Golden Age of Disney Tattoos

In this blog post, the Golden Age of Disney refers specifically to Disney’s animated films and does not include live action.

Snow White by Jordan Baker.
Thumper by Camille Gualtieri.

The Golden Age of Disney spans from 1937-1942 and includes Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo, and Bambi.

Jiminy Cricket by Nicole Zulianello.
Black and grey Snow White by Piotrek Taton on Grace Neutral.

Despite the name “Golden Age” this was actually a quite unsuccessful chapter in terms of financial gain, other than Snow White and Dumbo. In fact, Dumbo was originally supposed to be a short film but was made longer to make up for the financial losses suffered by Fantasia.

Dumbo by Silvia Damiano.
Figaro the cat done by Emilia Rose.

The films created in this time were all overseen by Walt himself, and helped cement Disney as a leader in animation.

Bambi and Thumper by Jordan Baker.
Dumb and his mother by Mason Stoner.

While Disney films are generally regarded as mainly happy and upbeat, these films all tell quite dark stories and actually contain some quite frightening scenes, especially for the young audiences they were aimed at. I know scenes in Snow White and Pinocchio certainly scared me as a child.

Poison apple from Snow White done by Eugenios Simopoulos.
A creative Thumper portrait by Nicole Robinson.

As tattoos, Disney animation are almost entirely done in new school style, with some realism and more experimental styles also making the cut.

Pinocchio transforming into a donkey done by Gold Marie.

I found no shortage of tattoos from this era of Disney, other than Fantasia, of which I only found tattoos from the newer 2000’s version which will be seen in a later post.

Dumbo and his mother by Mae La Roux.

Which Golden Age film is your favourite?

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Artist of the Month: Alex Dahood

Alex is an artist working out of Santa la Muerte Tattoo in Madrid.

Realistic tiger eyes on the forearm.
Ariel from the Little Mermaid.

He has three styles that he works in, and he does them well. Realism, micro realism, and cartoon.

Micro realistic pooch head with a dash of colour.
The Mad Hatter and Alice, a Disney classic.

His realistic works are heavy on the black and grey, but he does use colour sparingly in these to make certain aspects pop, such as eyes and mouths in portraits of both people and animals.

Full realistic back piece of a snarling tiger. Black and grey with green eyes.

His cartoon pieces are like plucking a screenshot straight out of a movie or show, with great detail and colour throughout.

A classic Homer Simpson piece from Treehouse of Horror.

His micro realism pieces are great for those who want a small tattoo, and the amount of detail he’s able to pack into such a small space is unbelievable.

A portrait of Tupac done in black and grey.

If you’re passing through Madrid don’t hesitate to set up an appointment with Alex via his Instagram linked above.

Joaquin Phoenix’ portrayal of The Joker.

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Disney Tattoos:

Disney tattoos for the kid in all of us. Disney has been around since 1923 when Walt Disney started it in a small office in Los Angeles.

Mimi Madriz in Madrid
To infinity and beyond with Buzz Lightyear! Done by Mimi Madriz in Madrid.
Kenny Kurtis in Marina, CA
Never grow up, Peter Pan piece done by Kenny Kurtis in Marina, CA.
Alex Rowntree Northern Glory Tattoo Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
The Beast with his rose done by Alex Rowntree at Northern Glory Tattoo Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.
Chris Block, Fallout Tattoo Studio
Black and grey hyper realistic cheshire done by Chris Block, Fallout Tattoo Studio.
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Puppy Lady done by Melvin Arizmendi, San Diego.

The big kahuna, “Mickey Mouse” was born in 1928, followed quickly by Pluto, Goofy, Donald, and the rest of the original gang.

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Cute little Chip and Tinkerbell done by Vince at Rebel Waltz in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Abbie Williams
The pumpkin king himself done by Abbie Williams.
Chris Speer in Groton CT
Genie as Patch Adams done by Chris Speer in Groton CT.
Jackie Huertas
A spooky Mickey and Minnie done by Jackie Huertas.
Michela Bottin
A cool looking Hades done by Michela Bottin.

