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
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!
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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 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.
Another popular trend today is patch tattoos. Here’s a great example of one featuring Jack and Sally.
Some Love for Burton
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
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.
Here’s another example of watercolor tattooing. It’s a very unique and singular design that’s unlike any other tattoo on this list.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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
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
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?
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 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…
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!
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
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 express your specific point of view about the beloved movie.
If you want even more tattoo inspiration, keep reading as we have dozens of Christmas-inspired designs to also share with you. Nothing gets us in the spirit like holiday ink!
A completely gorgeous pinecone with some holly on top should do the trick! This beautiful tattoo is like the perfect ornament for a Christmas tree.
People love The Nightmare Before Christmas and there are so many tattoos inspired by the film! Here, we find Zero tangled up in some Christmas lights. What a treat!
Oh, Christmas Tree
Wow! Check out this breathtaking Christmas tree. The detail in the branches of the tree itself is amazing. The beautiful dark green shading gives the tree depth and plenty of visual interest.
Snow globes are one of the most magical Christmas decorations. This tattoo of one feels equally compelling. We love the starbursts on the side of the globe which give this design added shine.
This tattoo was inspired by a Christmas pop-up book. We find a castle inside along with a Christmas tree and Santa’s sleigh. What a dream!
The person who shared this amazing tattoo explained in the caption that it was inspired by Scandinavian design. A handsome reindeer is complete with cute flowers and snowflakes. This is such a fun one.
A Whole Scene
This tattoo represents a whole Christmas mood. There’s even a cat curled up by the fire! We love the magic in this piece.
Stole Christmas and Your Heart
Raise your hand if Max from The Grinch Who Stole Christmas is your favorite character. Here, we find our little friend disguised as a reindeer topped with one, lone antler.
Here’s another tattoo inspired by a classic holiday film, A Christmas Story. The coveted leg-lamp is one of the most iconic props in the movie.
This design looks like it’s ripped directly from a children’s picture book. We love the window here that looks out on a starry night.
Will Ferrell’s iconic turn as an elf in Elf stole many a person’s heart. We love this tattoo of Ferrell inspired by the films. Check out how the color from the Christmas lights hits the cheeks. What a thrill!
As a general rule, any sort of floral or botanical makes for a handsome tattoo. Here, we find a bunch of mistletoe tied with a red ribbon and cute little jingle bell.
Nothing screams Christmas like a nutcracker. The strange little object has been with us for decades and people’s admiration for them shows no sign of slowing. How cute!
Here’s another tattoo inspired by A Christmas Story. Ralphie was accused of using foul language and, as punishment, had a bar of soap shoved in his mouth. This is such a funny tattoo.
What’s your favorite Christmas candy? We love a striped candy cane and this one’s tied up in a big, green bow. The icy blue snowflakes are the icing on top.
Because we can’t do anything without a little bit of creepy, we found this thrilling Krampus tattoo. And, by “thrilling” we mean very scary! This tattoo is a reminder to always be nice and never naughty.
Ho ho ho!
Santa Claus brings so many children joy during the holidays. Whether he’s learning of a little one’s wishlist or delivering gifts down a chimney, this old man is the embodiment of happiness.
Wow! This micro tattoo of an ornament for a Christmas tree looks magical. Look at all those tiny details! Would you like to spend the holidays in this tiny cabin in the woods? We certainly would.
Here’s another ornament tattoo is based on a vintage ornament that almost everyone has seen before. We love the bright colored inks chosen for this design.
Going to see The Nutcracker at the ballet is an honored Christmas tradition. One of the best characters from it, the Mouse King, is tattooed here to great effect.
This smartly designed tattoo is so well thought out that even the clock is pointing to the time, 12:25. A cute little squirrel rounds things out and helps bring this magical moon-shaped tattoo to life.
Cup of Cheer
Gluhwein is a style of mulled wine that’s traditionally enjoyed around Christmas. Here we find a glass that’s filled with a snowy landscape. Cheers!
Have you seen a cuter gingerbread man? This adorable little fellow is topped with a Santa-hat and enjoying something warm to drink. We especially love the touch of pink to make his cheeks look rosy.
Where do you suppose that gingerbread man lives? This glorious gingerbread house! This person has added a special touch to show their love for all things Disney with a window shaped like Mickey Mouse.
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Move over Old Saint Nick because we want a visit from this Santa Paws on Christmas! Check out this adorable little dog tattoo of a pet dressed as the big man in red. What an absolute blast!
Are you feeling in the holiday spirit yet? We hope you enjoyed these wonderful Christmas tattoos and will consider getting your very own to cherish the holiday all year long.
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 Nightmare Before Christmas Tattoos for Ink Inspiration!
- 1.1 Black & Grey
- 1.2 Devilish
- 1.3 Simply Meant to Be
- 1.4 Lock, Shock, & Barrel
- 1.5 Zero & Jack
- 1.6 Baby Oogie Boogie
- 1.7 The Mayor
- 1.8 Illuminated Zero
- 1.9 Half Sleeve for Jack
- 1.10 Romance
- 1.11 Tarot Cards
- 1.12 A Patch
- 1.13 Some Love for Burton
- 1.14 On a Roll
- 1.15 More Watercolor
- 1.16 Masks
- 1.17 Trick or Treat
- 1.18 Neon Jack
- 1.19 Sally’s Secret
- 1.20 Cute Little Zero
- 1.21 Looks Like Love
- 1.22 Cross-Stitch Jack
- 1.23 A Dreamer
- 1.24 Vampire Teddy
- 1.25 So Real
- 1.26 What’s This?
- 1.27 A Fresh Take
- 1.28 In the Tub
- 1.29 Remarkable
- 1.30 Frog’s Breath
- 1.31 We All Scream For…
- 1.32 Thorns
- 1.33 Oh, So Nice
- 2 Oh, Pine
- 3 Zero
- 4 Oh, Christmas Tree
- 5 Snow Globe
- 6 Christmas Castle
- 7 Reindeer
- 8 A Whole Scene
- 9 Stole Christmas and Your Heart
- 10 FRA-GEE-LEE
- 11 Night Before
- 12 Elf
- 13 Mistletoe
- 14 The Nutcracker
- 15 Soapy
- 16 Candy Cane
- 17 Krampus
- 18 Ho ho ho!
- 19 Christmas Magic
- 20 An Ornament
- 21 Mouse King
- 22 Christmas Moon
- 23 Cup of Cheer
- 24 Gingerbread Man
- 25 His House
- 26 Santa Paws
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