20 Iconic Portrait Tattoos

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Today let's celebrate the lives & pay respects to some of the world's most influential people who lived life to the fullest.

They are the great thinkers & doers of our time... and we want to see them in a new light - through the art of tattooing. So today, we gathered some 20 iconic portrait tattoos by some of the best portrait tattoo artists of our time. Each tattoo contains a lot of spirit, and reflects a lot of the portrait subject's personality - just how it should be. We also included some personal memorial tattoo tips and ideas if you're looking to get a tattoo in honor of your beloved. So dear reader, grieve no more 'cause life is short! So live well.. and die well! These people may have gone, but their spirits will always remain. Enjoy!

Steve Jobs portrait tattoo
Steve Jobs portrait tattoo

"The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are actually the ones who do." ~ Steve Jobs by Nikko Hurtado

Amazing Bob Marley tattoo
Amazing Bob Marley tattoo

"Don't gain the world and lose your Soul. Wisdom is better than silver or gold." ~Bob Marley by Roman Abrego.

Realistic Albert Einstein portrait tattoo
Realistic Albert Einstein portrait tattoo

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"Imagination is more important than Knowledge"~Albert Einstein by Roman Abrego

face tattoo
face tattoo

"Everything will be okay in the end. If it's not okay, it's not the end." ~John Lennon by Cecil Porter

amy face tattoo
amy face tattoo

 "It's where you're at, not where you've been." ~ Amy Winehouse by Nikko Hurtado

bruce lee
bruce lee

"To hell with circumstances. I create Opportunities."~ Bruce Lee by Cecil Porter

kurt cobain
kurt cobain

"I'd rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not." ~Kurt Cobain by Nikko Hurtado

salvador dali
salvador dali

"Intelligence without Ambition is a Bird without Wings"~ Salvador Dali by Mike Devries

audrey hepburn
audrey hepburn

"For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others. For beautiful lips, speak only the words of kindness. And for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone." ~Audrey Hepburn by Andy Engel

janis joplin
janis joplin

"Don't compromise Yourself. You are all you've got." ~Janis Joplin by Khan Tattoo

muhammad ali
muhammad ali

"Don't Quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as Champion." ~Muhammad Ali by Timur Lysenko

ludwig van beethoven
ludwig van beethoven

"Don't only practice your Art, but force your way into its Secrets. For it, and knowledge, can raise men to the Divine." ~Ludwig van Beethoven by Alex de Pase.

MEMORIAL TATTOO TIPS:

child tattoo
child tattoo

When getting a portrait tattoo of your loved one, settle for nothing but THE BEST.

portrait tattoo
portrait tattoo

Love the shade of glowing purple on this Portrait tattoo! Uniquely awesome!

puppy portrait
puppy portrait

If you wish to get a tattoo of your pet, choose a good & clear, zoomed in picture to enable your tattoo artist to refer to details with ease. Saves a lot of time. Tattoo by Andy Engel. 

You can never go wrong with a black & grey portrait tattoo. Tattoo by Tim Hendricks.

vintage child portrait
vintage child portrait

Good lighting & selection of photo is key to a good portrait tattoo. And it doesn't have to be always just the face! This is such a sweet portrait of a daughter! Tattoo by Matteo Pasqualin.

girl portrait
girl portrait

Incredibly creative tattoo by Alex de Pase. 

angel tattoo
angel tattoo

Angels with Roses & banners are also good elements to compose a memorial tattoo. Tattoo by Niki Norberg.

Muhammad Ali knocks out Sonny Liston. Tattoo by David Corden. Memorial tattoos can also go action-packed like this one!

We hope you enjoyed this article. Have a great day! :)

~Cover photo tattooed by Nikko Hurtado.~

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Hi! My name’`s Minnie, writer & Tattooer at Good Hand Tattoo Philippines. We specialize in creating All-original and Custom-designed Traditional tattoos. Please show your support by following our page on Facebook :-)

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