I’ll be the first to admit that when I first started streaming Firefly, the abruptly canceled Joss Whedon cult classic, I was a bit apprehensive. “It’s a space western,” explained my best friend as if it were as commonplace as a crime-drama (to be fair, she’s a super freak, and named her cat Wash), but still, over pizza and a multitude of salty, snacky, generally unhealthy hors d'oeuvres, we continued on.
“I don’t get it. Why are all of these characters shitty archetypes,” I protested, and at first, yes, that’s the way it seems. There’s a "brainy virgin", a "sultry whore", and a “strong female character” who’s generally portrayed as cold and relatively masculine. It isn’t until later on in the series that you find out the layered nuances and depth to these seemingly surface level characters. The “brainy virgin” turns out to be the brainy mechanic who was hired after she was caught sleeping with someone in the engine room, all the while showing up the actual mechanic in her knowledge of her craft. The “sultry whore” turns out to be not only the highest person of social ranking aboard the ship, but also the most educated, whose character is portrayed as very sex-positive. The “strong female archetype” turns out to be an ex-military revolutionary, who’s also a loving and devoted wife, and by the end of season one, I was very sad to see them go (I mean, not as sad as Dollhouse, which is another article entirely, but still. Eliza Dushku 4ever).
It’s been fourteen years since Firefly first debuted, and we figured there’d be no better way to honor its legacy, and delight all you geeks out there, than with the coolest Firefly inspired tattoos. Burn the land, and boil the sea, but they can’t take these Firefly tattoos from me.
If you liked our celebration of Firefly, you can see more cult-classic sci-fi tattoos here.