It's likely that many readers of this blog consider themselves to be devoted to the plastics industry.
They're willing to defend the image of plastics and to educate people about recycling and to inform them of the many benefits that plastics have.
But are they devoted enough to get Plastic Man tattooed on their arm?
Comics fan Grant Sawyer has taken that step. He's included Plastic Man in a group of characters that have been tattooed on his left arm. The work was done over a period of more than two years by tattoo artist Jacob Edward at Rare Breed Tattoo in Burlington, N.C.
I contacted Grant online after seeing photos of the group that included Plastic Man, which is one of several comics-related tattoos that he has on the same arm.
"When I was coming up with the concept of my arm sleeve, I had this idea of three of my favorite malleable super heroes [Plastic Man, Rubberduck and Mr. Fantastic] as a general backdrop, and all of these other characters popping out around them," he said.
The other characters in the scene are Spider-Ham, Captain Caveman, Mr. Fantastic, Blue Falcon, Dynomutt, Rubberduck and Howard the Duck. Grant added that the Plastic Man image was taken from the cover of a DVD that collected the character's animated series from the late 1970s. The idea for the tattoo, he said, "was probably subconsciously based" on the cover of a comic from 1986 that showed Superman entangled with Plastic Man, Elastic Lad and Elongated Man.
"Every character on my arm is nostalgic-based from my first — oh-so-influential for us all — 10 years of life," Grant said.
So who's next to get a Plastic Man tattoo? Plastics News staff? Industry association members?
The plastics public can't wait to find out…