If you think drawing flawless Disney and Pixar characters on paper is an artistic challenge, then try drawing them onto a moving piece of skin! That’s what these super-talented tattoo artists do for a living, and the results are truly amazing. In fact, it’s like these classic animated characters sprang fully formed out of their respective movies…
20. Ursula – The Little Mermaid
This awesome Ursula from The Little Mermaid was inked by top California-based tattooist Audie Fulfer Jr., whose original dream was to be a comic book artist. “My clients get their childhood put on them forever and feel comfortable knowing that who’s doing it is just as passionate as they are,” he told Inked magazine.
19. Merida – Brave
Flame-haired Princess Merida from the movie Brave is given new life in this tattoo by Emersson Pabon. Pabon’s photorealistic tattoos are simply breathtaking: here, for example, every one of the Pixar heroine’s freckles looks like it’s been created with love.
18. Woody and Buzz – Toy Story
These awesomely detailed Woody and Buzz Toy Story tattoos claim to be “by Andy,” the toy’s owner in the films. But they’re actually by Ben Carlisle, a tattoo artist from Stoke-on-Trent, England.
17. Sulley – Monsters, Inc.
When working on Monsters, Inc., Pixar had to create a whole new computer program just to get Sulley’s fur to look realistic. But Audie Fulfer Jr. achieved the same thing in the tattoo studio – great job, dude.
16. Anna – Frozen
This beautiful tattoo of Princess Anna from Frozen was created by award-winning Pittsburgh tattoo artist Sarah Miller. And it’s perfectly done too, even down to the tiny details like her eyelashes and the glint of light in her eyes.
15. Dory – Finding Nemo
This tattoo of Dory from Pixar’s Finding Nemo and Finding Dory is cute and colorful, just like she is. Its artist, Luka Lajoie, wrote “So much fun with this piece!” when he posted it on Instagram, and we agree – the joy in this little fish shines right through.
14. Carl – Up
This inking of an adorably bespectacled young Carl from Pixar’s wonderful Up was done by Rich Pineda from California. And, to make it even more awesome, he gave Carl a Mickey Mouse balloon! How’s that for a neat Disney/Pixar crossover?
13. Snow White – Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
“Today was a very good day! I got to tattoo this beautiful lady on a fellow Disney lover,” tattoo artist Kevin Furness wrote on his Instagram. And the beautiful lady in question is, of course, Snow White.
12. Elsa and Jack Skellington – Frozen/The Nightmare Before Christmas
Sure, Frozen’s Elsa and The Nightmare Before Christmas’ Jack Skellington seem like they’d make quite an odd couple. And yet, in this exquisitely detailed monochrome tattoo by Rich Pineda the pair fit together perfectly.
11. Peter Pan – Captain Hook
This Captain Hook from Peter Pan was also inked by Audie Fulfer Jr. as part of a “super awesome” Disney villains sleeve. And the famous pirate just oozes evil – albeit an extremely stylish kind of evil.
10. Vanellope Von Schweetz – Wreck-It Ralph
Remember Disney’s 2012 video game film Wreck-It Ralph? It’s an underrated must-see that certainly deserves to have its characters immortalized on skin. This Vanellope Von Schweetz is another masterpiece by Rich Pineda.
9. Stitch – Lilo and Stitch
“Here is a cute little Stitch I made,” Audie Fulfer Jr. posted on Instagram. We concur: the little monster from Lilo and Stitch is completely and utterly adorable.
8. Mickey Mouse – Fantasia
There are a lot of Mickey Mouse tattoos in the world, which isn’t surprising seeing as how he’s probably the most famous cartoon character of all time. Few of them, however, are truly great – but this depiction of Mickey in his Fantasia sorcerer guise by Kevin Furness is definitely one of the good ones.
7. Elsa – Frozen
It seems as if tattooist Audie Fulfer Jr. is something of an involuntary expert when it comes to all things Disney. And he explained why when he posted this piece of Elsa art to Instagram, writing alongside the awesome inking, “Being a dad of two daughters I’ve seen [Frozen] numerous times, as well as heard the songs sung over and over, so this was a fun piece for me.”
6. The Queen of Hearts – Alice in Wonderland
Disney’s live-action Alice in Wonderland was an endless parade of awesome designs that make for fantastic tattoos. And judging by this incredible tat, Rich Pineda had the skill in spades to perfectly capture the likeness of Helena Bonham Carter’s Queen of Hearts.
5. Sadness – Inside Out
Sure, you wouldn’t want a tattoo that makes you sad, but how about a Sadness tattoo? And this cute depiction of Sadness from Inside Out would make anyone smile. It was inked by Mae La Roux, who describes herself as a “Disney tattooer.”
4. Captain Jack Sparrow – Pirates of the Caribbean
As you can imagine, Johnny Depp’s iconic Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean is a pretty popular tattoo choice. And it’s hard to believe any tattoo artist has done a better job in depicting the iconic pirate than Rich Pineda, who has captured every beard hair and bead in his ultra-realistic inking.
3. Flik the Ant – A Bug’s Life
Pixar’s very underrated 1998 film A Bug’s Life gets some love with this nifty Flik the Ant tattoo. Artist Audie Fulfer Jr. enjoyed working on this colourful tat, too, and has described it as a “super fun piece.”
It took Rich Pineda a whole seven hours to ink this magnificent Maleficent tattoo on one Disney fan, but it sure was worth it. All of Angelina Jolie’s features, not to mention Maleficent’s fabulous horns, are rendered perfectly.
1. Davy Jonas – Pirates of the Caribbean
There’s plenty of Jack Sparrow tattoos out there, so how about a Davy Jones one instead? This tattoo of the villain from Pirates of the Caribbean by Fredy Tomas, for example, has been drawn in such detail you almost feel as if you’d get slimy if you touched it.