Tattoo Ideas

Tattoos With A Gaming Theme

These days, you can get all types of tattoos, as readers of and members of our social tattoo community know all too well. We have looked at Tribal tattoos, small tattoos for men and women, optical illusion tattoos, and even Pokemon tattoos in recent times, but now, it’s time to look at gaming theme tattoos, and we think there are some brilliant designs to choose from. Without further ado then, here is just a few that have caught our eye…

Think of a classic gaming character and odds are you will come up with either Mario or Sonic the Hedgehog, depending on if you are or were a Nintendo or Sega fan — and no doubt depending on your age, too!

Mario has been around now since the 1980s — first appearing in Donkey Kong in 1981 — and while he has evolved and changed from “Jumpman”, as he was first known, today, he is a major global cultural icon. It is easy to see, then, why the Italian plumber has inspired so many tattooists.

It is a similar story with Sonic the Hedgehog, and while the likable blue hedgehog did not appear until the early 1990s — some 10 years after Mario — he is just as iconic, if not more so. Indeed, Sonic was named the most popular game character of all time not that long ago and continues to appeal today, most recently appearing in Sonic Mania (released this month for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows) and hailed as a return-to-form by both game critics and fans alike.

Of course, not all gaming tattoos have to be cute and cartoon-like, and there are some brilliant designs based on retro game controllers — big tick! — as well as other franchises such as Lara Croft, although admittedly, the latter now bridges both gaming and movies.

There are also some very smart retro gaming-based tattoos featuring Pac-Man, Space Invaders, Street Fighter, and even Tetris, which is possibly one of the best puzzle games ever, if not certainly one of the more well known.

It is not just video games that figure either, with some notable designs based on classic board games, too — think Monopoly, Chess, and even Hungry Hungry Hippos.

Lest we forget, there are also some cool playing card designs as well, from those that are small and discreet to the more in-your-face — definitely, ones to suit all tastes, whether you indulge in cards for just fun or for more serious games. Whatever card or casino-based tattoo you go for though, don’t forget the significance of certain numbers, as some are regarded as more fortunate than others; although this does vary among different countries and cultures.

Lastly, we couldn’t talk about gaming tattoos without mentioning those featuring dice and/or slot/fruit machines — including those based on the old one-arm bandit machines; although again, be mindful of the numbers.

So, what do you think of these sorts of tattoos? Do you have any tattoos with a gaming theme? Get in touch via our Facebook page or via Twitter and please do send us a picture, too.

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Tribal Tattoos For Men: Ideas And Inspiration

Tribal tattoos for men and elements for inspiration

Looking for inspiration for Tribal tattoos for men? We’ve got you covered. Instead of posting specific tribal tattoo ideas and designs, we’ve decided to give you a listing of 10 popular tribal tattoo elements that you can use for inspiration.

These elements should give you an excellent starting point to visualize the look of your next tattoo rather than arbitrarily seeking a tribal tattoo design. We’re also presenting you with the meanings and symbolism for each element, as there’s nothing worse than getting a tattoo you don’t understand. Tribal tattooing has a deep history and meaning, honour the tradition by visiting artists who have proven their craft.


Tribal Arrow Sleeve

The Tribal arrow sleeve is one of the premier tribal tattoos for men. Arrows or spearheads are common in many forms of tribal tattooing, and traditionally symbolize courage, dominance, and will power.

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Tribal Maori Face Tattoo

The Tribal Maori face tattoo is a significant part of tribal tattooing culture. Displaying dominance and bravado, the Tribal face tattoo is one of the ultimate pieces of the traditional collection.

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Hawaiian Tribal Turtle Sleeve

The turtle pops up all over the place in tribal tattoos for men, not just in Hawaiian tattooing. Turtles and turtle shells can represent a protective significance in tribal tattooing which eludes to harmony or long life.

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Contemporary Tribal Sleeve

The contemporary tribal sleeve is not traditional at all. Taking influences from different tribal tattooing cultures such as Maori, and Polynesian, contemporary tribal work is more of an artistic expression rather than a traditional form of tribal tattooing.

Tribal tattoos for men

Native Tribal Sleeves

Tribal tattoos for men are often thought of in the light of the Polynesian tradition, which is fair given it’s rich history and culture. However tribal tattoos don’t always refer to that lineage, tribal tattoos from native American and Canadian tribes have shed their influences on a wide range of artists.

