Great American writer Hunter S. Thompson inspired generations with his unique Gonzo style journalism and has also inspired some killer ink.
Called one of the greatest American writers, Hunter S. Thompson, rewrote the rules of journalism with his unique approach to writing. His first person experiential writing usually fueled by some kind of drug or stimulant he called Gonzo journalism, made him one of the most innovative writers in the 20th century. Thompson's tale of a drug induced trip around America's favorite sin city called Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas has become a cult classic. The Terry Gilliam movie version starring Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro brought to life the strange and wonderful world of Hunter S.Thompson. You could watch it a thousand times and still wonder what the hell you just saw.
Thompson was an unique character and his work will keep on inspiring budding artists and writers for years to come. Let's take a look how this extraordinary man and his work has inspired some great tattoo fans; from awesome portraits to strange psychedelic visions in ink.
The movie version of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is a real trip into the surreal. Johnny Depp played lead the character Raoul Duke, a journalist covering the Mint 400 off-road motorcycle race in Las Vegas living out the full Gonzo journalism drug experience reporting the event under the influence of every drug imaginable. The character is of course based on Hunter S. Thompson himself who even appears in the movie where at one point Raoul Duke says "Mother of God... there I am...holy fu**!" in a drug haze, and we see Hunter S. Thompson sitting at a table drinking. Depp played the character strongly and is pretty popular when it comes to Thompson inspired tattoos.
The book of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas was originally illustrated by artist Ralph Steadman. The illustrations and the design of the text were also what made this book surreal and altogether a very strange story in literary history. These fans decided to stay true to Hunter S. Thompson and Ralph's illustrations with their tattoos.