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 25 meme tattoos that people who are extremely online will love.
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 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 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 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.
There you go! 25 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!
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.
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