The Crow Tattoos:

The Crow, directed by Alex Proyas and starring Brandon Lee (son of Bruce Lee), is most famous for the unfortunate death of Brandon on set. The film is based on the comic books written by James O’Barr in the 1980’s which in turn were based on two real life tragedies. James’ fiancee had been killed by a drunk driver and this was one way he tried to cope with the loss. The other tragedy was something he had heard about: an engaged couple murdered over the ring. These two events helped him think of the plot for The Crow, “That became the beginning of the focal point, and the idea that there could be a love so strong that it could transcend death, that it could refuse death, and this soul would not rest until it could set things right.”

Brandon Lee as Eric Draven done by Paul Acker at Seance Tattoo
Quote and graveyard done by Chemzz 182 Tattoo

Brandon Lee died during a freak accident on set when his character, Eric Draven, was shot by Michael Massee’s character, Funboy. Michael fired the prop gun which had earlier been loaded with dummy cartridges filled with real brass caps (for the shot), bullet, but no powder. After filming the initial scene with the gun, the props master fired it to get the cock off, which in turn knocked the prop bullet into the barrel of the gun. It was next used by Michael Massee on set during a scene where he was meant to shoot Brandon as he entered the room. Fake shootings usually contain extra gun powder to make it extra loud and authentic, but with nothing in the barrel. Since the fake bullet had become lodged in the barrel earlier in filming, it was fired at Brandon much like a real gun, killing him on set.

Realistic black and grey sleeve done by Manuel Clementoni
Dark portrait done by Matthew Murray at Black Veil Tattoo in Salem

According to Michael Massee, 12 years after the accident he still had nightmares about accidentally shooting Brandon. People interested in “cursed” films often refer to The Crow, and the Lee family curse, as Brandon’s famous father, Bruce, also died due to “mysterious circumstances.”

A more old school portrait done by Nae Pier Nebula
Half sleeve done by Carlos Freeze Gonzalez Ferrer

The makeup used for Eric Draven is loved by all who watch the movie, and it was apparently inspired by a marionette mask that James saw painted on a theatre in London.  “I thought it’d be interesting to have this painful face with a smile forcibly drawn on.” It reportedly took between 35 minutes and up to an hour and a half to get the makeup right each day on set. Another set fact is despite the title being “The Crow”, no crows were used in the filming of the movie, but ravens instead. The ravens had to be trained to fly at night, in rain, through a wind tunnel, and one had to be specially trained to sit on Brandon’s shoulder.

Quote and portrait done by Eric Hex
A brighter take done by Anna Gabrielle

As tattoos, most fans of the movie opt to getting some sort of portrait of Brandon, as well as quotes from the movie or comic, and sometimes depictions from the comic, as well as crows or ravens.

A trash polka portrait done by Paul Talbot
Bloody quote and portrait done by Monikyna Tattoo

Do you prefer the comic or the movie?

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Deadpool Tattoos

Deadpool (Wade Wilson, Merc With The Mouth, Regenerating Degenerate) is the hilariously violent Marvel anti-hero. The first appearance of Deadpool was in 1990 in an issue of “The New Mutants” where he was originally portrayed as a supervillain. Since then Deadpool has progressed to the role of wise cracking, smart ass, violent anti-hero. It has taken a long time, but the world has finally gotten a Deadpool movie, starring Ryan Reynolds. Here are a few of the best Deadpool tattoos!

Kevin Furness
Realistic Deadpool done by Kevin Furness at Seven Tattoo Studio, Las Vegas.
Braden Long at Warlocks in Raleigh
Loveable baby Deadpool done by Braden Long at Warlocks in Raleigh.
Ashley Sorenson BioFX Tattoo
Great use of white space in this comic book version of Deadpool by Ashley Sorenson at BioFX Tattoo.
Bili vegas
Dark, realistic, angry Deadpool done by Bili Vegas at Tattoo Afterlife.
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Comic book, realistic Deadpool done by Zach at Artistic Prick Tattoos. A lot of detail packed into this piece!
Jerred Kincaid
Cartoon Deadpool, Lady Deadpool, and Pirate Deadpool done by Jerred Kincaid at Tiger Rose Tattoo.

What’s your favorite Deadpool moment?