Nearly everybody loves Disney, and more than likely you probably own some sort of Disney memorabilia. But there are some people who take their devotion to another level by tattooing Disney characters and symbols all over their bodies. Some of these tattoos are pretty amazing, and others are really clever. Take a look at some of our favorites…
Aladdin & Lion King Hearts
This Disney fan has two favorite films: Aladdin and The Lion King. The corresponding tattoos are featured on both of the individual’s arms. Robin Williams made a splash as the genie in the 1992 film Aladdin. The actor/comedian improvised a whopping 16 hours of material for the role. And Aladdin himself? Animators based his character on Tom Cruise. As for The Lion King, the 1994 film took quite a long time to complete. In fact, the two-and-a-half-minute wildebeest stampede scene alone took about three years to animate. And believe it or not, the film’s plot is loosely based on Shakespeare’s play, “Hamlet.”
A Couple Wearing Beauty & The Beast Ink
What better way to celebrate your love than to get matching tattoos? This couple opted to tattoo the characters from Beauty & The Beast on their arms. And when they hold hands, the tattoos match up quite nicely. The 1991 film was the first animated feature film to earn a best-picture Oscar nomination. It lost but received two music-related Academy Awards. The beast was based on several animals, including a gorilla, buffalo, and lion. Meanwhile, Belle, who is in her 20s, is the oldest of the Disney princesses. Around 600 animators and artists spent four years working on the project.
Peter Pan At Her Fingertip
Peter Pan is one of Disney’s classic films. We love this tattoo because it’s in such a clever, secret spot. It’s very low key but really cool. It features Peter Pan flying into the sky with the three kids, including Wendy, following behind. Walt Disney decided to make this movie because he played Peter in a school play when he was just a boy. The 1953 film was supposed to be produced right after Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, yet they didn’t get the rights until four years later. Production was put on hold until the end of World War II.
“If You Dream It, You Can Do It!” Forearm Tattoo
The quote, “If you can dream it, you can do it,” has been attributed to Walt Disney for many years. It’s very inspiring, so it’s no surprise that some Disney fans would want to tattoo the phrase onto their bodies. This ink is very colorful and features several iconic Disney characters, including the Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins, and Mickey Mouse. However, Walt never actually said it. Oops! According to Disney archivist Dave Smith, the quote was actually made by a Disney employee for the Epcot ride Horizons in the 1980s. Even if Walt didn’t come up with the catchphrase, it’s still a hopeful sentiment.
A Watercolor Simba
Wrist tattoos can be very elegant or they can be whimsical, like this one featuring a watercolor Simba from The Lion King. The 1994 movie was Walt Disney Animation’s 32nd animated feature film. Simba also appears in The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride (1998) and The Lion King 1½ (2004). The character was modeled after Bambi and the stories of Moses and Joseph from the Bible. Simba has also been compared to Prince Hamlet from Shakespeare’s famous play. The animated film is a coming-of-age story about a young lion who grows up and learns about his responsibilities as he enters adulthood.
These Steamboat Willie Tattoos Are A Blast From The Past
This woman obviously has a great admiration for Mickey Mouse and Minnie. She has two rather large tattoos on her thighs featuring the characters from the 1928 short film, “Steamboat Willie.” On one leg, Mickey is steering the boat, and on the other his girlfriend Minnie is playing music. The cartoon is the first to feature the characters, although they appeared in a test screening months earlier. “Steamboat Willie” was the first Disney cartoon to feature synchronized sound, character sounds, and a musical score. The characters were voiced by Walt Disney, although most of the dialogue is difficult to decipher.
A Woman Wears An Intriguing “Snow White” Quote
This is a very subtle Disney tattoo. It features a quote from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Snow White’s evil stepmother, the Queen, utters the phrase, “Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?” She wants nothing more than to be “the fairest in the land” and more beautiful than anyone else. The Evil Queen is cold, cruel, and very vain. The woman bearing this tattoo obviously thinks very highly of herself, or maybe it’s a bit tongue and cheek? If anything, it reveals she has a bit of an attitude. She’s also a big Disney fan.
Peter Pan & Wendy Almost Kiss In These Tattoos
These tattoos are interesting because they belong to a male who is definitely a romantic at heart. It features Peter Pan pulling away as Wendy Darling goes in for a kiss. It’s really cute! Wendy is a young girl who meets Peter and reluctantly flies with him to Neverland. She has fun on the adventures and cares for Peter as well as her younger brothers. She appears somewhat interested in the mischievous boy. Peter, on the other hand, is footloose and fancy-free and refuses to grow up. He hangs out with fairies and mermaids and occasionally humans from the real world.
Back Ink Featuring Alice, The Cheshire Cat & Other Characters From Wonderland
The 1951 film Alice in Wonderland was based on the books by Lewis Carroll. This woman’s back tattoo features Alice standing beside the Cheshire Cat as she looks upon various characters, including Tweedledee and Tweedledum and the Mad Hatter. Interestingly, the film performed poorly at the box office upon its release. It had its first theatrical re-release in 1974, which was very successful. It has often been associated with drug culture and has been considered a “heady” film for its depiction of Alice taking a drink, which makes her grow large, followed by a mushroom that helps her shrink.
“The Aristocrats” Sharing A Romantic Moment On The Moon
The Aristocrats is one of Disney’s lesser-known animated films. The 1970 movie centers on a family of cats and an alley cat who helps them after they are kidnapped by the butler who wants to get his hands on their mistress’s fortune, which was supposed to go to them. This shoulder tattoo features two of the cats (Duchess and Abraham de Lacy Giuseppe Casey Thomas O’Malley) sitting on the moon with their tails linked together. It’s a romantic tattoo and represents the love between the two main characters in the film, one of whom is an aristocrat and other a feral cat.
