"Being a geek is all about being honest about what you enjoy and not being afraid to demonstrate that affection.
It means never having to play it cool about how much you like something... Being a geek is extremely liberating."
– Simon Pegg
A not so long time ago, in the very galaxy in which we live, you became a geek. That’s right! You might not necessarily be a fan of tights, toys or treks across the stars, but the first time you loved something enough to celebrate it with abandon, you officially geeked out on it. How cool is that?
It’s a great time to be a geek, as there are so many new, awesome, and even upscale ways to show off your unbridled affection. Geek chic, as it’s called, is ever evolving. So if you’re looking for wall décor ideas that will fit your style without sacrificing an ounce of your geekery – Don’t Panic! We’ve got 14 framing ideas to show you, and when this blog post hits 88 miles per hour… you’re going to have some serious fun.
Commanding Acrylic Prints
Taking command of your space is the prime directive of any geek, and acrylic prints make it so. From the rich dark of the final frontier to the sprawling green of Middle Earth, acrylic prints make you feel like you could jump right into your favorite adventure. This is geek chic at warp nine. Set one of these as the central piece of your room and the sky’s the limit for where you can transport your guests.
Remember those movie poster sales at college where you could cover your entire dorm room in movie magic for pocket change? Well, now it’s time to take your poster game to infinity and beyond. With the right frame, your movie poster becomes an undeniable badge of fandom you’ll be as excited about as when you walked out of the theatre after the first viewing. Even better- rare movie prints, special edition posters, and lithographs go well past simple fan décor to become exquisite, highly valuable pieces for your space.
While you’re showering uninhibited love upon heroes and distant galaxies, don’t forget your significant other! If they geek out as much as you, well, then you’ve found a keeper. So, immortalize your feelings with a tribute to the characters you just can’t help but ‘ship. Whether you’re a princess or a scruffy looking nerf herder, hang this in any room for a delightful symbol of your own love story.
The Evolution of Game Controllers
Everyone remembers the first game console they played. Was yours a Nintendo? A Genesis? Or do you go back to Atari 2600 or Intellivision? There’s perhaps nothing more nostalgic in all of Geekdom than the feeling you had pressing those plastic buttons for hours on end. Capture the evolution of your gaming roots with a shadowbox frame display showing each game controller in sequential order. It’s like a resume of your video game experience that will showcase your mastery perfectly in your gaming room or living room.
You may be thinking that you’d just as soon kiss a wookie than try to create a piece of art. But fan art comes in many forms and can be as elaborate as a cut paper shadowbox or as simple as hand drawn typographical quotes. You can even start with the frame for inspiration. Maybe a Tardis blue picture frame will inspire you to get wibbly wobbly, timey wimey, or a lightsaber red frame will ignite your creative fire for adventures from far, far away. It’s all about creating a tribute to what you love most with your own hands.
Geek Ink Photography
The only canvas you can’t frame is the one stuck to your body, but that doesn’t mean you can’t show your geek ink some respect in your wall décor. After all, there’s no more personal expression of fandom than a permanent portrait on your skin. Photos of bold designs and original pieces can stand alone in their own framed presentation with a crisp, clean mat, but if you’ve got a collection, snap them all and put them in a collage frame to tell your whole geek tat story. Not sure where to start? Upload your tat pics to see what it will look like in designer curated presentations.
You know, life is a bumpy road sometimes. It’s dangerous to go alone. Take this – a beautiful cross-stitch frame homage to your fandom. Okay, it’s not exactly a magical sword that will protect you on your adventures, but the art of cross stitching takes patience and dedication. When you create one, it deserves to be preserved and shown off on your wall. Find a picture frame that compliments the colors in the design and let that baby shine. The squared pattern of cross stitch is perfect for capturing the blocky, 8-bit look if you really want a décor piece that is a link to the past.
Nothing flips the script (literally) quite like taking your favorite movie or TV quote and framing it with dynamic typography. A simple line or two can become a framed piece that speaks volumes, as great typography can dial up the emotion of the moment. Whether you "aim to misbehave" like the rebel that you are, or seek inspiration from the words of wizards, superheroes or Doctors, framed typography serves as a great platform for both wit and wisdom.
There you were. Right in front of the person who made your beloved character come to life. You volunteered your picture as tribute, and they signed their name to it. Um, obviously you’re framing that. Because that’s super awesome. Go with a solid black picture frame, either ornate or simple, as the dark color will give that John Hancock its proper spotlight. And if you want to ensure it lasts for years to come, make the odds ever in your favor with an archival mat and UV protective glass.
I’ve done my fair share of Halloween dress ups over the years, but I wouldn’t dare call myself a cosplayer. You see, cosplay is far more than a rubber mask and some smashing tights. It has become a fine art of its own right over the years. And if you’re the type to endure hours of makeup and costly costuming to transform yourself, then why not build a monument to your dedication with some framed photography? Try going as boldly with your framing as you do your cosplay with brightly colored frames that match your character.
Framed Geekology Diploma
You may solemnly swear that you’re up to no good, but how do you prove it? Why, by showing off your hard-earned Geekology diploma, of course! Whether your alma mater is Hogwarts or Starfleet Academy, you can’t not show off your school pride. Diploma frames range from the modern and sleek, to the ornate and classy. Choose wisely, and your certificate will go far in your continuing mission to impress your friends.
Lego Mini-fig Shadowbox
You ever look around at someone’s décor and think – why so serious? Well, the great thing about being a geek is that you can be high end, playful and everything in between with your framed décor. In case you’ve been living under a rock, Lego fever is at an all time high. Find your favorite mini-fig characters and set them to action in a shadowbox frame. When your guests see it hanging amidst your geek décor, it’ll make them think – everything is awesome!
A Shrine to Your Heroes
You know what they say – always be yourself, unless you can be Batman. Until that happens, though, be all the geek you can be with a shrine to your favorite hero, heroine or even villain. A series of themed framed items can become a powerful tribute and tell the story of your love affair with a character or franchise. You can choose from any framing project in this blog, and with a coordinated set of frames and color scheme, it can become a central piece for any room.
Rare Comic Frames
Alright, this entry is for the serious geek collector. Adventure Comics, Batman No. 1, Amazing Fantasy No. 15 (featuring Spidey’s debut) – any rare comic, first edition, or vintage print can often be the crowning jewel in any nerdy nook. Frame them with care by choosing archival mats and UV protective fronts for your framed presentation. This will keep them impressing your friends for years to come by properly preserving them from wear. In fact, we’ve got a whole blog on framing important documents if you’re looking to obtain comic framing superpowers.
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