25 Amazing Anime Tattoos
A few weeks ago we covered some amazing video game tattoos, and this week we’ll follow up with some amazing anime tattoos. I picked them from dozens of tattoos—even ones from obscure anime—and gathered them all here for you to see. One of the major hang-ups while compiling this was that older series and less popular series simply don’t get as many tattoos done. Still, from the hundreds of tattoos that I found, here are five that really stood out. Before we get to those, though, let’s take a look at all the runner ups! Make sure to use numbing cream before your own tattoo session so that your artist can focus on making your tattoo perfect. As for artists? Grab some professional tattoo chairs or tattoo beds to give your clients the best experience.
Amazing Anime Tattoo Runner-ups:
Favorite Anime Lore Tattoos
You might mistake the cute cat duo from Sailor Moon for some sort of mythological figures, even though they look straight out of a cartoon. The artist posed them like a Maneki-Neko, a fortune cat of the eastern world. Below that, a realistic skull with a straw hat captures the soul behind the world of One Piece, and looks good, to boot. Lastly, Shenron hovers with the Dragon Balls, waiting to grant a wish. Some of these look like quite complex and painful tattoos. Hopefully they used some lidocaine cream!
Adventurous Anime Tattoos
The first tattoo shows a stunning transformation from Bleach, but no spoilers here! The second tattoo shows off the Vongola Famiglia from Katekyo Hitman Reborn. Lastly, Maki from FLCL dives in on her bike, with her iconic guitar at her back.
Magical and Amazing World of Anime Tattoos
From space to the spirit world to a parallel world, anime covers all sorts of topics. Serious stories abound in the genre, allowing writers and artists to explore philosophy and the concept of magic. Entertaining the thought of these alternative realities helps us explore the limitations of our own and question how the world really works. You can really tell that each one of these people took special care of their tattoo using the best lotion for tattoos out there.
Friendly Faces From a Good Time
Studio Ghibli films make up the core of the anime world. Spirited Away remains the number one film to show new viewers or people just getting into the genre. Cowboy Bebop also ranks up there, since the story flows more seriously and shows off the advantage of sticking with an animated medium.
Spirit and Soul Anime Tattoos
Whether your tattoo represents your friends, you self, or someone dear to you, tattoos remain spiritual art, even when they depict anime! These tattoos all represent the interesting nature of life, death, and friendship.
Fierce World of Anime Tattoos
Of course, it wouldn’t be anime without a little bit of action, would it? These tattoos capture the fierce world of anime tattoos and the adrenaline that hits us when we experience these stories.
Beautiful Blooming Anime Tattoos
At the top, you see the scissor blade of Ryuko Matoi, surrounded with flowers. At the bottom, you see Fuu twirling in her kimono. Both Kill la Kill and Samurai Champloo–the stories these girls appear in–depict a coming-of-age story. Never mind that one plays out a little nonsensically.
This cute Holo shows off the perfect colors and location for a tattoo. The artist originally placed Holo there by herself, but they added her wheat pouch at a later date. This is one of those cases where expanding a small design into a larger one makes the first tattoo pop, which I thoroughly recommend to anyone who feels their tattoo doesn’t have enough oomph.
It’s rare to see a colored tattoo that resembles a woodblock carving, but here we see one. Ukiyo-e and woodblock carvings were prevalent during the era of the anime, which heavily influenced its style. It’s only natural that an anime stylized to match inking techniques of the time would transfer over nicely to a tattoo. The anime even mentioned wood block carvings, therefore giving this tattoo a unique flair.
I have to be honest, Ghost in the Shell had quite a few spectacular tattoos to its name. However, this one takes the cake. With its beautiful coloring style and execution, it quickly communicates the reality that exists in this world. Just looking at it is making me nostalgic for the first season, and I don’t even consider myself a huge fan of the series. With that new movie coming out, maybe it’s time to get into it…
Of course this one was going to show up on the list, almost every One piece fan has seen it! While a lot of copycats exist out there, it’s still a clever tattoo that takes advantage of the meticulous yet toony style of Eiichiro Oda to create a piece that looks awesome on skin. It probably feels awesome to punch things with a tattoo like this…not that I’m advocating violence, or anything.
‘There is no such thing as coincidence in this world. There is only hitsuzen.’ Unlike the others in this list, this tattoo has no character portrait—just an exquisite design and an incredibly deep meaning. Although Tsubasa gets most of the attention, this parallel to the series is full of moments that make you scratch your head and philosophize for a week, even if you understood exactly what was going on in the story!
You took this time of day to relax and browse the web. Someone went out of their way to get this beautiful tattoo. We posted this tattoo, and now all the stars are aligned for you to see it, despite this person resting far away from you. It makes you wonder how your fate was changed by actions so distant from you, doesn’t it? It might have no color or characters, but the intricate lines and the attention to shadows makes this one deserving of the top spot.
Just like last time, there’s more where these came from. The gallery below has these five tattoos, plus another twenty-five that show what other amazing anime tattoos I stumbled upon. If you have your own anime tattoo or would just like to share one with us, be sure to post in the comments below! Maybe you also will find some further inspiration in other tattoo designs like the Roman Numeral Tattoos or White Ink Tattoos. As always, thanks for reading.