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Tribal Leg Sleeve

Here again we see the arrows or spearheads come into play. Tribal tattoos can look great on your legs, and adding the ‘dominant’ spearheads is a sure way to make a bold statement.

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Tribal Chest Tattoo

Looking to make a statement? Look no further. Chest tattoos are a proud display of dominance and power in tribal tattooing traditions.

Tribal Polynesian Tattoo

Tribal Polynesian tattoos have some of the richest history of art, next to the Maori. They’re filled with meaning and loaded with infinite modes of expression. Take a look at our article on the meaning of Polynesian tattoos for a deeper look into their significance.

Tribal tattoos for men


Maori Tribal Chest Tattoo

The Maori chest tattoo was traditionally displayed as a sign of power, dominance, and significance within ancient tribes.

Tribal tattoos for men

Tribal Back Tattoo

There’s no deep meaning behind the back placement of tribal tattoos, but it sure makes for one heck of a design!

Tribal tattoos for men

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20 Small Tattoos For Men And Women

So you’re finally ready for some small tattoos? You’ve navigated here because you may be looking for small tattoo inspiration, ideas, and more. You’re not ready to go for a full out large tattoo, or you’re just into smaller more subtle tattoos. Whatever the reason, we’ve got your needs covered. 

Small tattoos for women, and small tattoos for men are usually covered online but in this article we wanted to approach the topic in a more unisex fashion. In this list you’ll find twenty five awesome small tattoo ideas, that work for any gender.

Small Tattoo Costs

When you dip your toes into tattooing, it can be an expensive proposition. What’s nice about getting started with smaller tattoos, is that you’re looking at an smaller immediate investment. Most tattoo artists charge a minimum hourly rate that can range from $40-$80 depending on your region, and the artists skill level. It’s common for most tattoo artists to charge a flat one hour fee for small tattoos that take less than one hour, so be prepared to pay at least one hour for your small tattoo.

Small Tattoo Benefits

The benefits of having a small tattoo are quite obvious. The most apparent one is visibility. While we live in a more accepting time for tattoo’d individuals, pre-existing bias still occur at home, in the workplace, and in public. When you have a small tattoo, it’s much easier to hide it in those awkward moment. Don’t want grandma to see your latest rose? Cover it up with a sleeve.

Examples of Small Tattoos

Take a look below at our list of 25 small tattoos. We’ve done our best job to provide a non-gender biased list, complete with various themes of inspiration such as traditional tattooing, contemporary tattooing, dotwork tattooing, realism tattooing, abstract tattooing, and many many more styles.

Small Script Tattoo

Small Globe Tattoo

Small Pokemon Tattoo

Small Butterfly Tattoo

Small Gun Tattoo

Small Finger Tattoos

Small Palm Tree Dotwork Tattoo

Small Baby Foot Print Tattoo

Small Realistic Maple Leaf Tattoo

Small Click Bait Tattoo

Small Photo Realistic Butterfly Tattoo

Small Chest Symbol Tattoos

Small Anchor Tattoo

Small Couples Tattoos

Small Fox Tattoo

Small Wings And Letters Tattoo

Small Pineapple Tattoo

Small X O Tattoo

Small Pixel Hearts Tattoo

Small Finger Tiger Tattoo


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10 Simple Tattoos That Make A Big Statement

Whoever said you have to go all out with your tattoo design? You don’t have to walk out of the tattoo shop with all of your limbs covered in ink. Modest, but bold tattoos are sometimes enough to make whatever statement you’re trying to make. Finding the design for your tattoo can be tough, especially when you’re trying to keep it simple and small.


Thankfully, there’s a trend for introverts and others who dare to get a tattoo, but not dare cover their bodies in ink. The following ideas can be used to help you decide on a tattoo that’s simple and sweet.

One-Word Tattoos

Sometimes, one word is all you need to speak volumes. Powerful words like love, life and freedom can speak bounds about a person. Do you have a particular word you use to describe yourself or your hopes and aspirations? You can have this word tatted onto the back of your neck, chest, leg, forearm or even your hand.

Worded Tattoos

Sometimes, one word isn’t enough. You can find a variety of people writing a sentence or even a paragraph of text on their bodies. Text-only tats are still very simple, one-toned ink. Common places you’ll find these tats is on backs, legs and stomachs, where there is sufficient space.


Do you love a brand so much that you want to tat its logo on your body? Or maybe you have your own business logo that you want to represent. Either way, you can do it discreetly or boldly, depending on your own flavor.


