Damian: Son of Batman #1-4
by Andy Kubert & Brad Anderson (colors)
I don’t wanna hear your fucked up shit Batman.
I love Batman and I love watercolor tattoos so I figured why not combine those two? Initially, I got the idea when I saw some amazing watercolor superhero art by Blule and presented her Batman watercolor art to the tattoo artist, who worked his magic from there on. I absolutely love this piece, it was amazing to get the chance to have the tattoo done by Emrah.
Done by Emrah @ Lausbub Tattoo, Heilbronn, Germany.
"I have been shown the path. I must follow where it leads. Like Parsifal, I must confront the unreason that threatens me. I must go alone into the dark tower. Without a backward glance. And face the dragon within. I have only one fear. What if I am not strong enough to defeat it? What then? The drug takes hold. I feel small and afraid. Perhaps I’ve done the wrong thing. Somewhere, not far away, the dragon hauls its terrible weight through the corridors of the asylum. I am borne up on a wave of perfect terror. And the world explodes. There is nothing to hold onto. No anchor. Panic-stricken, I flee. I run blindly through the madhouse. And I cannot even pray. For I have no god. Doors open and close, applauding my flight. Keyholes bleed. A choir of sexually maimed children sings my name over and over again. Arkham. Arkham. Arkham. I’m falling. Oh mother, what tree is this? What wounds are these? I am Attis on the pine. Christ on the cedar. Odin on the world-ash. Hung on the windy tree for nine whole nights wounded with the spear. "Dedicated to Odin. Myself to myself." I must see my reflection to prove I still exist. Outside I hear the dragon coming closer, closer. Desperately, I peel the tape from the mirror, breaking my fingernails, strip by strip. Until I stand revealed in the glass. And I stare into old familiar eyes.”
- Grant Morrison, Batman: Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth
One of my favorite passages of literature of all time (though it’s technically from a graphic novel). Batman gets impaled through the side during these thoughts, hence his mythological comparisons to Attis, Christ, and Odin. Also one of my favorite graphic novels of all time. Dark, twisted, intense, and psychologically disturbing. Deals a lot with the occult. Also, the art matches perfectly.
"Sometimes I think the asylum is a head. We’re inside a huge head that dreams us all into being. Perhaps it’s your head, Batman. Arkham is a looking glass. And we are you.”
Arkham Asylum: A Serious House On Serious Earth
Detective Comics Vol. 1 #590 (September 1988)
"An American Batman In London"
Cover Art by Norm Breyfogle
Is that even Jason Todd, or Dick Grayson? Definitely not Tim Drake. Hahahaha, that’s morbid. I’m kinda pissed they retconned that and brought Todd back to life. Joker beating him to death to make Batman suffer was just so dark and I’ve always loved that about Batman. The tragic flawed characters and the twisted psychology of it all.