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Geek Girls Ink’d: Harold & HP, Superman, and Harley Quinn & Jack

harold & harryFirst up this time is Laura Ann Mach from LA. Laura has a great mash-up tattoo of Harold and the Purple Crayon and Harry Potter. Harold and the Purple Crayon was her favorite book when growing up and the Harry Potter series is her favorite as an adult so putting them together was a no-brainer. Laura did a wonderful job combining the innocence and imagination of both worlds into one tattoo and the idea of Harold using his purple crayon to draw a patronus was simple yet powerful. Armando, owner of True Identity Ink, had the pleasure of turning this concept into art about six months ago. Not a lot of people have heard of Harold and the Purple Crayon so it is fun for Laura to get people interested in the story through her tattoo and those who do know it and understand the mash-up think it’s brilliant, or cute. Cute is good, too.

We next come to Kristen Richards, who calls Las Vegas her hometownIMG_20150419_172456_rewind. Her tattoo was a long time coming as she was 30-years-old before she finally got it done. She thought long and hard about what she wanted her first tattoo to be and chose the DC comics Superman symbol. She has been a fan of Superman since she was a little kid and still loves him. Kristen believes in everything Superman stands for: being the best you can be, helping others, and using your own power for the betterment of mankind. Kristen believes in the decency of humanity that Superman represents and the ideal that everyone should aspire to be. She originally went into Pricz tattoo studio with the idea of getting a small symbol on her ankle but after a lengthy discussion with the artist they both agreed that a bigger, bolder, full color tattoo would be more fitting for what she wanted to represent. After all, there isn’t really anything dainty about Superman. It’s been about ten years since Kristen went into that tattoo shop for her first tattoo and she still loves it as much as she did the first day. The colors remain fresh and bright and she has gotten nothing but positive attention from her super tattoo. It helps that she works as a teacher and her students always love it when they see it. She always tells them she has it because her students are all super. This tattoo is an integral part of who Kristen is now, is a great conversation starter, and she wouldn’t change it for anything.

tabLastly, we have Tabatha Walker, born and raised in Las Vegas. Tabatha couldn’t choose just one of her tattoos as they both are equally meaningful to her. She first got a tattoo of Jack Skellington’s head on her wrist from Steadfast Tattoo as a Friday the 13th special. It was done on a whim, but she made sure it was still something very meaningful to her. Tabatha loves not only the movie The Nightmare Before Christmas but the concept and life that surround the movie, the creator, and everything that blossomed from it as well. Her other tattoo was done by Chad at True Identity Ink and is inspired by Harley Quinn. Tabatha has always been drawn to the character of Harley Quinn and admires her for how amazing and strong she is. She loves that she is not really a villain or a hero, but rather does what is necessary in her life for herself and what makes her happy. Tabatha spent years contemplating what she wanted to do for her diamonds tattoo and finally decided on this design. She has had some negative pushback from people who have said she would be prettier if she hadn’t messed up her skin, but those are very few and very far between. Tabatha finds her ink beautiful and has absolutely no regrets.

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Geek Girls Ink’d: Doctor Who and Alice in Wonderland

Welcome to Geek Girls Ink’d! It’s no secret that I love tattoos, and I of course love geeky tattoos even more. I wanted to have somewhere to showcase some geeky tattoos I’ve found in my community, at conventions, just really anywhere I can find them. It is only more recently that women have been able to fully embrace tattoo culture, and I feel as though this needs to be displayed in all it’s splendor. Not only am I looking for women who proudly wear their fandoms on their sleeve so-to-speak, but also will be showcasing some of the female tattoo artists who consider themselves to be geeky as well.

katMy first ever showcase is of a lovely women named Kat Connors. She hails from Klamath Falls OR, by way of Eugene. While she has several fandom tattoos, including The Dark Tower, Tank Girl, and Alice in Wonderland, her favorite nerdy tattoo is Doctor Who related. She has the word NERDGASM in white ink on her left wrist, written in Gallifreyan. She decided on this design because she is a professional artist and her brand/identity is called Nerdgasms by Kat due to  the geeky/fandom nature of her art. Her love of Doctor Who “borders on pathological”, so the tattoo practically designed itself. She has always been a fan of white ink because it gives tattoos a more organic look. Kat got this awesome tattoo from 11th Hour Tattoo Studio on a Friday the 13th special about a year and a half ago. Because it is white ink, she never has to cover it for work, and most people don’t even really notice it. For those that do however, they are very complimentative and some ask if it is a brand. This is certainly not the end to her geeky tattoos, she has plans to get a similar one of the angel warding sigil from Supernatural on her other wrist.

