Retro Gamer Tattoos For Sega's 25Th Anniversary Comeback

sarah_calavera in Stories

The UK celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Sega Mega Drive by releasing a preloaded 85 game console this Xmas for retro gaming fans!

Originally released in Japan in 1988 the 16-bit console Sega Mega Drive or Genesis, is hot on Santa’s Christmas list this year  Nostalgic fans of the original released in the UK in 1990 are lining up to buy the comeback version which is preloaded with 85 classic Sega games including the Sonic the Hedgehog and Mortal Kombat series and also works with original game cartridges. Retro gaming is hugely popular and hardcore fans enjoy collecting not only the systems and games themselves but also some pretty impressive ink too. Here are some Sega inspired tattoos.

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG: By far the most famous mascot for Sega this blue hedgehog gave you hours of fast crazy platform fun. This franchise sold more than 150 million copies of the first game and produced a whole bunch of spin offs like cartoons and comics.

Sega's iconic lead character Sonic the Hedgehog
Sega's iconic lead character Sonic the Hedgehog
Knuckles the Echidna first appeared in Sonic the Hedgehog 3 in 1994
Knuckles the Echidna first appeared in Sonic the Hedgehog 3 in 1994
Vibrant colorful leg sleeve featuring Sonic's famous characters
Vibrant colorful leg sleeve featuring Sonic's famous characters
A watercolor style contemporary take on Sonic the Hedgehog
A watercolor style contemporary take on Sonic the Hedgehog

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Sonic realism gives the hedgehog a 3D effect just like the game released in 1996
Sonic realism gives the hedgehog a 3D effect just like the game released in 1996
Die hard fan with full retro gaming sleeves featuring both Sega and Nintendo icons
Die hard fan with full retro gaming sleeves featuring both Sega and Nintendo icons
Cute couple gamer tattoo of Sonic and Tails partners in the popular game Sonic 2
Cute couple gamer tattoo of Sonic and Tails partners in the popular game Sonic 2
Sonic in all his 16-bit pixelated glory
Sonic in all his 16-bit pixelated glory

EARTHWORM JIM: This 2D platform fave was launched on Sega Mega Drive in 1994 and became an instant cult classic. Jim was just a regular Earthworm until a "special suit" fell from the sky and enabled him to become an action superhero.

Cartoon realism from and Earthworm Jim fan
Cartoon realism from and Earthworm Jim fan
This brightly colored Earthworm Jim tattoo looks straight out of the cartoon
This brightly colored Earthworm Jim tattoo looks straight out of the cartoon
Amazing colors that make Earthworm Jim look very fleshy and real...great work
Amazing colors that make Earthworm Jim look very fleshy and real...great work

MORTAL KOMBAT:  Beat em up game favorite for 25 years launched through both Sega and Nintendo systems in 1992. This controversial game known for it's graphic violence and gore back in its first release was censored on the Nintendo version. Sega made cheat codes available to active the blood and fatalities and so became known as the rebel console.

The classic dragon symbol of the Mortal Kombat franchise
The classic dragon symbol of the Mortal Kombat franchise
Scorpion is perhaps the most recognized icon of the game and this realism tattoo kicks ass!
Scorpion is perhaps the most recognized icon of the game and this realism tattoo kicks ass!
Get over here! This Scorpion tattoo has some killer details and creepy looking eyes.
Get over here! This Scorpion tattoo has some killer details and creepy looking eyes.
Baraka henchman to Shao Khan is a menacing halfbreed character with razor sharp teeth and retractable metal blades in his forearms...brutal
Baraka henchman to Shao Khan is a menacing halfbreed character with razor sharp teeth and retractable metal blades in his forearms...brutal

DOOM: This groundbreaking first-person shooter became available for the Mega Drive through using the 32X-bit add on. Another example of Sega backing edgier more controversial games than some of the other systems of the time.

Color piece based on the main cover of the game Doom
Color piece based on the main cover of the game Doom
Backpiece in black & grey of the most iconic image of Doom
Backpiece in black & grey of the most iconic image of Doom

SEGA CONTROLLERS: Fans of Sega have gone so far to get eternal ink of the machine itself namely the iconic controller. Some of these may not have been done by the best tattoo artist...but hey...a hardcore fan does what they must for what they love I guess.

"Genesis does what Nintendon't"
"Genesis does what Nintendon't"
Perhaps not the best executed design but this girl certainly loves her Sega
Perhaps not the best executed design but this girl certainly loves her Sega

Sega released over 900 games for the Mega Drive/Genesis and these are just a few Sega inspired tattoos. Which games were your favorites and do you have a Sega tattoo to share with us? Keep on gaming folks!

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Skull obsessed tattoo fanatic, writer for Tattoodo, voice actor and visual artist who loves metal and headbanging. Inspired by Neil Gaiman, Tool, horror & the macabre.

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