Foo/Fu Dog Tattoos:

Foo, or Fu Dogs as they are known as in the West are Chinese lion guardians called Shi. These creatures are both guardians and good luck charms. When placed outside buildings they are meant to protect those inside from negative energy and to stop those with intent to harm from entering. These ancient symbols have been around since the Han Dynasty (206 BC- 220 AD).

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American traditional Foo head by Alex T. Frazer at Bravest Kids Tattoo, Manchester UK.
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Realistic Foo statue done by Andy Pho at Skin Designs Tattoos.
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Huge rib piece with Foo and flowers by Danh Vu at Inkman Tattoo in Brooklyn, NY.

As a tattoo this creature is also meant to be protective. Keeping the wearer safe from harm. This creature is also tattooed to be a representation of the wearer’s strength, courage, and heroism.

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Realistic stomach piece by David Hoang at Chronic Ink Tattoos in Toronto.
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Back of neck foo by Tristen Zhang at Chronic Ink Tattoo in Toronto.
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Brilliant Japanese backpiece by Hori Taka in Kyoto, Japan.

Foo dogs are firstly a Chinese tattoo, but are also associated with Japanese tattoo’s and can be incorporated into Japanese pieces. They are often also done as black and grey pieces, American traditional, and realism pieces.

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Golden foo and daruma doll and flowers by Horiei Shinshu in Matsumoto City, Japan.
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Foo and flower chest piece by Jin Q Choi at Seoul Ink Tattoo Studio.
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Black and grey foo by Kentzho Starbrade at Black Bamba Ink and Orc tattoos.
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Forearm filler foo by Steve Black at All of One Tattoo Studio.
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Foo head chest piece by Sue Kidder at Old Ironside Tattoo, Honolulu.
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Bright foo sleeve by Yan Jingdiao in China.

Foo dogs are often placed on hands, with the head fitting perfectly, lining up with the knuckles.

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Blue foo by Anna Waychoff at Powerhouse Tattoo.
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Red and blue foo head by Brian Donovan at Davidian Tattoo Studio.
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Black and grey foo with a third eye done by Nicolas Malagon Casas in Columbia.
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Colourful hand foo by @pandern8er at Main Street Tattoo Collective in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Foo Dog’s make a brilliant and powerful tattoo for those seeking protection and good fortune.

Sailor Moon Tattoos:

Sailor Moon is a popular Japanese Anime show based off the 52 manga chapters entitled Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon. The show premiered in Japan in 1992 and was popular there as well as overseas.

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Brooch and crystals with colourful dotwork on the knee done by Alivia Foley at Artful Dodger Tattoo in Seattle.
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Dotwork mandala and brooch by Uls Metzger at Puro Tattoo in Italy.
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Photo realistic Sailor Moon portrait by Nikko Hurtado at Black Anchor Collective In L.A.

Sailor Moon is the heroine name of the main character, a young woman who fights evil. A cat named Luna gives Sailor Moon, or Usagi (Serena in English), a magical brooch that transforms her into Sailor Moon. Throughout the show Usagi/Serena meets other young women who are also given magical objects able to transform them. Together they form the Sailor Soldiers. Along with being able to transform, they have other items that help them to fight evil.

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Bright purple one by Laura Anunnaki.
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Black dotwork piece by Charlotte Ann Harris at Castle Ink Studio in Birmingham, UK.
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Fight like a girl! By Eric Flannes.

The show is particularly popular with young woman as it is about strong, powerful women who fight evil and are portrayed as strong and capable, but also human, capable of having human breakdowns as well as strength.The show also has themes of love triumphing over hate.

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In Japanese Sailor Moon is called Usagi which translated means bunny! Realistic piece done by Erick Holguin at Ink and Dagger in Roswell, GA.
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Brooch, dotwork mandala by Helena Darling in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
sailor Kimberly Wall at Black Rabbit Tattoo in Richmond, VA
Lotus and crystal thigh piece done by Kimberly Wall at Black Rabbit Tattoo in Richmond, VA.
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Neo traditional flowers, script, and brooch by Teresa Sharpe at Unkindness Art in Richmond, VA.

