Tattoo of the Month: October 2009

Published on October 10th, 2009


Do you enjoy getting tattoos? do you a have cool comic book base ink that you would like to show the world? As a special feature here at Comic Impact, every month we talk with a fan of tattoos and comics. We’ll ask them why they got a part of comic book history ink displayed on their skin for all eternity!

This month we have Danny Spencer  from Massachusetts. Find out how Rorschach and his father are link and how it all adds up to  a beautiful  memorial tattoo showing his love for his father and comics.  Come read Danny talk about a  young girl looking down at  her brother since he never read Watchmen

1. What is your name? Danny Spencer

2. How old are you and where do you live? 23 and in Massachusetts

3. Do you read comics and if so what do you like to read?
I do read comics. I use to work at a comic book store and read all sorts of different ones but now I limit it to Batman and Superman titles as well as Invincible and Walking Dead.

4. Do you have any favorite artists or writers?
My favorite artists would have to be Alex Ross and Frank Quietly. My favorite writers are Alan Moore and Paul Dini

rorschachtattoo5. So what got you into tattoos?
My father was a firefighter who passed away in a fire so a bunch of firefighters and my brother got memorial tattoos. When I was 18 I followed suit and got a memorial one and from there I was hooked.

6. What is your comic book tattoo?
My tattoo is of Rorschach from Watchmen holding the Comedian’s Smiley Pin. It is a twist on the panel from the first issue of Watchmen of the same scene.

7. What made you want to get that as your tattoo?
I am a huge comics fan and I acknowledge the importance of Watchmen on the current age of comics. I read it when I first got into comics and was bored to tears as I was about action and not about substance at first. As my appreciation for story and plot and characters grew I revisited Watchmen and was blown away by it and found out the importance of this particular comic today. Rorschach was such an amazing character and I loved the symbol of the smiley face throughout the book that it made sense to get this as a tattoo.

8. How long did it take?
It took about 6 hours

9. Where did you get it done? I got it done at Unholy Grail Tattoo in Worcester, MA and it was done by Hector Cedillo.

10. Have you ever met any of the artists or writers whose work your tattoo is based on?
No but maybe one day.

11. Do people know about your comic book tattoo? Yes people know about it especially when wearing t-shirts. I love to show it off.

12. What is the funniest thing that has happened to you when someone saw it?
While in Disney this year a young girl was sitting in the bus and asked if it was Rorschach. I said yes and after our exchange I heard her talking to her brother and listened to her 20 minute conversation with him about how she has read the book 6 times so far and her take on the characters and the story. It was funny how she looked down upon her brother who said he had not read it yet and she just shook her head. It was a huge breath of fresh air to see young people taking an interest in comics in general and talking about such a classic. Makes me have hope this medium is here to stay.

13. Are you hoping to get more comic book ink? I am hoping to get more. I have gotten a tattoo of Jeff Smith’s Bone and hope to get a Joker on my leg next.

14. What do you like to do when you’re not getting tattoos- such as where do you work and what kind of music do you like?
Anything else you want to tell us? I am a firefighter and a 911 dispatcher. I enjoy watching movies any minute I can and  I love to read comics and talks comic down at my local comic shop, That’s Entertainment.  Lately I have been reading a lot of the Star Wars books.

15. Great do you have a website or a myspace?

Would you like to be featured as the Tattoo of the Month? Drop us a line!We would love to hear from you. Remember: We will be posting a new tattoo on the 10th of every month!

Simon Daoudi