In 1937 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was finished, as the first feature length Disney animation. From there Walt continued right on with Pinocchio, Fantasia, and Dumbo.

Andy Walker
Baloo and Mowgli done by Andy Walker.
Craig Secrist at Heart of Gold Tattoo
A more realistic Anna and Elsa done by Craig Secrist at Heart of Gold Tattoo.
Jerred Kincaid
New school Disney animal sleeve done by Jerred Kincaid.
Miss Mae La Roux
Ariel done by Miss Mae La Roux.

By the late 80’s and early 90’s Disney reached new heights, making hundreds of millions off its films. In 1994 The Lion King became one of the highest grossing films of all time.

Carly Baggins at Wright Street Collective, Perth
You’ve got a friend in me. Done by Carly Baggins at Wright Street Collective, Perth.
Isnard Barbosa
Lion king sleeve with the bad guys! Done by Isnard Barbosa.
Kadee Spangler, Michigan
Stitch enjoying the ugly duckling done by Kadee Spangler, Michigan.
Nikki Jo at Guilty Cat Tattoo
Matching Aristocat tattoos done by Nikki Jo at Guilty Cat Tattoo.

Now in 2018 Disney continues to be extremely popular with both children and adults.

Carly Baggins, Perth, Australia
Snow White’s poison apple done by Carly Baggins, Perth, Australia.
Lindsay Baker
Badass Malificent head piece done by Lindsay Baker.
Linzi Compher at Family Tradition Tattoo in Mooresville NC
Atlantis, a much underrated Disney film. Done by Linzi Compher at Family Tradition Tattoo in Mooresville NC.
Rich Bayley at Queen Square Tattoo Club in Wolverhampton
Moana piece done by Rich Bayley at Queen Square Tattoo Club in Wolverhampton.

Disney tattoos are done mainly in new school style, as the majority are cartoons.

Carly Montgomery
Carl ready for adventure by Carly Montgomery at First String Tattoo in Winnipeg Manitoba.
Jackie Huertas at Davinci Tattoo in Wantagh, NY
Cutest lil Bambi done by Jackie Huertas at Davinci Tattoo in Wantagh, NY.
Liv Frost
Inspirational Baymax by Liv Frost.
Steve Compton
Brilliant Great Mouse Detective piece done by Steve Compton.

What is your favourite Disney movie?

Alice in Wonderland Tattoos:

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (better known as Alice in Wonderland) was written in 1865 by Charles Dodgson (under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll).

Omar Orozco
Black and grey Caterpillar (Alan Rickman) done by Omar Orozco.
Ace Of Spades Tattoo Established tattoo shop located in Asheville NC. Owner operated Brian Reaid
Bright back piece done by Brian Reaid at Ace of Spades Tattoo in Asheville NC.
Julia Dumps
Bright pastel coloured Tim Burton sleeve done by Jules Boho, an Austrian based traveling artist.
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Matching Alice and the White Rabbit in a delicate black and grey design. Done by Abbo Florez.

The story follows a young girl, Alice, who falls down a hole into a fantastical land full of bizarre characters and situations.

Aleksandra Katsan
Watercolor Cheshire done by Aleksandra Katsan in Kiev, Ukraine.
Bryan at Nirvana Tattoo Studio in Glasgow, Scotland
Linework version of Disney’s Alice done by Bryan at Nirvana Tattoo Studio in Glasgow, Scotland.
Kristen Goetz
Dark and sinister looking Mad Hatter done by Kristen Goetz.
Ricardo Gomez TATTOO ARTIST @ Soledad Tattoo & Art Studio 505 front st. Soledad ca
Cheshire in Mad Hatters Hat done by Ricardo Gomez at Soledad Tattoo.

There are also films based on the book, with the most popular being Disney’s animated version from 1951.

Alex Moro
Realistic and stylized version of the Red Queen. Done by Alex Moro done in London, UK.
Efthimis Vrettos
“Drink me” done by Efthimis Vrettos in Athens, Greece.
Lucatesdiferro
Stylized White Rabbit in a teacup done by Luca Testadiferro in Jesi Italy.
Sanninolello
Sleeping Alice done by Lello Sannino in Italy.

