TV fandom is not new, but the depth and breadth of the stories being told on television lately have ushered in the age of the TV superfan. TV is no longer thought of as the “boob tube.” It’s a medium that capitalizes on long-form storytelling that allows fans to get a deeper sense of the characters, their motivations, and even larger themes a series is trying to convey.
Fandoms for certain shows eclipse many blockbuster movies. Fans often show their love by getting a tattoo inspired by their favorite show. From classics like Friends and Star Trek to more recent hits like Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones, there’s no shortage of tattoos inspired by TV. We decided to take a deep dive into TV tattoos to bring our favorites that celebrate the truly wonderful joy of a great binge watch.
The person who shared this image of their Friends tattoo captioned the photo: “Monica would have this Covid-19 issue sorted in an instant.” She sure would have!
Fire walk with me, yasssss! The design of this Twin Peaks inspired tattoo is just as surreal and dreamy as the show. We think David Lynch would approve.
This tattoo of a grunge Lisa Simpson is magic. We love the complementary colors and somewhat trippy design.
Rick and Morty
People love, and we do mean love Rick and Morty. This very fun and colorful tattoo finds our animated friends in the midst of something scientific.
We all get to revisit the 90s and our favorite cynic, Daria thanks to this tattoo inspired by the show. We can hear the “La, La, La, La, La, La” from the theme song now.
Game of Thrones
This stunning GOT tattoo masterfully captures actor, Peter Dinklage‘s likeness. This is a stunning photorealistic tattoo and a big commitment from a fan. Do you think they got this tat before they saw the finale?
Oh, neglected yet beloved Cynthia. Angelica from The Rugrats did you so wrong. We love this tattoo design and the very niche choice of subject matter.
Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Will Smith stole our hearts in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air one of the 90s most iconic television shows. This very, very good portrait tattoo pays homage to Smith and brings the nostalgia.
Aaahh!!! Real Monsters
We hadn’t thought about this weird little cartoon in years. The person with these tattoos didn’t want us to forget Aaahh!!! Real Monsters.
Everyone’s favorite TV mom, Moira has some of the most hilarious one-liners on Schitt’s Creek. This is one of her very best. We believe Catherine O’Hara should be canonized.
Wow! What a fantastic design for this X-Files inspired tat. We want to believe too. The truth is out there.
Walter White is one of the most beloved antiheroes ever written. Breaking Bad is one of the most critically acclaimed and widely-loved shows ever. This sketch tattoo design is a marvel.
Still Breaking Bad
We stumbled across so many fantastic BB tattoos that we had to bring you another. Here’s Walter White meets impressionism.
Your favorite imaginary town gets a reference in this tattoo inspired by Gilmore Girls. We can’t get enough of the fall vibes on display here.
The only cannibal you’ve ever loved, Hannibal Lecter comes to life in this very tidy tattoo. Hannibal fans call themselves Fannibals and they are clearly hungry for more.
The creepiest episode of TV ever made, “Hush” was the tenth episode of the fourth season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. “The Gentlemen” who come to town can get right back out!
The Demogorgon is one scary monster from Stranger Things that we want nothing to do with. This very fun tattoo captures its ferocity while also serving an interesting comic book design.
LOL! We’re certain anyone with a tattoo of Kramer is a future friend. This wonderfully playful design captures one of the character’s most iconic moments.
“Live long and prosper.” We’re all aware that the people who love Star Trek are more than just fans. It’s a whole lifestyle. We’re here for this Spock tattoo.
Parks and Recreation
Ron Swanson is one of the most widely adored TV characters in recent memory. How do we get on that level of sustained grouchiness? This very big portrait tattoo proves that this character looms large.
Bob’s Burgers is such an endearing animated series with some truly lovable characters. With a last name like Belcher, is it any wonder that mom likes a little drink every now and again?
The sponge that birthed a million memes, SpongeBob appears in this Lisa Frank approved design that’s filled with pastel colors. We love this cutesy tattoo and our friend, SpongeBob, of course.
This very large tattoo of James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano is terrific. It’s likely the person who got this tattoo took Tony’s famous line “More is lost by indecision than wrong decision” to heart.
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Lucille Bluth from Arrested Development is one of the most iconic and hilarious characters to ever appear on TV. We love this tattoo tribute to Lucille. Cheers!
Jim’s most famous prank. There’s also a reference here to “bears, beets, Battlestar Galactica.” We’re here for this The Office tattoo.
There you go! 25 TV tattoos inspired by the best TV shows ever. We know we’re living through the “Golden Age of TV” but it looks like we’re also getting tattoos to meet the moment. Well done, fans!
Andrew is a Chicago-based writer who enjoys finding the best of the internet, obsessively making lists, and cooking for friends. After studying Film and Art History, he developed a deep love for both topics. Celebrity news, pop culture, and stories that bring people together are his passions.
- 1 Friends
- 2 Twin Peaks
- 3 The Simpsons
- 4 Rick and Morty
- 5 Daria
- 6 Game of Thrones
- 7 Rugrats
- 8 Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
- 9 Aaahh!!! Real Monsters
- 10 Schitt’s Creek
- 11 The X-Files
- 12 Breaking Bad
- 13 Still Breaking Bad
- 14 Gilmore Girls
- 15 Hannibal
- 16 Buffy
- 17 Stranger Things
- 18 Seinfeld
- 19 Star Trek
- 20 Parks and Recreation
- 21 Bob’s Burgers
- 22 SpongeBob
- 23 The Sopranos
- 24 Arrested Development
- 25 The Office
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