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Nightmare Before Christmas Tattoos That Super Fans Love

Tim Burton‘s treasured stop-motion classic, The Nightmare Before Christmas is almost thirty years old. Despite its age, it still captures people’s hearts and imaginations. With some of the most indelible characters ever created, this Christmas/Halloween hybrid movie inspires tons of Nightmare Before Christmas tattoos that celebrate any and all characters from the film.

Tattoos of Jack (the Pumpkin King) and his special friend, Sally are most popular but you’ll encounter all sorts of designs that pay homage to the film. From evil little toys to Oogie Boogie, folks are sharing their love with all sorts of creative designs. Whether you’re a diehard fan or just enjoy solid tattoo design, you’ll love taking a look at some of these unique pieces. Take a peek at these Nightmare Before Christmas tattoos that are equal parts creepy and sweet.

Take a Look at These Nightmare Before Christmas Tattoos for Ink Inspiration!

Black & Grey

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Tell your story with the use of silhouette as this person has decided to do. We will see a lot of colorful ink on this list of Nightmare Before Christmas tattoos but black and grey will still totally work if that’s what you prefer!

Devilish

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We find one of the residents of Halloween Town tattooed beautifully here. Choose one of the more obscure characters from the movie for your tattoo for something original and fresh.

Simply Meant to Be

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Among Nightmare Before Christmas tattoos, you will see a lot that look similar to this one. The formula seems to be Jack + Sally + Heart = Perfection. We’ll see a couple more like this on the list but be sure to think outside the box for something that’s more unique.

Lock, Shock, & Barrel

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Beloved characters Lock, Shock, and Barrel are found on this tattoo. Simple black lines are used to bring them to life which looks rather understated, minimal, and fresh.

Zero & Jack

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Second to the Jack and Sally tattoos are tattoos of Jack’s cute, ghost dog, Zero. We’ll find a few more of this little guy among these Nightmare Before Christmas tattoos.

Baby Oogie Boogie

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Your favorite baddie, Oogie Boogie can be found in this tattoo depicted as a baby. The character is highlighted with lime green which contrasts well with the gold and orange circle behind him.

The Mayor

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Another popular character for tattooing is the Mayor of Halloween Town. The character possesses the most iconic double-face features which appeal to so many fans.

Illuminated Zero

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Zero looks dashing with these rainbow Christmas lights wrapped around him. Notice how the tattoo artist has managed to make the light look as if they’re glowing. What a bright idea!

Half Sleeve for Jack

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If you’re thinking about going big with your Nightmare Before Christmas tattoos, you’ll be in good company. We stumbled across a great deal of half-sleeve and full-sleeve tattoos inspired by the movie.

Romance

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Here’s another large tattoo that’s framed by an oval shape meeting the full moon. The tiny details found in this piece are captivating.

Tarot Cards

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Tarot card tattoos are a megatrend today. This means that you will find a lot of Nightmare Before Christmas tattoos done in this style. Here’s one of the best examples we encountered.

A Patch

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Another popular trend today is patch tattoos. Here’s a great example of one featuring Jack and Sally.

Some Love for Burton

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With these Nightmare Before Christmas tattoos, we find some characters from another Tim Burton movie, Beetlejuice. There seems to be a lot of crossover for fans of TNBC and other Burton properties.

On a Roll

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Watercolor tattoos are such a major trend and have been for years now. We find Oogie Boogie done in the style for this tattoo that’s teeming with that Boogie energy.

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More Watercolor

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Here’s another example of watercolor tattooing. It’s a very unique and singular design that’s unlike any other tattoo on this list.

Masks

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Our cheeky trio of misfits seemed to have misplaced their masks. This very fun design mixes in some motifs from traditional tattooing to offer a fresh perspective.

Trick or Treat

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How cute is this Sally baby who is out trick-or-treating? We saw a few of these babydoll designs of her but this one was definitely a favorite.

Neon Jack

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In one of our favorite Nightmare Before Christmas tattoos, we find Jack illuminated by neon Christmas colors. It’s both eerie and energetic. That tattoo artist has done an excellent job of making this concept really slay.

Sally’s Secret

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Dr. Finkelstein got a taste of his own medicine after Sally slipped him some of her Deadly Night Shade. This tattoo celebrates the movie in a more understated way.

Cute Little Zero

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Here’s another one of The Nightmare Before Christmas tattoos of Zero. He’s depicted here with some pumpkins and a little landscape of his forever home.

Looks Like Love

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In this huge, half-sleeve tattoo, we find Jack, Sally, and Zero together. It looks like one happy family to us! This tattoo is proof that you can really go big with your designs.

Cross-Stitch Jack

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Here’s one of the most interesting Nightmare Before Christmas tattoos that we found. Done with hundreds of tiny X’s we find a “cross-stitch” of Jack wearing a Sandy Claws hat.

A Dreamer

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Framed by a heart, we find Sally dreaming of what could be. It’s a romantic tattoo that we imagine many Sally fans will be jealous of.

Vampire Teddy

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One of the best evil toys from Halloween Town is this flying Vampire Teddy. It looks rather mischievous in this tattoo. It’s definitely a fan favorite.

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So Real

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Well, it turns out that photorealism can be achieved with Nightmare Before Christmas tattoos. This Jack Skellington looks eerily alive thanks to the intense shading and highlight used to realize him.

What’s This?

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Here’s another really wild one of Jack. This tattoo instantly made us think of his song, “What’s This?” What a festive and bright design.

A Fresh Take

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We find Sally and Jack in this tattoo that finds them depicted in a very unique and stylish way. Find yourself an artist with a point of view and they just might create something equally as magical for you.

In the Tub

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Our three besties are on their way to capture Sandy Claws in this thrilling tattoo that’s full of life. How about that full moon with the silhouette of Oogie Boogie looming behind them?

Remarkable

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Here’s another one of the Nightmare Before Christmas tattoos that takes a more 3-D approach to the concept. Take a look at the stitches on Sally’s face. There is a lot of detail, care, and love put into this design.

Frog’s Breath

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Frog’s Breath is one of the many ingredients Sally uses in The Nightmare Before Christmas. We adore this take on it that finds a very detailed frog waiting inside the jar.

We All Scream For…

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We find Oogie Boogie mixing with a soft-serve ice cream cone. It’s equal parts sweet and scary. What a fun and creative concept!

Thorns

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This portrait of Jack really stood out to us because of its tidy, clean style and the use of thorns to frame it. Purple and green inks look so fabulous together.

Oh, So Nice

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Wow! We leave you with one of our favorite Nightmare Before Christmas tattoos of all time. Our friends, Lock, Shock, and Barrel, are depicted here in a completely fresh style that’s part storybook and part dream.

These Nightmare Before Christmas tattoos are truly remarkable. We hope you saw some ink that made your imagination kick into gear for your very own tattoo. There’s no right or wrong way to go about getting your fan tattoo just be sure to stay true to yourself and to express your specific point of view about the beloved movie.

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