Plenty of kids and kids at heart will be dressing up like their favorite super-heroes this weekend, and some fans of the genre make their devotion even more permanent — with tattoos. But imagine going to get a tattoo of, say, Wolverine and seeing Wolverine’s actual costume from the X-Men movies standing amid the inks and needles. Knuckle Up Tattoo by the Stockyards houses a personal museum’s worth of such memorabilia.
Knuckle Up may be the only ink parlor where the tattoo designs have to fight for the customer’s attention. Walls and cabinets are filled with props and costumes from dozens of movies. V’s mask from V for Vendetta sits above Wolverine’s outfit from X-Men: The Last Stand. A glass case displays the prosthetics used to turn Ron Perlman into Hellboy. And in the middle of the studio sits an impaled Spartan warrior from 300.
Owner Drago Reid (how awesomely appropriate can you get?) has been filling his store with movie memorabilia for several years. He has a longstanding connection to the film business, working at Los Colinas studios as a makeup artist and doing contract work for movies such as Pumpkinhead, Alien: Resurrection, and The Addams Family. He also knows many horror legends personally, including George Romero of Night of the Living Dead fame and Doug Bradley, the actor known for portraying Pinhead in the Hellraiser series (who, according to Reid, is also “a totally serious British guy –– he wears suits everywhere and loves tea time”).