Are you fascinated by the supernatural, intrigued by the ghostly enigmatic, or simply a fan of unique body art? If your answer is “yes” to any of these, then this blog post is just for you. We’re about to delve into a world where the eerie meets the artistic, where chilling apparitions come to life in ink on skin, creating a mesmerizing spectacle that’s hard to look away from.
Welcome to a realm where the macabre and the beautiful coexist harmoniously. This is a place for those who find beauty in the grotesque, who revel in the unconventional, and who dare to wear their fascination with the spectral world on their sleeves – quite literally. Brace yourself for a showcase of 25 ghost tattoos that will make your spine tingle yet leave you reaching out for more.
You will quickly learn that ghost tattoos tend to be more playful than not. People love getting creative with them and designing visual puns and jokes.
We say this every single time we write about tattoos, and here we go again. Red ink is your friend. It stands out so well and makes any tattoo pop. We find some bats alongside this ghost for even more spooky fun.
If you’d like a bigger piece, you can expand on a standard ghost tattoo and create an entire scene. This beguiling ode to Halloween is pure joy.
A really fun way to spruce up a ghost tattoo is to make the “sheet” the ghost wears look like an actual sheet. This one has delightful purple floral elements.
You get to make the rules! This charming ghost is holding a heart with a botanical motif inside. Tattoos like this feel so personal and expressive. Buck convention, and you will walk away with a design that speaks for you.
White ink has been employed to highlight many areas of this ghost tattoo. Natural elements like mushrooms and leaves help sweeten the deal for any tattoo.
Trick or Treat
What’s not to love about this ghost? It’s covered in hearts, wearing a cowboy hat, and carrying a candy pale for Halloween. Tattoos don’t get any sweeter than this.
We were shocked to see so many ghost tattoos that incorporate cats. This is the first on the list, but it won’t be the last!
Pin-up-style ghosts are very popular today. We think this trend is really fun and allows you to build even more of a narrative for your design.
Not Live in Concert
We take a brief departure away from cute ghosts to bring you something different. This one is seemingly in concert. Dance to the beat of your own drum.
‘Tis the Season
If Halloween is more of a state of mind to you than a holiday or even season, celebrate your favorite things associated with it. This is a love letter to all things sweet, delicious, and a little devilish.
“I know the end,” this ghost tattoo says. We saw this a few times, so it’s not the most original idea, but we do understand its appeal.
Tattoos On Tattoos
This ghost tattoo has tattoos of its own! If you want to celebrate your love of tattooing, this could be the best route for you to go in.
A pizza poltergeist? Why not! This little cutie is holding a slice, and it appears like it’s taking it to go. This is one of our favorites on the list.
The Tenth Life
We told you cats were popular when it comes to ghost tattoos. Here’s a sweet-looking cat in its costume. We live! No pun intended.
Okay! We find a ghost with elements that are associated with Lucifer. A pitchfork and horns are all it takes to get a point of view across.
Is this ghost invited to your Halloween party? We would definitely let him in. The pattern on the “sheet” is so energetic and joyful.
This ghost has a bouquet for you! If you love plants and flowers, be sure to incorporate them into your design. Anything goes!
This ghost with a broom and Doc Martens looks so expressive in front of a night sky-inspired background. Bravo!
The Creep Factor
Some ghost tattoos actually are creepy. This is one example that finds the upper portion of the apparition in deep black with glowing eyes. Eek!
“Dead inside,” this ghost holding an X-ray view of bones says. This message is fairly common among these designs.
Here’s another ghost tattoo that seems to say “dead inside.” We see a person looking in the mirror only to see the reflection of a ghost.
The delicate pink ink next to the bright yellow hearts is a combination we would not have expected to look so good. This ghost looks like it’s dizzy in love.
Here’s a ghost potion that says “old souls.” This is a neo-traditional design that incorporates classic elements of traditional tattooing with a new style for a tattoo that celebrates the history of the art but also ushers in something novel.
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Ghost in the Machine
With all of the talk around AI right now, could there one day be digitized ghosts? Is an AI chatbot a kind of ghost?
There you go! We hope you enjoyed these ghost tattoos and feel inspired to get your own. As you have seen, the sky’s the limit with these designs, so express yourself to the fullest with your inked ghoul.
For even more cool ink inspiration, keep reading. We’ve got some awesome coffin tattoos to share with you as well!
Black Coffin Tattoo
Usually, you will find a coffin tattoo done in dark and black inks. We find this to be the case in this first example of a coffin and rose with thorns that look so sharp!
Here’s another design, this one with an orange skull which looks splendidly like Halloween next to the black fill of the coffin lid. This offbeat design is so fun and looks so good with the flower accent around it.
Sandworm & Coffin Tattoo
Any Beetlejuice fans out there? We can think of no better marriage than that of one between a coffin tattoo and a sandworm. How fun is this!?
Mystical Coffin Tattoo
This coffin transports you to the stars and perhaps, even heaven’s door. How mesmerizing are those magenta and teal swirls? Get weird with it folks, and you will love your new ink!
Blue Oyster Cult’s “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” could be an influence for this tattoo or potentially it could just be smart words to live by. After all, we really should not live our lives in fear. If you’d like something that looks dramatic, go super dark with the ink as this artist has done.
That Kitty Coffin
We find a Sphynx inside this coffin made of bones. We love how delightfully strange this entire design appears. Take a look at the stippling effect employed above the cat to reveal the shape of the crescent moon!
