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It's no secret that gaming culture has long since moved from the dimly lit, Dorito-dusted corners of teenagers' bedrooms. From East to West, from PC to consoles, video games have become a vibrant and globally recognized phenomenon that unites players in a digital melting pot of rage quits, epic victories, and late-night marathons.

But there's a certain level of dedication, a unique bond between a gamer and their chosen virtual universe that transcends the digital divide — something a bit more… permanent. We're talking about video game tattoos, of course!

Gaming tattoos have burst onto the scene like Mario on a star power-up, combining the love for expressive body art with the sentimental attachment to certain video game characters, symbols, and the unique graphic styles typical of our favorite game development studios.

Sure, in-game achievements are probably the epitome of satisfaction, but getting a gamer tattoo is no joke. Not to mention the simple joy of meeting a fellow inked player, exchanging a knowing nod, and realizing that you're part of a global tribe, a secret society where cheat codes are the currency and keeping up with the latest releases is the norm.

So, for all those times you wished you could carry a piece of your gaming victories with you, we've compiled a list of the best gamer tattoos out there, a gallery of devotion that spans from pixelated retro classics to high-definition AAA games!

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Dark Souls Tattoo

Basin of vows from dark souls tattoo

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Super Mario Game Tattoo

Jedi Mario Tattoo

"Jedi Mario. Done by Rogério Opix at Black Nimbus Tattoo - São Paulo - BR."

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What Are The Most Popular Video Game Tattoos?


The most popular gaming tattoo ideas often star legends like Mario, Zelda, or characters from Final Fantasy, Dark Souls, and Pokémon. These gaming icons have leaped from our screens to become cherished inked tributes to games that defined players' childhood first and their gaming marathons as adults next.

How Can I Choose The Right Video Game Tattoo For Me?


Choosing the perfect video game tattoo is like unlocking a special achievement. Reflect on which games and characters left an indelible mark on you. And just like choosing your gear for an epic boss fight, pick a tattoo style that suits your aesthetic, keeping in mind how they would fit with your other tattoos. Collaborating with a skilled tattoo artist will help you craft a design that's unique and totally yours.

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Zelda Video Game Tattoo

Sword and heart from Zelda Tattoo

"After a million attempts trying to get this stenciled on yesterday, I finally got to tattoo this Zelda design for Vincente."

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Can Video Game Tattoos Be Considered A Form Of Fan Art?


Absolutely! Tattoos for gamers are like a personal fan art gallery which serves as a declaration of genuine love for gaming. They're an homage to the characters and stories that have made a significant impact on us. They represent the countless hours spent immersed in otherworldly adventures and the friendships forged in the heat of online battles.

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Charizard Hand Tattoo

Charizard from pokémon tattoo

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How To Care For A New Tattoo?


Caring for your new tattoo is as essential as saving your game progress. Start by listening to your artist and follow their advice — gentle cleaning with mild soap, applying unscented tattoo cream, and avoiding scratching your new masterpiece.

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Hollow Knight Game Tattoo

Hollow Knight Tattoo

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The Sims Tattoo

The Sims sign tattoo

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If you think The Sims is for a "hardcore gamer," you don't know what The Sims is.

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The Legend Of Zelda Tattoo

Zelda master sword with flowers tattoo

"Zelda master sword with silent princess flowers by Heidi Kaye at Sad Peach Tattoo, London."

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Why Do People Choose To Get Tattoos Of Video Game Characters Or Symbols?


A video game tattoo is more than just a character or symbol — it's a memory, a story, a part of the gamer's identity. It acknowledges the countless hours spent battling, exploring, and solving intricate puzzles. The reasons are as varied as game genres themselves. For some, it could be a tribute to their first-ever game; for others, it's an homage to a character that inspired them or a symbol that resonates with them on a deeper level.

It's not just video games, though. There are plenty of fandoms related to movies, TV shows, anime, even music and books that have given life to wonderful pop culture tattoos!

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The Legend Of Zelda Tattoo

Pixelated Link from Legend of Zelda tattoo

"Legend of Zelda tattoo by Billy Tanos at Immerse tattoo, Brisbane, AUS."

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Sonic The Hedgehog Tattoo

Sonic calf Tattoo

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What Are Some Of The Most Influential Video Games Of All Time?


