Anime fans are a passionate bunch. They display their fandom in a myriad of ways. Some choose to write fanfics, select a waifu or husbando and defend those choices vehemently, or bring their favorite characters to life through cosplay. However, some go the extra mile for anime that holds a special place in their heart, emblazoning their bodies with tattoos of cherished characters or scenes.
Some truly amazing artwork is created when the right tattoo artist and the right fan work together. A lot of the tattoos out there take their cues directly from anime to create a 1-for-1 piece of art. On the other side of the coin are tattoos that are inspired by anime while creating something completely new.
The 20 tattoos in this list are the best we’ve seen. Examples of when everything comes together just right.
A menacing colossal titan tattoo. Courtesy of @dissaor32
Main Cast of Neon Genesis Evangelion sleeve tattoo. Courtesy of @xjoshxsxe
Quintessential One Punch Man. Courtesy of @The_Anime_Bunny
This tattoo is inspired by Ghost in the Shell. Courtesy of @shahingh
Tonari no Totoro characters stacked on one another. Courtesy of @totorothings
Dreamy interpretation of Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi characters. Courtesy of @Duchesofthemoon
Two for the price of one in this wonderful mashup. Courtesy of @cuong_tatt
Casca leaning against a tree. Courtesy of @okuudere
Psyduck having a grand time. Courtesy of @Jaroslaw_D
Spike’s Swordfish II sketch tattoo. Courtesy of kannoyoko
Sailor Moon silhouette mid-transformation. Wonderful color. Courtesy of @DJMolex
One Piece / Hellsing / Street Fighter / etc.
A mix of geeky goodness including One Piece. Courtesy of @OnePIeceReddit
Soul Eater’s Sun and Moon, one on each leg. Courtesy of laurelinfloral
Incredibly detailed Death Note Tattoo. Courtesy of @lacosanostratattoo
A vivid tattoo of Shenlong. Courtesy of @teachityourself
Colorful silhouette combined with an ink splatter style. Courtesy of @dynozartattack
Jubei Kibagami posing. Courtesy of @helloalexheart
Fairy Tail/Ao no Exorcist sleeve tattoo. Courtesy of @armslikewings
Atom in action. Courtesy of @ggsoon73
Guyver color portrait. Courtesy of @audie_tattoos