As a tattoo, many people get Sailor Moon or the other Sailor Soldiers, the cats Luna, Artemis, and Diana, the different magical items, and the crescent moon. These tattoos are often bright and colourful but can also be done in blackwork. Styles range from American traditional, neo traditional, realistic, new school, dotwork, blackwork, black and grey, and watercolour.

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Luna by Kadee Spangler at Chroma Tattoo.
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Bright realistic/ neo traditional Artemis by Brando Chiesa on Florence, Italy.
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Neck Artemis with sceptre by Brando again.
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One more Artemis and creepy Sailor Moon by Brando once more.

Who is your favorite Sailor Moon character?

Rick and Morty Tattoos:

Rick and Morty is a popular animated adult sitcom created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon for Adult Swim. The show follows the Sanchez/Smith family, with a focus on the drunken mad scientist, Rick, and his grandson Morty, who go on crazy adventures throughout the universe, as Rick has technology that allows interdimensional travel. The pair meet hostile monsters, aliens, and see fantastic worlds, always getting themselves into horrible situations.

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Tiny Rick by Amy Tenenbaum at Carousel Custom Tattoo s, Newbury UK.
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Great realistic Rick and Morty by John Anderton at Nemesis Tattoo in the UK.
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A defeated Mr. Meeseeks telling it how it is by Katie Nowicki in MA.

The show has hilarious and memorable characters such as Rick, Morty, Beth, Jerry, Summer, Bird Person, the Meeseeks, Morty Junior, Evil Rick/Evil Morty, Squanchy, Tammy, Abradolf Lincler, Mr. Poopybutthole, Tiny Rick, and many more!

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Wicked butt tattoo of Rick and Morty by Lu Skywalker at Ink Fusion Empire.
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Split Rick and Morty with one of Rick’s inventions by Matt Daniels at Sticky Pop Tattoo in the UK.
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Whole bunch of Rick and Morty also by Matt Daniels.
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Tiny Rick also by Matt Daniels.

The show is on its third season after years on hold, making its fans wait a long time for more shenanigans.

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Rick and Morty giving a friendly greeting by Mewo Llama in Montreal.
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Fart spouting wisdom by Paul Crowther in Cardiff.
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Cromulon by Raine Knight at Second City Tattoo Club in Birmingham, UK.

Who is your favorite Rick and Morty character?

Studio Ghibli Tattoos

Studio Ghibli is often called the Disney of Japan, and Hayao Miyazaki the Walt Disney of Japan. Studio Ghibli is the most well known Japanese film studio, having won many awards over the years.

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Brilliant full sleeve of Ghibli characters from some of the most famous Ghibli movies. Done by Andy Kurth at Electric Chair Tattoo.

Studio Ghibli was officially founded in 1985 after the success of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, which came out in 1984. The character of Totoro from My Neighbor Totoro is the company’s mascot, but the company’s most popular film is Spirited Away, which has won multiple awards such as a Golden Bear, and an Academy Award.

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Totoro done in watercolour style all by Anton YellowDog at Mad Fish Tattoo in Moscow.

The company is most associated with award winning director Hayao Miyazaki, but the company also has other talented directors such as Isao Takahata, Yoshifumi Kondo, Hiroyuki Morita, Gorō Miyazaki, and Hiromasa Yonebayashi.

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Forest spirit from Princess Mononoke by Adam Machin at Three Kings Tattoo.
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Neo-traditional Princess Mononoke by Juan David Castro Ramos.

The film company has many amazing movies, with brilliant characters that have captured the hearts of fans all over the world. Fans around the world have immortalized Ghibli characters on their skin with the help of some amazing tattoo artists.

