Inking your skin is just one last step in the journey of giving yourself a tattoo. In reality, it all starts from hours spent browsing tattoo ideas and annoying your friends with an endless stream of "what do you think?" images.

And our love for ink has never been so big. A recent study has shown that 30% of Americans have at least one tattoo, which is five times more than eight years ago.

But many people have found a source of inspiration in the recent pandemic. In fact, coronavirus-themed tattoos are becoming a quirky sub-genre which represents everything we’ve been living with in the past months. From tributes to front-line doctors to the holy symbol of pandemic chaos, a toilet paper roll, scroll down for the best ones as compiled by Bored Panda.

#1

Coronavirus-Tattoos

Today I got this design tattooed, it is Banksy's tribute to Covid doctors - a child who chooses the doctor among the heroes to play with! 

emanuele.santaniello Report

Scagsy
Community Member
2 months ago

Can't beat a bit of Banksy - always hits the nail right on the head

View more comments
#2

Coronavirus-Tattoos

Tattoo for the doctor, inspired by the current situation in the world, based on a drawing by @engelhardt_art

ingabolotova , engelhardt_art Report

Sethurama Iyer
Community Member
2 months ago

Plague doctor: "Well I guess people never learn, huh"

View More Replies...
View more comments
#3

Coronavirus-Tattoos

dr_vega_tattooer Report

BusLady
Community Member
2 months ago

Excellent. I bet this lady is a nurse.

View More Replies...
View more comments

Bored Panda reached out to Josh Young, a professional tattoo artist and owner of Highwater Gallery, Swansea to find out more about the ink on skin industry in the times of the pandemic.

Josh said that even though he hasn’t seen a rise in coronavirus-inspired tattoos himself, he's witnessed a few tongue-in-cheek ones, like “‘I survived COVID 19’ in a banner, or a twist on the traditional woman by adding a nurse outfit and a mask.”

“There will probably be a lot more being done in the next few months, after things get back to some form of normality. It’s all quite fresh at the moment and no one really knows which way this pandemic will go.”

#4

Coronavirus-Tattoos

Just a quick little jammer about how we all feel about 2020

eddypiercehi Report

Bambi
Community Member
2 months ago

Nice! Giving 2020 the finger! Lol

View more comments
#5

Coronavirus-Tattoos

th_ink_cuba Report

BusLady
Community Member
2 months ago

This one is great. We're all in this together.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#6

Coronavirus-Tattoos

catlynefable Report

Scagsy
Community Member
2 months ago

These plague doctors are beginning to scare me a bit. Only a bit. But enough.

View more comments

Having said that, Josh stays skeptical as to whether the coronavirus is a good source of inspiration. “The fact is, people have passed away due to it and I don’t think it’s particularly nice to use it as inspiration for a tattoo idea, unless done in a positive way.” But the artist said it’s not up to him to tell people what to get.

On the other hand, Josh has seen good coming out of the crisis too. “I’ve seen a few tattooists who have offered discount tattoos to key workers during this whole pandemic, which is a positive thing to come out of it and a way of giving back to those who have been on the frontline.”

#7

Coronavirus-Tattoos

Let's be responsible in this situation. Take care of yourself and let us take care of the most vulnerable.

andresmakishi Report

BusLady
Community Member
2 months ago

Love the shirt.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#8

Coronavirus-Tattoos

He wanted to surprise his wife with this tattoo that represents her for all the effort and sacrifice she has made and there is still to be done in this stage that we are all living. Thank you very much for the creative freedom and the good time!

blackpeony_tattoo Report

jasper
Community Member
2 months ago

This is truly lovely. :)

View More Replies...
View more comments
#9

Coronavirus-Tattoos

francesca__verna Report

Jayne Kyra
Community Member
2 months ago

Some people go home to their families. Some people´s pets are their only family.

View More Replies...
View more comments

Since during the lockdown, all tattoo shops were closed, many businesses have had no choice but to stand still. But now that many salons have reopened, Josh said “there has been a huge increase in bookings and work.”

