There are countless ways to express your love for your favorite fandoms. Some fans cosplay. Others write fanfiction. Some people collect Pop!s while others attend conventions. And some fans—including a decent number of Funko employees—live with their favorite characters and stories inked into their skin.
These Funko employees shared their pop culture-inspired tattoos for your viewing pleasure, and possible inspiration for your next (or first) pop culture tattoo.
Hilary Gray, Marketing Manager
I'm a huge fan of Through the Looking Glass and Alice in Wonderland, the Lewis Carol books as well as the Disney movie adaptations.
There are two things I really love, Harry Potter and tea! I decided to get a tattoo commemorating the moment Harry gets the grim tea leaf reading in divination class. I'm also an amateur tasseographer!
Tattoo Artist: Red Ryder, Fleshwork Tattoo Studio, Olympia, WA
Meredith Hawes, Sales Manager
Wendy Peffercorn Pinup: I have a Wendy Peffercorn pinup on my left thigh. The Sandlot is in my top five favorite movies. If you grew up in the '90s like me, you totally had a crush on Wendy Peffercorn. And if you didn't… don't lie ;)
Tattoo Artist: Suzy Todd at Two Birds Tattoo in Seattle, WA
Lisa Simpson: I have Lisa Simpson meditating on the back of my ankle. I got this during a tough time in my life where I felt I needed some more self love and tranquility. Plus I collect anything Simpsons related, and Lisa is my favorite
Tattoo Artist: Gus Jaimes at Torch Tattoo in Anaheim, CA
Casey Becker: Out of all 20+ tattoos I have, this one is my favorite. I have Drew Barrymore as Casey Becker from the 1996 masterpiece Scream on my right thigh. First of all, I've been in love with Drew Barrymore for as long as I can remember. I saw Scream in the theater when I was 14, and my mind was just completely blown that they killed her off (so brutally!) within the first 15 minutes. I went back and saw it again in the theater at least five more times. Thus my love for slasher flicks began, and to this day I maintain that Drew's iconic scene was the greatest opening sequence of any scary movie, ever.
Tattoo Artist: Aaron Egging at Project Tattoo in Seattle, WA
Pee-Wee's Bike: Just below that on the side of my right calf, I have Pee Wee's Bike from Pee Wee's Big Adventure. My brothers and I loved Pee Wee growing up and I always wanted that amazing bike for my very own.
Tattoo Artist: Aaron Egging at Project Tattoo in Seattle, WA
Poppy Helt, Designer
I've been a lifelong X-Men fan and Psylocke is one of my top favorites!
Twin Peaks: Fire, Walk with Me: I share this tattoo with my good friend Nicole, because we're both big Twin Peaks fans.
The Fallout sleeve is actually a cover-up of a bunch of different tattoos; he did an amazing job of working everything together and making it look like it was originally that. I offhandedly mentioned that I wanted to have my favorite game emblazoned on my arm but it already had a mishmash of random tattoos. He said he was up to the challenge! I also had to finish it before my wedding (which was also post-apocalyptic themed), so we did a lot of work in only a few months. I'm in love with the imagery of the game and setting, and that it provided countless hours of entertainment as well as inspiration for a kick-ass wedding.
Tattoo Artist (Psylocke and Trunks): Marty Williams, 71 Tattoo, Albuquerque, NM
Tattoo Artist (Twin Peaks): Jaime Trujillo, Chrome Ohm Tattoo, Seattle, WA
Tattoo Artist (Fallout): Beetle, Everett Tattoo Emporium, Everett, WA
Dima Levanchuk, Video Production Manager
For the first couple of tattoos, I was attaching meanings to my tattoos, but after awhile I just started slapping on designs that I really liked. The Cheshire cat is one of them. It's got big ol' eyes, creepy smile and sharp teeth and I just think it's an awesome design.
Tattoo Artist: Mike Hamilton at Fleshwork Tattoo Studio in Olympia, WA
Gwen Machan, Associate Packaging Designer
This was my first tattoo! I'm a huge fan of LOTR and at the time, I was going through a lot. I was re-reading The Fellowship of the Ring and I kind of had an aha! moment when I came across the poem “All That is Gold Does Not Glitter.”
So, my tattoo is written in Tengwar and reads “Queni yar ranyar ullumë vanwë umir” which is Quenya for “not all those who wander are lost.” I got my tattoo in Everett at Sunken Ship Tattoo and Piercing, not too far away from Funko actually, which is pretty funny since I didn't work at Funko or live in Everett at the time, and it felt so out of the way just to get a tattoo! Guess my tattoo had more meaning that I thought, since a few short months later I got a job here!
