Memes are a cultural phenomenon that gives symbolic weight to certain images that grows over time the more the image is shared. Now, most of us encounter memes online on our social media feeds daily. However, some people are so into a meme that they decide to have it tattooed. It’s like a pop-cultural time capsule that captures the chaos of the internet and reproduces it in tattoo form. And, most of the time the results are hilarious.
We consider meme tattoos a sub-genre of joke tattoos as there’s generally a great deal of comedy already baked in. Even the actual act of getting a meme tattooed is so ridiculous it’s hilarious. We decided to take a deep dive into the world of meme tattoos to get a better understanding of which memes are most popular and frequently inked. Get ready for a wild ride! Here are 33 meme tattoos that people who are extremely online will love.
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We’ve seen a lot of the “Helmo” meme online over the past few years and it’s easy to see why it makes for a great tattoo. We love how this design kept the shape to stay true to the theme.
Grumpy cat is a beloved internet phenomenon that pictures one very cute, grumpy-looking feline. There’s no doubt that this scowling cat has made millions of people smile.
Keepers of the Lulz
“Doing it for the lulz,” is a common internet saying that simply means that people aren’t taking anything seriously and instead are just in it for the laughs. We find this grinning skull with a cap that says memes, because memes or death.
This very content-looking seal seems like it’s found its happy place and we’re here for it. We’d love to feel such serenity.
It Me and Me and Me
Strike! Here, we found a collision of a bowling ball and pins all objects symbolize the person with this tattoo. If you’ve ever felt all the feels at the same time, this meme should seem familiar to you.
“Fun fact: Opossums would make great cowboys,” the person who shared this image wrote. Okay… At any rate, the hissing opossum meme has circulated around the internet for a while now and we love to see it as a tattoo.
Baby Yoda AKA The Child became an instant sensation because he’s so incredibly cute and offbeat. Here, we find Baby Yoda using “the force” to score a cone of ice cream. We endorse.
Kermit the Frog started its life as a meme around 2014 according to the website, Know Your Meme. The image is generally interpreted in a couple of ways. One is “minding my own business” and the other is “sips tea.” Both are excellent for memification and bode well for this tattoo.
“I’m just a potato.” This simple cartoon of a potato is a silly image that is still cute. There’s nothing wrong with being a humble vegetable.
This should look rather familiar to you. It’s one that never fails to make us laugh and we were pleasantly surprised to see it as a tattoo. Those eyes…
Here’s a Pikachu joke tattoo about the permanence of tattooing. This very well might be the perfect meme tattoo.
This feels about right. “Hello, I’m dead welcome to Ted Talk,” is incredibly stupid and morbid and we love it.
“I’ve reached a career milestone: tattooing a meme!” the tattoo artist captioned this image. They explained that this tattoo is also a tribute to the person’s late feline friend.
There’s a group of people who insist that “birds aren’t real” and that they’re actually government drones sent to spy on us. This hilarious tattoo is picking fun while also looking fantastic.
“Been dying to tattoo these two pieces,” the artist wrote. We get two memes for the price of one with this image. Homer Simpson disappearing into a shrub is a classic. And, there’s a judgmental cat to help round things out.
Sad cat is a popular meme of a cat that looks like it’s crying or perhaps just allergic to itself. Now, we can rest assured that this meme will live on forever.
Sad Dexter is a popular, emotive meme for all the sad boy angst in your life. We love this very cute tattoo!
“If 2020 was a tattoo,” the artist captioned this image. Yes, we’re very much feeling this SpongeBob energy right now.
This line “Peace was never an option” most likely comes from an X-Men movie. People have added the quote to many pictures of birds with knifes and other weapons. You’ll see a goose with a butter knife or a chicken on an axe, like the tattoo above.
“Healed meme horse. Probably the funniest piece I’ve ever done,” the person who shared this image wrote. Because the metaphor of this meme is so visual it works incredibly well as a tattoo.
“I do not think therefore I do not am,” this tattoo says. The funny string of words looks great here in this storybook-style font.
Raccoons are nature’s mischievous cats and they are popular subjects of memes because they’re so cute and dopey. We find a hissing raccoon here which is a popular reaction meme.