More recent films Alice in wonderland (directed by Tim Burton) and Alice Through the Looking Glass (directed by James Bobin) are also produced by Disney, but take on a much darker theme.

Ben Kaye Tattooer & part owner of Ship Shape tattoo, New Zealand
Hyper realistic White Rabbit and his pocket watch done by Ben Kaye at Ship Shape Tattoo, New Zealand.
Fabio Onorini
Black and grey Disney’s Mad Hatter done by Fabio Onorini Fronte Del Porto tattoo , in Rome.
Mugs Costa
Neo traditional portrait of Alice done by Mugs Costa in Australia.
Sigbjørn in Copenhagen
Blackwork Mad hatter and teacup done by Sigbjørn in Copenhagen.
Tania Catclaw
Sketchwork/watercolour Cheshire done by Tania Catclaw.

People in the 1960’s-80’s speculated about what the story was “really” about. Many people thought that it was really a psychedelic trip. Due in large part to the frequent usage of drugs such as LSD and magic mushrooms at this time. Experts usually disagree with this theory though, as Charles isn’t thought to have been a user of recreational drugs.

Brent O'Leary I am an artist, custom guitar maker, and musician. I'm currently working at Blue Collar Tattoo in Plainfield IL
Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland sleeve done by Brent O’Leary at Blue Collar Tattoo in Plainfield IL.
Gina Gila 💔 Tattoo Artist at Riverwest Tattoo Company Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Linework version of the Walrus and the carpenter with their tasty clams. Done by Gina Gila at Riverwest Tattoo Company Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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Brilliant black and grey version of the Mad Hatter done by Nick Imms at The Church Tattoo.
Nick imms Fumbling through life. Owner of @thechurchtattoo ☦️
Queen of Hearts and White Rabbit, also done by Nick Imms.
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And a third done by Nick Imms.

Popular characters include the Mad Hatter, Cheshire Cat, Red Queen (Queen of Hearts), the March Hare, White Rabbit, the Caterpillar, and many more.

Bruno Corvalan Tattoo artist Currently working at MISSION INK in San Francisco
A partial watercolor style March Hare and a lovely cup of tea done by Bruno Corvalan Mission Ink in San Francisco.
Jack Goks Pearce
Neo traditional Red Queen done by Jack Goks at Cloak and Dagger Tattoo in London, UK.
Oash Rodriguez
Brilliant neo traditional White Rabbit hand piece done by Oash Rodriguez.
Steve LaMantia
Hatter’s hat, pocket watch, and painted rose done by Steve LaMantia at Ever After Gallery, Spring Hill, FL.

Who is your favourite character?

Winnipeg Artist 6: Shawn Beatty

Shawn Beatty is a tattoo artist working out of Soul Survivors Body Art in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Shawn is a talented artist who works in several styles; including American traditional, black and grey, realism, blackwork, new school, neo traditional, and some Japanese.

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Disney’s Cinderella and quote.
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Badass grim reaper.
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Neo traditional flower and snake.
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Black and grey surrealist death moth.
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Black and grey realistic/neo traditional sleeve featuring a demonic version of V from v for vendetta, a bird, snake, and caged heart.
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Black and grey neo traditional fortune teller and tarot card.
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Black and grey compass with arrow and biblical quote.
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Bright new school Sailor Moon piece.
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Canadian Eddie from Iron Maiden!
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Realistic black and grey tiger with skull and quote.
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Japanese tiger and flower cover up.
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Knight inspired armour full sleeve. Looks like the real deal!
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Red crescent moon and skull.
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Neo traditional leopard headdress piece.
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Simpsons pig and donut, anti fascist piece!
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Lego leg piece tearing through the skin.
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David Bowie astronaut piece inspired by the song Heroes.

Shawn Beatty is a must see artist if you’re in Winnipeg!

Winnipeg Artist 5: Vince (Rebel Waltz)

Vince is a Winnipeg tattoo artist working out of Rebel Waltz. Vince does brilliant American traditional work, creating his own original work as well as doing the shop’s flash work.

