The rise of anime and manga has been meteoric. The Japanese art form has definitely gone mainstream, and this includes as part of the culture of body art.
If you’re looking for some tattoo inspiration, or if you’re a fan of anime and manga, we’ve assembled some of the best anime tattoo ideas for your next ink.
Pokemon was a huge part of many people’s childhoods, so it’s no wonder that they are being remembered this way. These anime tattoos are usually vibrant and depict one or more pokemon in a cute manner.
However, if you prefer blackwork but still like the theme you don’t need to worry. There are plenty of pokemon out there who don’t have color in them but still represent the anime, or even Pikachu can look amazing in black and grey.
You could also use the Poke ball as a motif, or simply use the style of anime for your tattoo.
We have all seen these around. These are fine line tattoos that look incredible fresh out of the shop and have a mesmerizing effect. Even though they only show the eyes of a specific character you can immediately tell who they are and what anime they are from – so long as you’re familiar with them.
Anime eyes tattoos look super cool, especially if you already have other tattoos on your body.
Be careful with these ones though, fine line tattoos need to be done by a skilled artist, otherwise, they will not heal nicely and will eventually fade into a blob.
Attack on Titan
Attack on Titan tattoos stand out from the rest for a very good reason. Because of the titans themselves. They look absolutely epic and the steam can be included for an even better effect if your artist is up for it.
If you want to go all out then a sleeve in this style would be the best way to go, since it could involve many characters and maybe even your favorite, goofiest-looking titan.
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
The style of JoJo is very easy to tell apart from others and if you meet a fan of the anime then they will instantly recognize it. Hell, I don’t even like the anime and can tell the style from a mile away.
Not only are these anime tattoos incredibly unique they are also quite colourful too. If you want to stand out from others this is a great way to do it, especially if you include moments or sentences that are iconic.
Once again, a very unique style that can be spotted from miles away. Not to mention, a lot of us know the show, even if we’re only talking about the visual theme of it. These kinds of anime tattoos are usually quite feminine though, especially if we consider how vibrant they are and how much pink is included. This can’t really be avoided, as the colour is what gives these tattoos life.
If you’re looking for the best anime tattoo style for women, this is definitely a style worth looking at.
This is the anime for those who don’t really like anime but would like to include some part of the style in their tattoos. Death Note is an easy-to-process and watch anime that doesn’t have too many episodes. For many people, this was the anime that meant the gateway to the style.
Ryuk also looks incredible in any tattoo, so having him included will make for great artwork.
Everyone knows Naruto, the main characters are iconic, so it’s no wonder people want them tattooed. There are quite a few out there who grew up on this anime and who claim that it touched them deeply, so etching some of it into your skin can be a good way to immortalize that experience.
These tattoos are mainly blackwork, however, some do include a bit of red that pops right out, making the tattoo look even better.
Sukuna from Jujutsu Kaisen
This isn’t as mainstream as the other tattoos on this list, so if you are looking for something meaningful but slightly underground this might just be it. Sukuna is the most powerful cursed spirit from the anime genre, plus he looks incredibly cool too.
Getting tattoed just for the sake of it isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, so you can go ahead and watch the show, it’s going to be one hell of an experience. And you’ll probably wanna get the anime tattoo after as well…
Hunter x Hunter
Hunter x Hunter is another anime that isn’t as known as the mainstream ones, however, it does have a very strong fanbase. If you have never seen the anime, this is what you need to know: there is a character to relate to for every single person. So if you haven’t watched it yet, you might want to.
After that there is a good chance that you will want that specific character tattoo’d on you.
Avatar: The last Airbender
Now, I’m sure that I have made quite a lot of people mad since you can’t technically call Avatar an anime. However, it is heavily influenced by anime and the design choice regarding characters is not a coincidence. So, while talking about tattoos, another art form, I think we can refer to it as an anime-style cartoon. Good enough?
Either way, Avatar is an iconic show, Aang, Katara, Sokka and Toph are characters of our childhood. They taught us valuable lessons while also making us laugh and that deserves some recognition. If it left a deep enough mark on you, then turning Avatar into a tattoo might be a good idea for you too. Including several avatars might make a great tattoo, or if you are very fond of the original main characters then you can get them on your skin as well.
These tattoos look incredibly both in color and in black and grey, so no matter what your style is, you will be able to easily conjure up an idea with your artist.
No, not the slightly lame Netflix live action remake. The original Cowboy Bebop is super cool and the characters from the show make for cool anime tattoos too. You could take elements from the intro sequence, which has an iconic James Bond style silhouette montage. Or get a tattoo of Spike or Faye Valentine … Cool characters who make for a cool anime tattoo.
Hopefully our list of the best anime tattoos has inspired you. Let us know if you have any suggestions of your own in the comments…
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