Video Game Tattoos, 25 Amazing Designs
It’s not unusual to become attached to your favorite games, whether it’s something you liked as a kid or enjoy now with your friends. So the next step, naturally, is to get a tattoo of your favorite game characters! If you like looking at tattoo designs or playing video games, these tattoos are sure to awe you. Judging on the sheer size of them, I bet a bunch of these tattoo lovers used tattoo numbing cream. First, let’s check out some amazing video game tattoos. Next, we look at the nine best video game tattoos. After that, check out our gallery of even more runners up!
Mario Tattoo Runner Ups
Before we get into the main ranking, check out these awesome tattoos. Bold and brilliant, these cute tattoos show off the bright colors of Mario games. While some games come close, no other game fully captures the rainbow quite like Mario and friends, so colored Mario tattoos look amazing! Clearly, tattoo lotion aftercare made these tattoos stay bright after the healing process. Seems like Mario remains a gaming icon after almost four decades.
Mashing up Mario with other cool franchises creates an instantly recognizable and unique nod to pop culture. While people may miss the meaning behind your tattoo at times, it gives you a good chance to fangirl out and explain it to them. Those sleeves probably took a lot of lidocaine cream, though!
Zelda/Link Couple Tattoo
Getting tattoos as a couple can be a difficult process, and we’ve already covered it before. However, these pixel-perfect Link and Zelda tattoos are sure to last the ages, and they look adorable together!
Zelda Tattoo Runner-up:
This beautiful tattoo of a heart piece over her chest just melts me. You collect heart pieces in Zelda to increase your health, making them the most coveted collectable in Zelda games.
This extensive Metroid back cover shows how much detail can go into both a video game and a tattoo. The shadow inside Samus’s mask adds a nice touch. This tattoo captures the feeling of fighting these aliens in reality, therefore putting it in our top nine tattoos.
Metroid Tattoo Runner-up:
This wonderful sleeve shows off classic Metroid, complete with a SNES controller. The vivid colors and attention to detail make this a spectacular work of art!
Portal was a game filled with dark humor. Limbo, on the other hand, was just dark. This tattoo takes the most frightening aspects of both games and combines them—and the result is an awesome tattoo. In addition to looking creepy, the mesh works perfectly. A turret doesn’t move, but shoots you on sight, while the spider attempts to ambush you until you put up a fight–as a result, the moving turret dials the scare factor up to eleven.
Portal Tattoo Runner-ups:
The clever sign used in the games makes for a great tattoo, but I find it a bit overused. Below that, you see Atlas–a small bot from the multiplayer section of Portal 2. Normally you see him with P-Body, a taller orange robot. It makes me wonder if a matching tattoo exists out there… If you are an artist and see someone request a P-Body tattoo, make sure to grab a good tattoo chair, good tattoo bed, and a nice reference picture so that you can match these two long lost companions!
Zelda Tattoo Sleeve
It would be easy for someone who’s never played Zelda to mistake this for a Sailor Jerry tattoo. This tattoo doesn’t exactly match any ship from the series, but it definitely resembles Tetra’s pirate ship and the ship from the start of Link’s Awakening. A sense of adventure fills the world of Zelda, making the Hylian crest fit perfectly on an otherwise realistic galleon.
Both of these beautiful tattoos turn Zelda concepts into an art form. The first combines the Triforce with flowers and closely resembles the Hylian seal. In the second tattoo, the artist drew from stained glass and Windwaker’s iconic style to create an awesome mural.
Majora’s Mask Cover
This huge back tattoo showcases 16 obtainable masks from Majora’s Mask (and that’s not counting Majora’s Mask itself). The four characters at the top are the four spirits entombed within the transformation masks, and behind them is the iconic clock of Clocktown and the ominous moon. This definitely tells the story of the game, without giving away too many spoilers!
