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80 Rad Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Tattoos

Their tale is one as old as time. Pet turtles get discarded into some nuclear sludge, they grow up to learn the ways of the ninja from a mutated rat and they end up saving the world from a disembodied brain and his minions.

In fact, did you know that The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is actually based off of “The Epic of Gilgamesh” with some elements from William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” thrown into the mix? You did not? That’s because it’s a bold face lie.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are actually the brainchild of Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. The two met in the mid-’80s and started developing a very tongue-in-cheek comic book featuring the foursome we all love today. They drew on some of the most popular tropes of the era — teens, mutants and ninjas. Comic books had been shoehorning younger characters into stories to give the reader someone to relate to — with Robin being the most famous example — and the popular “New Teen Titans” continued this tradition. Marvel can always count on the power of mutants with their X-Men and the eighties saw the revival of Daredevil, one of the most ninja-centric comics of the time. Thus TMNT started out as a bit of satire towards these overly familiar tropes.

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