The most influential video games of all time include Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, and Tetris, with their innovative gameplay dynamics and how they forever impacted playing.

Final Fantasy showed us the true power of storytelling, while Pokémon made us appreciate the beauty of competition and hard work in raising the little monsters. 

More recently, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, God of War, and Red Dead Redemption 2 have been pushing the boundaries of what's possible in gaming, creating immersive experiences that rival even the best Hollywood blockbusters. Halo is recognized for its impact on first-person shooters, and World of Warcraft for popularizing MMORPGs.

The best video games of all time have left an indelible mark on our hearts, just like the tattoos they inspire!

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Pac-Man Tattoo

Characters from Pac-man Tattoo

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#21

The Legend Of Zelda Tattoo

zelda triforce tattoos

"Sibling zelda triforce tattoos done by Tony at Xclusive Ink in East Hartford."

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The Legend Of Zelda Tattoo

8-bit Zelda items tattoo

"Done by Shane Olds at Studio XIII in Orlando Fl."

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#24

Chrome Mario Star Hand Tattoo

Chrome Mario Star Hand Tattoo

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#25

Mario Hand Tattoo

Mario running tattoo

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Video Game Tattoo

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#27

Final Fantasy Game Tattoo

Vivi from Final Fantasy wrist tattoo

"Added Vivi to my collection of video game tattoos! Done by Brit at Karmaknife tattoos in Jackson, MI."

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Bibi !!!!!!! <3 (Vivi in english) i love this character, so sweet !

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Crash Bandicoot Tattoo

Aku Aku from Crash Bandicoot tattoo

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Dark Souls Tattoo

Gauntlet from dark souls Tattoo

"Gauntlet for the fiercely attractive, softly spoken and alluring Bear."

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Overwatch Game Tattoo

Roadhog and Junkrat from Overwatch tattoo

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#34

Minecraft Tattoo

Diamond Pickaxe Tattoo

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Game Boy Advance Hand Tattoo

Game Boy Advance with game characters tattoo

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#37

Nintendo Tattoo

Bowser Jr. from mario bros game tattoo

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#38

Super Mario Anatomy Tattoo

Mario anatomy leg tattoo

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Super Mario Toad Tattoo

Mario mushroom and gamepad arm tattoo

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#41

The Legend Of Zelda Game Tattoo

Deku from The Legend Of Zelda tattoo

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#42

Spyro Game Tattoo

Spyro Tattoo

"Client snagged one of my originals! Was a lot of fun doing this Spyro skull!"

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#43

Hollow Knight Tattoo Tattoo

Slime Rancher and Hollow Knight tattoo

"Slime Rancher x Hollow Knight with a sprinkle of Mario fun mashup."

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Super Mario Game Tattoo

Mario jumping Tattoo

"Mario by Branden Martin at Scars and Stories in Terre Haute, IN."

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#45

Minecraft Tattoo

Creeper from Minecraft tattoo

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#46

Overwatch Game Tattoo

Overwatch's Tracer Tattoo

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#47

League Of Legends Tattoo

Honey Beemo From League Of Legends Arm Tattoo

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#48

League Of Legends Tattoo

Sejuani From League Of Legends Tattoo

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#49

The Last Of Us Forearm Tattoo

Butterfly on the fern arm tattoo

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#50

Assassin's Creed Video Game Tattoo

Assassin's Creed symbol tattoo

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#51

Bloodborne Tattoo

Bloodborne sword Tattoo

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#52

Last Of Us Tattoo

Last of Us Tattoo

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#53

Joystick Tattoo

Oraange joystick Tattoo

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#54

Digimon Masters Tattoo

Wargreymon From Digimon Masters Tattoo

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#55

Sonic The Hedgehog Tattoo

Stylize Sonic Tattoo

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#56

Video Game Tattoo

3-Bit Gaming Console Tattoo

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#57

Dr. Mario Tattoo

Different characters from Mario game tattoo

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#58

Half Arm Kirby Tattoos Sleeve

Kirby characters tattoo

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#59

Metal Gear Solid Patch Tattoo

Fox holding a knife tattoo

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#60

Wii Matching Tattoos

Matching black and red game consoles arm tattoos

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#61

Destiny 2 Game Tattoo

Book cover from destiny 2

"Based off a book cover in the video game Destiny 2 titled “Unveiling”. Done by Jing at Jing’s Tattoo in Queens, NY."