Flowers are pretty. There are so many varieties and designs you can use, making yours unique from anyone else’s. Go for roses, tulips, vines or something else that piques your interest.


We’ve seen stars quite a lot in the tattoo world, and they seem to never get old. They can represent your love for this country or for the heaven’s above. Tat this on your tummy, back, ankle or anywhere else you deem fit.

Religious Icons

Christians, Muslims, Jews and all other religious individuals can represent their beliefs by tattooing a cross, crescent moon or Star of David on their body. You’ll normally find this on arms, backs and legs.

Ear Tattoos

Yes, we are seeing more people take their tattoos to unique places like on the earlobe. Here, you can get away with flowers, words and just about anything else that can be printed small enough.

Toe Tats

Here’s another discreet and unique place to put a tattoo. Since toes are tiny, you would have to pick something very simple, such as a word, flower, icon or something similar.

Cats and Kittens

Felines are seductive beings, so it makes sense that we’d want them tatted on our bodies. You can have a simple cat designed on the back of your neck, arm, leg and anywhere else you’d like to put it.


Yes, as in the bow you’d tie around your neck on in your hair. These are quite popular and are also very simple, but cute.

Hopefully, these ideas are enough to get your own creative juices flowing!

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10 Pokemon Tattoos That Will Have You Shaking Your Head

With Pokemon taking center stage once again now that the new “Pokemon Go” game has hit millions of smartphones across the land, people are showing their love for the brand in many ways. That, of course, includes a wide variety of Pikachu and other various Pokemon tattoos.

We’re going to take a look at 10 Pokemon tattoos that will have you shaking your head as this craze continues to amaze.

1: Articuno Leg Mural

For those who have an interest in showing their love for the game, they can depict in on their entire leg mural style.


2: Create a Pokemon Character Montage

Can’t figure out which one of the Pokemon characters to choose from? You can do like this individual did and created a character montage.

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3: Chansey as a Zombie

Have you ever seen Chansey as a zombie? If not, now you have! This individual decided to go “goth” and turn this Pokemon character into a zombie tattoo.

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4: Is it Pikachu or Dead Pool?

This guy decided to turn Pikachu into Dead Pool for his Pokemon themed tattoo.

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5: Badge Display

Do you have an impressive badge collection you’re eager to share with your friends, but no way of displaying them? Then what better way to do it then with a tattoo, right? That’s what this guy thought.



6: The Starters-Showing the Love

This tattoo is a montage of all the starters, and this design is a great way of showing your love for them.

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7: Collarbone Tattoo of Articuno Pokemon

They say go big or go home, right? Well, when she picked out her Pokemon design, she clearly wasn’t ready to go home.


8: The Bold and the Beautiful

Some people like to keep their tattoo designs delicate and subtle—while others prefer to go bold and dramatic. That’s how these individuals decided to go with their Pokemon themed tattoos.

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9: It’s Quotable

This woman decided to pair her love for Pokemon characters with quotes and combine them into a tattoo for her shoulder.

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10: Always Room for Ice Cream

Have you ever seen Jiggly Puff as an ice cream? Well, if you haven’t, now you have! Not only is this a unique tattoo design but it’s cute, too.

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8 Optical Illusion Tattoos That Will Blow Your Mind

Tattoo artists are stepping up their game and becoming incredibly skilled regarding the art they’re inking onto their customers. Not only are they experimenting with new colour and shading techniques compared to decades ago, but some of their designs also look like optical illusions. Here are 8 optical illusion tattoos that will blow your mind.

1: Shadowed Butterfly

This tattoo looks cool because it appears the butterfly is perched upon her shoulder given the placement of the shadow.

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2: Behind Closed Doors

For those who like quirky tattoos, this one fits the bill—not only is it a little creepy, but it’s also well-done and unique.

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3: A Wood Carving

Speaking of well-done and unique, this replication of a woodcarving is incredibly life-like. Not only is it a conversation starter, but it’s not something you see every day.

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4: Now You See Me!

While this eye is mournful and full of emotion, that’s exactly what makes it a powerful tattoo. The tears look incredibly real. When looking at the eye, it almost appears wet. The deep shadows in the eye make it appear deep set into the skin.

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5: Who Needs Hats?

Have you ever seen a dented head? Why would you want to, right? In this case, why would want to stop looking at this scalp tattoo? The temptation to touch it is overwhelming.

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6: When Frustration Pours Out

Here is another optical illusion tattoo evoking powerful emotion. The details in this tattoo appear as though the skin is actually wrinkling. The details in the rest of the tattoo pull it together in a way that’s mesmerizing and provoking.

