For us nerds, there are many comic book movies that have been made over the last few years. There are plenty more coming out over the next five years. The big players are Marvel and DC, but I will also include tattoos from a few different popular comic series/books. Also, there’s plenty of other comic book characters that people are getting tattoos of that I have included in the list.
Marvel is home to the Avengers, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Spiderman, Deadpool, and many others. Marvel was founded in 1939 by Martin Goodman. Goodman started in 1933 with a Western pulp, then branched out into the emerging realm of comic books which were already become popular under the name Timely Comics. In 1961, Stan Lee introduced the first superheroes to appeal to people of all ages, not just kids that were the main audience before. In 2009, they were bought by Disney.
DC is home to Batman, Superman, Batgirl, Catwoman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, and others. They are also home to hero teams including the Justice Leauge, the Justice Society of America, and the Teen Titans. DC comics was founded by Malcom Wheeler-Nicholson in 1934 under the name National Allied Publications. Currently, it is owned by Warner Bros. entertainment. The initials DC came from the company’s popular series Detective Comics, which featured Batman’s debut.
The Deadpool movie released earlier this month, and it is breaking all kinds of records. Also, this year we have Batman v. Superman, Captain America: Civil War, X-men: Apocalypse, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, Suicide Squad, Gambit, and Doctor Strange. For years, nerds have been getting tattoos either from these movies or from the comics themselves. Today, I have gathered 15 Insane Comic Book Tattoos for your enjoyment.
15. Walking Dead Panel
Taking a break from the Marvel and DC pieces, here we have a panel from the Walking Dead comics that the show is based on. It shows Rick about to punch somebody or something in perfect detail. It looks just like a panel from the books right on this person’s arm. The Walking Dead series started in 2003, and it is written by Robert Kirkman. Kirkman also writes/produces on the show. The comic is an ongoing series published monthly by Image Comics. It has also spawned a LOT of merchandise all over Amazon, Hot Topic, and many others.
14. Deadpool Arm Piece
Here is a funny piece with Deadpool and his famous sarcastic wit. It’s a crossover with the line from the famous nude scence during Titanic. The shading and shadowing makes it look very cartoon like. The highlights are done well even down to the small highlights on the gun. The details are spot-on even down to the little smirk on his face. This looks like the comic book version of the character. But, there is also the Deadpool movie that just came out and is doing well at the box office. The great Ryan Reynolds does an amazing version of the character.
13. Superman Symbol Chest Piece
Here we have a beautiful version of the Superman symbol filled in with images from the comic and a yellow background. The yellow really matches well and helps the comic images stand out more, and the placing in the middle of the chest is perfect. The comic book images in the inner symbol are drawn very well, and look just like the comic box panels. I wouldn’t have put the broken speech bubbles in there though. I see a few, and it makes me wonder what they’re saying. The placing of Superman’s face at the top right side of it looks great.
12. Calvin and Hobbes Ribcage Piece
Taking another break from Marvel and DC, we have a childhood favorite: Calvin and Hobbes. An excellently design rib cage piece featuring Calvin and Hobbes making devious facial expressions and several smaller panels going up the side of the piece. Calvin and Hobbes was written by Bill Watterson. It began in November of 1985 and ended in December of 1995. Calvin was named for the sixteenth century theologian who believed in predestination; his teachings became a branch of Christianity. Hobbes is named after a seventeenth century philosopher who had a very dim view of human nature. Hobbes is a stuffed animal tiger that comes to life and talks to Calvin.
11. Katy Perry – Hello Kitty Tattoo
You may be surprised that I’m including this one, but Hello Kitty does have comic books now. They don’t have very many words as they are meant for children. Hello Kitty is a fictional character created by the Sanrio company in 1974, and there has been a LOT of Hello Kitty merchandise created ever since. It has started selling well amongst adults as well. Katy Perry has this absolutely adorable ode to the classic Japanese character. I’m very impressed with the detail considering it is on such a small space, and the white ink looks great. The artist even nailed the highlight on the bow.
10. Peanut Arm Piece
Here we have a great peanuts leg piece. It shows scenes from the Christmas special as well as other panels from the comics. We really love the zig zag line border at the bottom matching Charlie Brown’s favorite shirt. The Peanuts comic was created by Charles M. Schulz and ran from 1950 to 2000. It also spawned animated TV specials and a lot of merchandise. By request of Mr. Shulz’s family there are no new comics being printed, but there is a holiday movie coming out next Christmas. The strips are reprinted in various collections from different publishers available at many stores.
