What are some of the world’s most beloved video games? A good place to look to gauge a game’s popularity is at the tattoos they inspire. Apologies in advance for all of the Nintendo content you’re about to see as characters from its games constitute the vast majority of the tattoos we came across. Mario, Kirby, Peach, and more all make appearances on this list!
Gaming is such a huge part of so many people’s lives as it can provide a welcome distraction from the chaotic world around us. Plus, games are just tons of fun. We decided to forage the internet far and wide for tattoos that celebrate gaming to bring you some of the best game tattoos in the world! Here are 25 gamer tattoos that are on a whole new level.
Fancy a little Mario magic? We love this very busy tattoo that features a geometric pattern and a galaxy background. The sky’s the limit with these game tattoos!
Cute Little Kirby
Get a kawaii fix with this precious little Kirby micro tattoo. We love the pale colors and very, very fine lines that bring this baby to life. Does Kirby deserve cake? We think so!
Aku Aku from Crash Bandicoot makes for a bold inspiration on this very big half-sleeve tattoo. This design shows true craft on the part of the artist.
Not Uncanny Valley Sonic
No, not the Sonic that gave us all nightmares, but the Sonic who we all know and love. We love the shape and frame of this design and all of the vibrant colors inside.
Raid the Tombs
Lara Croft is part of a Tomb Raider sleeve in progress, the person who shared this image wrote. Well, if the rest of it turns out this good, they’re in good hands!
Live your Final Fantasy with this adorable tattoo of Tonberry. The character is carrying a cute little lantern and enveloped in a cloud of smoke. A great effect!
We’re aware that these pixelated tattoos are a thing, but we never tire of them. Here, we find a blocky Mario with his pall Yoshi, who you’ll see more of later on the list!
Pokemon, Go Get a Tattoo
Gang’s all here! This person had to catch them all, in tattoo form on their leg. We love all of the bright inks chosen here which bring the design so much depth.
Here’s another Pokemon design that imagines Pikachu getting ready to strike. We love this electric look and have been seeing the effect more and more these days. Stay tuned for the Charizard version!
We bring you this one for all of the marvelous pastel colors. We’re not huge fans of this genre of game but we can appreciate the design of this tattoo.
What a dazzling display! We love the hyperrealism in this design which features one of the most fascinating balloon letter tattoos we’ve ever seen! How did the artist pull of that “M”?
Crash & Spyro
Just a shiny-looking tattoo that glows here. We saw a great deal of Crash tattoos on our hunt for the best which was a pleasant surprise! Look how Crash’s lips are highlighted with the colors from Spyro.
Jigglypuff Meets Kirby
Keys to the Kingdom
People who love Kingdom of Hearts, really love Kingdom of Hearts. We enjoy these intricate keys with a Mickey Mouse shape on top. Keys to our hearts!
8-Bit Gamer Love
Here’s a very sweet matching tattoo a couple has gotten to show their love for one another and for gaming. If you and your partner are unapologetically nerdy, you should consider something similar!
This is very fresh tattoo which is why it might look a little pink to you. We find the iconic Switch controllers held by one cute little friend from the mega-popular game Animal Crossing.
This is a new trend that we were obsessed with! Tattoos like this one are called sticker tattoos or sticker-style tattoos and they look like stickers, but are indeed, tattooed on the body!
As promised, here’s some heat to warm you up! We love this dynamic-looking design that features an ombre effect that shifts from purple to pink. We’re captivated.
Never Color in the Lines
How cool is this carnivorous plant? We love the way the design incorporates colors from an instantly recognizable character and displaces the color in bold blocks of color.
Peach looks as if she’s had a shock in this amazing sleeve tattoo. We love the dramatic shading that still appears very cartoonish, but adds dimension.
Fall into this Fallout vortex! What an absolute dream of a design which carries the same graphical elements from the game.
Press their buttons! Check out this design inspired by the ever-popular Playstation. The color choices here that outline the shapes was a wise call on the part of the artist.
This person is clearly unafraid to play with color as this is one of the most vivd on the list. There’s plenty to keep the eye busy in this electric design.
Check out this humble little Zelda doll tattoo. We love the slight watercolor effect of the background which contrasts with the green and blue of the character.
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“Pacman with Luffy’s hat represents my customer, Julian,” the tattoo artist wrote. “He wanted me to draw maze which means life. We always meet obstacles during our lives, the monsters represent it. I crossed a big X sign for the wrong way as he wanted. At the end, there is a heart at the destination! The tattoo for going on a journey in search of happiness, what an awesome idea!”
What a lovely backstory for this detailed Pac-man tattoo! We hope you enjoyed all of the gamer tattoos on this list and feel inspired to get your very own tattoo that celebrates your favorite game!
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 Mario, Tho
- 2 Cute Little Kirby
- 3 Aku Aku
- 4 Not Uncanny Valley Sonic
- 5 Raid the Tombs
- 6 Tonberry
- 7 Yo, Yoshi
- 8 Pokemon, Go Get a Tattoo
- 9 Pika Pika
- 10 Rainbow Arcade
- 11 Pirhana Plant
- 12 Crash & Spyro
- 13 Jigglypuff Meets Kirby
- 14 Keys to the Kingdom
- 15 8-Bit Gamer Love
- 16 Animal Crossing
- 17 Sticker Style
- 18 Charizard
- 19 Never Color in the Lines
- 20 A Peach
- 21 Fallout
- 22 Playstation
- 23 Wired
- 24 Zelda Doll
- 25 Pac-Man Vibes
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