The Grinch; one of Christmases most beloved fictional characters is also a popular choice for holiday themed tattoos. 

A neo-traditional Grinch done by Iris Lys at The Foundry Leeds
Realistic cartoon Grinch done by Sol Aguiar at Suka Tattoo Studio in Madrid, Spain

The Grinch was created in 1957 by Dr. Seuss for his book “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” This was followed by the animated adaptation in 1966, starring Boris Karloff as the voice of The Grinch and the narrator. While there were a number of other adaptations created, the next most well-known version was the live-action musical film from 2000, starring Jim Carrey as the Grinch.

Jim Carrey’s Grinch done by Will Woods at Peppermint Hippo Tattoo in Lethbridge, Alberta
The original cartoon Grinch done in a simple black and grey style by Kay A, Bowman at Freedom Tattoo in Ipswich

The Grinch is a popular character for many, and for different reasons. For some it’s the heart warming ending in which The Grinch rights his wrongs and becomes a part of the Who community, but for others its his earlier persona that makes him so popular. His Christmas hating, gift stealing, Who scaring personality makes him both amusing and sometimes relatable, as Christmas can be a difficult time of year for many.

Old school Grinch done by Alex Duquette at Tatouage Royal
Old school baby Grinch done by Kyle Gonzales at Faithful Tattoo in Bellingham, WA

As a tattoo, The Grinch is often created in a more realistic style, but neo-traditional, new school, black and grey, and old school are also options for the wearer. 

An adorable baby Grinch done by Megan Fell in the UK
New school Grinch done by Joshua Wilson

Did you know that Jim Carrey had to spend 92 days in his Grinch costume and make-up? It took about three hours every day to get ready in make-up, and he had to get special training from a CIA trainer (who teaches CIA operatives how to endure torture) to be able to manage the oppressive costume and make-up which was reportedly “literally like being buried alive everyday.” The actors and extras who played Whos had to go to a special Who-School to learn how to properly behave and act as a Who, mainly through choreography. Actor and singer Taylor Momsen (Gossip Girl and The Pretty Reckless) got her start playing Cindy Lou Who, where she did a great job both acting and singing. 

Jim Carrey’s Grinch hand and ornament done by Jessica Wallace at Avon Tattoo Collective
A new school version of Jim Carrey’s Grinch done by Marlen Mckey at Betobeto Tattoos

What’s your favourite version of the Grinch?

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