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47 Painstaking Portrait Tattoos

From Obama Tattoos to Chewbacca Depictions

— January 29, 2013 — Pop Culture
Portrait tattoos are a popular choice for body ink aficionados. There was recently news that Drake had his uncle and late grandmother's portraits tattooed on his back. Some people, like Drake, choose to use portrait tattoos as a way of paying tribute to loved ones after they've died. However, others use portrait tattoos to pay tribute to cartoons, pop culture figures or politicians.

Take the Obama portrait for instance. This tattoo got inked before Obama was even elected President of the United States. At the time, he was just a candidate. Whoever got the this tattoo must have had a lot of confidence in Barack, because if he didn't win the election this tattoo would mean a lot less.
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Pirate-Painted Gloves
Pirate-Painted Gloves
The Tattooed gloves by Ellen Green are Sea-mingly Sweet.
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Delicious Egg Inks
Delicious Egg Inks
These Breakfast Tattoos Start Your Day Off Right
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Zombie-Combating Body Art
Zombie-Combating Body Art
This Walking Dead-Inspired Tattoo is Apocalypse Ready
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Monumental Tattoo Tomes
Monumental Tattoo Tomes
'Color Tattoo Art' Book Puts Body Art Onto Bookshelves
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Mourning Bad Boy Portraits
Mourning Bad Boy Portraits
The Dimitris Alexandrou by Errikos Andreou Shots are Full of Angst
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Political Tattoos
Political Tattoos
Candidates Get Permanent Vote
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Iconic Manga Tributes
Iconic Manga Tributes
These Hello Kitty Tattoos are More Like Hell Kitty Tattoos
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Cleverly Concealed Body Art
Cleverly Concealed Body Art
Where's Waldo Tattoos Are Fun Tucked-Away Ink Illustrations
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Skeleton Skin Prints
Skeleton Skin Prints
The Tattoos by Peter Lagergren is Deadly Artistic
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Cattoos
Cattoos
Inked Feline Markings Range From Frisky to Offensive
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Gritty Tattoed Captures
Gritty Tattoed Captures
The Brooklyn Invitational Tumblr Shines a Softer Light on Badass Bikeres
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Internet Meme Tattoos
Internet Meme Tattoos
Keyboard Cat and Fail Whale Ink Prove Geeks Can Bear Brutal Tattoos Too
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Cartoon Body Art Blogs
Cartoon Body Art Blogs
The Disneyink Tumblr Features Deviant Tattoos with High Nostalgic Value
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Cult TV Inks
Cult TV Inks
The 'Twin Peaks' Tattoos Reveal the Truly Devout Fans
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Deep Dish Inks
Deep Dish Inks
These Pizza Tattoos Make Us Hungry
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Delicious Confection Inks
Delicious Confection Inks
The Cupcake Tattoos Will Make You Hungry for Painful Body Modifications
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Tattoo Tester Packs
Tattoo Tester Packs
Jagua Temporary Tattoo Gels are All Natural and Henna Free
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Flaming Celeb Ink
Flaming Celeb Ink
Jason Ackerman Tattoos Illustrate Artistic Talent and a Sense of Humor
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Rock Star Tattoos
Rock Star Tattoos
This Rad AC/DC Ink Leaves Me Thunderstruck
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Crowdsourced Tattoo Blogs
Crowdsourced Tattoo Blogs
'Check Out My Ink' Lets You Judge Other People's Work
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Fatty Food Tattoos
Fatty Food Tattoos
From the Kool-Aid Man to Crappy Cupcakes
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'Avatar' Tattoos
'Avatar' Tattoos
Frenzied Flick Fans Flock to Get Neytiri Tattoos and Jake Sully Ink
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Psychedelic Female Depictions
Psychedelic Female Depictions
Kathy Murysina Draws Trippy and Endlessly Fascinating Women
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Superhero Hipster Art
Superhero Hipster Art
Nathaly Cuervo Blends Together Contemporary Fads
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Infamous Murderer Inks
Infamous Murderer Inks
These Charles Manson Tattoos Make Me Wonder Why You Would Get One
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Monstrous Ink Designs
Monstrous Ink Designs
'Where the Wild Things Are' Tattoos Hype the Kid's Book for Life
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Evolutionary Inks
Evolutionary Inks
Charles Darwin Inspired Tattoos Make Creationism Look Lame
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Inaccurate Infant Ink
Inaccurate Infant Ink
These Brutal Baby Portrait Tattoos Will Make You Think Twice
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Patriotic Tattoos
Patriotic Tattoos
Celebrate the 4th of July by Showing Your Love for Your Country
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Cult Comic Ink
Cult Comic Ink
These Tank Girl Tattoos Are Incredibly Accurate, and Just Incredible
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Iconic Punk Ink
Iconic Punk Ink
The Clash Tattoos Memorialize the Great Joe Strummer
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3D-Like Body Art
3D-Like Body Art
These Julio Radriguez Tattoos Look Almost Alive
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Japanese Tattoo Masterpieces
Japanese Tattoo Masterpieces
'Tattoo in Japan' Showcases the Country's Top Ink
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Alien Ink
Alien Ink
These Extraterrestrial Tattoos Are Out of This World
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Retro Biker Portraits
Retro Biker Portraits
The Vin­nie Wool­ston Numero Hommes Editorial is Rebellious
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Bald Face Tattoos
Bald Face Tattoos
Badass People Have Tattooed Eyes on the Back of Their Heads
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Terrorist Tattoos
Terrorist Tattoos
Osama Bin Laden Tattoos are Inking Bodies All Over the Place
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Violent Film Tattoos
Violent Film Tattoos
10 Inked Dedications to Stanley Kubrick's Clockwork Orange
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Intricate Tattootography
Intricate Tattootography
A Look Into Marie Sena's Creative Vintage Tattoos
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Killer Hamster Tattoos
Killer Hamster Tattoos
Prick Online Features an Unusual Virtual Gallery
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Dazzling Disney Tattoo Designs
Dazzling Disney Tattoo Designs
Timothy John Shumate Illustrates Vibrant Princess Body Art
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Youthttoos
Youthttoos
Childish Care Bear Tattoos For People With a Peter Pan Complex
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Surrealist Caricature Tattoos
Surrealist Caricature Tattoos
Inked Tributes to Salvador Dali and His Quirky Work
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Witch Tattoos
Witch Tattoos
Hubble, Bubble, Boil & Tattoo
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Blogs for Bad Tattoos
Blogs for Bad Tattoos
'Tattoo Fails' Blog Makes Sure You Think Before You Ink
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Manga Tattoos
Manga Tattoos
Japanese Cartoon Ink, from Super Heroes to Cute Anime Faces
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