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#62

Legend Of Zelda Game Sleeve Tattoo

Link from the Legend of Zelda

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#63

Hollow Knight Tattoo

Hollow Knight with sword Tattoo

"Had lots of fun with this Hollow Knight custom, thanks for the trust Jake!"

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#64

Super Mario Tattoo

Mario mushroom tattoo

"What’s better than an extra life, check out this 1-Up Mario mushroom tattoo done by Cam."

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#65

Junimos In Stardew Valley Tattoo

Colourful apples from the game Tattoo

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#66

Pokémon Tattoo

Squirtle and Gengar near Poké Ball

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#67

Skyrim Game Tattoo

Daedric War Axe tattoo

"Incredible Daedric War Axe tattoo that I was so fortunate to get from lunacy tattoos."

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#68

Mega Man Tattoo

Mega Man Tattoo

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Video Game Arm Tattoo

3D Glitch mushroom tattoo

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#70

Crash Bandicoo Game Tattoo

Aku Aku from Crash Bandicoo game tattoo

"Aku Aku — Crash Bandicoo."

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Crash Bandicoot And Spyro Tattoo

Crash Bandicoot and Spyro Tattoo

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#72

Hollow Knight Tattoo

Hollow Knight fighting his opponent Tattoo

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Tetris Tattoo

Tetris with flowers Tattoo

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#74

Bloodborne Tattoo

Ludwig and the Moonlight Great Sword from Bloodborne tattoo

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#75

The Sims Wrist Tattoo

The Sims sign tattoo

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#76

Dark Souls Tattoo

Gwyndolin from Dark Souls tattoo

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#77

Pac-Man Tattoo

Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man Tattoo

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#78

Super Mario Game Tattoo

Mario Kart 64 Donkey Kong Tattoo

"Mario Kart 64 Donkey Kong done by me, Marc Durrant, for a client at Hidden Los Angeles Tattoo."

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#79

Overwatch Game Tattoo

Reaper from Overwatch tattoo

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#80

Pac-Man Game Tattoo

Pac-man Game Start Leg Tattoo

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Matching Portal Calf Tattoos

Portal cubes calf tattoos

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#83

Gamepad Tattoo

Gamepad with heart in between tattoo

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#84

Mario Video Game Tattoo

Mario dagger tattoo

"Mario dagger done yesterday. I’m always happy to do stuff like this."

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#85

The Legend Of Zelda Game Tattoo

Zelda boopi tattoo

"Got to do this Zelda boopi."

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#86

Devil May Cry Video Game Tattoo

sword Tattoo

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#87

Hades Tattoo

Stygian Blade from Hades tattoo

"Stygian Blade — Hades."

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#88

Dark Souls Tattoo

Bonfire from Dark Souls tattoo

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#89

The Sims Tattoo

Cow plant from the Sims tattoo

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Dark Souls Tattoo

Solaire of Astora from Dark Souls Tattoo

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World Of Warcraft Tattoo

Durotan from World of Warcraft tattoo

"Durotan from World of Warcraft piece done by Max LaCroix at Akara Arts in Milwaukee, WI."

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Pac-Man Tattoo

Pac-man and burger tattoos

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Super Mario Game Tattoo

Mario Hunter with suitcase full of prizes Tattoo

"Mario Hunter S. Thompson by Sean Grimes at VISUAL TATTOO in Arcata, Ca."

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#94

Video Game Tattoo

Moira from Overwatch tattoo

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Minecraft Tattoo

Creeper from Minecraft tattoo

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#96

Thresh From League Of Legends Hand Tattoo

Thresh from League Of Legends tattoo

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Sonic The Hedgehog Arm Tattoo

Sonic and Tails tattoo

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Oblivion Game Tattoo

Symbol from the game Oblivion

"Done by Imperial Body Art artist Travis Harper in Meridian, Idaho. Symbol is from the video game Oblivion. It’s my first of many."

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#101

Spyro Arcade Tattoo

Spyro on the old gaming machine Tattoo

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Grand Theft Auto Arm Tattoo

Girl with cocktail in Vice city from GTA tattoo

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