This “Toy Story” Quote Makes You Happy
This individual tattooed the quote on her forearm, showing that she believes in herself and that anything is possible. This famous quote, “To infinity and beyond,” can be attributed to Buzz Lightyear, a toy Space Ranger hero, from the Toy Story franchise. Buzz believes he’s an actual astronaut, not a toy. Buzz says the catchphrase before he demonstrates his flying abilities. It’s also the title of the book, To Infinity and Beyond!: The Story of Pixar Animation Studios. It’s a very uplifting sentiment and tells people that life is what you make of it. It’s best to be positive and believe in yourself.
A “101 Dalmatians” Fan Whose Motto Is “Never Stop Dreaming”
There’s something about a guy who has a Disney tattoo on his arm. It reveals that he has a sensitive side. And who doesn’t love puppies? The quote “Never stop dreaming” is used frequently in Disney merchandise. You can find it on t-shirts, charm necklaces, banners and more. This guy decided to use the catchphrase underneath dogs from one of his favorite Disney films, One Hundred and One Dalmatians (aka 101 Dalmatians). The 1961 film was based on the novel by Dodie Smith. It centers on the villainous Cruella de Vil, who kidnaps the puppies to use their fur to make into coats.
Here’s A Clever Mary Poppins Behind-The-Ear Tattoo
This behind-the-ear tattoo shows Mary Poppins with her signature umbrella, which she takes with her wherever she goes. The owner of this tattoo obviously feels akin to Mary Poppins. She probably loves children and is a very nurturing individual. Walt Disney produced the musical-fantasy film Mary Poppins in 1964. Julie Andrews starred as the titular character, who comes down from the sky and becomes a nanny for a dysfunctional family in London. The magical caregiver uses her special personality to help the family get back on track. The film won five Academy Awards, including Best Actress for Andrews.
This Watercolor Little Mermaid Is Charming
This tattoo features an abstract mermaid, who appears to have been painted in watercolors. The 1989 animated film The Little Mermaid was based on the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. There are very few strokes to the design, but the subject is very obvious. The film marked a bit of a comeback for Disney, whose big-screen films had been struggling since the 1970s. It was the first animated feature to earn more than $100 million at the box office. It centers on a pretty mermaid princess named Ariel who dreams of becoming human. Successful follow-ups included Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King.
These Black & White Mickey & Minnie Tattoos Are All That
What better way to commemorate one’s love for Disney than tattooing the brand’s most iconic characters onto your forearms? These two tattoos are done in a simple but artful way. They are completely void of color, but if anything that makes them even more interesting. As previously noted, Mickey’s first appearance was in “Steamboat Willie,” and he was black and white. He is Disney’s mascot and one of the most recognizable characters in the world. While you can’t tell that he’s wearing red shorts, yellow shoes, and white gloves in this tattoo, it doesn’t matter. And of course, his sidekick Minnie is adorable with the giant bow on her head.
Check Out Pocahontas With Colorful Hair
This arm tattoo features the Native American woman Pocahontas with multi-colored hair, blowing in the wind. The ink pays homage to the 1995 animated film’s theme song, “Colors of the Wind.” The lyrics take the viewpoint of Native Americans, who respect nature and strive to live in harmony with earth’s animals. The song won an Academy Award and reached number four on the US Billboard Hot 100. While the tattoo is pretty and represents something positive, the movie itself received mixed reviews from fans and critics. It was embroiled in controversy for its racial overtones, stereotypes, and historical inaccuracies.
This Uplifting Winnie The Pooh Quote Is Spot On
Christopher Robin says, “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think,” in A.A. Milne’s book Winnie the Pooh. This young woman loved the quote so much that she tattooed the phrase on her shoulder alongside a drawing of Winnie the Pooh. It’s very inspiring. Disney licensed certain film and other rights to Milne’s characters back in 1961. The company produced several cartoons featuring the characters, animated films and live-action series. Pooh is so popular among Disney fans, he’s the second most requested character in Disney parks (behind Mickey Mouse, of course!)
A Pretty Watercolor Cinderella Castle
In addition to Mickey Mouse, one of Disney’s most identifiable icons is the Cinderella castle. Disney calls the castle its “fairytale symbol of Magic Kingdom park.” Nearly anyone who sees this castle knows exactly what it represents, so it’s a no-brainer for a Disney fan to tattoo the building on her arm. The castle was based on several real-life castles, including Versailles in France and Castle Neuschwanstein in Bavaria, Germany. The top levels of Disney’s Cinderella Castle house a suite that can sleep up to six people. It is an exclusive privilege to be able to spend a night there.
Cute Squirt From “Finding Nemo”
This tattoo shows the person who is wearing it is very playful and lighthearted. It features the tiny turtle Squirt from the animated film Finding Nemo. Squirt, who has a big personality, surfs with his dad in the ocean currents. He makes friends easily and loves to go on adventures. It’s likely that that the person with this tattoo embodies many, if not all, of these characteristics. The 2003 film centers on a clownfish who tries to find his kidnapped son, Nemo, with the help of another fish, Dory. At the time of its release, the movie was the highest-grossing animated film at the time.
Alice In Her Signature Dress
This young woman chose to tattoo a figure of Alice from Alice in Wonderland on her back, right underneath her neck. The picture makes it look as though the two are one and the same. Interestingly, the 1951 animated film was shot in live-action so animators could have a point of reference while they were drawing the characters. Around 30 songs were written for the film but were never used in the final project. However, several songs were kept in the movie, earning composer Oliver Wallace an Oscar nomination. Wallace lost the award to a song written for An American in Paris.