The geeknoscenti at New York Comic Con weren’t merely dressing up as their favorite characters. They were also flaunting their geeky ink. In other words, while cosplayers take off their costumes, people with tattoos get to carry their joy with them on their skin.

We found more than 30 geeky tattoos at NYCC 2013. More interesting than the tattoos were the stories that some people shared with us, the personal meaning behind each and every image. Thanks to those of you who told your wonderful tales.

And for the rest of you who couldn’t see this for yourselves, you’re welcome!