portrait tattoos

10 Amazing Portrait Tattoos

Tattoo culture has evolved and produced a very wide range of genres and expressions, traditional, new school, Japanese, realism and so on. But today we are going to talk about portrait tattoos. As you can tell from the name, a portrait tattoo is a tattoo theme rather than a tattoo style, although due to the specificity of the theme, a realism style is usually used to better express the authenticity of the portrait.

If you are looking for some tattoo themes, then this article may inspire you. Although the themes vary, we all want unique tattoos, and portrait tattoos fit the bill greatly. Everyone has someone in their life that has greatly influenced you, relatives, the loved one, celebrities, movie and TV characters, and furry family members, etc, all of which make for great unique themes.

 Let's take a look at these 10 wonderful portrait tattoos made by Emalla sponsored tattoo artists.


Portrait of a lovely daughter

Cute Baby Tattoo

Let's start with the adorable little baby! With a portrait of his daughter and her name, this must be a father's happiest time. We always want to commemorate something with a tattoo, to freeze a moment for eternity.


Salvador Dalí.

Salvador Dalí black and grey tattoo

It's also a surrealistic tattoo.Its surreal approach to portraits is just as wonderful. This tattoo superbly combines a portrait of Salvador Dalí with his famous art style, his classic twisted clock and the surreal feel of the whole image.

This is the kind of tattoo art we want to see! Not just individual portraits, but unique and sensible designs.


Harry Potter and Hogwarts.

harry potter portrait tattoo

I bet this is one of the best Harry Potter portrait tattoos ever. Who wouldn't want a Hedwig to fly into their home when they're eleven years old?


Muhammad Ali gaining the victory

muhammadali tattoo

This was the tattoo @andres_designink presented at the @tattoomusicfestmx 🇲🇽 with which  took the first place color realism and Best of the day and Best of the event.

Muhammad Ali was an American professional boxer and activist. Nicknamed "the Greatest", he is regarded as one of the most significant sports figures of the 20th century and is often regarded as the greatest heavyweight boxer of all time.


Tupac Shakur

Excellent colorful realism work made with Emalla tattoo products

Tupac Amaru Shakur, better known by his stage names 2Pac and Makaveli, is an American rapper. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential and successful rappers of all time. Much of Shakur's music is known for addressing contemporary social issues plaguing the inner city.


Barbossa and his monkey Jack from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.

Captain Hector Barbossa tattoo

Barbossa has been conceptualized as a "dark trickster" and the evil counterpart of Captain Jack Sparrow.

His monkey Jack was the second pet monkey. Mockingly named after Captain Jack Sparrow, this capuchin monkey was considered the meanest, most rotten-tempered simian in all of the Caribbean. Jack the Monkey first joined his owner in a search to find of the cursed treasure of Cortés, which Jack lived under throughout his life as an undead monkey.


David Bowie tattoo from labyrinth

David Bowie from labyrinth.

Labyrinth is a 1986 musical fantasy film. David Bowie as Jareth, the Goblin King. The movie received mixed reviews when it was released, but apparently the owner of this tattoo is a huge fan of the character or the actor.

Do you like the movie?


Léon: The Professional.

Leon tattoo

Léon: The Professional is an action thriller written and directed by Luc Besson. The plot centers around professional killer Léon, who reluctantly takes in 12-year-old Mathilda Lando after her family is murdered by corrupt DEA agent Norman Stansfield. Léon and Mathilda develop an unusual relationship. As depicted by this tattoo, she becomes Leon's protégé and learns the skills of the killer's profession.

9.@marca.ec collaboration with @jhonyramireztattoo

neo-traditional portrait tattoo

A neo-traditional style portrait tattoo wins the Best of the show at @orlandotattooshow. Congratulations to both of these talented artists!


medusa tatoo by daniil.naraev

Medusa. A familiar mythological character, what does she mean to you?

@daniil.naraev said:
"Probably my favorite subject to do when it comes to portraying a female… So many parallels with this one…so controversial and unfair…

Men foolishly falling for the power and beauty of Medusa. They stood frozen, turned into stone, and lost all their lively forces…

Only through the use of a mirror (shield) could Perseus bravely defeat one of the Gorgon sisters, and decapitate her of her “deadly powers”…

Perhaps the story of Medusa that we hear less often is the most meaningful, tragic, and sad…

A beautiful maid, who was raped, punished, rumored, and then killed by a man… Yet it ends with the rebirth of beauty… like a Pheonix’s, a winged Pegasus raised from the body of Medusa after she was slayed…

Divine beauty, a monster, duality, power, courage and rebirth…

How do you see the story of Medusa in today's world? Have you seen her? Were you weak and frozen or were you strong and defeated that beautiful “monster”…? Or perhaps you had the courage to see Divine beauty under the layers of ashes of tragedy…?"

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