks down as follows:

Tattoo Part 1 Tattoo Part 2 Tattoo Part 3

The large glass shard with the Japanese script is the name of the anime “Akira”.  Surrounding that is the ruins of Neo-Toyko, the setting for the story, which Akira destroyed.  Above the shard are the pipes leading from the cryo-chamber that housed Akira (Akira is pictured on the lower shard of this image).  Below that second shard are the remnants of military tanks.

Around to the front of his arm exists another shard, this one featuring Kaneda.  Below him are the remnants of his bike, scattered around a tagged pillar with additional scenes of a destroyed Neo-Tokyo.

On the back side of Joe’s arm is a shard dedicated to Tetsuo, tying back around to Kaneda’s bike and the military forces present in the tattoo.   Scenes of the surviving city stand behind him.

You can view more of Joe’s Progress shots and additional details at his website.

This tattoo is a great example of how an image can be crafted to show both interesting imagery, and preserve qualities of the story, mood and style.

Metal Gear Solid 5 – Finality

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I want to apologize for getting your heart rate up, but this fancy piece of art belongs to Matt Lackey.  I found Matt while at the SDSU Art Show with my girlfriend.  When I saw his art project, my eyes grew big, my heart rate went up and I immediately picked up the CD box and poster.

I knew that this was fake, but being a geek that has respect for the arts, I couldn’t stop staring at the quality of the work of the poster.  Then, when opened the CD Case, which was made out of wood, I geeked out while geeking out.  It was like taking out some ammo out of a pouch.  A very unique and cool idea that some big time game devs or studios should look at.

It was at this time the owner of the project saw me geeking out.  Matt introduced himself and gave me 2 of his posters that he had on display.  I thanked him graciously and asked to post these pics on the site.  He agreed but also sent us his process photos.  To view all the photos, go past the break.

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Ford's 2009 F-150 Campaign

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Ford’s new campaign is looking good.  First time I saw one of the commercials during a football game, my eyes were wide open.  Trying to take in every frame my eyes could without blinking. Then sadly, it was over. Now, being a geek, you know what I quickly did.

Yup! Pulled out the laptop, and quickly searched for the ads. But, to my amazement, there are none to be found yet on the net.  Can someone please link some for me in the comment section? Share with the class please. Thank you!

Until I get those links or find them myself, after the break here are some other typography videos to enjoy

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