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Here's One for the Swarm: StarCraft Tattoos

Here's One for the Swarm: StarCraft Tattoos

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Or for Adun, if you're into Protoss tattoos, and if you play Terran, go ahead, Commander.

Blizzard's StarCraft has been around since 1998, and over the course of time, the space-age military strategy game has touched the lives of countless players. Though, according to its developers, the characters from the original and recently concluded sequel of the franchise will not be reappearing in its future installments, many of these outstanding figures from the fictional world of the game have been memorialized on peoples' skin. Check out these nine kickass tattoos that will make you want to use a stimpack and say, "Ah! That's the stuff."

An incredible sleeve that captures the story arch of "Heart of the Swarm" by Alexander Dubchak (IG—tattooist_86). #Kerrigan #QueenofBlades #StarCraft #videogames #Zerg

"This world is mine."

Walle Big-W (IG—bigwtattoo) transcribes this Zerg symbol perfectly onto the skin of his client. #StarCraft #videogames #WalleBigW #Zerg

"We require more Vespene gas."

This hyrdalisk by Timothy Boor (IG—timothyboor) just had its spines upgraded. #hydralisk #StarCraft #TimothyBoor #videogames #Zerg

No StarCraft tattoo post would be complete without featuring body art from each of the three races. We're starting out with the Zerg, because after all, they are the fastest rushers of the game, unless you like going for a quick second base with a popup Hatchery, of course. Of all the great imagery from the Swarm, Kerrigan as the Queen of Blades is by far the most popular in tattoos, which is no surprise given how influential of a role she played throughout the game's epic narrative. Hydralisks also have notably burrowed up in body art quite frequently as well. 

Alex Bruz (IG—alexbruz) is one with the Khala in this portrait of a zealot. #AlexBruz #Protoss #StarCraft #videogames #Zealot

"Your forces are under attack."

Depiction of Zeratul by unknown artist. #Protoss #StarCraft #videogames #Zeratul

"Through darkest night, we await the coming of the dawn."

Mike Nickels' (IG—whitelotus_tattoo) combines the Protoss aesthetic with the biomechanical style in this sleeve. #biomechanical #MikeNickels #Protoss #StarCraft #videogames

If a massive, tanky bio-ball is your thing, don't worry, there are lots of Protoss tattoos out there, too, especially of Zealots — the backbone of any Firstborn army. Zeratul, arguably the most iconic character from this race, also has found a second life through the art form. The Protoss aesthetic, by the way, is perfect for biomechanical tattoos as well. One of these awesome pieces would be great for staying at one with the Khala.  

Hell, it's about time someone did a portrait of Tychus as good as this one by Dong Kyu (IG—q_tattoos). #DongKyu #portraiture #StarCraft #Terran #Tychus #videogames

"Think I'm gonna like you better ... dead."

This lone marine by Steve Butcher (IG—stevebutchertattoos) looks like he could use a medic. #marine #StarCraft #Terran #SteveButcher #videogames

Lastly, lock and load because here are some Terran tattoos to cook your goose. The portrait of Tychus is utterly jaw-dropping in how it perfectly captures Blizzard's already astounding art work of the swarthy character. Marines and other infantry units have also shot their way into the universe of tattoos. Also, check out this awesome portrait of Raynor, everybody's favorite hard-drinking hero, with the Hyperion plummeting through the heavens in the background. 

Raynor and the Hyperion by Roman Abrego (IG—romantattoos). #Hyperion #portaiture #Terran #Raynor #RomanAbrego #StarCraft #videogames

We hope you liked nerding out to this roster of Zerg, Protoss, and Terran tattoos. If your life is for Aiur, too, consider getting a StarCraft tattoo of your own from one of the great artists featured here; their Instagrams are in the captions if you want to scout them out. We'll post more about video game tattoos in the near future, but until then, send an observer to this other post and don't get rekt by some cheese.

Ross Howerton
Written byRoss Howerton

BA in Literary Studies from The New School. MFA in Creative Writing from NMSU. Staff Writer for Tattoodo. I love art, books, movies, music, and video games. Hit me up on Twitter @Powertonium

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