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Fantasy Cat Meme Tattoos

This Grumpy Cat Darth Vader Tattoo is a Pop Culture Mashup

— July 3, 2013 — Pop Culture
An unknown Reddit user recently posted a photograph of his new Grumpy Cat Darth Vader tattoo, proving that, yes, unimpressed cats and paternal sci-fi villains can indeed be combined.

The tattoo has garnered a ton of Internet attention, with its quirky nod to pop culture and its strange, contrasting subjects. Its permanent status, however, is a bit frightening. Hopefully its owner will always be a huge fan of Tard the Grumpy Cat and of Star Wars.

The Grumpy Cat Darth Vader tattoo demonstrates just how much the Internet has impacted our lives. Grumpy Cat is just what he sounds like; a cat that has a permanently disgruntled expression on its whiskery face. However, Grumpy Cat has affected people all over the world, leading to permanent tributes to the cat, like this tattoo. The Internet is definitely the most effective media source in contemporary society, but this tattoo proves that its reach extends beyond the computer screen and directly into reality.
Trend Themes
1. Pop Culture Mashups - The rise of pop culture mashup tattoos opens up opportunities for artists and tattoo parlors to offer unique and personalized designs.
2. Permanent Internet Tributes - The increasing trend of people getting tattoos of internet-famous cats like Grumpy Cat provides an opportunity for tattoo artists to cater to a niche market.
3. Internet's Influence on Tattoos - The internet's influence on popular culture has resulted in the emergence of tattoos that symbolize internet memes and create a sense of online community in the real world.
Industry Implications
1. Tattoo Industry - With the growing popularity of pop culture mashup tattoos, tattoo parlors can attract more customers and expand their services by offering unique designs.
2. Social Media - The rise of internet-famous pets and memes has created a market for tattoo artists to capitalize on the viral nature of social media by offering tattoos that highlight this cultural phenomenon.
3. Pop Culture Merchandise - The popularity of internet memes as a form of pop culture has the potential to create new opportunities for merchandise companies to license and sell tattoo-related products.
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