Gorilla Tattoos

Gorillas in nature are associated with brute strength and bravery, but also for their compassion, honour, and intelligence. It is no surprise then that gorillas have been a popular choice in the tattoo world.

Gorillas are usually done in American traditional, neo traditional, photo realism, or black and grey. Gorillas done in traditional style are now usually based off of Ed Hardy’s traditional gorilla piece.

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Huge gorilla head with swords by Josh Mason at Old Soul Tattoo in Canonsburg, PA.

Gorilla tattoos are also almost always just the head. Though sometimes there are full bodied depictions.

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Neo Traditional Gorilla head with leaves by kirsten Holliday at Wonderland Tattoo in Portland Oregon.
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Realistic gorilla portrait by Mike DeVries at MD Tattoo Studio in Northridge Ca.
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All black roaring gorilla head by Oliver White at Crooked Claw Tattoo in Sheffield.
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Surrealist peaceful gorilla and squirrel done by Peter Aurisch in Berlin.
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Another angry bold black gorilla by Philp Yarnell at Skynyard tattoo in the UK.
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An Ed Hardy inspired gorilla head by Reuben Todd at Kapala Tattoo in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
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Surrealist gorilla head with city architecture by Tobias Burchert at Saints and Sinners Tattoo Lounge in Germany.
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Neo traditional bloodied gorilla head by W.T Norbert in Sydney, Australia.

And of course you can’t have gorilla tattoos without seeing King Kong, the king of gorillas.

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Fantastic black and grey king kong leg sleeve by Drew Apicture at “The Tattoo Shop”.
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Black and grey serene king kong with Ann Darrow, done by Rob Richardson at Black Friars Tattoo House in the UK.

Which one is your favourite?

Jesus Tattoos

Tattoos of Jesus Christ are a very popular design, particularly scenes depicting him wearing the crown of thorns or him on the cross. Jesus tattoos are also often paired with his mother Mary, or angels.

Jesus tattoos can be done in many styles, but the most popular are American traditional, realism, and black and grey. Here are a few of the best!

Jacques Boyer
Black and grey chest and stomach piece by Jacques Boyer.
Benjamin Laukis
Great coloured realism piece by Benjamin Laukis at The Black Market Tattoo in Melbourne Australia.
Led Coult
Black and grey realism by Led Coult. Amazing sense of direction and depth in this piece!
Josh Mason Canonsburg, PA
Brilliant black and grey, American traditional back piece done by Josh Mason from Canonsburg, PA.
NikkoHurtado
Absolutely stunning colour chest piece of Jesus at the last supper done by the talented Nikko Hurtado out of Black Anchor Collective.
Niki Norberg
More black and grey realism, in an amazing full back piece done by Niki Norberg out of Konst & tatuering Art & tattoo.
Robert Ryan Asbury Park, NJ
Matching American traditional hand pieces of Christ and the virgin Mary, done by Robert Ryan out of Electric Tattoo in Asbury Park, NJ.
Tonez
Subtle, light black and grey piece by Tonez at Street City Tattoos.
Yomico Moreno
Muted colours in a detailed, realism piece by Yomico Moreno.

Which piece is your favourite?