Josh believes that the “lockdown gave people a lot of time to plan their tattoo, a lot of tattooists were in touch with their regular clients and could discuss potential ideas and concepts.”

He also said this may be due to the fact that people stayed inside and saved some money that they can now put towards getting some ink art done.

#10

Coronavirus-Tattoos

lammanlai Report

Adam C
Community Member
2 months ago

Barts face says it all.

View more comments
#11

Coronavirus-Tattoos

bink.tattooer Report

Sarcastic Cow
Community Member
2 months ago

1970 soviet scifi cover art

View More Replies...
View more comments
#12

Coronavirus-Tattoos

Last week's tattoo for an emergency nurse at Jove hospital. Thank you very much and thank you very much for the work you do.

dr_vega_tattooer Report

BusLady
Community Member
2 months ago

This one is just beautiful. The colors are so vibrant.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#13

Coronavirus-Tattoos

lenapercyrosyfaict Report

Fresh outta F...s to give
Community Member
2 months ago

I want one! :D

View More Replies...
View more comments
#14

Coronavirus-Tattoos

lujuriatattoo Report

BusLady
Community Member
2 months ago

Yep. Not all superheroes wear capes. Some wear scrubs.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#15

Coronavirus-Tattoos

seanhollandtat2 Report

Scagsy
Community Member
2 months ago

Very clever the way the suds appear as a rosary or prayer beads

View more comments
#16

Coronavirus-Tattoos

strangemmmaker Report

Scagsy
Community Member
2 months ago

Good times for curtain-twitchers though

View More Replies...
View more comments
#17

Coronavirus-Tattoos

ivanlopezart2e Report

Zoe's Mom
Community Member
2 months ago

Excellent work

View more comments
#18

Coronavirus-Tattoos

electricinkskinaunz Report

chi-wei shen
Community Member
2 months ago

Was this spelling mistake on purpose?

View More Replies...
View more comments
#19

Coronavirus-Tattoos

The only kind of germs you DO want right now!

tatty.cake Report

depicus
Community Member
2 months ago

Very cute but deadly

View More Replies...
View more comments
#20

Coronavirus-Tattoos

betty_tattoos Report

Night Owl
Community Member
2 months ago

Awww so cute

View more comments
See Also on Bored Panda
#21

Coronavirus-Tattoos

My newest tattoo in honor of COVID-19 

dapherding Report

Scagsy
Community Member
2 months ago

Far, far and away the best one here

View More Replies...
View more comments
#22

Coronavirus-Tattoos

mvttys Report

BusLady
Community Member
2 months ago

The only time I go out is to get groceries. But that keeps me sane.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#23

Coronavirus-Tattoos

thewolfrosario Report

Sethurama Iyer
Community Member
2 months ago

I like the pink outline a lot

View More Replies...
View more comments
#24

Coronavirus-Tattoos

divergent_ink Report

Scagsy
Community Member
2 months ago

Wow! That's a beast of a tat

View more comments
#25

Coronavirus-Tattoos

Quarantine love

lovettetattoos Report

Scagsy
Community Member
2 months ago

Banksy-esque updated for the current times

View more comments
#26

Coronavirus-Tattoos

lootattoo Report

Vicky Zar
Community Member
2 months ago

Thats excellent work

View more comments
#27

Coronavirus-Tattoos

dimm_tattoo Report

Audrey Tate
Community Member
2 months ago

Hope theres not another pandemic in 2626

View More Replies...
View more comments
#28

Coronavirus-Tattoos

gattagnudatattoo Report

BusLady
Community Member
2 months ago

2020 has been officially canceled.

View more comments
#29

Coronavirus-Tattoos

tattoosbymeri Report

Catherine Brady
Community Member
2 months ago

This depicts the spirit of nursing. but not the exhaustion, dispare and depression caused by Covid-19.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#30

Coronavirus-Tattoos

__borderlinetattoos__ Report

Oskar vanZandt
Community Member
2 months ago

Okay... personally, I would have gone for something more symbolic rather than literal.

View More Replies...
View more comments

Note: this post originally had 113 images. It’s been shortened to the top 30 images based on user votes.

See Also on Bored Panda