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7: Popeye!

Have you ever wanted an arm as muscular as Popeye’s? When you have this optical illusion tattoo, you can! The tattoo artist made this individual appear as though he’s swinging one of Popeye’s mighty arms after eating a can of spinach.

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8: M.C. Escher-esque

The work of M.C. Escher evokes optical illusion in a myriad of ways and when presented in a tattoo, it’s incredible. For those who have the opportunity to find a tattoo artist skilled enough to replicate his work, it’s an experience that will change your life.

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The work of M.C. Escher evokes optical illusion in a myriad of ways and when presented in a tattoo, it’s incredible. For those who have the opportunity to find a tattoo artist skilled enough to replicate his work, it’s an experience that will change your life.

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Are BFF Tattoos A Good Idea?

Are BFF Tattoos A Good Idea?

Some believe best friend tattoos, or BFF tattoos, are the greatest thing, while others think it’s the worst idea ever. Remember, a tattoo is something you’re going to live with the rest of your life, unless, of course, you decide to cover it up with something else or can afford tattoo removal. Give this some thought, what if you and your best friend have a falling out, or the friendship ends for an unknown reason? Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of getting matching tattoos so you can decide if BFF tattoos are a smart idea.

Will the Tattoo Continue to Have Meaning?

While the last thing anyone wants to happen is to have a friendship end, especially with a best friend, it’s worth giving some thought. With that being said, if the two of you get matching tattoos, will the one you get still continue to have meaning if your friendship ends? All tattoos should have meaning when they’re picked out so, if there is a falling out, you should still love your tattoo. Be choosey when selecting tattoos with your BFF to ensure it has special meaning to the both of you so each of you will enjoy it for the rest of your lives.

Will it Still Make Sense?

Are you choosing matching tattoos or ones that continue from the other? For example, some BFF tattoos are those that are a sentence that finishes each other when touching. Others are a picture that becomes complete when touching. If your relationship sours with your BFF, will your tattoo still make sense if you decide to keep it without covering it up? If not, consider choosing another tattoo with your BFF if you have concerns about this “con.”

Will it Become a Sad Reminder?

Sometimes, a BFF tattoo could become a sad reminder if something tragic happens to a BFF. No one likes to think about this eventuality, but it could happen. What would happen if you were faced with this kind of reminder? Would you be able to look at this BFF tattoo and think happy thoughts, or would it become a sad reminder of a friendship that once was? If you’re not comfortable with this “con,” then it’s important to reconsider getting a BFF tattoo. If you look at this as a “pro” because you would memorialize your BFF, then it’s time to move forward and select a tattoo the two of you will love.

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Adrenaline Junky Gets A Tattoo While Skydiving

Adrenaline Junky Gets A Tattoo While Skydiving

Looking for a thrilling new idea for your next tattoo? Try skydiving

As ludicrous as this proposition may sound, it actually took place this week for one Canadian thrill seeker. Nadine Elaine, from Edmonton in Alberta, hopped out of a plane and held still while her friend and tattoo artist (Shannon Claydon) scratched the word ‘AHHH’ into her wrist.

Hurdling towards the earth at over 120/mph Shannon used a battery-powered machine to complete the design the sketched out well in advance of the jump. Nadine Elaine, had volunteered for the stunt after Claydon put out a public posting asking for “guinea pigs” for his latest experiment.

In less than 30 seconds the tattoo was etched onto Elaine, and then the two divers pulled apart to release their parachutes.

Take a look at the dive below. Below you can find a sequence of the stunt itself:

Adrenaline Junky Gets A Tattoo While Skydiving

Adrenaline Junky Gets A Tattoo While Skydiving

Adrenaline Junky Gets A Tattoo While Skydiving

Adrenaline Junky Gets A Tattoo While Skydiving

Adrenaline Junky Gets A Tattoo While Skydiving

Image: Caters News Agency



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25 Amazing Ideas for Your Next Tattoo Sleeve

Tattoo sleeve ideas and themes for your next design

If you’re looking for ideas for your next tattoo sleeve we have you covered. Instead of posting specific tattoo sleeve ideas and tattoo designs, we’ve decided to give you a listing of 25 amazing tattoo sleeve themes, and the artists behind the masterpieces. Take some elements for inspiration, or even better, get hooked up with one of the following tattooists for your next bit of work.

