A Tribute to Geekhood

 

I’ve been planning to have a geeky tattoo for a while now and a couple of weeks ago, I finally got one. It’s a Geometric Ninetales, sketched/designed by Kerby Rosanes, an amazing and talented Filipino artist (disclaimer: I just saw this design posted on his Instagram; I didn’t ask/commission him to make the design for me; he’s an awesome guy who’s okay with using his work for personal tattoos). After getting it, I knew I’d be facing the WHY’D YOU GET ITs and the WHAT DOES IT MEANs. So, to save me the trouble of having to repeat myself, I’ll be addressing the questions here.

Why did I get it? Because it looks cool. Dot. Period. Full stop.

What does it mean?

I find this question rather awkward. Awkward in the sense that, I could tell you what it means to me, you’d hear it, but I doubt you’d completely understand it. In my opinion, you have to know the person to a certain degree to be able to fully understand what it means to them. Nonetheless, I’ll try my best to explain it’s meaning here. TL;DR at the bottom for you lazy shaittes.

Video games have been a part of me since I was young. The first gaming device I got was a Game Boy (you know, those brick-like, thick ones) and the first game I ever played was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Game (yes, it was a thing back then). It took a while before I played my first Pokemon game (think the first version I played was Pokemon Red) but it was the first game that I got addicted to. There is a lot that I can say about gaming and how it’s helped me grow into the person that I am today but I’ll leave that for a different post. I’ll stick to talking about my tattoo for now.

I know gaming alone doesn’t make me a geek. It is, however, what drew me deeper into the Geekdom. Different gaming platforms and games introduced me to different themes, genres, and characters. My exuberance for Star Wars, LotR, Marvel superheroes, and Batman all came from gaming. This is why I chose a Pokemon to embody my geekiness. It’s also my modern take of having a classical tattoo.

Why a Ninetales? Because a) it looks magestic AF, b) it’s one of my all-time favorite Pokemons, and c) it’s based on a fox. In several cultures, the fox represents traits that can be identified in most geeks – observant, cunning, wise, strategic, adaptable, and perseverant, to name a few. A fox is also a soloist who don’t mind the company of others but finds joy in being alone.

The geometric pattern? Because a) it looks hella awesome, b) I like geometric patterns in general, and c) the patterns represent the creation of a whole. Every line, shape, dot, and shade represent the intricate details that molded me into who I am today.

P.S.

Modest | Drought. In my Omega Ruby game, my Ninetales is Modest in nature and posses the ability Drought. He’s my setter in battle.

TL;DR: Ninetales is awesome. Game is life.

Geeking out,

J.

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