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Tattoos of Classic Video Games

Permanent Pacman Ink for Extreme(ly Nerdy) Gamers

— December 28, 2008 — Unique
Pacman was originally an arcade game, but has since become one of the most famous games in the world. You would be hard-pressed to find someone who has not heard of it--unless they have a brain made from soup.

Pacman is a true icon of 1980’s popular culture and has inspired many offshoots, including an animated television series and music.

Pacman has clearly also inspired a lot of tattoos. I find it unnerving that anyone can be so into a game they feel the need to have images permanently etched onto their body. And as for the arcade tattoo, what the heck is going on there?

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Trend Themes
1. Rise of Nerdy Gaming Tattoos - There is a growing trend of people getting tattoos inspired by classic video games like Pacman, creating opportunities for tattoo artists specializing in nerdy designs.
2. Pop Culture Icons as Tattoo Art - The popularity of Pacman tattoos highlights a trend of people getting tattoos of iconic images from popular culture, presenting opportunities for tattoo artists to tap into this market.
3. Influence of Retro Gaming in Tattoos - The influence of retro gaming, such as Pacman, on tattoo design is a growing trend, creating possibilities for tattoo artists to combine nostalgic references with contemporary tattoo techniques.
Industry Implications
1. Tattoo Artistry - Tattoo artists specializing in nerdy designs have an opportunity to cater to the growing demand for tattoos inspired by classic video games like Pacman.
2. Pop Culture Merchandise - Companies in the pop culture merchandise industry can capitalize on the trend of people getting tattoos of iconic images from popular culture, by creating licensed products that feature tattoo-inspired designs.
3. Gaming and Entertainment - The influence of retro gaming in tattoos presents opportunities for gaming and entertainment companies to collaborate with tattoo artists to create merchandise or promotions that combine nostalgic references with contemporary gaming culture.
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