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Title: The Geek with the Dragon Tattoo
Artist: mific
Character: Rodney McKay
Prompt: Dragon
Rating: PG (bare chest so not entirely SFW)
Medium: blended digital artworks
Summary: Very few people know what's under Rodney's blue science shirt, souvenir of a troubled youth. John knows: it drives him crazy. 

dragon tattoo thumbnail

There are two pics - Rodney at the time he got the tattoo, and Rodney present day, on Atlantis. Click through for both of them. 



jailbait Rodney with dragon tattoo across one shoulder

and in case you're curious, here's both pics together

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panisdead
Jan. 24th, 2012 12:51 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, what an idea. I love the thought of adult Rodney hiding this.
mific
Jan. 25th, 2012 12:25 am (UTC)
It's a fun fantasy anyway - thanks!
squidgiepdx
Jan. 24th, 2012 01:26 pm (UTC)
Incredible...
Your artwork is just incredible! It's funny - the tattoo design you chose for Rodney is a bit similar to one that my own husbear has on his arm and shoulder/chest!
mific
Jan. 25th, 2012 12:26 am (UTC)
Re: Incredible...
Thanks so much - that's quite a coincidence!
goddess47
Jan. 24th, 2012 03:11 pm (UTC)
Ooohhh.... pretty!
mific
Jan. 25th, 2012 12:27 am (UTC)
He is a stunner, isn't he? Thanks!
zzanthalinn
Jan. 24th, 2012 03:24 pm (UTC)
These are stunning - both the ink, and the way you've captured the bone structure and the expressions - oh those eyes.
mific
Jan. 25th, 2012 12:29 am (UTC)
It's a pretty hot tatt, albeit a very far fetched fantasy I know, but yeah, he really could look like that way back then. Glad you liked it.
jimpage363
Jan. 24th, 2012 03:39 pm (UTC)
PRETTY!
mific
Jan. 25th, 2012 12:29 am (UTC)
He sure is - thanks!
thefifthchevron
Jan. 24th, 2012 03:42 pm (UTC)
great job blending the images together. And I like how you've stylized the photo.nice work!
mific
Jan. 25th, 2012 12:29 am (UTC)
Very happy you liked it - thanks!
stella_pegasi
Jan. 24th, 2012 04:34 pm (UTC)
Very nicely done....
mific
Jan. 25th, 2012 12:30 am (UTC)
Thanks, happy you enjoyed it!
danceswithgary
Jan. 24th, 2012 04:54 pm (UTC)
Very cool idea and execution!
mific
Jan. 25th, 2012 12:30 am (UTC)
Thanks, it was fun to do!
esteefee
Jan. 24th, 2012 05:17 pm (UTC)
oh Rodney. out to show the world. fascinating.
mific
Jan. 25th, 2012 12:31 am (UTC)
He's just full of surprises! *g*
tavabean
Jan. 24th, 2012 07:05 pm (UTC)
Very nice! I love the idea of clicking through to see the adult Rodney.
mific
Jan. 25th, 2012 12:31 am (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed it - I hoped the contrast would work. Thanks!
busaikko
Jan. 24th, 2012 10:37 pm (UTC)
I kind of love that even while rebelling, young Rodney didn't get a crappy blue Metallica tattoo (done by a drunken friend). No, he went for maximum beauty *g* (Also, I'm trying to imagine Rodney spending his year abroad at Tsukuba labs hanging out with the yakuza *shifty look*). I just bet John loves knowing!
mific
Jan. 25th, 2012 12:34 am (UTC)
Heh - I know, I figured it was a yakuza-style tatt from the way it curved around under the collar line, but I loved the look of it anyway. Maybe it's from his CIA days when he had to go undercover *invents unlikely scenarios furiously* :)
popkin16
Jan. 25th, 2012 12:10 am (UTC)
Um, yes please.
mific
Jan. 25th, 2012 12:37 am (UTC)
He is pretty hot as jailbait, yeah!
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ozsaur
Jan. 25th, 2012 02:01 am (UTC)
Incredible work, and amazing idea. I desperately want the story behind the tattoo now.
mific
Jan. 25th, 2012 04:11 am (UTC)
Thank you - always happy to stimulate plot bunnies! :)
mikes_grrl
Jan. 25th, 2012 02:14 am (UTC)
This is great! Now I want the story for it... :D
shaddyr
Jan. 25th, 2012 02:52 am (UTC)
I vote yes! This would be highly relevant to my interests as well!
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shaddyr
Jan. 25th, 2012 03:58 am (UTC)
So, What's the Story Behind That Tattoo?
First, I've never read the books or seen the movie(s), so I don't really know anything about them. But just looking at these piccies?

Young!Rodney is very pretty and dangerous looking... I think that he fell in with the wrong sort of people after his parents died. Social services tried to come in and take Jeannie away from him, and he couldn't let that happen He ended up affiliated with organized crime, some very smart criminal mastermind who saw his potential and used his fear or losing Jeannie to get Rodney under his thumb, did things he didn't really want to do, but - Jeannie. No option. The tattoo started out as a gang affiliation thing, but with everything he did, every crime he committed, he added a little more to it. There are dark stories there, hidden in that tattoo.

But, somewhere along the line, he broke free of it. He got away and went to school as he was meant to - he's a genius, after all. The Government would have known all about his checkered past, but his brilliance made him worth the risk. Of course, they watched him until he proved himself.

This Rodney is more brittle and more cautious than the one we know. He's been beaten within an inch of his life more than once so he's careful about what he says. The arrogance is still there, the disdain for other people's stupidity - he's just not as vocal about it. If someone really irks him or makes him want to blow a gasket, it's much more likely their laptop will turn to slag, or the project they've spent 6 months working on will *poof* into nothing but a corrupted, inaccessible mess. People he works with learn very quickly that screaming and pointing fingers at him for the revenge he wreaks on them will simply result in more unexplained misfortunes of varying types that serve to make their existence utterly miserable.
mific
Jan. 25th, 2012 04:12 am (UTC)
Re: So, What's the Story Behind That Tattoo?
Wow, very dystopian, and interesting. There are a few dark!Rodney fics out there, and I must admit I like them. He makes a good criminal mastermind. :)
Re: So, What's the Story Behind That Tattoo? - shaddyr - Jan. 25th, 2012 04:18 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: So, What's the Story Behind That Tattoo? - mific - Jan. 25th, 2012 08:53 am (UTC) - Expand
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