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Fan for Life

Tattoos of the Metroid series

Text by Infinity's End, Photos by MDb fans
11.30.07-present

In 2002, TJ Rappel, the webmaster of the Metroid Database, got the classic "S-logo" tattooed on his leg to celebrate his fandom of the Metroid series and the release of Prime and Fusion. The next year, I got a game tattoo: Link from Ocarina of Time on my right arm to celebrate my love for the Zelda series and the recent release of Wind Waker.

Fan For Life Inf's Link Tatoo

TJ had made this banner to show what he had done. There was even an ominous, "more coming soon" at the bottom. Unfortunately, time forgot about that promise... until now.

This year, an unprecedented event occurred. I met TJ (the first MDb-er to ever do so) a couple days before the 11th anniversary of the Metroid Database. With myself as a new crewmember, and the "rejuvenation" of the MDb in tow, I took a road trip to visit TJ at his profession in Oshkosh, WI, to have Samus tattooed on my left arm. The pictures do not do this work justice. If there was one person in the world that was fit to do this tattoo, it's TJ.

Though the idea and basic drawing for the tattoo was of my doing, the shading, coloring, and TJ's amazing vision brought Samus to life in the flesh like never before.

I am now a fan for life.

This feature is a celebration of those who have taken the plunge of designating a piece of their body to be forever etched with a symbol of the Metroid series. It is a perfect display of dedication for something that you love and the memories will be with you forever.


Show us you're a "Fan for Life"!

The MDb would be honored to display your pictures for this feature section!

Email all submissions to Infinity's End:

infinitysend0[at]gmail.com

Please follow these simple rules when you send the email:

  • Write "tattoo" in the subject line
  • The name you would like to be credited as
  • What year you received the tattoo
  • Approximately how long it took
  • Send a reasonable, web-friendly sized image, nothing under 800x800 or above 3200x3200

We are looking forward to seeing your eternal dedication to Metroid! Also, feel free to post comments in our official thread on the MDb Message Board!


Owner: TJ Rappel

Subject: Super Metroid S-Logo
Year of Inking: 2002
Time Spent in Chair:??

Owner: Infinity's End

Subject: Samus shooting Metroid
Year of Inking: 2007
Time Spent in Chair: 3.5 hours

Owner: Jacob "Calico Jack" Barrons

Subject: Super Metroid S-Logo
Year of Inking: 2007
Time Spent in Chair: 1 hour

Owner: "Anskiere"

Subject: Super Metroid S-Logo
Year of Inking: 2007
Time Spent in Chair: 2 hours

Owner: Ashley

Subject: Metroid Prime S-Logo
Year of Inking: 2006
Time Spent in Chair: 45 min.

Owner: "Conyeezy"

Subject: Metroid
Year of Inking: 2008
Time Spent in Chair: 1.5 hours

Owner: Alli Foster

Subject: Super Metroid S-Logo
Year of Inking: 2006
Time Spent in Chair: 45 min.

Owner: Rich "PerfectCr" Criado

Subject: Metroid Prime Hunters Samus
(part of hardcore gamer sleeve)
Year of Inking: 2007
Time Spent in Chair: a long time!

Owner: Stephan

Subject: Super Metroid S-Logo
Year of Inking: 2006
Time Spent in Chair: 1 hour

Owner: "Unfilter"

Subject: Zero Mission Samus
Year of Inking: 2007
Time Spent in Chair: 2.5 hours

Owner: Dan, aka "vissago"

Subject: Prime style Metroid
Year of Inking: 2007-8
Time Spent in Chair: 5+ hours
Check out his Flickr Gallery for more photos!

Owner: Melanie O'Neal

Subject: Metroid
Year of Inking: 2005
Time Spent in Chair: 1 hour

Owner:"casehate"

Subject: Varia Samus
Year of Inking: 2002
Time Spent in Chair: 2 hours

Owner:???(if this is you, PLEASE LET US KNOW!)

Subject: Prime style Samus and Metroid
Year of Inking: ???
Time Spent in Chair: ???

Owner:???(if this is you, PLEASE LET US KNOW!)

Subject: Zero Mission Samus
Year of Inking: ???
Time Spent in Chair: ???

Owner:???(if this is you, PLEASE LET US KNOW!)

Subject: Prime 2 style Samus
Year of Inking: ???
Time Spent in Chair: ???

Owner: Sloan Reynolds

Subject: Super Metroid
Year of Inking: 2008
Time Spent in Chair: 1.5 hours

Owner: Kent "Kraid Raid" Johnson

Subject: Super Metroid S-logo
Year of Inking: 2008
Time Spent in Chair: 1.5 hours

Owner: George Georgulas

Subject: Prime style Metroid and Phazon Suit Ball
Year of Inking: 2008
Time Spent in Chair: 3 hours

Owner: Malcom Torres

Subject: Samus by Torokun
Year of Inking: 2008
Time Spent in Chair: 7 hours
Check out his Deviant Art Gallery for more photos!

