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Update this in terms of the Zink Mini Splatling upcoming.Finally, Zink is yet another sports-inspired brand with some emphasis on basketball. Thus, they compete heavily with similar brands like Firefin, Skalop and Tentatek. However, they also have to deal with accusations of pandering to the "hipster" crowd for some reason.
(and perhaps they know of the secret fightings of the new Squidbeak Splatoon!)All right, added the reference to the Zink Mini.
As for the CSSJr, I was thinking Custom Power would have sued Ammo Knights in the past for infringing on their use of "Custom" to denote their weapon variants, especially as the vanilla Jr. doesn't look much like their usual output. Then again, your headcanon also works; they probably made this exception as they knew of Sheldon's grandfather and wished to honor him on a certain anniversary of the end of the Great Turf War.
I could see the Inklings having some special significance around their 14th birthdays, although rather than a 'step' I think that it's just around when an Inkling is mature, thus they just grow up faster than Humans. I'd even be willing to wager they set 14 as the legal age of suffrage in whatever society Inkopolis is located. (For the purposes of my post, the same biological and legal rules apply to Octolings as well; but its hard to say on their culture)Something I've imagined is that an inkling's fourteenth birthday is sort of... a special birthday for them, like a Quinceañera. The birthday would mark a step into adulthood, and maybe it'd be customary to have a large party, too!
From that one sunken scroll featuring young Callie and Marie, I'd imagine that most inklings would have a mostly developed humanoid form before then, so this date is more of a rite of passage before inklings start ink battling.
I wonder about other traditions or special days in Splatoon-verse. Squidmas is a thing apparently, and Splatfest is pretty much just an excuse to party. Maybe there was a festival or something connected to Calamari Inkantation?
I would concur that having a 'natural' ink color makes sense. After all, what color is an Inkling when it's hatched, before having any opportunity to change color? Can an Inkling potentially not have a color, and what would that look like? Would they default to the black we see in real squids, or would they just not have ink?Hello! Anyone mind if I jump in- I'm a little dazed about what the chat's talking about right now but I thought I'd toss in my two cents on some more domestic, small things that amuse me. These tend to be something more akin to fan-fiction consistency.
We all know that inklings change ink for terf wars and splatfest, but that would require changing all the pigmentation in their bodies... So that being said, I giggle thinking about inkling sitting around in a locker room like place as their ink is being switched out- either by some sort of "medication" or like a blood transfusion.
Also what if everyone had a "natural" ink color and that color usually returned naturally after time and inklings can accidentally spread their colors. Like, if someones does something intimate and just generally spends a lot of time together, how cute would it be if their yellow tentacles were tinted pink at the ends where the usually is.
That begin said, it then moves the notion that they could simply jump into a large ink vat instead of some hour long medical stuff. And that raises the idea that what if they don't have to do all that because body ink and war/terf ink are different? I think war/terf would be thicker but less persistent than natural ink, maybe like goop that dries and sticks everywhere when it dries but was really liquidus before hand.
I think the natural ink colors makes sense.
But meh, just some INKuiries.