Live Your Life
This person’s created their own world and we’re just living in it. We find a meme on a meme here and an incredibly clever joke. *chef’s kiss*
Check out this fluffy puppy! It’s a very handsome tattoo with the the words “I’m tamttoo,” attributed to the dog. We needed this.
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Of all the meme tattoos we came across the “this is fine” meme is, by far, the most popular. We found color, we found riffs on the original, we found exact replicas, but we love this black and grey version the most.
“Life is full of insignificant disappointment,” this tattoo says. You might have seen this morbid and somewhat sad meme circulating around the internet but did you ever expect to see it as a tattoo?
There are tons of SpongeBob memes circulating online these days. Just when you think you’ve seen them all, another one gets sent your way. How cute is SpongeBob’s expression here? We think it’s a winner!
“Yeah, I’m fine,” this meme tattoo says above a haggard stick figure. We’re all just doing our best and sometimes fine is all we can muster. There’s no shame in that!
Do you get it? We’re not going to spell this one out for you. We contemplated whether to add this to the list. We hope it does not offend you! If so, we sincerely apologize.
Neil deGrasse Tyson is a national treasure. We find him in his most popular meme form for this amazing tattoo. Take a look at how neat and clean those fine lines are. Looking good!
SpongeBob Is Out
We’ve got another SpongeBob! The meme this tattoo is based on is wildly popular and it’s been riffed on a number of times. We like that this person kept it classic with the caption. “Ight, Imma head out.”
Just a Screaming Possum
Have you seen this screaming possum meme before? We bet you have! Would have ever thought to get it tattooed? Well, if the desire should strike, now you know it translates well to ink.
This piñata is contemplating something. It’s answering in the affirmative with, “I’d hit that.” Of all the memes, this has to be one of the ones that is so stupid its hilarious.
There you go! 33 meme tattoos that we hope made you laugh or at least made you think about a funnier meme! Don’t be scared to get whatever the heck you want tattooed on your body. Have fun with it. Life’s a joke! If you liked these meme tattoos, perhaps you’d also enjoy some The Simpsons tattoos. We’ve rounded up even more fun tattoos for you so keep scrolling and prepare to laugh!
Maggie Is so Cute
Maggie Simpson has fans all the way in Chile and this fan must really love her some baby cuteness. Check out the white ink that’s been used as a border here. It makes the entire tattoo truly pop.
This large tattoo of a UFO scene from The Simpsons is rather incredible. We love the use of color and the way everything looks lit and glossy.
Check out these beauties of Simpson-inspired fun. As you can see, there’s no shortage of love for this silly cartoon. Carry on, people!
Millhouse Is Cool
“But my mom says I’m cool,” is a signature quote from Millhouse. This classic style tattoo complete with a colorful border is a marvel.
Well, this is disturbing. We find a bold black ink design of Homer, the family’s patriarch with his lips pinned back into a smile. It scares us, but we definitely do not hate this tattoo.
This is not Homer Simpson detergent. This is Mr. Sparkles, a Japanese mascot for dishwashing detergent that bears a striking resemblance to Homer. It’s one of the great gags the show has delivered through the years.
Ghost of Bart
The artist who shared this glow tattoo included the caption, “Bart never dies.” We’re very much into this idea and this creative use of the novelty ink.
Be Like Water
This tattoo sort of looks how we feel today. Take a look at how the shading is done here to give this cat character so much texture. A very fun tattoo, indeed!
Cool Lisa deserves the world. We love the style of this tattoo in which the fill of color does not meet the outline. It gives it such a cool, 2D vibe.
Sad Boy Bart
Here we find an emotional black and grey tattoo of Bart Simpson as you’ve likely never seen him before. He’s covered with face tattoos and has his nose pierced. Cheer up, old pal!
“I am evil Homer!” We love this joyful tattoo of your fave dressed as the devil. The cute, contrasting background looks great and it’s speckled with little dots.
Lisa Is Over It
Here we find Lisa Simpson done in a 3D effect which is a really hot trend right now. Her expression here is hilarious and we’d love something similar, honestly.
Thankfully, this list was compiled around Halloween so we’ve had the pleasure of getting some wonderfully wicked spooky Simpson tattoos. This one of a zombie Homer is on of our favorites. It’s so gross!
Yes, we would like the witch form of Marge with green skin and flying a broomstick. Check out the cloud shape around her that’s filled with tons of cute little dots.
