Anime Ita-Tattoo Mania


Anime and game themed tattoos seem to increasing in popularity, and here you can see numerous examples of such.

Unlike their Japanese counterparts, non-Japanese otaku seem ready to embrace the prospect of indelibly emblazoning the likeness of their favourite character onto their skin in an “ita-tattoo”, in much the same way as a monk might embrace his vow to celibacy, and with much the same effect.

The word ita-tattoo itself, combining the character for pain (ita), used as a prefix to denote a “painfully obsessive” line of interest (as with itasha), with “tattoo”, seems doubly appropriate considering the agonies induced by having needles lance ink into the subject’s dermis.


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    Comment by Anonymous
    04:51 05/03/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I like the last one lol

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    Comment by Anonymous
    10:02 05/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


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    Comment by Muzaffar
    20:46 05/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    00:05 21/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well... It's supposed to be 噛み、not 神,
    so whoever it is fails pretty hard. Other than that it's a respectable motif.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:44 06/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


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    Comment by Quen
    04:47 05/03/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Tattoo Nagato looks surprisingly good.

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    Comment by Ershin
    04:55 05/03/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Agreed. While I don't necessarily think ita-tatoos are the best idea, at least (some of) the victims have good taste.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    08:49 05/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    8 bit tattoos are much more appealing.

    Comment by Shinx
    19:26 05/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anon
    17:40 05/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    ALL FAIL!!! Except the Nagato one...

    Comment by N.R.
    14:35 05/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I feel sorry for the people that did this to themselves. Anime series are a fed (not anime as a whole!) which means most people won't recognize Inuyahsa or kenshin in 10 years. But that's a minor problem considering the never ending shame the people who did a Mario tattoo will have to live with through their lives...

    Comment by Leode
    14:57 05/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Some people go to great lengths for their fandom.

    Mario has been with us for 3 decades now. That's not a short amount of time. I personally know someone with a Betty Boop tatoo. I'm certain the number of people who have ever seen a Betty Boop cartoon is probably 1/10th or less compared to those who have seen Inuyasha or Kenshin.

    Comment by Madyoukai
    19:26 05/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    wow suddnely i feel a lot less creapy for haveing both my legs done with anime tattoos neko asuka,rei,zeruel with the nerv symbol on the left leg and inuyasha,kagome,kikyo,sesshomaru on the right
    i cant wait to get lucy with one of her vectors holding narutos head but i have to get the eva tat colored first

    Comment by Bounce
    10:16 05/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The 11'in Lum on my back is smiling at you all...

    Comment by Vincent Cona
    10:51 05/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'd like to have one with L froM Death note, or the NERV Logo.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:53 06/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'd go with the NERV logo

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:49 05/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wasn't too surprised to see a Sailor Saturn tattoo among the pics. I thought seriously about getting a Sailor Saturn tattoo, but decided I'd wait a few years and see if I still wanted it. And while I still like the Sailor Moon series, I'm glad I did NOT get the tattoo.

    Comment by Jon
    21:09 05/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    What kinda ticks me off is that the more popular this kinda stuff gets, the more it looses appeal.

    I remember a while back (about 7-8 yrs ago) I was thinking about getting a video game sleeve. Now it seems that every "video game geek" has them.

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    Comment by metatron
    10:56 05/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    those tattoos are pretty impressive. i liked the zelda stained glass motif tattoo

    Comment by kenjiharima
    14:24 05/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    some of those gotta look at detail. Hmm...*spies if photoshoped*

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    Comment by Persocom
    04:50 06/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I see my wife! :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:51 25/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The detail on the one of Haruhi is fantastic...

    Not that I would get one myself, but kudos to the artist.

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    Comment by kami
    10:41 25/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    lots og GITS yeah. someone got good taste

    Comment by Mao
    15:03 25/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'd marry #16 despite her tattoo. Or maybe because of it, I'm after all, a sorry nerd. Also, 8-bit fighter wins the topic by far.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:39 27/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Really, i'm impressed. , collision repair estimates, medical equipment rental, 4 vinyl horse fence, breast lift south jersey,

    Comment by NUBFIGHT4
    14:23 24/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    11th,23rd,last 1 and the 1st 1 are nice O_O

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:28 06/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    That one of Eureka really fails.
    Fuck, I want an 8 bit tattoo now.

    I'm off to find a suitable sprite.

    Comment by petit-cheese
    11:54 06/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I dislike tattoos, but I HATE otaku tattoos. So... ugh.