Next up is Melanie Davis from Las Vegas, NV who is also very proudly sportingmel a Doctor Who tattoo. She has this beautiful watercolor Tardis with the word “Allons-y” on her ribcage. She chose this design because it means “Let’s go” and encourages her to get up and get out there to experience life rather than letting it pass her by. She knew she wanted the Allons-y script, but after seeing an image of a gorgeous watercolor Tardis she knew she had to have that added. To commemorate the “Day of the Doctor” on November 23, 2013 she went down to Broken Dagger Tattoo shop in full tenth doctor regalia and met with her artist, Lily. She went after watching the 10 am premiere of the episode ready to be inked! Since getting the tattoo she has she has been able to look to her tattoo for inspiration and has a great time geeking out when she gets to show it off to fellow Whovians.

 

 

stacyOur final geeky girl this time is Stacey Ballard from Thomasville, NC. She has a daisy with an Alice in Wonderland quote on her foot. The quote reads: “in a world of my own”. She got this to cover a bad scar from a surgery she had and wanted something really pretty to detract from it. She visited Damian at Diversity Tattoo to have this piece done about a year ago. She has been planning this tattoo since she was 15 and it is her first easily visible tattoo. She finds that most who see it absolutely love it.

I think all of these tattoos are amazing and as special as the ladies that proudly wear them. If you are interested in being featured, contact me via email here.

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The Official Extended Tomorrowland Trailer Is Out

We’ve had teasers since last year of the new movie Tomorrowland, staring Academy Award® winner George Clooney and Britt Robertson, but if this new extended trailer from Disney doesn’t make you jump out of your seat with excitement, then you don’t have a pulse.

Two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) is at the helm for this mystery adventure story about jaded former boy-genius Frank (Clooney) and bright optimistic teen Casey (Robertson), who set out on a mission to discover the secrets of a place buried somewhere in space and time called “Tomorrowland”.

Damon Lindelof (Lost, Prometheus, Star Trek Into Darkness) and Bird share writing credits on the screenplay.

Also cast in the film is Hugh Laurie, Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw, Judy Greer, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key and Thomas Robinson.

Disney’s Tomorrowland blasts into theaters May 22, 2015!

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Interview: Jaimie Cordero of Espionage Cosmetics

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There was a time in the not so distant past that people could not be overtly passionate about anything deemed “geeky” to the mainstream world. A woman could not proclaim her love for zombie flicks or video games or anime or sci-fi television programming without coming under fire (oh wait, that still happens. Never mind.) Fortunately, “geek chic” has become a widely accepted form of personal expression. It is currently en vogue, so to speak. I was just in Target yesterday and saw a t-shirt with GEEK CHIC emblazoned across the front, so no one can tell me differently. Today, in nearly any city, people go about their lives nonchalantly wearing t-shirts with their favorite pop culture phrases, or toting custom-made bags, shoes, and/or accessories depicting their favorite shows or characters (confession: I generally have no less than two pieces of different fandom-inspired items on my person at any given time.) Cosmetics are no exception to this phenomenon. There are lines of nail polish, lipsticks, eye shadows, and more, all inspired by films, television shows, and pop culture trends. Sometimes a person just wants that exact same eye shadow without having to be an actor sitting in a make-up chair, right? In the grand scheme of “if you build it, they will come,” catering to such dreams can be both lucrative and fulfilling.

Enter Espionage Cosmetic’s latest project: “Nailed It!” Espionage Cosmetics takes make-up to new levels of nerdom, focusing on quality products with fandom inspirations. Their self-adhesive nail wraps provide perfect nails without minimal effort. Gone is the time consumption of layering coats of polish (and the frustration of needing to start over if the design is not quite right, or the polish gets smudged, etc.) Each set of nails comes with several sizes to ensure the perfect fit, and are touted as easily adjustable. Remove the wraps from the package, press and shape to your nail, trim the edge as necessary. To lengthen the life of the wraps, a quick-drying clear topcoat is recommended. That is all there is to it. Designs range from Doctor Who to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, steampunk to zombie killer. Proudly (or subtly) displaying a favored fandom has never been easier.

