Your favorite childhood cartoons are making a comeback in tattoo form! Tattoos inspired by beloved Nickelodeon shows are cropping up everywhere these days as young adults lean into their nostalgia with designs that celebrate the characters and settings of some of Nickelodeon’s most iconic television shows.
Rugrats tattoos, SpongeBob tattoos, and more are exceedingly popular for those looking to throwback to their childhood with playful designs. What was your favorite show on Nickelodeon growing up? We imagine you will find a hint of it in the spectacular designs below. Check out these 25 Nickelodeon tattoos that rock nostalgia and bring back your favorite characters.
By far, the two most tattooed Nickelodeon shows have to be Rugrats and SpongeBob SquarePants. We found so many tattoos inspired by these two cherished animated series. Here, we find a Reptar from Rugrats that’s looking positively radiant.
Courage the Cowardly Dog must constantly defend his hopeless owners in the eponymously titled series. This very creative interpretation of the character is full of color and we love its neon-tinted appearance.
“Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?” We find a snow globe here containing the homes of SpongeBob, Squidward, and Patrick. We love the glitter effect here that makes it look as if bubbles are filling the globe.
Aaahh!!! Real Monsters was a show that debuted shortly after Rugrats ended and we must say it was one of the weirder offerings from Nickelodeon. The offbeat series featured a character named Krumm who is lovingly tattooed here.
Are You Afraid of the Dark?
If you watched a lot of Nickelodeon, you are very familiar with the show that probably scarred you for life, Are You Afraid of the Dark? We find the haunting hand with a lit match from the title sequence here. Which episode scared you the most? Our money is on “The Tale of Midnight Madness” as it still sends shivers down our spines to this very day.
The coolest doll in the world, Cynthia, looked as if she’d seen better days and those little Rugrats surely put her through the wringer. Here, we find her framed by a blue heart and surrounded with Saved by the Bell-looking shapes. This is such a fun one!
Daggett and Norbert Beaver had some adventures in the wilderness of Oregon in The Angry Beavers. The tattoo artist who shared the image noted that this tattoo has an identical twin on this person’s sister.
Chuckie Finster tattoos are aplenty because the little animated star has amassed an army of devoted fans. We saw more tattoos inspired by Chuckie than almost any other character (other than SpongeBob) who appeared on Nickelodeon.
Here are some fairly odd Fairly Oddparents. The adored fairies are found here with grills, piercings, and tattoos which is a look! We love these updated imaginings of the two characters and the colorful inks used to bring them to life.
“Alone in the world was a little catdog,” you’ll recall. We find the strange character’s home here in this tidy tattoo. Name a more iconic house, we dare you.
The gang’s all here! Ickis, Oblina, and Krumm are monsters-in-training at the Monster Academy. This show leaned into its own weirdness and we’re thankful for it. Often gross, but never disappointing, these characters probably entertained you as a child.
Sweet, Sweet Patrick
Patrick is another character we saw a lot of while researching Nickelodeon tattoos. The charming pink starfish has a lot of adoring fans. We particularly love this interpretation of the star with his rosy cheeks and lone tooth.
Rocko’s Modern Life brought us the lovable duo of Rocko, the wallaby, and Heffer the steer. We find a dynamic tattoo of Rocko in this extremely colorful and playful tattoo.
Ginger looks as if she’s ready for an adventure. We love the way the tattoo artist has managed to translate the style of animation on display in As Told by Ginger into ink.
Here’s one of the more creative designs of Chuckie that will have you seeing double. There is something so perfectly nostalgic and nineties about this Rugrats tattoo.
The queen of Nickelodeon in the nineties was none other than her highness, Angelica Pickles. We find the character here enjoying some son and with a banner that reads, “Nobody puts baby in the corner.”
Here, we find Gerald from Hey Arnold! imagined in LA Lakers gear. The tattoo artist claimed in the caption that Gerald is definitely a fan of Kobe Bryant. We love this idea and this very fresh design.
Here’s another friend from Hey Arnold! Helga is tattooed with a golden heart, clearly in the bliss of a budding romance. Or is she? Check out the way the artist has outlined the design in white ink to make it appear as a sticker.
Here’s a The Fairly Oddparents tattoo that stays truer to form. We loved seeing Cosmo and Wanda complicate life for little Timmy Turner in this show. The shapes around the characters in this design help bring it movement and life.
Here’s SpongeBob bursting through someone’s skin to display a rainbow. This slightly macabre take on the famous “IMAGINATION” image is unique and fun. How do you feel about this one?
Thornberry Meets Patrick
We found a number of Nickelodeon mashups of multiple characters from different shows. This one features Nigel Thornberry (who was voiced by Tim Curry!) in starfish, Patrick form. It’s very strange and we’re here for it.
Uncle Tito from Rocket Power was brought to you by the same team that created Rugrats, and The Wild Thornberrys. We adore this portrait of him complete with stunning hibiscus flowers.
You Girl, Eliza
Eliza Thornberry was your favorite Thornberry too, right? That’s just facts. Here we find her with a cute little monkey swinging through the jungle. Check out how fine the lines are on this tattoo. What a gem!
Doug Funnie is the rare character who began on Nickelodeon and finished his run on Disney. We find the amicable cartoon here done in the sketch style to highlight the art of animation. Do you remember Doug’s dog’s name? He had the fabulous moniker, Porkchop.
Hey Arnold! presented viewers with a less fantastical group of characters that mirrored real life for children growing up in cities. We loved the friendship Arnold and Gerald shared which is commemorated here in this handsome tattoo.
There you go! 25 Nickelodeon tattoos that bring childhood back to life. We hope you feel inspired by these designs to get tattoos that bring yourself joy. Share your joy with others with a similar, nostalgia-inducing design.
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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