Badass Tattoos! What makes tattoos, badass tattoos? If you look up the definition of badass, you’ll not be impressed. It speaks of arrogance, toughness and intimidation. However, badass also refers to awesomeness to an extreme level. Breaking the rules and intriguing people with divine skill is badass. Ultra-cool, rad and amazing are related to badass. So, expect nothing but truly special tattoo designs!
The following 25 badass tattoos aren’t all complex. Sometimes simple and functional can be badass too. You’ll see scary creatures, biomechanical tattoos and juicy muscles, out of which none is tiny. I’m pretty sure there isn’t a tiny tattoo that could actually be considered badass. This is because tattoos need details and they are impressive thanks to size, not only design and colors.
Realism is the key tattooing style that carries people’s mind to surreal worlds where their skin is no longer just skin. Traditional tattoos are also part of this category and that’s because they never grow old enough to become outdated. In addition, you’ll find out that minimalism can be cool if it’s done right. Sadly, the watercolor technique is too fine and discolored to properly put together a badass tattoo.
Is your style a little edgy? Do you like skulls and other morbid symbols? Do you characterize yourself as clever, intelligent and an expert when it comes to art? If your answers are positive and you don’t feel the need to explain yourself, then you’re ready to browse through these fantastic ideas. They serve as sources of inspiration, which only a badass person can use in his or her advantage.
- 1 25. Tattoo artist for life
- 2 24. Walking on the Moon
- 3 23. Turn on the backlight
- 4 22. The Black Widow with fangs
- 5 21. Butterfly as neck
- 6 20. Bio-mechanical merges with nature
- 7 19. The sleeve of horrors
- 8 18. The Joker is everywhere
- 9 17. A game of cards
- 10 16. Can’t bite this!
- 11 15. A hybrid mechanism
- 12 14. Breaking bad with ink
- 13 13. Wonderland on flesh
- 14 12. Realism goes a long way
- 15 11. An interpretation of pain
- 16 10. The jumping man
- 17 9. A badass couple
- 18 8. Edward without his scissorhands
- 19 7. Death vs. life
- 20 6. Human canvas as map
- 21 5. Muscles on sight
- 22 4. A geometric artwork
- 23 3. Don’t play with fire
- 24 2. Needles here to stay
- 25 1. The zombie man
25. Tattoo artist for life
This tattoo is badass because it incorporates a tattooing machine in a very feminine undergarment. When you feel like your profession represents you, but you know you are much more complex than that, you may add another detail.
24. Walking on the Moon
23. Turn on the backlight
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22. The Black Widow with fangs
Multiple badass tattoos use the neo-traditional technique. Some ideas simply look better this way. A realistic tarantula with fangs might not be as classical and creepy as this one.
21. Butterfly as neck
Perfect placement and an optical illusion are two elements that make a tattoo eligible for the badass characterisation. His neck is still a little swollen, but even so, I can’t take my eyes off this masterpiece!
20. Bio-mechanical merges with nature
When they first appeared, biomechanical tattoos made everyone fall in love. The fascination of merging mechanical parts with the human flesh is still present and people are taking it to a whole new level. This woman transformed her body drastically by choosing a badass design and a talented tattoo artist.
19. The sleeve of horrors
The most badass tattoos you’ll ever find are part of a sleeve or a back piece. Themed tattoos are complex and they are often inked by the same person. The result in the picture above couldn’t be possible if more artists would contribute. Each artist has his or her own style.
18. The Joker is everywhere
The Joker was interpreted in many ways. However, I find this example more impressive than others. Why? It spreads on a man’s back, it is not just a copy of its original appearance and the color choices are amazing!
17. A game of cards
16. Can’t bite this!
How badass should a person be to get such tattoo on her neck? Badass tattoos are often found on badass people. This girl went off the charts by opting for a realistic, bloody mouth. It looks like it was sewn in her neck! Would you have the guts to choose such design?
15. A hybrid mechanism
The effect of ripped skin was mastered by numerous tattoo artists since people went crazy over it. However, one should truly be badass to conceive a hybrid design of broken ribs and clock-like mechanisms.
14. Breaking bad with ink
13. Wonderland on flesh
Tim Burton is badass and that’s why anyone can create badass tattoos based on his works of art. This is the story of Alice in Wonderland, inked on a woman’s leg using vivid colors and realistic interpretations.
12. Realism goes a long way
Have you ever wondered why you don’t see tattooed nipples? Well, the answer goes two ways: that area is sensitive and tattooing it hurts a bunch. In addition, it is dark enough to go unnoticed. Despite those reasons, badass tattoos include tattooed nipples because this skull needs his eye!
11. An interpretation of pain
10. The jumping man
9. A badass couple
Everything about these two persons is badass! They are old, loving and inked from head to toe! Who wouldn’t like to look like that when they grow old? I wish I’ll end up sporting this much ink by the time I’m 60!
8. Edward without his scissorhands
Badass tattoos may be inked in two or more styles. The realism from Edward’s face mixes perfectly with the chunks of black that form his body. I’m not sure why the missing pieces are leaves, but I’m sure there is an explanation.
7. Death vs. life
6. Human canvas as map
Dedication, detail and determination are the attributes of both this woman and her tattoo artist. Badass tattoos aren’t easy to choose, wear or get, but once you have them, you’ll always be proud!
5. Muscles on sight
4. A geometric artwork
3. Don’t play with fire
Are you speechless? I know I am! This is how colors should be used if the wanted effect is realism! Her heart looks like it’s truly on fire and that’s more than badass! The chest and neck area are considered highly sensitive and painful to poke needles through.
2. Needles here to stay
What’s cool about this tat are not the needles, but the way they look. Thanks to the well-placed shadows and the use of proper gray shades, they look real. I can’t say the same about that blood, but perfection is not the point here.
1. The zombie man
The Zombie man is already a legend you might know about. He did much more than ink his body. He transformed it.