Strange And Wonderful Hunter S. Thompson Inspired Tattoos

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.

“Too weird to live, too rare to die!” ― Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
“Too weird to live, too rare to die!” ― Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Great black and grey portrait of the iconic writer by Duffy Fortner
Great black and grey portrait of the iconic writer by Duffy Fortner
A more unusual portrait of Thompson by an unknown artist
A more unusual portrait of Thompson by an unknown artist
Awesome trippy colorful tattoo of the Gonzo journalist by the talented Mike Devries
Awesome trippy colorful tattoo of the Gonzo journalist by the talented Mike Devries

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“We can't stop here, this is bat country!” Tattoo by Mike Biggs
“We can't stop here, this is bat country!” Tattoo by Mike Biggs
A fan of Gonzo journalism tattoo immortalizes the writer in ink
A fan of Gonzo journalism tattoo immortalizes the writer in ink
This fun skeleton portrait pays homage to Thompson Fear and Loathing style...design by Mad Genius Darling Tattoo
This fun skeleton portrait pays homage to Thompson Fear and Loathing style...design by Mad Genius Darling Tattoo
Awesome traditional twist on the Gonzo logo and Hunter S. Thompson skull tattoo by David George
Awesome traditional twist on the Gonzo logo and Hunter S. Thompson skull tattoo by David George

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.

Amazing hyper realism tattoo by Colombian tattoo artist Carlox Angarita
Amazing hyper realism tattoo by Colombian tattoo artist Carlox Angarita
Stunning black and grey portrait of Depp as Raoul Duke by Skin Design Tattoos
Stunning black and grey portrait of Depp as Raoul Duke by Skin Design Tattoos
Psychedelic colorful tattoo of Raoul Duke from the acid trip scene in the movie.
Psychedelic colorful tattoo of Raoul Duke from the acid trip scene in the movie.
Killer Fear and Loathing tattoo of Raoul Duke and his attorney and fellow drug fiend Dr. Gonzo. Tattoo by Müllner Csaba
Killer Fear and Loathing tattoo of Raoul Duke and his attorney and fellow drug fiend Dr. Gonzo. Tattoo by Müllner Csaba
Mike Devries does it again with an awesome Hunter inspired portrait
Mike Devries does it again with an awesome Hunter inspired portrait
How about a whole sleeve dedicated to surreal drug trip of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas? Tattoo from Evil Twins Tattoo
How about a whole sleeve dedicated to surreal drug trip of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas? Tattoo from Evil Twins Tattoo
The official movie promo image for Terry Gilliam's Fear and Loathing movie. Tattoo by Dan Hazelton
The official movie promo image for Terry Gilliam's Fear and Loathing movie. Tattoo by Dan Hazelton

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.

Raoul Duke as illustrated by Ralph Steadman in the original book. Tattoo by Myles Carr
Raoul Duke as illustrated by Ralph Steadman in the original book. Tattoo by Myles Carr
Hunter S. Thompson inspired tattoo
Hunter S. Thompson inspired tattoo
One of Steadman's creatures from the drug hallucination. Tattoo by Andrew Conte
One of Steadman's creatures from the drug hallucination. Tattoo by Andrew Conte
Hunter S. Thompson quotes make a cool tattoo. Ink by Mitch Gooden
Hunter S. Thompson quotes make a cool tattoo. Ink by Mitch Gooden
This quote came from Thompson's novel "The Rum Diary"
This quote came from Thompson's novel "The Rum Diary"
"Buy the ticket, take the ride" Hunter S. Thompson quote tattoo by Xoil
"Buy the ticket, take the ride" Hunter S. Thompson quote tattoo by Xoil
“I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me.” ― Hunter S. Thompson
“I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me.” ― Hunter S. Thompson

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Skull obsessed tattoo fanatic, writer for Tattoodo, voice actor and visual artist who loves metal and headbanging. Inspired by Neil Gaiman, Tool, horror & the macabre.

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