On a cold and rainy day, we here in the Tattoodo offices mused, “Are there any good Zoidberg tattoos?” We consider ourselves the ultimate pop culture connoisseurs, and we know from experience any cartoon with even a small cult following results in some great fan tattoos.
“No, there aren’t,” quipped our "Managing Editor," let’s call him Edward, with no real research done or any basis in reality. “No, and I know, because one time back in 2005, I texted my buddy with my Motorola Razr and he told me there weren’t any, and I believed him.”
Oh, Edward. So wrong. Edward is wrong most of the time in our office — we’re not even sure how he still has a job — maybe he brings the Friday beers? Who knows. Regardless, we’re glad our little Eddie was so wrong, because there are so, so many really great Zoidberg tattoos.
For the uninitiated, Zoidberg is the hapless “doctor” in Futurama, a crab-like alien in the year 3000 who seriously can’t catch a break. Sort of like Edward, who’s always wrong, Zoidberg’s “friends” would often be better off without him. He’s definitely the clown to the other characters’ more straight-acting personalities, and it’s some real Matt Groening belly-laugh humor. Zoidberg’s vaudeville WOOP WOOP WOOP is side-splitting, and coupled with his tentacled face and useless ideas about human anatomy, he’s the secret MVP of Futurama.
Groening is known for his characters — think about the near 2000 Simpsons characters that exist. So it’s no surprise that a character as specific and weird as Zoidberg would be so funny and capture so many hearts. In fact, he’s one of the Futurama characters who’s become meme-ified: Why Not Zoidberg? ran through the bowels of Reddit in 2011, starting with the basic “In need of a new meme? Why not Zoidberg?” Those familiar with the character know this sentiment — Zoidberg is perpetually ignored and kept out of the loop throughout Futurama, often forgotten when the near-Apocalypse happens or left behind in burning buildings. Zoidberg is often referring to himself, forlornly, in third person in these moments. “You thought of everyone else — why not Zoidberg?”
We’re glad that Edward is so wrong all the time — perhaps that’s why he still has a job? Is he our moral compass? Because his wrongness led us to the ultimate rightness. A post entirely filled with Zoidberg tattoos.