The Disney Tattoo: Are You a Big Enough Fan to Actually Do it?!

If you didn’t love Disney, you would have never found your way to Mouze Kateerz. You love Disney. Some of you L.O.V.E. Disney. You bought the t-shirts, you have the necklace, you might even have a hat or two. Have you ever wanted to take your love for Disney and mark your body with it permanently? Are you a big enough fan for a Disney tattoo?!

I did some research on Wikipedia, and a tattoo is defined as “a form of body modification.”  It’s created by inserting indelible ink into the dermis layer of the skin to change the pigment. I hadn’t thought about Disney tattoos until recently, but they are quite abundant on the internet. So again, have you ever wanted to take your love for Disney and mark your body with it permanently?

Here’s a little Wikipedia historical background, interspersed with what I thought were some of the most interesting Disney tattoo photos I could find.

Tattooing has been practiced for centuries in many cultures spread throughout the world. Tattoo enthusiasts often refer to tattoos as “ink,” “tats,” “art,” “pieces,” or “work;” they refer to the people giving the tattoo as “artists.” The use of the word “artist” is gaining greater support, as mainstream art galleries now hold exhibitions for both conventional and custom tattoo designs.

Getting tattooed  has been a human practice since at least since Neolithic times. Ötzi the Iceman, dating from the fourth to fifth millennium BC, had 57 carbon tattoos consisting of simple dots and lines. Other mummies bearing tattoos and dating from the end of the second millennium B.C. have been discovered.

Wikipedia reports that since the 1990s, tattoos have become a mainstream part of global and Western fashion, common among both sexes, to all economic classes, and to age groups from the later teen years to middle age.

In 2010, 25% of Australians under age 30 all had tattoos. There was even a tattoo-bearing Barbie released in 2011, which was widely accepted, although it did attract some controversy.

The photo of the Haunted Mansion tattoo came from disneyink.tumblr.com. There was no name for the owner found, but here is the description.

“I designed this tattoo around the wallpaper motif inside the ride. The immensely talented Show from Black Diamond Tattoo in Santa Monica, CA inked in on my calf 🙂 The 33 on the top is to commemorate me getting to dine at Club 33, which was a lifelong dream of mine.”

What does this mean to you, Disney fan? It’s simple. Tattoos have been around forever and with their popularity soaring, you probably know someone who has one, or maybe more than one. But do they have a Disney tattoo?!

The American Academy of Dermatology distinguishes 5 types of tattoos:

  1. traumatic tattoos, also called “natural tattoos”, that result from injuries, especially asphalt from road injuries or pencil lead
  2. amateur tattoos
  3. professional tattoos, both using traditional methods and modern tattoo machines
  4. cosmetic tattoos, also known as “permanent makeup”
  5. medical tattoos, like for breast reconstruction

The most common method of tattooing in modern times is the electric tattoo machine, which inserts the ink into the skin using a single needle or a group of needles that are soldered onto a bar, which is attached to an oscillating unit. This unit rapidly and repeatedly drives the needles in and out of the skin, usually 80 to 150 times a second. This modern procedure is ordinarily sanitary, because the needles are single-use needles that come packaged individually.

Prices for tattoos vary widely globally and locally, depending on the complexity of the tattoo, the skill and expertise of the artist, the costs of running a business, the economics of supply and demand, etc. The time it takes to get a tattoo is in proportion with its size and complexity. A small tattoo with a simple design might take 15 minutes, whereas an elaborate sleeve tattoo or back piece will require multiple sessions that may consist of several hours of inking at a time.

Cinderella tattoo, Dream is a Wish tattoo, tattoo history, believe tattoo

Photo courtesy of disneyink.tumblr.com.

Seeing any tattoos you like so far? If you do get a Disney tattoo, how do you take care of your investment?

Tattoo artists, and people with tattoos, vary widely in their preferred methods of caring for new tattoos. Some artists recommend keeping a new tattoo wrapped for the first 24 hours, while others suggest removing temporary bandaging after two hours or less to allow the skin to “breathe.”

