Star Wars tattoos for everyone!

If you've always wanted an R2D2 tramp stamp, here's your chance.

click to enlarge Star Wars tattoo at MegaCon - Mark Spence
Mark Spence
Star Wars tattoo at MegaCon

Star Wars fans, there's only a few hours left but if you want an a-maz-ing tattoo that's licensed by Lucas, you can head to MegaCon Tampa Bay and get one today.

click to enlarge Star Wars tattoo at MegaCon - Mark Spence
Mark Spence
Star Wars tattoo at MegaCon

How do we know they're amazing? We sent our favorite tattoo guinea pig, CL's Joey Neill, to get a tattoo. Joey's an expert when it comes to ink — you can see his Creature From the Black Lagoon tattoo in many of these shots — so we knew we could count on him.

Kelly Rogers, the VP of Ink Fusion Empire, did the work. He has his own shop, Gearhead Tattoos, in Cape Coral, but Ink Fusion Empire includes 89 artists from all over the world, including artists in the U.K., the Ukraine and South America.

click to enlarge Star Wars tattoo at MegaCon - Mark Spence
Mark Spence
Star Wars tattoo at MegaCon

Ink Fusion Empire started doing Star Wars Celebration tattoos in 2009; getting permission took a year and they work with the RePop Convention, who holds the Star Wars Celebration license.

"We were getting a lot of Star Wars tattoo requests so RePop helped us get our license and get the process going," Rogers said. "We stay within the Lucas Films and within our own Ink Fusion standards. We try not to do anything too R-Rated or gory. Events like MegaCon are on the family friendly and fun side."

click to enlarge Star Wars tattoo at MegaCon - Mark Spence
Mark Spence
Star Wars tattoo at MegaCon
The tattoos, Rogers said, can get expensive.

"Star Wars Celebrations don't happen often so it's a very rare and special event," he said. "Also, since you have to pay for the convention ticket and the tattoo on top of that, it can get pricey."

They have exclusivity not only at MegaCon Tampa Bay, but MegaCon Orlando and the AMC Walking Dead convention, the Walker Stalker Convention.

click to enlarge Joey Neill (left) and ink artists Kelly Rogers at MegaCon - Mark Spence
Mark Spence
Joey Neill (left) and ink artists Kelly Rogers at MegaCon
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About The Author

Cathy Salustri

Cathy's portfolio includes pieces for Visit Florida, USA Today and regional and local press. In 2016, UPF published Backroads of Paradise, her travel narrative about retracing the WPA-era Florida driving tours that was featured in The New York Times. Cathy speaks about Florida history for the Osher Lifelong Learning...
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