Jaimie Cordero, CEO/Artistic Director and one of the masterminds behind Espionage Cosmetics, took the time to tell Geek Girl World about the company’s origins and answer a few questions. Jaimie is a professional make-up artist. At work, she would mix a few of her versatile personal core products to use on set, which eventually led to the desire to start her own company.  With a team of make-up aficionados around the world, Espionage took shape. Jaimie says, “There are other great makeup companies for sure and we wanted to do it differently in a few ways:

1.) Not take it so seriously.
2.) Sell a product that we loved but knew wasn’t the end all be all of existence. We at Espionage are very open about the fact that not everyone has time to put on a full face of make up every day AND THAT IS OKAY. Most people have limited time for things like perfect eyeliner. So what little time a normal person does have to dedicate should be fun and not daunting/feel like a chore.
3.) Create marketing that would be a playground for creatives and would immediately cause a connection with our nerdy audience.”

Geek Girl World: What do you hope people take away from the concept of Espionage Cosmetics?
Espionage Cosmetics: That it’s okay if your make-up and nails don’t look like the million pinterest boards you have saved. It’s okay to only have three make-up brushes. We love that you have a full beautiful life that keeps finding the perfect lip color on the back burner. Being a mom/going to college/working on your cosplay/raiding with your guild/having game night with your family are all more important than what the beauty industry will have you believe.
If you do pick up any product from Espionage, all we want is to see that you enjoyed our promotional material packed with Easter eggs of geek wonder; and that if you do purchase our product it made your life a little brighter, more fun, and that it added much needed glitter.

GGW: Espionage Cosmetics is quite interactive with its consumers/fans; any plans to do make-up tutorials, etc. to enhance the consumer experience?
EC: That is a project we are working on! We have a lot filmed, it is just the chance to edit things that is hard to come by! Kickstarter has been a full time gig! However once that comes to a close and packages are out we hope to resume some filming and a lot more editing!

GGW: Why use Kickstarter for this particular project?
EC: We chose crowd sourcing for two reasons:
1) Our company has been built entirely on incoming cash. Which means that we have survived and grown entirely off of income from conventions, online orders, and wholesale accounts like ThinkGeek.  No debt. No credit cards. No loans. It was important to the business foundation we have built to keep it that way. Crowd funding was the way to do that.
2) Gauging public interest on our product. We knew we thought the nail wraps were the best thing ever, but knowing that there was a definite (and massive) interest is a big deal for a small company like ours. It helps us gauge future projects, designs, and inventory decisions for the next year of conventions and what not.

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GGW: What do you hope to grow the Nailed It! line into? (Will you take polls or design requests?) Will it be something you will offer online, or only at conventions & events?

EC: As of now we have already listened to the public about what they want in designs! I just can’t tell you which ones specifically :) The wraps will definitely be online. We have already been successful in having ThinkGeek pick up a lot of the “Nailed It!” designs! And of course there will be the conventions to track us down at. Which is the best idea! This way you can see each design in person!

GGW: How did Espionage decide which designs to do first?
EC: We did what is done for all of our projects. We took an informal poll of what nerd thing our employees, interns, and creative wanted to wear. Then we made each one a thing!

GGW: There has been a recent trend of fashion and cosmetics inspired by pop culture/films (most recently Cover Girl x The Hunger Games: Catching Fire for the Capitol Collection.) Is there the possibility of such an official partnership/event in the future for Espionage? If so, what would the dream partnership be?
EC: We actually have two major ones in the works! And another 3 we have already informally begun the process for! Our dream is obviously to have the discussion about Star Wars licensing as well as LOTR.

GGW: What is the next project for Espionage?
EC: Currently there are 5 other major projects that are in the wings in various states of being ready for the public eye. At this point it is all about figuring out which one to put in the game. I guess I am still making that decision :)

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For the Nailed It! Nail Art Kickstarter project, learn more here. The project is already fully funded, but you can still back it. The more stretch goals met, the more designs unlocked.

For more about Espionage Cosmetics, find them online at Espionage CosmeticsTwitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Full disclaimer: after learning more about Espionage, I personally backed their Nailed It! project on Kickstarter.