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Classic clasped hands and wreaths.
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Badass wolf head!
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Bright lighthouse.
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Aboriginal girl head.
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Angry snake head.
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Classic swallow, lantern, and “dad”.
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Skull, scythe, and spider web.
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Disney piece featuring Chip from Beauty and the Beast and Tinkerbell from Peter Pan.
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Eagle!
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Beautiful stag and traditional flower.
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Japanese peony!
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Bold stomach scorpion.
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Aboriginal styled bear paw and head.
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American traditional deaths head moth.
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Brilliant traditional dragon!
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Bart Simpson skull.

Vince is a must visit artist for you walk in and American traditional needs! He is a fantastic up and comer in the Winnipeg tattoo scene.

Winnipeg Artist 3: Jade Harper

Jade Harper is a tattoo artist and owner of House of the Rising Sun in Winnipeg. Jade does mainly blackwork American traditional pieces, but has been doing more bold colourful works recently as well. She’s also very well known for her cowboy and cowboy girl pieces.

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Bold bear and elegant script.
Butterfly and laurel hand tattoo.

Due to the current pandemic (April 2020) Jade and other artists cannot tattoo temporarily, but she is still selling paintings. Check out her Instagram to do so, linked above.

Butterfly chest tattoo.
Negative space traditional flower.

Jade has a large amount of her own tattoo flash to choose from, and she also takes ideas, and will make changes to her own flash to suit the client’s needs.

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Healed cowboys in love.
Bright and bold peacock.

Jade focuses on being inclusive in her shop, and is proud to be the owner of the (currently) only queer owned and operated shop in Winnipeg. She acknowledges that tattoo shops can be a (sometimes) intimidating place, particularly for those in the LGBTQ community, as well as people of colour, so she’s created the space to be a welcoming place for all.

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Roquefort the mouse from Disney’s The Aristocats.
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My own “hang in there” noose from Jade.

Jade is a must-see artist in Winnipeg if you’re passing through, or a local looking for someone great!

Lady head in a spiderweb.
Cowboy girl portrait.

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Winnipeg Artists 2: Reuben Todd

Reuben is a tattoo artist working out of Kapala Tattoo in Winnipeg. His main styles are American traditional and Japanese. Along with tattooing, Reuben also paints; mainly Japanese inspired images.

Reuben has years of experience under his belt and is a pleasure to be tattooed by. Even while tattooing my stomach which is quite a tender area, he was able to take my mind off the pain with conversation.

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My own blackwork American traditional stomach piece.
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Blackwork American traditional clasped hands and dagger with flowers.
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Peter Pan inspired piece with pan flute and script.
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Blue traditional rose.
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Matching knee ditch Halloween pieces. A witch and Casper the friendly ghost.

Reuben has been doing larger pieces recently including half and full sleeves. His American traditional pieces are reminiscent of the old days, but have a twist of newer style, particularly while tattooing lady heads.

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Ladyhead with apple and different coloured eyes based on his clients photo.
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Large healed ladyhead with new traditional wolf below.

His Japanese work is bold, often featuring waves or flowers, which really make the main center piece of the tattoo pop. His Japanese work is generally done large in a arm or leg sleeve.

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Japanese dragon 3/4 sleeve with fire.
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Full Japanese leg sleeve with koi, waves, and leaves.
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Japanese snake sleeve with waves.

Reuben is a must see artist for your traditional or Japanese tattoo needs.

Winnipeg Artists 1: Carly Montgomery

Carly Montgomery is a Winnipeg tattoo artist who works out of First String Tattoo. Carly has fantastic attention to detail, doing both colour and black and grey work, as well as fantastic script.

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Fun lazy sloth with script
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Hedwig and Hogwarts for Harry Potter fans
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Partially finished Japanese koi leg piece
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Bright and colourful peacock
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Wrapping crow
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Deaths hand moth and tree

Carly has done a number of my own tattoos, including these.

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Black and grey chest piece. Anchor, rose, and heart.
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Calf knight, bat wings, and tree.
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Carl from Pixar’s UP.
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Harry Potter quote and Deathly Hallows mark.

Be sure to check Carly out if you’re going to be in Winnipeg!