Studio Ghibli is known to make high-quality animated films like no other. From their animation to their imagination, their films like Spirited Away, Ponyo, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Howl’s Moving Castle, Princess Mononoke, and more have a wide following of dedicated fans.
When it comes to tattoos, places and characters from Ghibli films are quite popular. Here are ten examples of awesome Ghibli tattoos. Be sure to check out the links to the talented tattoo artists that made these, as they have galleries filled with more cool tattoo designs.
No-Face is a secondary antagonist from Spirited Away, and is well-loved by the Ghibli fandom. Unlike some other spirits in the film, his design is original from director Hayao Miazaki rather than from Japanese folklore. He starts off as a little scary, but eventually becomes a peaceful friend to the protagonist.
This tattoo was made by Australian artist, Carly. She has done a lot of other anime-inspired tattoos as well with characters from Sailor Moon and Cardcaptor Sakura.
9 Ponyo Trio
Ponyo is an adorable story about a fish who turns into a girl. These three are the fish versions, and they make adorable little ankle tattoos! It is a great choice not just for fans of the film, but those who love mermaids, the ocean, and swimming.
The tattoo was made by jayshintattoo. His other works delve into birds, butterflies, and flowers.
8 Howl’s Moving Castle
Howl’s castle is gigantic and takes a ton of detail for an artist to complete, so this piece is pretty amazing. The movie, Howls Moving Castle, is a major favorite for many anime fans and it is based on a book of the same name. The handsome wizard, Howl, lives in this castle that lumbers around on legs. It is definitely not something you see everyday.
It likely took the artist a long time to make this piece, so check out their other works! The talented artist behind this tattoo is Sasha Masiuk.
7 Totoro Duo
A tattoo doesn’t have to have a ton of detail to be awesome, and that is shown in these My Neighbor Totoro tattoos. While a lot of Studio Ghibli films are known for their whimsy, My Neighbor Totoro is at the top of whimsical. Some say the character Totoro is more loved than Mickey Mouse! That’s a big deal.
The tattoos were made by Hugo K.
6 Princess Mononoke
Princess Mononoke is known to be the darker Studio Ghibli film. It showcases a war between nature and man, and its one where both turn out to be the losers. It is gorgeous and has one of the coolest princesses known to film.
This beautiful leg tattoo was made by New Zealand based artist, dbkaye. He has also made tattoos for fans of Star Wars, Rick and Morty, and Batman.
5 Ghibli Ensemble
If you cannot pick one film, why not get a tattoo that shows many of Studio Ghibli’s works? This tattoo showcases spirits and sidekicks out of Spirited Away, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Howl’s Moving Castle, Princess Mononoke, and My Neighbor Totoro. Despite coming from very different stories, all of them look well together.
The tattoo was made by Paris-based artist, Violette Lovecat. Her tattoos, like this one, features a lot of geometric shapes.
Jiji is Kiki’s cat from Kiki’s Delivery Service. The black cat serves as the young girl’s companion while she trains to be a witch. Its personality is pretty different depending on whether you watch the English or Japanese version. Whichever version you watch though, it still looks cute.
The tattoo was made by Liz Baker. She has done other Ghibli characters such as Ponyo.
Haku from Spirited Away is an incredibly popular tattoo. He is an elegant dragon that is perfect for different kinds of designs and styles. Besides how he looks, he is also one of the most interesting characters of the Ghibli film. He is always helping the young protagonist and he is shrouded in mystery.
This watercolor tattoo was done by josiesexton. Their gallery also includes Totoro tattoos and a ton of characters from other fandoms.
2 Mononoke Mask
This creative design shows the mask that the princess wears in the beginning, but puts characters and creatures from the movie within it. You can see the guardian of the forest at the forehead, wolves on the ears, the two main characters on each side, and Kodama (forest spirits) on the bottom.
The tattoo was made by taktoboli. They excel at really psychedelic and colorful designs and have done more than one Princess Mononoke inspired tattoo.
1 Spirited Away Soot Sprites
The soot sprites from Spirited Away, next to Haku, are another incredibly popular tattoo idea for Ghibli fans. They are cute, little, and are often combined kompeitō (that colorful Japanese sugar candy). In this tattoo, they do have kompeitō along with a delicious looking cupcake.
The artist is Federica Madonna.
Studio Ghibli creates some of the most whimsical films out there, and these 10 tattoo artists have created beautiful tributes to the iconic studio.