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A1 #2 Review

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Issue Number: #2 (OF 6)
Page Count: 32pp
Full Color, B&W, or partial color: FC
Publisher: Titan Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 10, 2013

Writer(s): Dave Elliot, W.H. Rauf

Artist Name(s): Barnaby Bagenda, Sami Basri, Sakti Yuwono, Jessica Kholinne, Garrie Gastony, Rhoald Marcelius

 

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The award winning anthology A1 continues this week with another jammed packed issue, and three possible covers. First up is the Weirding Willows where the Wicked Witch of the West, Ms. Marche, has just placed an order for an army of flying monkeys with Dr. Moreau. Someone suspiciously looking like Tarzan (or Mowgli because he does call the bear Baloo) interrupts the proceedings and reveals his secret, he can talk to animals too. Our heroine, Alice (Dr. Moreau’s intrepid daughter) is off on a quest deeper into the forest with our favorite rabbits and runs head on into an ominous creature that does not look pleased at all.

 

 

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We move straight into Carpe Diem as Sir 8th Day is running for his life from a bunch of crazy looking clowns. Sir Monday comes into save the day, but his rescue attempt is stopped dead in it’s tracks and it’s up to the rest of the team to provide backup. Turns out that the evil Clown Nazi commanding the army has a huge grudge against Sir 8th Day that has been brewing since prep school. I guess some clowns never learn to let go of their grudges. However, this clown had it coming, and Sir 8th Day is about to serve it up again.

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Then we have Odyssey. This story gets even more confusing and weirdly like a Captain America rip-off that threatens to drag the entire anthology down. There are so many layers yet to discover, but they are unraveling so slowly for an anthology of this nature.  The artwork is it’s only saving grace as it is technically better than the art work in Weirding Willows, and certainly on par with the high color splash that is Carpe Diem.

Overall, A1 is a good read and definitely worth it when you get three developing stories for the price of one. It is necessary to give Odyssey a chance as we continue through this series of six issues, but Weirding Willows and Carpe Diem more than make up for it.

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Chronos Commandos: Dawn Patrol #1 Review

Chronos Commandos Dawn Patrol #1 coverIssue Number: 1 (of 5)
Page Count: 32pp
Full Color, B&W, or partial color: FC
Publisher: Titan Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 10, 2013

Written and Illustrated by: Stuart Jennett

There is a huge dinosaur and some army guys on the cover, and by the looks of it, Nazis are hiding somewhere. At least that is the feeling you get when you first pick up Chronos Commandos. Open up further, and wait, is that Albert Einstein with a machine gun? Yes, indeed it is. This issue is packed with a lot of flashy action, bright artistry, and a really insane time-travel plot, but there is just so much going on that it is really hard to keep up. Thank goodness there is a lengthy prologue paragraph to explain everything before you get too far into the book.

With all that is going on at once, the character development has been left up to the reader to fill in with familiar archetypes such as a brash rough-around-the-edge commanding officer affectionately called “Sarge”.  Then of course add in the super smart scientist Albert Einstein, who is just crazy enough to hang with Sarge, and you have Stargate during World War II with dinosaurs. Or maybe its the Dirty Dozen with Albert Einstein and dinosaurs trying to kill Hitler while they travel through time? All of this being thrown at the reader in the first issue, and it is hard to tell whether or not the familiarity is a welcome distraction.

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However, the artwork is really good. The detail that went into creating the dinosaurs makes them leap off the page, and truly come to life in the imagination. The backgrounds are so well designed that they make you wish that Jennett had put that much effort into his character creation. To go along with the nondescript human facial features, and entire squad under Sarge’s command is obliterated in the first 4 pages. There isn’t much value placed on human life in this comic, at least judging from Sarge’s hardened battle worn attitude towards their deaths when Einstein asks what happened to the rest of the squad.

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Despite all of this, Chronos Commandos is worth the read, if just for the artwork alone. However, there is the hint that there is another larger story brewing behind the flashy action sequences when you get to the appearance of the Nazi’s,  the pages of redacted memos that discuss genetic mutations, and the Chronosphere Core itself that is at the heart of project Watchmaker. Also, if you just like seeing dinosaurs eat up a bunch of military men then yes, this is the comic for you.

 

 

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