9. Joker Half Sleeve
Here we have a joker showcase half-sleeve. The Joker has become one of the most popular villains since Heath Ledger‘s version of the character in The Dark Knight. DC fans can also look forward to seeing Jared Leto’s take on the Joker in the Suicide Squad movie, which is coming out in August. This Joker, however, is from the comic book illustrations. The artist used extra green highlights to make him look even more sick and sinister. The artist kind of used the green hair to make a nice top border for the piece and a bottom border as well.
8. Superhero Logos Watercolor
Here is a very unique piece. It has the logos for several superheroes, Marvel and DC: Thor, the Hulk, Iron Man, the Punisher, the Flash, Green Lantern, Spiderman, Deadpool, the X-men, and Batman. The style and placement are beautiful, and the watercolor effect works perfectly well with the superheroes’ logos. This is blending some heroes from different universes, even though the caption on the picture said Marvel. The Flash (the lightning bolt), the Green Lantern (the green circle), and Batman (with the iconic bat symbol) are in the DC universe. The rest of them are in the Marvel universe.
7. Batman Starry Night
Here we have an interesting combination. The blue and yellow swirls from Van Gogh’s Starry Night with the addition of Batman and the bat signal. Under the bat signal, you can see buildings of Gotham. The shading and the placement is wonderful. It is a unique mash-up of two famous pieces of art. The Starry Night is one of the most famous art images. With its star swirl orbs, and blue swirls in the sky, it is iconic. Here, the tattoo artist has replaced the town in the Starry Night with the buildings of Gotham city, the home of Batman.
6. Batman Comic Panel Sleeve
Here we have a sleeve with a piece from the comic books. It has the signature box comic book panels, and even the action word “Ka-pow” can be seen at the bottom of the picture. There are other action word bubbles seen at the top of the piece such as “Whomp!” This well-drawn piece also has Robin, Batman’s loyal sidekick, and the Penguin, one of the most famous villains of the comic book series. It looks like there is the back of the Joker on the left hand side with his purple jacket and bright green hair. The Joker is one of the most popular characters in the Batman universe.
5. Harley Quinn and Catwoman
Here we have matching arm pieces with Catwoman and Harley Quinn, both villains in the Batman comic books. The way they are placed facing inward is perfect to make them look like complementary pieces. The angle of their legs works great with the shape of the arm. The way they are placed with their legs all spread out looks like a pose that you would see on a classic pinup tattoo. Harley Quinn will be in the new Suicide Squad movie coming out in August. Catwoman has been portrayed in multiple movies and TV Shows including Catwoman, the bad version with Halle Berry. Catwoman is also being portrayed in the new Gotham show.
4. Superman Logo Watercolor
Here we have a nice Superman symbol with watercolor streaks underneath. It looks a bit like a cape which adds a nice dimension to the piece. I would’ve place it a little further down from the Hope tattoo to keep them from overlapping, but it’s still a very unique tattoo. This symbol is the classic Superman logo as seen in the comic books. It also has a watercolor square underneath that looks like a cape. The lines and shading really make it look like it’s part of a painting. Tattoos with less solid lines are becoming very popular right now.
3. Calvin and Hobbes Feet
Here someone got both of their feet completely filled with a Calvin and Hobbes piece with Hobbes on one foot and Calvin on the other. The fuzzy shading around the edges makes it look like it was almost painted on. The detail and shading in the grass area and in the water area are very impressive. The grey rocks blend very well with the blue water and the highlights in the little waterfall really look like the water is coming down the creek. The tree is also shaded very well, too. The multiple shades of brown really give it a great dimension.
2. Snoopy Arm Piece
Here we have a great Snoopy tattoo with in-progress pics as well. The shading done around Snoopy and the dog house really bring the piece together. I love seeing the in-progress pictures as well; it really shows the piece coming together over the multiple sessions. The nice fuzzy edges around the piece give it a nice comic book feel. The little lines around Snoopy really add that motion to it. It really looks like he’s become the Red Baron and is fighting. The stream of smoke coming from behind the dog house really add to the picture as well.
1. Spiderman and Venom Full Back Piece
Here we have a full back piece dedicated to Spiderman fighting his enemy, Venom. It contains some very detailed and well executed comic book panels of various fight scenes. There’s also some other pictures of Spiderman and Venom around the edge of the piece. The shading is excellent, and the placement is spot on. There is even a little appearance of Iron Man in the top right corner. The highlights are very nice down to the details of web in the bottom center panel. The two black and white things in the bottom corners of the picture are a little hard to make out. I’m impressed by the size of the piece and the dedication it takes to get such a big back piece.