These themes should give you an excellent starting point to visualize the look of your next tattoo rather than arbitrarily seeking a tattoo sleeve. This article will present you with the a various styles of tattooing as we would love to help you make informed decisions on your next tattoo idea.

Make sure to follow all of the amazing artists in this article to stay up to date with their awesome work.

The Dotwork Tattoo Sleeve


via: @MelowPerez


via: @thejamesmuseum

The Contemporary Japanese Tattoo Sleeve


via: @GogueArt

The Abstract Tattoo Sleeve


via: @Kapiton85


via: @ondrashtattoo


via: @vtimv


via: @sven_von_krantz

The Traditional Japanese Tattoo Sleeve


via: @dongdong_mummytattoo


via: @deathcloak


via: @chrisreedrl1

The Blackwork Tattoo Sleeve


via: @hanumantra


via: @arang_eleven

The Black and Grey Tattoo Sleeve


via: @frafetto


via: @kris_sunkee


via: @juncha

The Contemporary Tattoo Sleeve


via: @adrianatak

The Bio-Mech Tattoo Sleeve


via: @mechmastermike

The Realistic Tattoo Sleeve



The Ornamental Tattoo Sleeve


via: @mattblacktattoo

The Trash Polka Tattoo Sleeve


via: @buenavistatattooclub

The Polynesian Tattoo Sleeve



The Space Themed Tattoo Sleeve


via: @romantattoos

The Pop Culture Tattoo Sleeve


via: @jamestattooart


via: @benjaminlaukis

The Ornamental Japanese Tattoo Sleeve


via: @nissaco

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Tattoo Aftercare

Tattoo Aftercare can be as simple as following a few easy to understand instructions. When following these instructions properly, most individuals tend not to have any averse reactions to the healing process. On the other-hand, a few missteps can lead to an awful experience.

What’s most important to remember with tattoo aftercare is that you are caring for an open wound; your new tattoo (all of it) is a beautiful open wound. It’s going to be free to the public and all of the environment’s micro-organisms once you remove your protective bandaging. Healing your new tattoo is therefore a battle against the elements. The best thing you can do is keep it covered and out of sunlight. Wash well, dry properly, and moisturize adequately 2-3 times/day.

Most tattoo artists will have a slightly different preference for tattoo aftercare. This is mostly made up of recommended ointments and moisturizers – and different healing times for different types of tattooing, in different parts of your body. Trust your artist;  You sat in his or her chair for a reason, and they know what they are doing. The artist understands exactly how their style of tattooing heals, and how it may differ from other healing experiences you may have had in the past.

Wash it

Make sure to keep your new tattoo clean without applying streams of water directly to the area. This is the most important step in the tattoo aftercare process.  If your tattoo is consistently barraged with water it will be extremely difficult for the wound to heal as it will not be able to scab properly.

When washing your new tattoo, do so with an unscented bar of soap and a light application of water. In the shower, keep the newly tattooed area out of the direct stream and try to avoid prolonged periods of time (as steam will loosen some of the pores currently trying to heal). Rinse gently, and avoid extended contact with the area.

Always have sterile paper towel on hand to pat-dry the area. Never rub the area as this will harm the wound.

Moisturize it

This is where it gets tricky and where most people tend to have issues. How much is “too much” or “too little”? It’s a legitimate question, but it is really tough to answer. It all depends on your skin type, absorption rates, pigments, the type of tattooing, and more. What’s important is that you keep the area moisturized without leaving it damp, sticky, and receptive to picking up new bacterias.

The art of cleaning, and moisturizing your tattoo is a delicate balance of tattoo aftercare. The goal is to prevent your tattoo from drying out while allowing it to heal – rather than “keeping your tattoo moist”. After cleaning, allow yourself a few minutes to dry prior to moisturizing your tattoo. This will allow for your body to dry the area completely, and prevent you from locking in additional moisture that could be harmful for the process.

When complete, repeat the “pat-dry” process with the paper towel. If you feel like you’re sticking to your clothes, you’ve used too much lotion.

Your artist will give you an accurate time frame for when to start using moisturizer, but normally most individuals will start in the first two days once major scabbing has started to fall off.

Let it heal

Be patient, but give it all the love it needs. In certain cases, none!

Like any wound, a new tattoo just needs to heal. If you can internalize the fact that tattoo aftercare is about “keeping your tattoo from drying out” rather than “keeping it moist” you’ll get the hang of this in no time.

Follow these steps, and your tattoo will come out looking awesome


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