Tintin, in The Adventures of Tintin, has been entertaining fans since his first appearance in the comic “Tintin in the Land of Soviets”, which was published in 1930, and has since been published in over 70 languages. The comic was created by Belgian illustrator and writer Georges Prosper Remi AKA Hergé, and features Tintin, a Belgian reporter, his white fox terrier Snowy, Captain Haddock, and Professor Calculus, among other lesser characters. Tintin was also made into a cartoon of the same name in the early 1990’s, a feature film in 2011, and there are talks of a sequel being made as well. 

Tintin and Snowy by Jang Yongbin at Club Wildcard, Busan South Korea
Tintin and Snowy by Adrian Morales

As a fun fact, believe it or not Tintin actually made it to the moon before humans did, in his adventure “Explorers on the Moon”, in 1954, almost 15 years before the real moon landing. Hergé did lots of research on the subject and apparently even conducted experiments to make the comic as realistic as possible. 

Captain Haddock by Victor Skinsy in Karlstad, Sweden
Tintin and Snowy by Aaron Piechocinski in Melbourne

As tattoos, Tintin pieces are mainly done in a new school/cartoon style, and are also done in a neo-traditional, old school, black and grey. As well as fine line, and realism. Tintin himself is a popular subject for tattooing, as is Snowy the dog, and Captain Haddock. 

Captain Haddock by Niamor at L’encanaillerie
Punk Tintin and Snowy by Broderson Tattoos at Kodiak Tattoos in Hamburg

Additionally, if you decide to re-read the comics you’ll see a blonde man with a long nose in every comic. This is actually writer Hergé as himself for an added cameo. 

Tintin in space by Dima Rizhkov in Moscow
Tintin and Snowy by Carly V at Lygon St Tattoo co.

More than 230 million copies of Tintin have been sold, and he is still a popular comic for young readers searching for adventure. Of course, he is also clearly popular enough for people to want him and his buddies immortalized on their skin forever.

Captain Haddock by Margot Bulot
Snowy in space by Helena Cortez in Rio de Janeiro

Which Tintin adventure is your favourite?

Edited by Harrison R.

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