Nerds all over the world tuned into Super Bowl LI for one reason — the new Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 trailer — and the action-packed footage has got us more amped up than if we had spent hours guzzling down alien grog in the Boot of Jemiah betting on the intergalactic equivalent of a turtle race. And why shouldn't we be? The first film was hands down the best thing that Marvel has produced so far [Editor's Note: Winter Soldier is better].
Nothing shows how much people love the movie more than all the character portraits out there that Drax the Destroyer himself, being the collector that he is, would look up to (though he'd take that turn of phrase too literally and probably not look up at all). Countless tattoos of these space-age renegades have popped up on fans, and the next installment of this fun sci-fi saga will likely inspire even more of these nerdy pieces of body art.
After Chris Pratt stole our hearts with his raffish charm, it's no surprise that there are as many tattoos of the reluctant hero Peter Quill in his badass helmet as there are stars in the sky. While his name may not be quite as famous as he would hope throughout the universe, Star Lord is well represented in the tattoo community.
Rocket Raccoon may not have the intimidating size of some of his other pals, but he more than makes up for that by carrying a big ass gun and a knack for destruction. This taste for chaos comes across in an insane chest piece by Oleg Shepelenko, and you can almost hear the profanity and sarcasm coming out of Rocket's mouth as you admire the artist's work.
While all of the quality tattoos of Guardians of the Galaxy characters are enough to make any hardcore fan spill his or her soda, the ones of Baby Groot (the real reason why we're all so psyched for the new movie) are so cute they'll make you want to dance while no one's looking, too.
Here's to hoping that Vol. 2 isn't disastrous as one of Rocket Raccoon's plans. The first film is a hard act to follow up, but from the looks of the most recent trailer, the sequel seems like it just might get the impossible job done and blow our minds all over again.
If you, too, think that Guardians of the Galaxy is the best movie that Marvel's made yet and have high hopes for the sequel, too, then think about getting a portrait of Star Lord in his badass mask or a tattoo of Rocket Raccoon unloading a machine gun. Until next time, when Vol. 2 finally comes out in May, remember, we are Groot.