Owner: Jonathan "Axion" Masiello

Subject: Metroid Prime Hand Icons (Beam Weapons)
Year of Inking: 2009
Time Spent in Chair: 45 min.

Owner: ??? (Tat done by Chris 51)

Subject: Metroid 1 Samus
Year of Inking: 2009
Time Spent in Chair:???

Owner: ??? (Tat done by Mike Guinn)

Subject: Samus
Year of Inking: 2010
Time Spent in Chair:???

Owner: Michelle "Zadra" Perl

Subject: Prime style S-logo
Year of Inking: 2007
Time Spent in Chair: 1 hour
Check out her Deviant Art Gallery for ZSS cosplay!

Owner: Chris Popp

Subject: Metroid Metal Metroid
Year of Inking: 2009
Time Spent in Chair: 45 min.

Owner: Josh

Subject: Prime style S-Logo
Year of Inking: 2010
Time Spent in Chair: 1 hour

Owner: Curu Dagor

Subject: Chozo Statue with Headphones
Year of Inking: ???
Time Spent in Chair: ???

Owner: Alexander Tabajdi

Subject: Omega Ridley with Metroid
Year of Inking: 2011
Time Spent in Chair: 3 hours

Owner: Alexander Tabajdi

Subject: Kraid
Year of Inking: 2011
Time Spent in Chair: 3 hours

Owner: Alexander Tabajdi

Subject: Phazon Suit Samus with Metroid
Year of Inking: 2009
Time Spent in Chair: 4.5 hours

Owner: Mauro

Subject: S-Logo
Year of Inking: 2011
Time Spent in Chair: 5.5 hours

Owner: Travice Brown

Subject: Samus with Super Metroid logo
Year of Inking: 1998
Time Spent in Chair: ???

Owner: Steve Zerr (CptTuke)

Subject: S-Logo
Year of Inking: 2011
Time Spent in Chair: 2.5 hours

Owner: Samus Williams
(PhazonInfected)

Subject: Zero Suit Samus Chest Logo
Year of Inking: 2011
Time Spent in Chair: 1.5 hours

Owner: Luke B.

Subject: Metroid & NES Controller
Year of Inking: 2010
Time Spent in Chair: 1.5 hours

Owner: Matt Coulcher

Subject: Metroid Japanese Logo
Year of Inking: 2012
Time Spent in Chair: 1hr. 10min.

Owner: Peter Gray

Subject: Metroid
Year of Inking: 2011
Time Spent in Chair: 7.5 hours

Owner: Sam Rowe

Subject: S-Logo
Year of Inking: 2010
Time Spent in Chair: 1 hour

Owner: Lynore

Subject: Samus
Year of Inking: 2007
Time Spent in Chair: ?? hours

Owner: Robowski

Subject: Samus
Year of Inking: 2012
Time Spent in Chair: 3 hours

Owner: Pachrique

Subject: Metroid, Samus (based off art by Ivan Flores), and MP3 Corruption Ship
Year of Inking: 2010
Time Spent in Chair: 30 hours

Owner: Jerome Mayfield

Subject: Ridley
Year of Inking: 2011
Time Spent in Chair: 3 hours

Owner: Mae Villaverde

Subject: Chozo Statue with Ice Beam
Year of Inking: 2011
Time Spent in Chair: 2 hours

Owner: Michelle "Zadra" Perl

Subject: Ridley from the MDb Bestiary
Year of Inking: 2012
Time Spent in Chair: 3 hours

Owner: Mindtank

Subject: Tribal Chozo Statue
Year of Inking: 2003
Time Spent in Chair: 1.5 hours

Owner: Adam Brown

Subject: Custom Samus
Year of Inking: 2012
Time Spent in Chair: ?? hours

Owner: SegataSanTony

Subject: MZM Samus
Year of Inking: 2012
Time Spent in Chair: 2.5 hours

Owner: Phazon Steel_x

Subject: Stylized S Logo
Year of Inking: 2010
Time Spent in Chair: 2 hours

Owner: Zach Avery

Subject: Metroid Redesign
Year of Inking: 2012
Time Spent in Chair: 3 hours

Owner: Garrett Wheeler

Subject: Missile & Super Missile
Year of Inking: 2013
Time Spent in Chair: 2hrs. & 3hrs.

Owner: Sam Rowe

Subject: Metroid
Year of Inking: 2013
Time Spent in Chair: 2 hours

Owner: Julio Guerrero

Subject: Mother Brain
Year of Inking: 2013
Time Spent in Chair: 3 hours

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