If you are looking to inking yourself with a horror tattoo that is sure to give all ghosts to all, then this list of taboo tattoo characters is for you.
Horror movies have always been a surefire recipe for box office success because who doesn’t love a good scare!
However, not all dark characters have enjoyed immense popularity over the years. But some have found their way into our hearts (and nightmares!) With their chilling brutality and creepy depictions.
Gore tattoo aficionados have always lined up to get their favorite characters inked on their bodies. However, wearing one of these taboo tattoo designs can have many meanings: maybe you are a fan of the taboo character or the iconic horror franchise, maybe you admire wanting to show your love for the horror genre or the iconic evil characters. Or maybe you admire the madness of these characters, of how life pushes them to the limit until they fall, and then they start taking things into their own hands.
The evil goblin horror taboo tattoo
A part of Irish folklore, goblins are usually old men who disguise themselves as singing and jovial cobblers. They are usually depicted with pipes and glasses of beer, guarding pots of gold at the end of a rainbow. They are not necessarily evil, but there are many folklores where they are treated as cunning and mischievous creatures. Then came the 1993 film “Leprechaun”, in which Warwick Davis played the role of this dark, brutal and utterly evil goblin who terrorized and killed people. All the gory and gruesome murders helped the taboo character fit seamlessly into the horror genre and develop a cult following of his own. If you are a fan of the franchise then this evil and slightly terrifying tattoo is perfect for you.
The Taboo Ghostface Halloween themed tattoo
Well, we’ve all seen one of the “Scream” movies, one way or another. For the uninitiated, it’s a slasher movie in which one of the characters kills people dressed in a black hood and a white Ghostface mask. Each film ends with a classic twist that reveals the identity of the killer. This tattoo shows the taboo character holding the dagger in a Halloween themed postcard. The addition of the familiar Halloween tropes, such as carved pumpkins, bats and cobwebs, adds flavor to the season and makes it a perfect horror festival tattoo.
The realistic Hellraiser Pinhead Taboo Tattoo
The “Hellraiser” franchise debuted with its first installment in 1987. Since then, it has set the benchmark for nightmare movie genres around the world with its creepy and gory portrayal of the horror character Cenobite Pinhead. The terrifying villain, with his creepy attire, has left a permanent imprint on the minds of millions of pulp camp fans around the world. Fans are determined to keep the cult figure alive through ink works on their bodies and hence the huge demand for Pinhead tattoos. This taboo tattoo brilliantly depicts the character in his distinctive appearance, with the protruding pins and the creepy skin mask, in a realistic way. The ink is sure to turn some heads when you walk into the room wearing it.
The horrible taboo tattoo of the Chucky doll
Since the release of the first Chucky doll movie, “Child’s Play” in 1988, the evil doll has enjoyed great popularity among horror tattoo enthusiasts. The premise is very intriguing, with serial killer Charles Lee Ray transforming his soul and consciousness of her into the little doll, turning her into a little killer. The cult following of the killer doll has remained unwavering for decades with pulp camp fans lining up to get the Chucky doll tattoos as well as to permanently etch the famous taboo characters into their minds and bodies. Even though the character is easily recognized due to her highly distinguishable features, Chucky doll tattoo designs are in abundance. However, the most popular tattoo design is that of the doll sticking out of her skin. This Chucky doll tattoo design portrays the same, along with the terrifying eyes and eerie smile that is sure to give anyone who sees it chills.
Taboo Pennywise Clown Tattoo On Leg
Any list of horror tattoo designs will be incomplete without the incorporation of at least a character or two written by the master of the genre, Stephen King. And what better to add to the list of the infamous killer clown, Pennywise! We know many people who are terribly averse to the idea of any clown in general, let alone a fanatical clown spirit praying over children. However, Pennywise’s popularity began with the transformation of King’s writings into the 1990 television miniseries and peaked with the release of the new IT movie franchise released a couple of years ago. This Pennywise tattoo pairs the terrifying face of the killer clown, with the quintessential image of a boy holding a balloon with Pennywise’s face imprinted inside.
The scary Billy the Puppet Taboo Tattoo on the shoulder
Most of the taboo tattoo characters on this list scream brutality and blood as they go around slaughtering their victims. However, few could overcome the barbarism displayed by the antagonist of the “Saw” franchise, Billy the Puppet. The character soon achieved a cult following that forces producers to churn out sequels even 15 years later, the latest edition being “Spiral” which was released a couple of years ago. Fans of horror and gore have lined up to show off movie-inspired inks, with Billy the Puppet being a fan favorite. This taboo tattoo depicts Billy riding his famous red cycle as a giant puppet representation looms in the background.
The Taboo Horror Leatherface Grayscale Tattoo
2022 marks the 48th anniversary of one of the most controversial yet terrifying horror films of all time: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The blood and violence produced by the antagonist, a cannibal named Leatherface, proved too much for a large section of the audience when the film was first released in 1974. As a result, many cinemas were forced to shut down. screening of the film due to the ongoing public outrage and many countries have banned the film accused of promoting violence. Countries such as Australia and Britain did not allow the film to be shown decades after the film was originally released, even after it became commercially successful. However, many directors later admitted that they were influenced by many of the horrors and cinematic aspects of the film. So if you are aiming for a scary and controversial tattoo then this grayscale Leatherface tattoo is perfect for you.
Freddy Krueger’s hyper-realistic tabboo tattoo
The antagonist of one of the most famous horror film franchises of all time, “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” Freddy Krueger was a killer sociopath who preyed on teenagers in the fictional city of Springwood in Ohio. When he was murdered by a violent mob, his evil spirit continued to prey on innocent children in their dreams whose implications were carried into the real world. Freddy became an instant hit with horror fans and appeared in numerous sequels and a television anthology miniseries. This vibrant tattoo depicts the taboo character in his usual elements, played by Robert Englund, wearing the famous hat and gloves with claws sticking out.
Jason Voorhees’ terrifying taboo tattoo
Friday the 13th is famous among horror fans for being an ominous day of the year. The movie franchise of the same name has joined the wraiths with its portrayal of a masked killer out there killing teenagers. The films depicted Jason Voorhees as a troubled teenager who was bullied by classmates in his school. However, his mother’s death was the last straw for him and turned him into a monstrous criminal who kills people. Jason wore a hockey mask to hide his facial deformities and his identity and the mask became a cult among slasher movie fans. Fans decorated the assassin’s mask tattoos with his multitude of weapons used to kill his victims, such as axes, machetes and various other tools. This Jason Voorhees tattoo depicts him wielding an ax under the large portrait of the iconic hockey mask.
Michael Myers’ taboo portrait tattoo in grayscale
Michael Myers remains, without doubt, one of the most iconic and terrifying villains ever played on the big screen. Fans of the “Halloween” movie franchise claim Myers is unparalleled when it comes to being evil and his mask is a frightening reminder of the cold, stoic composure he retains as he kills his victims in cold blood. While a multitude of variations remain when it comes to Michael Myers tattoos, the most common being photorealistic ones, this particular design portrays Myers with the help of classic ink colors, black and white. Choose this tattoo if you want to show your love for one of the scariest characters to ever grace the silver screen!
While this specially curated list aims to include some of the best taboo characters shown on the big screen, it’s by no means exhaustive. Be sure to check out other examples, such as taboo tattoo anime characters and taboo tattoo female anime characters.
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