In Majora’s Mask, the masks defined the gameplay experience. In order to truly save the world, Link needs to gather every mask and then trade them for a fearsome mask that rivals Majora’s mask. While that might sound easy, each mask involved an array of side quests or conditions in order to appear. Rather than acquiring the Blast Mask outright, you need to save an old lady from getting robbed on the first night of the game’s three day cycle. If you miss your opportunity, you need to wait until the next cycle. Many consider that quest an easier one. Therefore, all of the masks in the game bear huge significance and lore behind them.
More Zelda Tattoo Runner-ups:
These last Zelda runner-ups show off some amazing skill. The first tattoo artist intricately inked the pixels of the classic Zelda heart. The second artist practically painted the Hylian seal on his arm–and it looks amazing!
Traditionally, the art style Ukiyo-e focuses on a mastery of ink work. To be honest, Japan’s tattoo style and Ukiyo-e’s style probably developed in tandem, thus the similarities. It translates very well into tattoos, and the Pokemon chosen for this tattoo matches the style perfectly. In particular, Gyarados references a Japanese myth about carps and dragons. A carp that swims up a waterfall becomes a dragon, just like a Magikarp that can bounce over a mountain becomes a Gyarados.
Pokemon Tattoo Runner-ups:
The lovely colors of the starters, combined with other Generation One Pokemon, look adorable. Add in small depictions of elements, and you have a classic tattoo. Almost all Pokemon tattoos use an anime or illustrative style to show these cute critters, but don’t be afraid to explore the world of art! They still look cute and recognizable, even twenty years after the franchise began. In the future, they will continue looking awesome.
This tattoo design is both a tribute to Pokemon and Pink Floyd. This was made before Sylveon was announced, but I could see it getting added above Flareon without ruining the spectrum! They make up the cutest evolution line in the series, and as a result, the Pokemon Company loves pushing Eeveelution products. Therefore, luck blesses anime stores around the worlds with no end to cute Eeveelution merchandise.
With its beautiful colors, this tattoo highlights the artistic side of the Halo series. There’s no doubt that whoever got this appreciates the franchise for more than its multiplayer features. Although many players diss Halo for being popular or overhyped, no amount of denying changes the fact it won a ton of awards. Along with that, Microsoft continues to bring improvements to the series. This tattoo takes a step back from the world of gaming politics to appreciate the art inside of a classic game, almost beating the game out in terms of aesthetics.
Best of the Amazing Video Game Tattoos: Video Game Sleeve
Because overlooked video games fill the history of video games, we chose a tattoo that represented a multitude of series and franchises. Truly, this dude loves his video games. Almost every video game imaginable inhabits his sleeve. Zelda, Mario, Samus, Megaman, Duck Hunt, Fallout, and even Final Fantasy VII appear here. This tattoo definitely takes advantage of all that space to pack in as much diversity as possible. Can you name everything?
Most of all, this tattoo represents a huge library of amazing video game knowledge. When you need a gaming recommendation, you go see him. With a wide variety of genres to pick from, he can even give you a small sample of the quality of its graphics! Not that graphics matter much, in the long run.
Other Classic Game Tattoo Runner-ups:
Crash Bandicoot and Duck Hunt live on in our hearts, even if the games disappeared from gaming stores everywhere. Who knows? Maybe they return in the future. Tattoos last forever, keeping these precious childhood memories close to you.
Mortal Kombat rocked the gaming world with its brutal and violent displays. It remains one of the bloodiest games on the market, but perhaps the shock value of blood and guts on the screen wore off compared to recent games. God of War similarly used lots of blood and gore to get your adrenaline pumping for the action game.
Kingdom Hearts? Zelda? Fallout? Studio Ghibli? Tattoos remain a place to show off your favorite things in life, and each one of these subjects define art in the modern age. If you enjoyed these, please browse through the album—you can see the other 25 amazing tattoo designs! Check out our site for more tattoo articles and information. Maybe you also will find some further inspiration in other tattoo designs like the Roman Numeral Tattoos or White Ink Tattoos! Thanks for reading!