Professional LEGO artist Nathan Sawaya — who, as you should know by now, creates art sculptures using LEGO bricks — has got himself a new tattoo. And it might be the most geektastic tattoo you’ll ever see.
With hype like that, you’re probably expecting something huge and wildly detailed. But this is not that kind of tattoo. Its brilliance is its understated simplicity. With a minimum of ink, it manages to evoke a sensation that pretty much everybody in the world is familiar with: the feeling of LEGO brick studs impressed into the skin of one’s fingers.
Eight little dots, with a bit of a three-dimensional look, is what Sawaya had tattooed onto his thumb. He said he did it in honor of the fact that every single day, he snaps LEGO bricks together, pressing down hard to insure a tight fit. “What better way,” he says, “to pay tribute to my medium of choice, than permanently inking those marks on to my thumb?”
Tattoos aren’t really my thing, but even I have to salute the Brick Master for his inspired use of ink.