Many tattoo artists advise against allowing too much contact with hot tub or pool water.  Spending time soaking in a tub for the first two weeks. This is to prevent the tattoo ink from washing out or fading due to over-hydration. This will also prevent  infections from exposure to bacteria. In contrast, other artists suggest that a new tattoo should be bathed in very hot water following the application.

Photo courtesy of disneyink.tumblr.com.

General consensus for care advises against removing the scab that may form on a new tattoo, and avoiding exposing one’s tattoo to the sun for extended periods for at least 3 weeks; both of these can contribute to fading of the image.

Furthermore, it is agreed that a new tattoo needs to be kept clean.

Various products may be recommended for application to the skin, ranging from those intended for the treatment of cuts, burns and scrapes.

Hard to believe that is a tattoo. Modern tattoos do not resemble the tattoos of generations ago that turned up on sailors arms. In other words, this Disney design ain’t your grandma’s tattoo!

The above photo is a partial photograph of a very large tattoo belonging to 27-year-old Annfaye Kao of Taichung, Taiwan.  I found her photos on a semi-racy tattoo site called I Bent My Wookie.com. (If you are brave enough to peak, remember I warned you it looked a little racy.) She spent three months having the colorful world of Disney tattooed all over her body. Her story was told on their website.

“Annfaye’s stunning work features mainly Show White and her seven dwarves, along with Queen Grimhilde and Bambi. In an interview with The Daily Mail, she mentioned that the idea for the tattoo came to her in a dream:

“As a child I used to imagine I was Snow White in a fairytale so it seemed like a good thing to have tattooed on my back,” she said. “Snow White is a part of my childhood and therefore me, so I’m happy I will have it on me forever – it reminds me of my princess dream.”

“Annfaye admits the intensive inking process was painful, but it was ultimately worth it in the end – she won an award at a Singapore tattoo competition after its completion.”

There’s your history of the tattoo, and quite a lot of Disney tattoos to mull over. Do you think you could get one?

Looking for a less permanent way to display that Disney love, one your mom won’t have a stroke over? Go for the nails.  Here’s a great article with instructions and photos on a Disney manicure. Less $$ and not near as long-lasting, but also quite artistic, the Disney manicure might be the short-term route for you.

The Disney Princess: How to Get A Disney Inspired Manicure

So are you inspired? Think you are a big enough Disney fan to display your favorite characters on a body part for all the world to see?  Do you already have a Disney tattoo? If you have one, or think you might like one, stop by Mouze Kateerz on Facebook and leave us a photo and your thoughts.

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Comments

  1. Tara Petar (@TaraPetar) says:

    I have the Mickey filligree design on my right wrist, two weeks after I went to WDW and saw the design EVERYWHERE!! handbag, scarf, laptop case now phone cases 🙂 everything matches 🙂

  2. I have a Mickey Mouse tattoo on my right ankle. He has a cane and little did I know I would have to use a cane months later.

  3. Victoria H says:

    I want to get Mickey on my ankle, but am being a baby and not sure if I can handle the needle. LOL!

  4. While on the bus to AK last August, I saw a woman with a gorgeous Alice in Wonderland tattoo – I couldn’t stop staring at it!
    Entered to win too 🙂

    • Woohoo, glad you entered! There are some grea ttattoos out there. I have a one inch flower, and I don’t know if I am brave enough for another?! Thanks for stopping by…Amanda

  5. I have a Mickey and Minnie ankle band! Love it and I thinking about what my next disney tat is. I am thinking a Maleficent somewhere 🙂

  6. I have an AWESOME Tinkerbell on my ankle, and a bunch of “Peace, Love, Mickey” balloons on my calf. The problem with well known characters is that if you don’t get every detail correct, you may end up with a slightly cross-eyed or weird looking version, like the Lion King characters above, as well as the Snow White (what is going on with her nose?). They look horrible. The Minnie is adorable and well done, as are the graphics without character faces. Trust your tattoo artist-I have a hugely talented nephew that did mine and I just LOVE them.

  7. Mel Teetaert says:

    Hi great article I have many disney tattoos from eyeore on my ankle to Tim shumates tinkerbell on my arm. But my fave is my full back piece with the castle,characters,fireworks and the partners statue. I love having disney a permanent part of my life.

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