Paradise in a Box
Here’s a tattoo with a sense of humor. It’s very tongue in cheek, with the text, “Someplace to get away,” imprinted on the coffin’s lid. “Coffin, take me away!”
If you came here for Halloween cranked to the max, feast your eyes on this stunning coffin tattoo that includes a landscape scene of a cemetery inside. The lines are so sharp! Bravo!
Sticking to It
Here’s a witchy-looking tattoo of a woman looking to the moon and a bat flapping in the distance. As you can see, the coffin shape is a perfect way to frame a scene and we encourage you to do the same.
Nails & a Ghost
Those nails in the coffin did not keep this bad boy down. We find a ghoul rising from the dead, complete with bats and spiderwebs for good measure. For Halloween, you could do no better than a coffin tattoo like this one.
We’re not entirely sure what this tattoo is supposed to symbolize but we certainly think it’s a winner. Could this be about a deal with the devil? A deal with death? At any rate, it’s such an evocative and fun design.
Best Sleep Ever
Here’s another funny coffin tattoo that is draped in a banner that reads “sleep tight.” There is so much black ink here that it looks unmistakably gothic, which may or may not appeal to you.
We find a planchette from an Ouija board here with the word “Goodbye” written across it. Take a look at how nicely the purple and green look paired together. This is so offbeat and playful while also being baby-creepy.
Someone wanted a really black tattoo that still popped so the artist has included white ink to highlight the design. All of the lines, from the cobwebs to the wings of the bat, draw the eye to the bat’s face which show’s some true artistry.
Swimming with the Fishes
The person who shared this image described that the sentiment behind it was the death of our oceans and the wildlife and coral that once thrived there. An interesting way to express that idea that looks great no matter if you know the intention or not.
Gold & Black Coffin Tattoo
Come on! Gold and black always look marvelous today and this absolutely gorgeous coffin tattoo is no exception. Go ahead and choose your favorite flower and ask your artist to have it explode out of a coffin like this and we’re certain you’ll love the result.
We loved that last design so much we wanted to show you a similar take on it. We find a neotraditional rose in deep black for this sharp design that’s so deliciously moody.
The artist who shared this image described the character tattooed here as a “coffin reaper.” Looks like the actual devil to us! If you’re here for the creep factor, you should get some equally as shocking.
Peace & Pumpkins
Where are the Halloween hunnies at? This Halloween coffin tattoo has it all. Candy corn, cobwebs, pumpkins, purple, and plenty of visual interest make this a truly remarkable Halloween design.
This design has strayed very far from designs you’ll find in most tattoo artists flash (a sort of catalog of original designs). This is so impeccably original with so much contrast that somehow balances out to be perfect.
One Beautiful Bat
Go ahead and get that psychedelic bat you’ve always wanted to be tattooed on your body! We share this image with you to encourage you to express yourself. Your tattoo is for you and no one else!
Here’s another funny coffin tattoo, this one with a banner across it that reads “dead inside.” The nice bunch of flowers around the design look lovely as well!
Life & Death
How amazing is this interpretation? We find a really beautiful floral design on the coffin itself while the contents are revealed to be a skeleton. Orange, red, and black inks all look smart together.
We’re almost certain this is a play on the iconic saying, “Not today, Satan!” We find the reaper escaping from the coffin tattoo with the words “not today” below. This could easily mean, they don’t want to see that scary dude soon.
We saved our favorite coffin tattoo for last! A black coffin is topped with a huge, golden flower. A snake with a light blue, contrasting belly slithers out from behind both to create the most exciting shape and effect.
There you go! We hope you enjoyed these coffin tattoos and you got a sense of the many places you can take them. You can go more traditional, think outside the (pine) box, or do a mix of both to create a balanced piece you’re proud of. There’s no right way or wrong way to do it. You can have fun with it or get really moody. Live your life! After all, we’ll all be in a coffin soon enough.
- 1 Spirit Guide
- 2 Batty
- 3 Haunted Half-Sleeve
- 4 Printed
- 5 Love, Boo
- 6 Kawaii Cutie
- 7 Trick or Treat
- 8 Meow Pal
- 9 Pin-Up Ghost
- 10 Not Live in Concert
- 11 ‘Tis the Season
- 12 Spoiler Alert
- 13 Tattoos On Tattoos
- 14 Hunger Everlasting
- 15 The Tenth Life
- 16 Devilish
- 17 Party Time
- 18 Fun Florals
- 19 Boots
- 20 The Creep Factor
- 21 Dead Inside
- 22 Reflection
- 23 Lovely
- 24 Bottled Up
- 25 Ghost in the Machine
- 26 Black Coffin Tattoo
- 27 Drip Drip
- 28 Sandworm & Coffin Tattoo
- 29 Mystical Coffin Tattoo
- 30 No Fear
- 31 That Kitty Coffin
- 32 Paradise in a Box
- 33 On-Theme
- 34 Sticking to It
- 35 Nails & a Ghost
- 36 A Deal
- 37 Best Sleep Ever
- 38 Later
- 39 Batty
- 40 Swimming with the Fishes
- 41 Gold & Black Coffin Tattoo
- 42 Flower Inside
- 43 Eeeeek!
- 44 Peace & Pumpkins
- 45 Magic
- 46 One Beautiful Bat
- 47 Yep
- 48 Life & Death
- 49 Not Today
- 50 Just Beautiful
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