We don’t know about you, but we sure miss going to the movie theater. We miss the popcorn, the giant sodas, yelling at people on their phones, and most of all, the movies! Movies are such dazzling forms of art and entertainment that often inspire diehard fans and cult followings. It should come as no surprise that these fans often pay tribute to their favorite film with a tattoo.
Movie tattoos come in all shapes and sizes and can be as simple as a quote from the film to elaborate sleeves portraying an entire scene. We decided to take a look at trending tattoos on social media to see which movie designs and beloved films people were inspired by lately. We were shocked to see so many tattoos with some of the most beloved characters tattooed on so many people. Perhaps we’re not the only ones missing theaters. Here are 30 marvelous movie tattoos that deserve awards in their own right. Let’s get rolling!
This abstract design featuring Buzz Lightyear and an alien from Toy Story is a work of art. We love the cosmic theme repeating in the dots and linework around Buzz. This tattoo wins best picture!
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is one of Charlie Kaufman‘s best. We’re treated to some of the most iconic shots like the one depicted here.
From the vault, we find the Bride of Frankenstein. The tattoo artist managed to capture such intensity in the character’s stare. It’s very creepy in a good way.
If you liked the tattoo of Buzz, you’ll likely fall for this design as well because they’ve been tattooed by the same artist. This tattoo inspired by Call Me by Your Name captures the fleeting passion of a summer romance.
We had not thought about the takeout-turns-maggots scene from The Lost Boys in years, you’re welcome. This 80s classic is given new life in this fresh design.
We came across several Pulp Fiction tattoos but this one here is our favorite. In one of the best scenes in the movie, we’re treated to Uma Thurman and John Travolta‘s impeccable dancing skills.
These tattoos inspired by Beetlejuice certainly complement one another. This was a bold choice for the forearms!
Aw. We love a good Disney tattoo and this one from The Lion King is such a delight. It’s rather small in scale so we were impressed with the level of detail achieved.
Marlon Brando gave a career highlight performance in The Godfather. We’d venture to guess the person with this photorealistic portrait of Vito Corleone agrees.
For fans of the Giallo genre of Italian cinema, you’ll instantly recognize this tattoo of Suzy Bannion from Suspiria. The artist has included the oversaturated blues and reds into the tattoo for an amazing effect.
“Was nothing real?” This very cinematic tattoo inspired by The Truman Show is stunning.
T & L
Thelma & Louise will be 30-years-old next year and it’s a film that still inspires fans. We love this design with the car extending beyond the border. This isn’t exactly a micro tattoo but it certainly packs a ton of detail into a very limited space.
The Pale Man
One of the most chilling scenes from Pan’s Labyrinth involves a character named Pale Man who has eyes in his hands. This tattoo is done in only black ink but still makes us shudder.
Bringing you even more creepy, we’ve got a tattoo of the decapitated bird from Hereditary. That poor bird. That poor family. Keep your heads on your shoulders folks!
Aw. This adorable Wizard of Oz tattoo features some truly sparkling ruby slippers. We love any design with intense dotwork as we find here.
The tattoo artist took extra care with this E.T. tattoo that has tons of detailed work. Look at the floral fabric or the wig E.T. is wearing and you’ll find so many minute details. Remarkable!
Brat Pack! Here we are treated to a scene from The Breakfast Club. The design is intentionally vague. Because the movie and this scene specifically is so iconic, it’s instantly recognizable. Well done.
Who’s your favorite Bond? We venture to guess Sean Connery tops this person’s list.
Gremlins featured one of the cutest, if not lethal, creatures named Gizmo. Here we find him as the subject of a charming tattoo. What a cutie!
Wednesday Addams is a popular character who we’ve seen featured in a number of movie-inspired tattoos. This wonderful tattoo is expertly shaded and is one of our all-time favorites of Wednesday.
Here’s a tattoo inspired by Blue Is the Warmest Colour, a French romance that won a ton of awards. We love this design and the watercolor effect of the blue ink.
You never know what you’re going to get when it comes to movie tattoos. You better believe there’s a person walking around with a facehugger tattoo. This Alien-inspired tattoo is done in a traditional style which somehow makes it even more disturbing.
We’re certainly charmed. This understated tattoo inspired by the Disney classic, Cinderella has a lot going for it. We love the simple shapes and bold colors that make this design a real standout.
Partners in Crime
This person has a number of movie tattoos mostly of animated classics, but you’ll find one that’s not like the others. Yes, that’s a tattoo of Audrey Hepburn and Peter O’Toole both actors starred in the romantic comedy, How to Steal a Million in 1966.
Yes, we needed this enchanted rose tattoo. What a creative reimagining of this iconic symbol from Beauty and the Beast.
Would you want a tattoo of Bruce Willis climbing through ductwork? This diehard Die Hard fan certainly had no qualms about it. One question for you: is Die Hard a Christmas movie?
Spirited Away is one of our favorite animated movies. Here we find the protagonist, Chihiro beautifully tattooed. The person who shared this image explained it was their first tattoo. They could do no better!
A Clockwork Orange is a bleak and, at times, scary movie. This tattoo design looks like a deconstructed movie poster for it. Although it looks playful, there’s still something menacing.
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One of the very best bits of dialogue in Jurrasic Park is an exchange between Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum‘s characters:
“God creates dinosaurs, God destroys dinosaurs. God creates Man, man destroys God. Man creates dinosaurs,” Goldblum explains.
“Dinosaurs eat man….. Woman inherits the earth,” Dern replies.
This tattoo is a winner!
There you go! 30 movie tattoos that celebrate our favorite moments from the big screen. We hope you feel inspired to get a tattoo of your favorite movie moment.
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 BUZZ!
- 2 Sunshine
- 3 The Bride
- 4 CMBYM
- 5 Lost Boy
- 6 Pure Pulp
- 7 Beetlejuice
- 8 King
- 9 Brando
- 10 Suspiria
- 11 Truman
- 12 T & L
- 13 The Pale Man
- 14 Winifred
- 15 Hail Paimon?
- 16 Dorothy
- 17 E.T.
- 18 The Club
- 19 007
- 20 Gizmo
- 21 Wednesday
- 22 Blue
- 23 Alien
- 24 Cinderella
- 25 Partners in Crime
- 26 Beauty
- 27 Willis
- 28 Chihiro
- 29 Like Clockwork
- 30 Jurrasic Park
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