DOAT Ep 87: Platinum Dork


This week, Tim, John, and Brandon ask you for money



They discuss Gene Wilder Death, Gene Wilder Movies, Gene Wilder, Mel Brooks, Space Balls 2, John Hodgman, Fantasy Sports, Fantasy Football, Fantasy Premier league, Willy Wonka, Veruca Salt, Violet Beauregard, Mike TV, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Augustus Gloop, Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, Harry Potter, Harry Potter and the cursed child, Harry Potter Weekend, Harry Potter Chestnut Hill, Chestnut Hill College, Chestnut Hill, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, Slytherin, Gryffindor, Harry Potter World, GoFundMe, Fundraiser, Crowdfunding, Philly, Philadelphia, dorkofalltrades16, doat16, Diamond Dave, Dave Maier, Cheesesteak Run, Cheesesteak Run, life gets in the way, Extra life, Children’s Hospitals, Hourglass Charity, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, CMNH, living within means, podcast friends, finding friends, Kevin Smith Podcast, Donation levels, awkwardness, shirt logos, $6, $12, $20, $30, $50, $80, Platinum Dork, great hugs, Brandon and Stacy, Polio, down with the sickness, ep 607, charity and More!

Our song intro and outro is titled “About My Business” by Montago Bradley and Duane Williams.

Special Thanks to all of the Nerd Podcast Mafia: So Wizard, Open All Powers, The Convo Comics Podcast, The Back Issue Pod, Fans on Patrol, Cult-45 Podcast, the Nerdtastic4 Podcast, the Geek Yogurt Podcast, and Super Hero Speak.

The Dork of All Trades Podcast is hosted by
John Langan & Tim Berger
Executive Producer: Brandon Rapone
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The Dark Mark; Tattoos are Permanent

Written By: Johnny

HPWThis past weekend was one of my favorites, a Harry Potter takeover on ABC Family. I happened upon it Saturday afternoon and proceeded to cancel all other plans.  If you haven’t guessed I am quite a huge fan of Harry Potter (if you need further evidence check out episode 13 of the podcast). So much so, my first tattoo was Harry Potter themed. I made the lifelong commitment to get the tattoo this year, which is what I wanted to talk about in this blog. For me, a tattoo is an expression of self; it represents who you are and how the world sees you. So naturally I got something full of symbolism and nerdiness.

Courtesy of @AlexRadInk

Thanks to a website called Ugliest Tattoos, most of my life I’ve been aware of how awful and stupid people’s tattoos can be. A tattoo should be as unique as you, not a dumb anchor that refuses to do its job and sink, or a bleeding heart that says mom. I’m not saying these aren’t meaningful to some, what I am saying is that if you are going to permanently mark your body with an image, you should really know why you’re getting it and invest time in finding a proper artist and getting it done professionally. Tattoos tell a story; great tattoos make me want to ask more about a person’s life journey, while shoddy, cliché tattoos tell me all I need to know. In summation, explore yourself and get a tattoo that has meaning to you.

I struggled with my first tattoo for years; I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted. My first idea was a Celtic cross on my back, cliché I know, but I wanted it to honor my late Nana and my heritage, both Irish as hell. I may revisit that in the future but I went a different way for my first tattoo. As a creator, I wanted something never done before. So for my first tattoo I chose to combine two of my great passions, soccer culture and nerd culture. I told my friend Ben, a graphic designer, 20150425_201906about the concept and he drew it up for me. My friend’s girlfriend is a great tattoo artist and agreed to do it for me. I was a little nervous about her tattooing a nerdy design, but then she showed me the Deathly Hallows mark she tattooed herself on her own hand and I knew, like Allstate, I was in good hands.

The tattoo is a combination of the dark mark from Harry Potter and the Sons of Ben Logo. The Sons of Ben is a supporter group of the Philadelphia Union, an MLS professional soccer team. I joined the Sons of Ben in 2010 just before the Philadelphia Union began their inaugural season in the MLS. 20150725_171229I’ve never felt more at home cheering on the Union with the other S.O.B.’s in PPL Park. The SOB Logo is full of Philadelphia history, including Benjamin Franklin’s skull, the liberty bell, and the oar and the scythe that represents the city’s nautical and agricultural roots. The Dark Mark is the image of a skull resting upon a twirling snake, which is given to the worthy followers of Voldemort by the Dark Lord himself. The skull I used in the design would be the Sons of Ben logo, and the snake was cut like Benjamin Franklin’s revolutionary symbol of “Join or Die”.  As long as I could remember, I have been fascinated by symbology and cryptology. My tattoo reflects my affection for soccer, Harry Potter, symbolism, my city, and being a nerd. I display them proudly on my calf and will happily tell you the story of my tattoo, if ever asked.

Do you have an awesome or awful tattoo? Please let us know your story in the comments.