The Top 29 Soot Sprite Tattoo Ideas – [2022 Inspiration Guide]
The world of Spirited Away is populated by an endless cast of spirits, ghosts, and sprites that are inspired by Japanese Shinto folklore. These beings have become great inspirations for tattoo ideas.
Some of the cutest of these spirits are the soot sprites, or susuwatari, who are part of the fabric of the 2002 Academy Award-winning film.
In Spirited Away, the main character Chihiro/Sen befriends soot sprites while working in Kamaji’s boiler room. They are benevolent creatures inhabiting empty houses and are used to depict the cultural shift of post-WWII in the film.
The soot sprites, and other characters from animation house Studio Ghibli such as Haku the Dragon, the Kodama, and Totoro, have allowed tattoo collectors to access meaningful tattoo designs relating to the characters and films of acclaimed director Hayao Miyazaki.
Check out the top 29 soot sprite tattoo ideas that you can incorporate into your own Studio Ghibli idea.
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Soot Sprite Tattoo FAQs
The world of Spirited Away is populated by an endless cast of spirits, ghosts and sprites that are inspired by Japanese Shinto folklore.
The soot sprites, or susuwatari, are part of the fabric of the 2002 Academy Award-winning film. They are benevolent creatures inhabiting empty houses and were used to depict the cultural shift of post-WWII Japan in the film.
In Spirited Away, main character Chihiro/Sen befriends soot sprites while working in Kamaji’s boiler room.
Many Spirited Away fans have a special connection with the idea of the strange anime character No Face, who appears in lots of tattoo art with soot sprites.
Gaining the qualities of the spirits and people he devours, No Face perfectly captures the bizarre and magical nature of the story and his stoic, masked visage makes for some interesting design choices.
Studio Ghibli has created a vast array of memorable characters with meaningful symbolic descriptions that can appeal to tattoo lovers. The most popular ink ideas include:
- Haku – The dragon Haku also takes the form of a human boy but is a river spirit who saved the life of the main character Chihiro in Spirited Away
- Kodama – Kodama are spirits in Japanese folklore (and Princess Mononoke) that inhabit trees. If they are prevalent it means your forest is healthy
- The cuddly Totoro is one of Hayao Miyazaki’s greatest creations and inspiration for numerous tattoos. It even serves as Studio Ghibli’s mascot
- The wolf Moro, a shapeshifting (Mononoke) mythical creature central to Japanese folklore, who takes in the masked main character, San, in Princess Mononoke
A small solid black ink soot sprite with little illustration can cost in the vicinity of $150-$200.
A larger, more detailed piece done in black ink and linework or incorporating basic colors can be around $300-$400 for 2-3 hours of work from an established professional.
Large ensemble pieces, neo-traditional color, and highly detailed black and gray pieces can take anywhere from five hours up, with sleeve tattoos likely to cost $1500-$2000 minimum for quality work.