Tattooing is a practice that has spanned the globe since the Neolithic era – or 4,000 years ago. Ancient art, archaeological record and even mummified preserved skin have all demonstrated that our ancestors had a penchant for tattooing markings of significance to them.
Indeed, the oldest discovery of tattooed human skin to date was found on the body of Otzi the Iceman, thought to have dated to back to anywhere between 3370 and 3100 BC. Additional tattooed mummies have been recovered from at least 49 other archaeological sites in locations as diverse as Greenland and the Philippines.
Today, the practice of tattooing has become an art form, a cultural statement and a means by which many individuals creatively express themselves. This is evidenced in the seemingly never-ending range of designs that learned tattoo artists can design.
One of the more recent trends that’s proven to be very popular is ink that reflects an individual’s admiration for a specific movie or franchise. With the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s popularity at an all time high as fans anxiously await the release of Avengers Endgame in the spring, the DC Universe riding high on the back of the recent successes of Wonder Woman and Aquaman, not to mention the popularity of a wealth of movies and franchises of the last two decades, fans the world over are showing their admiration by tattooing their favourite moments onto their body.
As an award-winning tattoo artist in Nottingham, Kyle Walker, is well-versed with the current trend of movie tattoos. Interesting in getting some inspiration for your next tattoo? Here are 10 movie tattoo ideas that fans will love.
One of the most iconic villains of Batman’s rogue’s gallery, Harley Quinn has a face that every comic book fan will remember. Played to much acclaim by Margot Robbie in the recent Suicide Squad film, The Joker’s paramour, Harley Quinn, has a distinctive look that’s both seductive and scary.
It is this distinctive look and her engaging personality that has seen fans the world over fall in love with the character. What better way to show your appreciation than to ink Harley Quinn’s face on your arm, or leg? A fine example of the prowess of Kyle Walker’s tattoo studio inNottingham, you can see examples of the Harley Quinn tattoo on our website
Remembered in the comics – and Christopher Nolan’s 2012 film, The Dark Knight Rises as the man who broke Batman’s back, the menacing and driven Bane has undergone a few changes in appearance since his first appearance in the comics in January 1993.
His most recognised character design is generally considered to be from the film. It is this design that has inspired tattoos the world over – including the one that’s showcased on our website portfolio page. Scroll to Tom Hardy’s interpretation of Bane and you’ll discover an intricately-designed grey-shaded tattoo that’s a perfect representation of the character whois the League of Shadows.
One of the founding members of The Avengers, over the last six years, Black Widow has gone on to become one of the most recognisable on-screen heroines. Played by Scarlett Johansson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the character is instantly recognisable for her black leather costume and red hair.
Kyle Walker tattoo studio in Nottingham can create a colourful Black Widow tattoo – one that perfectly captures the combat capability and attractiveness of the character. Meticulously-matching her vibrant hair, blue eyes and black leather Avengers outfit, this is one tattoo that will certainly draw the attention of all who see it.
As the role that propelled Sylvester Stallone to stardom, the popularity of the Philadelphia fighter Rocky Balboa has endured for over four decades – and with the 2018 release of Creed 2, the second film in a new Rocky franchise, Stallone shows no signs of hanging up his gloves just yet.
Whether you’re a movie buff or a pugilist, inking one of the silver screens most loveable and tough characters is a design to consider. Savour the most iconic moments of the Rocky franchise and remind yourself that, no matter the odds, nothing is impossible with Rocky realism tattoos in Nottingham by Kyle Walker.
Few would argue that 2016’s Ryan Reynolds vehicle, Deadpool was anything other than a monumental smash hit. The ‘Merc with a Mouth’ proved that superhero movies don’t need to be family-friendly to achieve great financial and critical success. Put an engaging character in the middle of a good story, cast the right actor and throw in plenty of good-natured, if a little crass, humour and you’ve got a hit on your hands.
Anyone with a deep affiliation or appreciation for Deadpool – and who’s looking for that distinctive ink that few else will have – only needs to come to Kyle Walker. With experience creating and inking gaudy and distinctive Deadpool tattoos, his signature red leather suit with black leather eye patches could make your arm or leg really standout.
Few who saw Boris Karloff’s Frankenstein in 1931 were able to forget it. Considered to be one Universal Pictures’ most ambitious pictures to that date and adapted from the best-selling Mary Shelley novel of 1818, the monster design terrified audiences and solidified Boris Karloff’s place as one of the most revered and recognisable horror actors of his generation.
Fast-forward 201 years since the novel was published and 88 years since the first movie, Frankenstein’s monster’s ability to shock and terrify audience may have dwindled, but its unique design has endured.
Perfect for horror aficionado’s and movie buffs alike an inking of Frankenstein’s monster is just one of the many requests that award-winning tattoo artist in Nottingham, Kyle Walker, is asked to ink onto clients. A few years may have passed since the example on Kyle Walker’s Instagram page, but the contrast, detail and overall effect are still clearly apparent.
The Man with No Name
Amongst movie critics and casual observers alike, Sergio Leone’s dollars trilogy is a landmark in film-making. Reinvigorating and simultaneously revolutionising the tired Western genre, A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad and The Ugly are today universally praised as some of the greatest westerns of all time.
Not only that, the trilogy was the launching point for one of Hollywood’s greatest ever actors and directors, Clint Eastwood. His character, The Man with No Name, is one of the most recognised characters in movie history. It should therefore come as little shock that this emblematic character should be the subject of many tattoos – including one by Kyle Walker.
A one-man army, John Rambo – played by Sylvester Stallone – is the Vietnam vet who, when challenged by a cocky and insensitive town sheriff, launches an all-out one-man guerrilla war against those that pursue his into the forest.
Viewed as a cult anti-authority and anti-establishment character, and one of hidden strength and capability, it should come as little surprise that the image of John Rambo has become a popular tattoo choice. Perfect for the arm, leg – or any part of the body with a large surface area – the Rambo tattoo is as much a symbol as it is a striking design – one that Kyle Walker tattoo studio in Nottingham has happily inked on to clients.
George Lucas– and recently –Disney’s Star Wars franchise stands alone as the sci-fi opera to end all sci-fi operas. Originally released in 1977, with the most recent instalment – episode IX – due to hit cinemas at the end of the year, this franchise has inspired generations of fanatics.
Given the depths of devotion fans have, it should come as little surprise that there are more than a few Star Wars tattoos adorning the skin of individuals the world over. From a collage of characters from the dark side of the force to cuddly Ewoks and dastardly stormtroopers – even those of the Yoga, Luke Skywalker, even fan favourite Boba Fett, Star Wars tattoos always seem to be in style.
Anyone who has ever read Stephen King’s masterful horror novel, The Shining or seen the late Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation (which King himself hates!) will remember the descent into madness of the central protagonist, Jack Torrance.
Few movie scenes in history invoke such dread than when at the climax of the film, Jack Torrance takes an axe to the door, smashing the wood, before pressing his face into the hole and uttering, “Here’s Johnny!” This single frame has inspired movie go-ers to ink the face Jack Torrance (played with typical lunacy by an exuberantly evil Jack Nicholson) onto their arm. When completed with meticulous detail, this tattoo looks as though Torrance’s face is peering through your skin – making it one design that’s certain to leave an impression!
These are just 10 movie tattoo ideas that fans will love. Kyle Walker is one of the most accomplished creators of realism tattoos in Nottingham. With unparalleled acumen and unrivalled creativity, should you wish to mark your affection for a film of any description, this is the place to come.