Evidence of tattooing has been traced back some 10,000 years ago in Japan, making it one of the oldest forms of artistic expression. Today, it’s more popular than ever to get a little ink somewhere on your body, especially for the younger crowd. A 2007 study by the Pew Research Center found that 36% of adults aged 18-25 had at least one tattoo – that’s over 1 out of every 3 people! Getting some permanent ink tattooed on the body is becoming more and more of an accepted form of artistic expression in almost every metropolitan area across the globe.
For some people, tattoo art is more than just going to a tattoo parlour to get a tiny tattoo of a flower in some inconspicuous place of the body: it’s much more of an elaborate art form than that. These people have come up with some of the most creative and most amazing tattoo designs ever. Some are funny looking, some are extravagant, others are just plain strange, but one thing’s for sure, they’re all extremely cool ways that people express themselves with just a little bit of ink and a needle!
Check-out this Japanese-inspired rainforest back-piece. The colouring is awesome, and the background design is some serious ink work!
How much do you wanna bet that this guy doesn’t have a Playstation or Xbox at his house? Unless of course he has those tattoos on his other arm! For this guy, it truly is Nintendo for life.
This intense fellow was a participant at the Robin Hood Marathon in Nottingham. His face tattoo covers almost every last inch of his head. Scary, but unique nonetheless.
One of the hottest new trends in the tattoo world is invisible tattoos that are only seen under blacklighting. These tattoos use a special UV ink that is much thinner than the ‘normal’ tattoo ink, which makes it a much more time-consuming process to get one of these cool tats. After these UV tattoos heal, they are virtually invisible unless put under a blacklight, such as at a nightclub or bar!
This is one of the most bizarre forms of tattooing ever – eye tattoos! This one may make you cringe a little bit, but for some people, it’s not a big deal to get a needle repeatedly shoved into their eyes. These photos show a man getting a total of 40 injections of blue ink into each eye in an effort to turn them completely blue. Will this tattoo technique ever become mainstream? Most likely not. Is this technique creepy, unsafe, and little bit psychotic? Uh, yeah!
Well this example isn’t an actual permanent tattoo per se, it’s still a creative use of ink as a temporary tattoo. A little bit of body paint and some creativity goes a long way!
A retired soldier by the name of Tom Leppard lives on the Isle of Skye in Scotland, and he is recognised by the ‘Guinness Book of World Records’ as the most tattooed person on the planet. Over 99% of his body is covered with a leopard-skin tattoo design. The only parts of his body that don’t have tattoos are parts of his ears and the skin between his toes. Tom says that he’s spent about £7,000 on his tattoos, which a lot of money for somebody who’s living on a military pension.
When you get old and you start losing your hair, you should at least try and have a sense of humour about it.
This elaborate alien-themed tattoo took over 120 hours to complete. It was completed at a New Zealand-based tattoo parlour called Powerhouse. A man named Mark Harris was the customer in this case, and he obviously has some sort of fascination with alien abductions.
What can you say about Star Wars fans? They’ll go to the end of the earth to prove their unrelenting love for Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, and the rest of the Star Wars crew. These people are true Star Wars fanatics, and they’re willing to prove their lifelong love of the movie by putting extravagant Star Wars tattoos all over their bodies.
Video game geeks love tattoos too. From Super Mario to Zelda, you can find them all in permanent ink on people’s bodies. This just goes to show you how far gaming has come since the days of Atari 2600 and the original NES. People love gaming so much that they’re willing to permanently profess their love to all with a geeky video game tattoo.
This is one of the coolest Spiderman tattoos that you’ll ever see.
Here’s a couple of awesome Incredible Hulk tattoos. The first was done at Artistic Skin Designs in Indianapolis, Indiana. The second was done at Strange City in Edmonton, Canada.