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Sketch style Haku in dragon form by Caro at Utopian Tattoo Tribe in Ireland.
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Haku and No Face from Spirited Away by Russel Van Schaick in Florida.
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Realistic No Face from Spirited Away with background, by Jes-Tay at Keys on Kites Tattoo and Gallery.
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Dotwork No Face from Spirited Away by Goldie Bold in Istanbul.
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Howl’s Moving Castle and other characters by Athena Chan at Solo Tattoo in Hong Kong.
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Howl from Howl’s Moving Castle by Victoria Kurtz at Bananafish Tattoo Parlour.
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Giant guardian from Castle In The Sky, by Kalatu at Gristle Tattoo in NYC.
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Bright little Kiki from Kiki’s Delivery Service, by Tiggy Tuppence at Briar Rose Tattoo in London.
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Dotwork and blackwork designs from Grave of the Fireflies by Fabian Pedroza at Good Fortune Tattoo.

What is your favorite Ghibli movie?

Dr. Who Tattoos:

Dr. Who is a science fiction show that has been produced by the BBC since 1963. It is a cult favorite show around the world that features, aliens, robots, time travel, and space exploits.

The Doctor (various versions), the Tardis, space whales, Rose, and various villains are popular designs for Dr. Who tattoos. Dr. Who tattoos are often done in American traditional style, neo traditional, realism, black and grey, and watercolor.

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Watercolor space whale by Carl Caracia at Orange Tattoo Co.
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Neo traditional Rose and wolf done by Pete Larkin at Kyklops Tattoo in Pittsburgh.
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Watercolor and script with Tardis and star dust by Tom Cutsinger at Eternal Tattoo in Columbus NE.
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The 10th Doctor and Tardis by Jay Joree in Dallas Tx.
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Traditional Tardis by Ernesto Visser.
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Brilliant realistic half sleeve of space and the Tardis by Neil England at Empire Tattoo in Boston.
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Tardis and angels by Nicole Auletto at Dollhouse Tattoo Parlour in Glendora NJ.
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Watercolor and blackwork piece by Peta Jamieson.
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Realistic half sleeve of Tardis with space background by Teresa Sharp in Richmond VA.
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Tardis in vincent Van Gogh style by Victoria Rose Lundberg at Wild Heart Tattoo in Brisbane.

Fans are extremely dedicated to the show, which is evident from their brilliant tattoos, conventions, pop up shops, cinema screenings, and even symphonic tours around the world.

Stranger Things Tattoos:

Stranger Things is the popular Netflix show that came out this year, 2016. Featuring a great cast of Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Natalie Dyer, and Charlie Heaton, the show was an instant hit with fans. The show takes place in the 1980’s and pays homage to 80’s pop culture such as, Steven Spielberg, Stephen King, John Carpenter, George lucas, and others. The sci-fi horror show follows the disappearance of a young boy in a small town. The boys friends,brother, and mother, separately discover that something is wrong with the disappearance. A telekinetic girl named Eleven is found by the young boys, and helps them find their friend. Friendship, otherworldliness, and a need to belong are strong themes in the show, and make for great tattoos. Fun characters, an unpredictable plot, and a distinct nostalgic factor also make this show appealing straight away.

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“Run” with Christmas lights done by Jon Larson in Tampa, Florida.
Stranger things forest by Cody Smith at White Bluff Tattoo Co. Savannah GA
Great blackwork biking into the forest done by Cody Smith at White Bluff Tattoo Co. in Savannah, GA.
Stranger things El tattooed by Angus Wall at Awol tattoos in Galway
New school El portrait with her number done by Angus Wall at Awol tattoos in Galway.
Stranger things El's own tattoo done by Torie Watooth at Jackson Street tattoo in Seattle
Another number eleven done by Torie Wartooth at Jackson Street in Seattle.
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Fun cartoon portrait of Dustin done by Jeremy Zettler at Perfect Image tattoo in Ontario.
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Coffee cup, quote, and lights done by Amber Bananafish at Bananafish tattoo parlour.

Considering the show has only been out a short while, the immediate fan base is quite strong, and of course, with that, comes tattoos. These next four are all done by pop iconography master Matt Daniels at Studio IX in Manchester, UK.

Which one is your favourite?