Top 91 Best Thanos Tattoo Ideas – [2020 Inspiration Guide]
The overwhelming success of the Marvel film franchise has cultivated a diehard fandom. It is no surprise that Marvel fans choose to get tattoos dedicated to their favorite characters, and out of all Marvel characters, none has generated such a devoted following as Thanos.
A controversial figure in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Thanos assembled the six Infinity Stones in order to bring balance to the cosmos by annihilating half of all life forms across the universe.
For some of the edgier Marvel fans, Thanos was an MCU villain with a noble-if not extreme-purpose, saving the universe from extinction due to over-population and creating a better world for the remaining life forms. Never mind that 50% of all life would be eradicated.
Each Thanos tattoo in this gallery is a great example of what is possible with a talented tattoo artist and dramatic comic book villain as inspiration.
1. Black and Gray Thanos Series
With the bright colors used in dramatic depictions of Thanos, both in films and comic books, some may be surprised that a hard core reader or viewer would choose a black and gray approach to their Thanos tattoo. However, the menacing visage of the Mad Titan is well suited to this classic approach. These excellent Marvel tattoos use black and gray ink to create unique designs with the ultimate MCU villain as their subject.
2. Color MCU Villains
A bright, color approach to Marvel tattoos is a great choice due to the exciting scenes that made the Marvel franchise a global phenomenon. A Thanos tattoo provides plenty of great opportunities to use vibrant ink thanks to the different colors of the six Infinity Stones at the center of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Thanos’ ghastly purple appearance also gives a tattoo artist the perfect excuse to bust out the color and these clean Marvel tattoos demonstrate just how successful this approach can be.
3. Thanos Infinity Gauntlet Hand Tattoo Idea
While not for the faint of heart, some devoted Marvel fans have chosen to get a Thanos tattoo placed directly on their hand; more specifically the Infinity Gauntlet tattooed on their own hand. For anyone outside the hard core fan zone this may seem insane but for these super-fans it is the best way to show the world what side of the Infinity War they were on.
4. Infinity-Gauntlet Tattoo Art
In order to effectively wield the six Infinity Stones Thanos had a glove-or gauntlet-forged and it was this gauntlet that allowed the Mad Titan to “snap” half of all life in the universe out of existence, including half of the Avengers. More than any other symbol it is the Infinity Gauntlet that represents Thanos’ mad quest for power and these designs are great Marvel tattoos with this essential cinematic element as their subject.
5. New School Cartoon Cool Superhero and Villain
Many Marvel fans choose to get an Avenger tattoo and thankfully there is a wealth of designs from the series to draw inspiration. Each Thanos tattoo in this collection takes a different approach: some stay true to the original comic book depiction while others use Thanos as depicted in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. One even recreates Thanos and Captain America has Lego characters proving that the sky is the limit when it comes to unique Marvel tattoos.
6. Pop Culture Portrait Thanos
The best portraits use interesting faces as their subjects and Thanos, with his grizzled features and wicked smile, is about as interesting as they come. These Thanos tattoos take a variety of fan approaches with several black and gray pieces standing out for their high level of detail and photo-realistic depiction of this villain. Other tattoos use color to create Thanos portraits that look like they could come straight out of his first appearance in the Invincible Iron Man #55 comic way back in 1973.
7. The Realistic Thanos Tattoo Idea
For some Marvel fans the only way to do justice to the ultimate MCU villain is through a hyper-realistic depiction, and the tattoos in this collection are some great examples of this approach. Demonstrating the skill of the tattoo artist, the level of detail in these Thanos tattoos is next level: every wrinkle in his face, every dent in his helmet is expertly captured using ink.
8. Thanos and Marvel Sleeve Tattoo
A half sleeve or full sleeve tattoo is a great choice for large designs and allows a tattoo artist to apply a higher level of detail to a Thanos tattoo. This approach is also great for Marvel tattoos because a larger canvas allows an artist to incorporate other characters or create scenes inspired by the Marvel film franchise and these excellent Thanos sleeves are great examples of what is possible with a dramatic villain, talented art enthusiasts and large canvas.
Thanos Tattoo FAQs
What do the Infinity Stones represent?
Central to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, over the course of several films the Infinity Stones are revealed to be the remnants of six singularities that existed before the Big Bang and were compressed by cosmic entities before being flung to the far reaches of the universe. Each of the Infinity Stones controls a different aspect of reality and when they are used in conjunction the holder can control all of existence as they see fit.
It is only by wielding each of these cosmic power sources that Thanos can achieve his ultimate goal of cosmic extermination.
What does a Thanos tattoo mean?
Thanos has gained a devoted following thanks to what many Marvel fans see as an honorable pursuit: Thanos is actually trying to save life from total annihilation by killing off fifty percent of all beings. He’s a much more charismatic, mighty and worthy adversary to the Avengers than Ultron.
A Thanos tattoo is for the Marvel fans that root for the bad guys. While there is no doubt that Thanos is an MCU villain, he is a character that has a surprisingly complex story arc that is given room to develop over the course of the Marvel franchise. It’s no surprise that the internet – home of commenters on Reddit, Facebook, and Twitter – love the guy.
Someone with a Thanos tattoo may incorporate the design into a larger Avenger tattoo or as a standalone piece dedicated to the one of the most popular villains in recent pop culture memory.
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