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Cult Tattoo Phenomena #2: Hello Kitty
Cult Tattoo Phenomena #2: Hello Kitty

A while ago, I wrote up little article about the crazy cupcake tattoo phenomena that has exploded in that past few years.

Well, recently I've been noticing more and more Hello Kitty and HK inspired tattoos. I know that this isn't anything new. It's more just that I wonder why people want to get this lovable little creature tattooed on themselves. I mean, it's a grade school girl's cartoon character. Maybe it's just part of the "Getting tattoos of things that I liked when I was a kid" scenario. I was never into Hello Kitty, and neither were my little sisters so I'm a bit lost on this one. To me, it's always been a Japanese school-girl thing. I don't even recall Hello Kitty that much growing up.

What's interesting is that the standard Hello Kitty logo is the one that I see the least. A vast majority of them have all been modified or spliced with another iconic character.

Day of the Dead (El Dia de los Muertos) Hello Kitty Tattoo:

Straight-Edge (sXe) Hello Kitty Tattoo:

Halo Kitty Tattoo (this one's pretty sweet):

Hello Kitty Jesus Tattoo:

For the Star Wars fans, we have the Hello Kitty Darth Vader tattoo and the Hello Kitty Storm Trooper tattoo:


To bring things more on the side of Hardcore Hello Kitty, Brian Decker (xPUREx) created this Hello Kitty implant:

My "pins-and-needles" image that brings this all together... the Hello Kitty Cupcake Tattoo!:

And lastly we have what could be considered the most ultimate / fanatical / lunacy hello kitty tattoo to top them all, the Hello Kitty Forehead Tattoo:

The owner's name is Garry and he is a musician / author / wrestler from Ohio. The tattoo artist that did it is Rev. Chad Wells. Garry (aka. Jacurutu3 / Scary Garry) also has a hello kitty branding on his hand. Judging from the other icon tattoos (notice PacMan on the neck), and the Muscle Men figures in his hair, I'm thinking he's a product of the 80's =)

And here's a gallery of a ton more Hello Kitty Tattoos!


And just for kicks, I thought I'd throw these bad boys in here as well. I mean, they are pretty cool!

So you've seen Darth Kitty (or Hello Kitty Darth Vader tattoo)...well, here's Darth Vader as Hello Kitty =)

.: Adam
Since 2003, Adam Callen has been the editor and publisher of, not the largest or oldest full-spectrum body modification publication on the planet, but pretty damn awesome =). Copyright © 2023 Adam Callen. Permission is granted to reprint this article in its entirety as long as credit is retained and usage is non-commercial. Requests to publish edited or shortened versions must be confirmed in writing. For bibliographical purposes this article was first published November 9, 2009 in New York City, US.

I hope someone sees the humor in this =)
haha, that';s funny. especialy the halo kitty lol. I';m going to be doing a hello kitty tatoo in a few weeks on a friend of mine. she';s getting a dead hello kitty with it';s brains falling out ^_^
Posted on November 9, 2009 (11:50am)
Halo kitty was funny.
I do not get it.. But transformers fucking rocked as a child. I would get a transformr type tattoo *;hides*;
Posted on November 9, 2009 (12:07pm)
i LOVE hello kitty and buy anything with her little face on it. But being an 80 yr old woman with a cartoon cat tattoo does not appeal to me. Yet.
Posted on November 9, 2009 (12:52pm)
i hav a friend who has no tattoos and she talks of a Hello Kitty sleeve.
Posted on November 9, 2009 (1:05pm)
I wouldn';t want anything tattooed on me from my childhood. I loved Airwolf and Batman, but that';d make for shit (imo) tattoos.

Also, that pastel coloured Darth Vader is commonly known as Darth Gayder.
Posted on November 9, 2009 (4:19pm)
I like Badtz Maru personally, the badass penguin lol. ;;) I wanna see an ALF tattoo, that would be sweet.
Posted on November 9, 2009 (8:00pm)
i got my hello kitty tattoo because of the movie blade trinity. ";it';s in the meat of my ass right below the hello kitty tattoo."; LOL. i will get it covered up if i ever have to go to jail.
Posted on November 9, 2009 (9:59pm)
yesss i have a hello kitty tattoo. i did it on a whim because i am teased for my obsesson with her and a few of the other characters but i put it the only place it would make snse.
on mi kitty. its right above it and its a pirate just because it was fucking fabulous.
Posted on November 9, 2009 (10:20pm)
i love hello kitty, and own many HK items, why not get a tattoo of something i love xD
Posted on November 10, 2009 (12:10am)
*;graps vomit bag*; i personally cant see why anyone would get a hello kitty poxy tattoo. *;shrug*; you asked. *;ducks for cover*;
Posted on November 10, 2009 (4:45am)
80';s! I want a 1/4 sleeve of characters from Labyrinth, or go bigger and include The Dark Crystal, and the Neverending Story. Top 3 fave movies EVAR!1@!!1eleven.
Posted on November 10, 2009 (7:35am)
Hello kitty, cupcakes, stars on most stupid places (ask the expert), the trend today is simply on studid tattoos. When ";regular"; tattoos become widely acceptable, the new generation has to do something more to shock. That';s why. And I guess that now that facial and stupid tattoos become step by step normal and that there will be no way for next generation kids to use bodymods to shock, then tattoos will just take the place that they should have forever had, that is something you do for yourself and not for the way people will look at you. They will certainly be a bit less trendy, but certainly a bit more sincere...
Posted on November 10, 2009 (9:30am)
I have a HK tattoo, it';s little and behind my ear, she';s a little toughed out and I love it. I wasn';t super into it when I was a kid but my daughter absolutely LOVES it. The tattoo was pretty spur of the moment at one of our tattoo parties. My friend wants HK tattooed on the palm of his hand, he has an unhealthy fascination with it for having testicles. I think a lot of people are getting them because they';re cute and trendy (HK is making a huge comeback right now). I think the people getting creative with it are amazing. I still want the Hello Kitty Hitler tattooed somewhere spectacular. As far as getting things tattooed because I liked them when I was a kid, that';s pretty much most of my tattoos.
Posted on November 12, 2009 (12:18am)
i believe that if you get a tattoo, it has to symbolise something.
this is why i wouldnt get something like this tattoo';d on me.
it grows out of ";fashion";.
pretty cute though i must admit! :)
Posted on December 24, 2009 (10:53am)
I don';t know if some the pics have been reversed or what,but as far as i know,hello kitty always wears her bow on her left ear and going by some of those pics if they aren';t reversed,some people have incorrect details on their hello kitty tatts.i love the idea of gettin a hello kitty tattoo cos i love her but some of them i';ve seen aren';t very accurate,most of the ones featured are and look amazing but i';d always have the fear of it not being done right and not looking like her.each to their own i guess.good article;;)
Posted on January 14, 2010 (1:55pm)
yay!!! :D i want that storm trooper kitty! :DDD
Posted on February 5, 2010 (8:14pm)
I once told some girl she might want a alteration of hello kitty as a tattoo, simply and only because she wanted a tattoo and was not sure, plus i dont know what in the world goes through girls heads, maby hello kitty is the equivalent of a jesus tattoo for some
Posted on May 11, 2012 (3:07pm)
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