    Comment by LuZ
    23:07 10/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    You said it. I really hate tattoos too. It really disgusting. Anything about tattoos gonna make me sick.

    Comment by Onni
    00:59 06/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    That Zelda tatoo is as epic as ever.
    Also, Yuki Nagato approved.

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    Comment by Meimi132
    09:29 05/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Loving most of those. The Haruhi one looks scarily shiney. Still uber awesome though.
    The last one is most awesome. Simple, but so cool. Its like the little stars people get. It's not going totally overboard lol.

    Comment by random guy
    09:48 05/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's shiney cause it's new. The tat itself is gonna fade in color as the wound heals. The only good one I see from the list is the Nintendo theme full sleeve. The color stayed vibrant and the lines are clean.However some of the tats need to go back and demand a touch up or money back.

    Comment by N.R.
    14:38 05/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Some of them not so good looking tattoos might be a fake (sticker), especially those glossy looking ones.

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    Comment by GourmetPrince
    06:02 05/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Notice that the people who get those types of tattoos are fat and unattractive. Not to mention, hairy.
    That doesn't work with tattoos.

    Tattoos just don't look good on men who have absolutely zero muscle tone.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:19 05/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    #23 is amazing. The zelda one. That must have taken ages. But I'm impressed with like 90% of them.

    Comment by Otanon
    06:52 05/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    A lot of these are REALLY bad.
    Something needs to be designed to fit onto the body, just being a good picture doesn't make it a good tattoo.
    But the ones that are good really shine. I especially like the Midori one (20).

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    Comment by motaku96
    06:36 05/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    "emblazoning the likeness of their favourite character onto their skin in an “ita-tattoo”, in much the same way as a monk might embrace his vow to celibacy, and with much the same effect."

    I lol'd.

    Comment by Onanymous
    05:43 05/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Aside from liking or not the characters/series/games depicted... dude, WTF with the shitty "art" in 90% of those tattoos?

    I mean, if you're going to be marked permanently, at least make sure it is good rendition of your favorite character, not just a mediocre drawing!

    Comment by S_K
    07:41 05/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Precisely. Some of these are just poorly done, subject matter aside. The Zelda one is quite nice, again, putting aside the subject matter.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:34 05/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I will agree with you on this...

    I have several tattoos myself, 3 total, and each I thought of several days and changed the designs several times over, to MAKE SURE that I wanted, because it will remain with you forever.

    Now, I am 48 yrs of age... and I still thinking of getting another tattoo of some anime characters that I like. 3 mainly...

    and I been reading that some (think).. regrets will settle in...

    Well, not true, maybe for some, but, I have no regrets concerning the ones I already have.

    and I am WAY beyond the norm here and I also wanted to state...

    I am NOT fat, obese, or anything of that nature, nor am I a saggy skinned old man... nope far from it.

    Art is art and some of the designs and works are VERY good, though some... well, I wonder, if they can be called artists... o.O

    This is "why" one needs to be very careful on what they want as tattoo...

    Just my 00.002 cents worth...

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    Comment by Lafitte
    05:05 05/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I've never really seen the appeal of tattoos in general to tell the truth.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:12 05/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Weaboo's don't feel special because nobody really likes them off of forums; thus they want to stand out and marr up their bodies with shit they probably won't like in 5, 10 years time.

    Lucky Star is good, but will you really love it more than anything in 10 years time? What anime did you love 10 years ago, is it still your favourite enough to want it on your body 24/7? Idiots.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:14 05/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    What anime still means something to me ten years later? Well it's been nearly 20 years since I started watching fansubs, most titles come and go, but some still remain special beyond just a good show. Arcadia of my Youth? Fuck yes. Laputa? Nausicaa? Honneamise? Adieu Galaxy Express 999? All of these have had a special place in my heart over the years.
    I have never had much interest in getting a tattoo myself, but I can imagine someone using images from such shows and not regretting it much later-- provided they are done with skill and taste of course.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:24 05/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    uh Dragonball Z?? nice try

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:15 05/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    because only weeaboos get tattoos

    You're an idiot. Shut up.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:46 05/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    butthurt tattoofag detected.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:09 05/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Depends on how much of a dedicated fan they are to that series. I still like Cardcaptor Sakura since 1999 and while everyone still likes Lucky Star, I got sick of it 3 months after it was finished. Also they can always try to remove their tatoos with lasers.

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    Comment by Lafitte
    10:42 05/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    From what I hear getting your tattoos removed with lasers is expensive and insanely painful.

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