Darwin Spears and Hadephobia are based on a real tattoo shop and its owner from back in the day. The shop itself was intensely cool and I say without reservation that I haven't done it justice in this comic, but the shop was really just an extension of the man who started it. He was (and is, I suppose, he isn't dead) one of the most interesting people I've been lucky enough to know...worryingly smart, shamefully talented and intimidating as all hell while at the same time generous and supportive to his friends. I was never not impressed by him and more than a little envious at how plain old fucking cool he was. We used to joke that he was the next rung on the ladder of human evolution.
I won't share his name or the name of the shop which is still in existence (or, I should say, exists again after having burned to the ground several years ago), but I hope that when he sees this representation of him, he smiles in that mildly evil way that is uniquely his.
While looking up the word, I stumbled on "Haptephobia", which is the fear of being touched.
To slant my unbounded curiosity away from asking about the real-life store, I'd like to ask about "tribal tattoos" such as the shapes that the fictional store seems to display on its window. What is their meaning, if they have one? Do people just think they look cool and have them put on, or do some patterns have a particular meaning?
gun21: I seem to remember reading that Sarah Michelle Gellar had the chinese character for "integrity" tattooed in the small of her back. Do you think that bad too?
I'd say if you know what the character means and you intend to commit to the meaning, it's all right by me. (Except I'm a prude about tattoos, of course.) Typing this reminds me of a friend who has the kanji for "aikido" tattooed on his shoulder, and is a dedicated aikidoka. I see nothing wrong with that - except, again, that I feel tattoos slightly disturbing at least.
I, personally, am tattooed and only of things that represent alot to me. I am fond of the Japanese culture and I intend on having some japanese symbols tattooed. It doesn't make me a fake, right? I do agree that people who have random tattooes are "the worse" (quotes gun21) If someone gets tattooed just for the hell of it, or for a dare or what not, it's pretty ridiculous, are you sure you want to expose those images or words when you'll have matured? But who am I to judge another.
^^! I has a cow tattooed, it represents my veganism. I also have some anime/manga characters, they represent my love of the art.
I think Patrick might be nexxxttt~~ -moans- Haha!