Tattoo Ideas: Cartoon Characters

It's a well known fact that cartoons aren't just for kids. In fact, producers of Disney and Pixel flicks have stated point blank that they make cartoons for kids that parents can enjoy as well, since parents are the ones taking their children to the theater and having to sit through the movie with them. They do this by including overt dialogue or hidden messages that will fly right over the heads of children but will entertain and amuse adults, making the cinematic experience easier to enjoy. Other movies, like Tim Burton's "Nightmare Before Christmas" have a primarily adult cult following, the characters of Jack, Sally, the ghost dog Zero, and the mischievous threesome Lock, Shock and Barrel appearing repeatedly in permanent ink. Clicking through the thumbnails of BMEzine's cartoon tattoos section, "The Nightmare Before Christmas" makes up nearly 1/4 of all the images featured there.

Cartoon television shows are popular choices as well when it comes to tattoo ideas. Nickelodeon's "Spongebob Squarepants", "Powerpuff Girl" or the Fox channel's "The Simpsons" and "Family Guy" have bright, humorous or empowering characters that translate great as tattoos. Even video game characters make an appearance, especially the Godfather of all digital games -- Mario, often seen along with his brother, Luigi, or arch enemy, Bowser. Hello Kitty seems to be a favorite amongst young girls, while scenes from Shel Silverstein's "The Giving Tree" continue to show up on the ribcages of young men. The cutesy drawings of emo artist Kurt Halsey have appeared in so many tattoos that I even wrote a hub about it: Kurt Halsey Fan Tattoos

Of course, there will always be tattoos of the standard, original cartoons: Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck, Tigger, Snoopy and Winnie the Pooh. Classic films like "Alice in Wonderland" beget classic tattoos of Alice, the Cheshire Cat and the hookah-smoking caterpillar whereas classic books by Dr. Seuss yield images of the infamous Cat in the Hat.

Cartoons evoke nostalgic memories of childhood as well as teach important lessons. No matter how old you get, there is something about the innocence of cartoons and the characters they portray that will always ring true.


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"The Giving Tree" by Shel SilversteinCalvin and HobbesBirds drawn by Kurt HalseyFinding NemoStitch from "Lilo & Stitch"Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesBOOK:  "Where the Wild Things Are"
"The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein
"The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein
Calvin and Hobbes
Calvin and Hobbes
Birds drawn by Kurt Halsey
Birds drawn by Kurt Halsey
Finding Nemo
Finding Nemo
Stitch from "Lilo & Stitch"
Stitch from "Lilo & Stitch"
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
BOOK:  "Where the Wild Things Are"
BOOK: "Where the Wild Things Are"

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funcoolcollect 8 years ago from Cobleskill,New York

Wow what great tattoo art! I really love the Nightmare Before Christmas ones!

Vaia 8 years ago

I LOVE the Giving Tree one.

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starrkissed 8 years ago from Arizona

love these. the kurt halsey birds are great. i was actually thinking of getting a small one of those myself, so i'm glad i've finally found a picture to take in. the giving tree is a beautiful concept.

Shardae 8 years ago

i think that is tatto are so cool i will be get one on my birthday to and i whould like to see that i be gettin om

HipHermit 7 years ago

These are amazing, thanks for posting them

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Lucy 7 years ago

I adore the giving tree, what a sweet idea!

MOrgan  7 years ago

MOst of thoes are reallllllllllllllly GAY!

LC 7 years ago

These are kind of cool. I will probably never get a tattoo, but these ones are kind of unusual and funny!

Jen 7 years ago

I want a nightmare before christmas tattoo..but of the on the hill scene with jack holding sally in his arms with the moon in the bacground. Has anyone seen one or have any pics i could see?

matthew 7 years ago

i was just looking for the boy and the old man from the giving tree so that i can get it tattooed on me today. even tho i see someone else has done it before me i still think i like the idea. everything may indeed be a circle, and there is always room for more gererocity (sp?). i wonder if he ever got it colored at all.

matt again 7 years ago

i think it is funny when people use the word gay to describe anything that they don't like:) btw i am not gay and i am not phobic about homosexuality either. uh oh was i just being gay there? oh well... good day to all! get into something great and make it happen today!!!

morgan m. 7 years ago

i agree wit dat morgan

Tony G. 7 years ago

Amazing tat!

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Rachel 7 years ago

I would drop my pants for the Giving Tree guy in about 2.5 seconds.

Christina 7 years ago

I seriously adore the giving tree tattoo. i wouldn't mind having one :)

chris 7 years ago

the giving tree guy is sexy

Ktbug 7 years ago

This tattoo is so awesome! The Giving Tree has been my FAVORITE book ever since I was little. Love it!

angie 6 years ago

does anyone know who the guy is the one with the jack and sally tat?

J Pochè 6 years ago

Who is the guy with The Giving Tree tattoo? Its absolutely beautiful. Im getting one from that book also. I love that book, it has always been my favorite, ever since I was a kid.

kims3003 5 years ago

very nicely done hub with fantastic photos

mtsi1098 5 years ago

absolutely incredible what you can do with ink...

InLove 5 years ago

The giving tree kid is so hottt!

Peterick 5 years ago

I like the girls are like apples one

hotttest of alll of them 5 years ago

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JSkellingtonRox 5 years ago

I would totally have a Nightmare Before Cjristmas tattoo! :)

ummmmmmmmm 5 years ago

shut uop

john daily 4 years ago

you are all mentally ill. 2.5 seconds girl is a whore....

Cassandra 4 years ago

I just wanted to see a daffy duck tatoo

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