The most epic holiday you did not know about, Embrace Your Geekness Day, was celebrated on Sunday, July 13th. I did not find out about it until a couple of weeks ago, so it made me smile to know that I just happened to have scheduled my Doctor Who tattoo for that very day (kismet).
I will have a feature up in honor of the holiday over on The Fangirl Diaries, but I really wanted to touch on it here on the blog. Reason being, a lot of people may not understand why those deeply involved in a fandom may want it tattooed. It may seem frivolous, childish or even stupid, for some. However, I wanted to shed some light on the topic by sharing my own personal reason. Sure, some people (myself included at times) may just get a fandom tattoo because they want to (respect my authoritay), but sometimes, it goes deeper than that.
Doctor Who was something I started to watch this year. It wasn’t an immediate love. It grew with time, but when it infiltrated my little fandom heart, it was there to stay. It moved me in ways that other shows had not for a very long time. It came into my life during a very, very happy time. And then, that was abruptly taken from me. When this happened, I used a lot of Doctor Who quotes to get me through. The show’s overwhelming positivity and strength helped me deal with the intense emotional pain I went through, and still to this day, helps me cope.
I knew that made it something much more than just a “fandom.” It was something much more special to me. I decided to incorporate the day of the dead style to the Tardis because just in the same way that sugar skulls honor and celebrate life, so does Doctor Who.
I’m happy I was able to find an amazing artist that was able to make this vision a reality (THANK YOU POOKA), and that it was done on a day that celebrates being a geek. Geeks are so much more than pocket protectors and horn-rimmed glasses. Our fandoms mean something to us: they help us, guide us, teach us and at the end of the day, make us better people.
For more Doctor Who geekery, check out my buddy Roxy’s new bathroom remodel!