Pokémon is a series of video games developed by Game Freak and published by Nintendo and The Pokémon Company under the Pokémon media franchise. The cute little characters have taken the globe by storm and represent a worldwide phenomenon. There are the video games, of course, but also movies, tv shows, playing cards, and all sorts of ways to fall in love with these adorable creatures.
For diehard Pokémon fans, a tattoo of their favorite little beast is often appealing. These tattoos range in style, colors, and size as each individual has their own relationship with Pokémon. We decided to take a deep dive into the world of Pokémon tattoos to discover what people were getting inked and the types of tattoos that are favored in the space. We found that full color wins over black and grey and, in fact, the more color the better for most fans. Further, we thought we’d encounter primarily Pikachu tattoos but we were pleasantly surprised to find a hugely diverse array of Pokémon characters. Check out these 25 perfect Pokémon tattoos and get inspired for your own.
Someone turned up the color with this neon Gengar tattoo that’s absolutely bursting with life. Take a look at those swirly eyes and the rainbow-tinted cloud in the background! Amazing.
Pokémon Meets Dragonball
Dragon Ball Z fans are welcome to show their love for Pokémon as well! We love these two different “balls” from each show. They’re tattooed in the sketch style which is a nod to the brilliant animators and artists who conceived of them.
Done in a similar style, we find this absolutely adorable Pikachu complete with headphones. We love all the swirling movement of this design and the pop colors as well.
Here, we meet a bubblegum colored Mew who is tattooed as an outline and the fill is separate. Somewhat similar to the 3D tattoo technique, this Mew looks amazing!
How completely nostalgic is this fabulous tattoo of a game boy? We hope it takes you back to a simpler time or at least reminds you that escapism still exists.
We find an utterly marvelous Pikachu topped with a flower crown in this buzzing tattoo. The artist who completed it shared that there’s another tattoo to match it on this person’s best friend.
Check out little Squirtle here surrounded by some brilliant bubbles. This cutie would not be complete without a pair of shades and for them, we’re most thankful!
You’ll notice that this cute Chikorita has the name Lilly tattooed on his leg. It’s in honor of the person with this tattoo’s dog who had recently passed away. What a sweet tribute to a beloved friend.
Wow! This tattoo looks completely electric. Here we find the Mario/Pokémon mashup of your dreams. We’d like to commend this design for its originality and style.
It’s us. This colorful Jigglypuff with tired eyes is every single person in 2020. We love the shading here which brings added depth and dimension.
Make those rain dash fantasies a reality with a tattoo of Ludicolo. We love this green goblin of a Pokémon!
Can you feel the blaze from this absolutely stunning Cyndaquil tattoo? We love the balance of warm and cool tones here which gives the overall design so much mood and life.
Harry Potter Squirtle
People certainly love their Harry Potter tattoos, but it appears that Harry met Squirtle in this brilliant design. The artist has given the character more of a realistic look than we’re accustomed to.
Pikachu’s French Cousin
We find this very yellow Pikachu hailing from France. You’ll notice this very sharp tattoo includes a cute little hat for your favorite friend. Bravo!
Go, Team, Go!
Gang’s all here! This half sleeve tattoo features some of the most beloved Pokémon characters ever. We’re pretty sure these little guys will have your back.
Here we find an invented Pokémon that the artist described as “Cactizarre.” Why yes, we do need a character that’s part cacti! Brilliant.
“This is Skye as a Pokemon trainer as part of their ongoing half leg sleeve including their team!!!” the artist shared. “Can’t wait to finish this off and show you all of it ???????? very exciting!” How weird and fun!
Litten and Rose
Check out this fire cat and its accompanying rose. The artist has chosen insanely beautiful inks here to bring the tattoo to life. While we would not have thought of this stylistic pairing, it certainly works well.
The world’s cutest dragon knows how to impress! We love this very flat take on Charizard. He’s hot.
Another tattoo from France, Umbreon is known as Noctali there. We love this black and white design that’s spiced up by an aqua-colored crescent moon. How darling!
Yes, we did need this pixelated Charmander tattoo. This is such a fun design and stays true to the roots of the Pokémon world. Fire it up!
We had to share a couple of Halloween Pokémon tattoos, because… We just needed to, okay? We love this mummy Meowth and his cute little jack-o’-lantern with green innards.
Here’s another Halloween treat! We find Pikachu dressed up and completely prepared for some trick or treating. He’s got a petit Gengar-shaped bucket for candy that was a very nice touch.
Ditto is a unique Pokémon because it can breed with any Pokémon. So, the words “You can be anything” work well for a couple of reasons! This very cute, uplifting tattoo is one of our absolute favorites on this list.
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A True Fan
Um. Yes, you can tattoo your entire leg in a Pokémon themed tribute, but we can’t guarantee that it will look this amazing. Have you ever seen anything like this? This brilliant tattoo, no doubt, took several sessions and countless hours to complete. Great work! Well done!
There you go! 25 Pokémon tattoos that bring your favorite characters to life. We hope you enjoyed these tattoos and feel inspired to get your own. If you have reservations, remember a ton of people love Pokémon and while it might seem silly, your tattoo will undoubtedly spark joy and admiration in others.
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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