World of Warcraft tattoos are probably a dime a dozen, and if you've gotten one, you're relatively safe, because clearly that title's proved to have staying power.
But how about getting permanent ink for a game that's not even officially out yet?
That's what 25-year-old Sweden resident Joakim has done. The support technician for a Swedish internet service provider has gone out and gotten the logo for the upcoming post-apocalyptic MMO Fallen Earth on his leg.
Both Joakim and developer Fallen Earth LLC have sworn that this isn't some coordinated PR stunt. We recently got a hold of Joakim via e-mail, and he explained why he got the tattoo and why he'll never regret it.
Why did you get this tattoo?
I've been planning on getting a post-apocalyptic tattoo for over a year now, though I couldn't really find the right motive for me. Then one day in May a Swedish gaming website posted an article on Fallen Earth. It immediately caught my attention since I'm big fan of that genre, and when I saw the logo for Fallen Earth, I knew that's what I wanted for my tattoo.
How did you decide on the design and where to put it?
Well, I showed the the original image to a friend of mine who is a tattoo artist, he also got hooked on the design and felt that it would be a fun project. So we tossed ideas and designs between each other and this is what we came up with.
Have you played Fallen Earth before?
*laugh* As silly as it may sound, I haven't actually played the game yet. Although what I've seen and read so far it looks really promising.
Why did you get a tattoo for game that's not even out yet? Why not wait?
In my eyes, it's both a Fallen Earth tattoo and a regular post-apocalyptic tattoo. And I've been searching over a year for the right motive for this tattoo so when I found it, it just felt right to go ahead and do it.
What if the game is a failure? Do you think you might regret it?
Well, even if the game would become a failure I still got myself the post-apocalyptic tattoo that I've been waiting for, so I can't imagine that I will regret it.
What do your significant other and parents think about this?
My mom isn't too fond of it, but she's getting kind of used to it since it's not my first body modification. Although she can appreciate the craftsmanship of the tattoo. On the other hand, my girlfriend absolutely loves it.
What do you say to all the people who might make fun of you for this?
I really don't care if people would make fun of it. It's my tattoo, and I got it because I wanted it and that's all that matters. You don't get a tattoo just to please others. But so far, all I've got is praise and admiration of it, so I don't think that it will be a problem.