There isn’t a character on television that is much more iconic than Homer Simpson of the animated sitcom, The Simpsons. Matt Groening’s creation has been a staple on Fox since its original release on December 17, 1989, and Homer J. Simpson has been one of the favorites of the show since its inception.
In this article, we’re going to go over some of the reasons that the Homer Simpson tattoo is such a popular choice for fans of The Simpsons. We will also discuss some of the history behind the show and what makes Homer Simpson tick.
History of Simpsons
The Simpsons first aired on December 17, 1989, and they never looked back as the show is still going as strong as ever today. The show’s premise revolves around a “normal” middle-class family who resides in Springfield.
Homer Simpson, the patriarch of the family, works for the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant which is funny because for being such a seemingly important position, Homer isn’t the brightest guy. However, even his incompetence couldn’t keep him from helping to create a fun family loved by viewers for many years.
Homer’s wife is named Marge. Marge is a normal American housewife. Between the two of them, there are three children. Homer’s son is the rambunctious Bart Simpson. He’s also got two daughters. Lisa is the bright eldest daughter and the baby, Maggie, whose only source of communication is through the sounds of her sucking on her pacifier. Finally, the family dog is named Santa’s Little Helper and the cat is Snowball.
Between stories revolving around this quirky family, there are a plethora of interesting and strange supporting characters that make this show the hit that it is. However, some of the best episodes revolve around Homer and this is one of the reasons the Homer Simpson tattoo is as popular as it is.
Homer is one of the most influential characters on TV and is considered an iconic character by many. He was considered the “greatest comic creation of modern time” by The Sunday Times, a British newspaper. He’s been put up there with Bugs Bunny as the best television character of all time. He was even awarded a star on Hollywood’s famous Walk of Fame.
Best Homer Simpson Episodes
Some of the most popular Simpson episodes that revolved around Homer have led to some of the most iconic Homer Simpson images and tattoos. Below are some of the most popular episodes revolving around Homer and some of the best episodes in general.
Homer at Bat
The “Homer at Bat” episode aired during the third season of the show in 1992. In this episode, the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant workers are hesitant to join the work softball team because of their failures during the previous season. However, Homer convinces the workers to join the team after he informs them that he made a bad out of a fallen tree branch that he dubbed “Wonder Bat”. This was enough to convince the plant workers and the team ended up making it to the championship game.
The Springfield squad was set to face off against the team from the neighboring Shelbyville Nuclear Power Plant team. Sure that his team would be victorious, Mr. Burns makes a million-dollar bet with the owner of the Shelbyville team and decides to bring in a group of ringers including former MLB stars Steve Sax, Jose Canseco, Don Mattingly, Ken Griffey Jr., Roger Clemons, Wade Boggs and Mike Scioscia.
Through a series of unfortunate events, eight of the nine all-stars aren’t able to play in the game. To add insult to injury, Wonder Bat was broken in practice by a pitch from Roger Clemons.
Fast forward to the end of the game. It’s a tie score and the bases are loaded. Mr. Burns elects to replace Strawberry with Homer to have a right-hand hitter face the lefty pitcher. Homer is hit in the head and knocked unconscious and the game-winning run is walked in. Homer is the hero of the game.
In terms of tattoos, you might see tattoos of Homer in uniform holding Wonder Bat. This image is one of the more popular images of Homer Simpson.
Homer the Heretic
Homer the Heretic is another episode for the ages involving Homer Simpson in the third episode of the fourth season. To sum up this episode, Homer decides he doesn’t want to go to church one Sunday based on the weather and the sheer boredom he feels while he’s attending. Marge isn’t happy but goes ahead without him. In the meantime, Homer has one of the best days he’s ever had. He makes waffles, wins a radio contest, finds a penny and watches football amongst other things.
Homer declares he will never go back to church because of his wonderful day. Marge isn’t happy with this and prays for him that night. A furious God visits Homer in his dreams and Homer explains that he isn’t a bad guy and takes care of his family. God gives Homer a pass and tells him he can worship however he feels. Homer takes this cue and creates his own religion in which he creates holidays to miss work.
To sum up this episode, Homer accidentally burns the house down which he takes as a sign from God and promises to go back to church every Sunday.
In this version of the Homer Simpson tattoo, you might see Homer dressed in robes or you may see the tattoo version of God from that episode.
We could write many pages focused on popular Homer Simpson episodes. There really are too many to count but the two episodes above are known as two of the most popular Simpsons episodes ever, let alone just being Homer episodes.
Homer Simpson is a cultural icon. Whether you are a fan of the show or not, you need to recognize the power of The Simpsons and Homer Simpson in particular.
His popularity has been the cause of many Homer Simpson tattoos and if you have any questions about the type of Homer Simpson tattoo you’d like, reach out to us.