Tattoo Artist: Sunken Ship Tattoo and Piercing, Everett, WA
Kayla Mogensen, Photo Production Artist
My main reason behind my It tattoo was the sheer milestone of a remake of the movie coming out. I have long loved Stephen King; have read his books many a time and have fallen in love with the films adaptations as well. Once It was released, my husband and I went to see it four times in the theater; we just couldn't get enough of it. Now being a Stephen King fan for so long, I really didn't know how to incorporate four boys on a railroad track to depict my love of “Stand By Me," so I knew the next best thing was little Georgie's boat to depict my love of my second favorite Stephen King film adaptation, It.
Andrew Pettersen, E-commerce Sales Manager
I grew up watching the Star Wars movies, playing with the action figures, and dreaming of a galaxy far, far away. So naturally, I have two Star Wars tattoos. The one on my hand that says, “I know” was my first tattoo ever. I wanted to surprise my wife with a shared experience gift; that's when I came up with the idea to have “I love you” and “I know” tattooed on our hands. That way when we hold hands (as you can see in the picture) we're reminded of our love for each other and all things nerdy! Awwwwww.
My lightsaber is my latest addition. Within the glow of the beam are my boys' names, in the classic Star Wars font. It serves as a reminder of the two young Padawans I care so much about. Traditionally, sabers don't glow two different colors, but blue and green are my boys' favorite, plus it's Seahawks colors. Having a lightsaber on my forearm affords me the ability to walk around the office waving my arm around, and making lightsaber noises.
Tattoo Artist: Jen Holcomb at Lakeside Tattoo in Lake Stevens, WA
Leah Rosen, Digital Photo Artist
My tattoo is based on a painting of Disneyland's Enchanted Tiki Room by the artist SHAG. I decided to get the tattoo because I'm a huge Disney theme parks fan and the Tiki Room was one of Walt Disney's original visions for the park. The attraction was also one of the first to use audio-animatronics, which is something I have been fascinated with since I was a kid. I chose to use SHAG's rendition of the Tiki Room because I love his tropical mid-century modern aesthetic.
Sarah Scherer, Project Manager
I grew up watching Back to the Future over and over and over, so when I started getting tattooed it was an obvious choice to represent this franchise! I actually have two Back to the Future tattoos, aside from the Flux Capacitor you see here. I also have Marty's hoverboard tattooed on my hand.
I LOVE Disney Theme Parks! I grew up just outside of Anaheim, California where I spent far too many of my days at Disneyland. My favorite ride has always been the Haunted Mansion—even when I was a small child. I may have been scared of Splash Mountain's drop as a teeny one, but give me ghosts any day! This tattoo was inspired half by the Haunted Mansion, and also half by my love of tiki and Polynesian culture. There's a bar outside of Disneyland called “Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar,” and a few years back they started releasing an exclusive tiki mug every Halloween with the three hitchhiking ghosts. I fell in love with this design and decided it should be with me forever. This tattoo was done by @nicoleroartattoos at Sunken Ship Tattoo in Everett.”
These are my Friday the 13th specials! Every Friday the 13th, most tattoo shops offer a selection of Friday the 13th-themed tattoos at a lower price, first come first serve. I got the Sideshow Bob tattoo several years ago because of my love of The Simpsons, and also my undying love for Dr. Frasier Crane. If you didn't know, Kelsey Grammar (Frasier Crane) is the voice actor for Sideshow Bob Terwilliger. It only seemed appropriate that the next year, I would get Sideshow Bob's brother, Cecil Terwilliger (voiced by David Hyde Pierce, who is Frasier's brother on the show) on the other side!
Tattoo Artist (Haunted Mansion): Nicole Roar at Sunken Ship Tattoo and Piercing in Everett, WA
Ashley Schwellenbach, Marketing Copywriter
I didn't really believe in love at first sight until I started watching Firefly. There were plenty of shows that I loved but none that I thought were perfect the way Firefly was. I resisted watching the show for a long time because I thought I could never enjoy a story set in space; I consider myself more of a traditional fantasy geek than sci-fi geek so the fact that I fell so in love with a space western really surprised me and reminded me to be more open to trying books, movies and shows that I ordinarily wouldn't read or watch. Having Serenity tattooed on my leg is a reminder that the very best stories take you by surprise.
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou is my favorite movie which is sort of funny because it doesn't pass the Bechdel test and the ocean—and sharks especially—has always terrified me. I love Bill Murray and there was just something about his character's commitment to a life of adventure, scientific discovery and weirdness that resonated with me. I think of the jaguar shark in that movie as a modern Moby Dick except that Steve Zissou had the courage and humanity to do what Ahab never could: confront his monster, and then walk away.
Tattoo Artist (Serenity): Mike at House of Tattoo in Tacoma, WA
Tattoo Artist (Jaguar Shark): Jillian Wefald, Ink Dynasty Tattoo, Pismo Beach, CA