Hunter S. Thompson Homer
Here, we find Homer Simpson after getting the Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas treatment. We don’t exactly know what to say about this, but we appreciate the creativity.
In the Treehouse of Horror
Treehouse of Horror episodes of The Simpsons are some of the show’s very best. We get a very frightful scene with this colorful and neat tattoo. Don’t miss Bat Bart up in the top right corner.
Ramen Is Rad
Homer fantasizing about ramen is all of us, right? This is really weird and we love it. Anything food related and we’re totally onboard for it.
As with the Hunter S. Thompson Homer, we find another variation of the character devouring a magic mushroom, because why not? We guess that’s made him transform into a strange, hippie-Mario but we’ll let you decide.
“This is pretty terrific” we see tattooed below the design. We don’t know about all that! This is so creepy!
As if Krusty the Clown wasn’t odd enough already, this tattoo takes him to a whole new level. Did you know that Krusty’s real name is Herschel Shmoikel Pinchas Yerucham Krustofsky?
Marge and In Charge
Here we find a gorgeous tattoo of Marge that was taken from season 7, episode 14 of the show entitled “Class Struggle in Springfield.” We think Marge looks great in this getup!
‘You’ll be sorryyyyy!’
Treehouse is the gift that keeps on giving for tattoo artists because so much of the imagery created for the show has become iconic. We love this weird little hand design.
“Thanks so much for grabbing this definitely not stoned Lisa Simpson,” the artist who tattooed this wrote. This tattoo is a blast and feels like a total form of self-expression.
Comb It Over
We thought we were having a bad hair day, but we’ve got nothing on Marge in this tattoo. This very funny design is pure, unfiltered, joy in tattoo form.
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Nothing to See Here
Here’s our favorite Simpsons tattoo on the list. We find Homer disappearing into the skin as if it were a bush. If you love the show, you’ve probably seen a similar image hundreds of times. It’s just so darn good!
There you go! 25 The Simpsons tattoos that bring us so much cheer. We hope you enjoyed this list and feel inspired to get a tattoo of whatever the hell you want! It’s your body! You make the rules.
Andrew is an Assistant Editor for Mamas Uncut with over ten years of experience as a writer in the creative, marketing, and blogging spaces. After studying Film and Art History, he developed a passion for telling stories in a variety of mediums. Obsessively making lists, reporting celebrity news, and diving into emerging pop cultural topics are a few of his interests.
- 1 Take a Look at These Meme Tattoos That Folks Got IRL. You Won’t Believe Them!
- 2 Helmo
- 3 Grumpy
- 4 Keepers of the Lulz
- 5 Seal
- 6 It Me and Me and Me
- 7 Cowboy
- 8 Baby Yoda
- 9 Sips Tea
- 10 Just
- 11 Side-Eye
- 12 Shocked
- 13 Ted Talk
- 14 No Fear
- 15 Conspiracy
- 16 Doubling Up
- 17 Sad Cat
- 18 Sad Dexter
- 19 2020
- 20 No Peace
- 21 Meme Horse
- 22 Not Am
- 23 The Horror
- 24 Live Your Life
- 25 Doge
- 26 Fine
- 27 Disappointment
- 28 SpongeBob
- 29 Just Fine
- 30 Not Cute
- 31 Hands Up
- 32 SpongeBob Is Out
- 33 Just a Screaming Possum
- 34 A Hit
- 35 Maggie Is so Cute
- 36 UFO Tho
- 37 Pick One
- 38 Millhouse Is Cool
- 39 Smile, Homer
- 40 Mr. Sparkle
- 41 Ghost of Bart
- 42 Be Like Water
- 43 Cool Lisa
- 44 Sad Boy Bart
- 45 Evil Homer
- 46 Lisa Is Over It
- 47 Zombie Homer
- 48 Witchy Marge
- 49 Hunter S. Thompson Homer
- 50 In the Treehouse of Horror
- 51 Ramen Is Rad
- 52 Mario Homer
- 53 Terrifying
- 54 Rainbow Krusty
- 55 Marge and In Charge
- 56 ‘You’ll be sorryyyyy!’
- 57 Loser
- 58 Comb It Over
- 59 Nothing to See Here
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