If you’re looking for a tattoo with shock value, then why not consider a horror themed design? Many people are fans of horror movies, and the villains and monsters they portray is a great way to get a scary tattoo and showing your love for the genre at the same time. Horror tattoos can range from a small tattoo of a scary monster, to a whole montage of horror characters or themes, the choice really is endless. One thing to consider if you’re going for a really scary design is your lifestyle and where on your body you have it. After all, if you’re a kindergarten teacher then a full sleeve of flesh-eating zombies probably isn’t going to go down well; unless you plan on wearing long sleeves to work every day!
Zombie Tattoo Designs
Zombies are all the rage these days, just think about all the zombie movies around, and they make an awesome choice for a tattoo design. Whether you go for a specific zombie character from a movie or a generic zombie, your tattoo will look amazing and gross. A fantastic idea is to combine a zombie tattoo design with a pin up girl tattoo design, and have a sexy but scary pin up style zombie. You could even pick your favorite character from any movie or TV show and have them zombie-fied as a tattoo, for example Homer Simpson or even Mickey Mouse!
Skeleton Tattoo Designs
Spooky skeletons make great horror tattoo designs, and they don’t even have to be scary to be effective. Skeleton designs can range from downright grotesque to funny and cartoonish, so there’s a whole range of ideas for you to pick from. If you’re looking for a large and dramatic tattoo then you could even have what looks like your own skeleton tattooed on you, for example as a huge back piece, or just and arm or a leg on the relevant part of your body.
Frankenstein’s Monster Tattoo Designs
Frankenstein’s monster is probably one of the most recognizable horror characters, and would make a good horror tattoo design. Typically shown with green skin and bolts, sewn up scars and bolts coming out of his neck, there are a number of film and movie Frankenstein’s monsters if you’re looking for a realistic design. How about Herman Munster or Boris Karloff’s famous movie portrayal? You could even go for your favorite film, movie or music star, and turn them into Frankenstein’s monster with the addition of some of the well-known elements!
Scary Clown Tattoo Designs
If you’re looking for a tattoo design to scare children and grown-ups alike, then a scary clown would be the perfect choice! It’s surprising how many people are scared by normal clowns, so add sharp teeth dripping blood, evil eyes or a machete to the mix and you’re onto a winner.
Vampire Tattoo Designs
The theme of vampires offers a whole range of great ideas for a scary horror tattoo design, and you can go for something as small and discrete or as large and out there as you like. You and your tattoo artist can come up with an original image of a vampire, or you can choose from one of the many great characters in vampire movies. Whether you prefer the cute teen vampires from Twilight or a scarier character from Bram Stoker’s Dracula, The Lost Boys or From Dusk Til Dawn, if your tattoo artist is talented at producing likenesses then this may be the option for you. You could also choose a design of vampire bats, or even a vampire bite on your wrist or neck by having two puncture wounds tattooed.
Horror Character Tattoo Designs
As well as some of the characters already mentioned, there are countless horror movies out there with characters that are perfect for immortalizing in ink somewhere on your body. Hannibal Lector from Silence of the Lambs, Freddy Krueger from Nightmare on Elm Street, Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Chucky from Child’s Play are all popular choices, but if you’ve got your own favorite little-known horror movie then why not choose a character from there for your horror tattoo design? If you’re a real horror buff you could even have a collection of the greats as one tattoo, for example a half- or full-sleeve tattoo, or even a whole back piece.