15 Awesome Tattooed Comic Book Heroes and Villains

Tattooing your favorite comic book character is pretty popular these days but did you know there are comic stars with tattoos themselves?

2016 is set to be a great one for comic book fans with the coming releases of films like Suicide Squad and Deadpool, and new seasons of the hugely popular Netflix series Daredevil to mention a few. We love comics and super geeks are getting inked up with their favorite characters but did you know that there are comic characters who are tattooed themselves? Let's check out a few of the comic world's tattooed heroes and villains. Which ones do you know and who have we left out?

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT IRIS: Secretary. Bodyguard. Assassin. This beautiful but deadly killer is meticulous and accurate with her sword and loyal to her employer. She has an awesome traditional oriental dragon piece running from her arm to back and finishes at the lower leg.

Executive Assistant Iris
Executive Assistant Iris
Executive Assistant Iris
Executive Assistant Iris

THE TATTOOED MAN: The tattooed man first appeared in the Green Lantern comics as his enemy. The Tattooed Man's body is covered with various tattoos that he can make come alive and control simply by touching the region of his body where the tattoo is located. He has handy things like shields and weapons as well as a dragon and snake.

Abel Tarrant was the first incarnation of  The Tattooed Man from the Green Lantern
Abel Tarrant was the first incarnation of The Tattooed Man from the Green Lantern

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GRACE CHOI: A gorgeous decedent of the Amazon women with superhuman strength who appeared in DC comics' Outsiders. She has tribal black ink designs on her arms and stomach. She's DC's first bisexual character.

Grace Choi - DC Comics Outsiders
Grace Choi - DC Comics Outsiders
Grace Choi - DC Comics Outsiders
Grace Choi - DC Comics Outsiders

GENTLE: This mutant from Marvel's X-Men covered his body in tattoos using one of the same metals in Captain America's shield called Vibranium. These metal tattoos help him control his superpower which is triggered by his emotions. As his name suggests he's a peacekeeper not a fighter and the tattoos keep his mutation in his control. His tattoos change from silver to light blue when his powers are activated.

Gentle from Marvel's X men
Gentle from Marvel's X men

ROULETTE: This DC Comic femme fatale is manipulative and devious and makes money from illegal gambling and underground fighting rings. This could be why her tattoo is a sly snake that starts on her left shoulder goes all around her body and ends at her right thigh.

Roulette as deadly as her snake tattoo
Roulette as deadly as her snake tattoo

SPIDER JERUSALEM: From Vertigo's Transmetropolitan graphic novels this quirky character is reminiscent of Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson. Spider Jerusalem is an anarchist and always in search of the truth. He has tattoos covering a lot of his body and a spider on his scalp (for Spider Jerusalem of course).

Spider Jerusalem - Transmetropolitan
Spider Jerusalem - Transmetropolitan
Spider Jerusalem - Transmetropolitan
Spider Jerusalem - Transmetropolitan

SHADO: This kick ass female Bushido warrior was raised by the Yakuza which is where she got her ink from. Her dragon tattoo wraps around her arm and shoulder and is a sign of allegiance to the Yakuza.

Shado has appeared in DC's Green Arrow and Justice League
Shado has appeared in DC's Green Arrow and Justice League
Shado and her killer bow skills
Shado and her killer bow skills

DAKEN: This supervillain from Marvel's X-Men is actually the mutant son of Wolverine. He has the same retractable claws and healing power but chooses to be on the side of evil. He looks very much like his father except for the huge tribal tattoo on half his body.

Daken Wolverine's mutant son
Daken Wolverine's mutant son
Family resemblance?
Family resemblance?

PIX:  This female character from Batman Gotham Knights is based on The Tattooed Man from Green Lantern we saw earlier. She can also command her tattoos to come to life and use them as weapons but her body art is made from nanite-ink which contains microscopic nanobots. She even injected nanite-ink into her skull so she can imagine the creatures she wants to appear on her skin to attack Batman.

Pix from Batman Gotham knights has really got killer ink she can attack her enemies with
Pix from Batman Gotham knights has really got killer ink she can attack her enemies with

MR. X: First appeared in Marvel's Wolverine comics. He's a murderous cheating villain who scars himself in a ritual style for each kill he makes by tattooing the body count on his skin. He also uses telepathy to read his opponents moves so he cheats in fights and is ever-victorious

Mr X from Wolverine
Mr X from Wolverine
Mr X from the Wolverine comics
Mr X from the Wolverine comics

ROSE TATTOO: A character from Wildstorm comics' "Stormwatch" is the physical representation of the spirit of murder who after every death is reincarnated. She can kill a guy with her "feminine charms" basically by humping them to death. Her whole body is tattooed with a kind of rose pattern....hence the name I guess.

Rose tattoo is the reincarnation of the spirit of murder
Rose tattoo is the reincarnation of the spirit of murder

BULLSEYE: You might know Bullseye from the Daredevil comics a psychotic killer with a target on his forehead that some say is a tattoo. Bullseye has insane accuracy with his attacks and can use pretty much any object at his will as a weapon with deadly accuracy. In the Earth-1610 comic he is depicted with more body ink all over his body. In addition to his trademark tattoo, he’s got a bullseye over his heart as well as other tattoos on his shoulders, a tribal mask and a heart on his back.

The newer incarnation of Bullseye sporting more ink
The newer incarnation of Bullseye sporting more ink
Bullseye
Bullseye

JOHN CONSTANTINE: From the Hellblazer series, this chain smoking supernatural anti-hero and magician has his whole body tattooed with mystical cabalistic symbols and ancient Latin script. The tattoos are an important part of the comic's mythology and he also has a tree tattooed on his right buttock during a time he was possessed by the character Swamp Thing, as a practical joke. In the movie 'Constantine' Keanu Reeves played the character very different from his comic origins and had magical tattoos on his arms. True Hellblazer fans know John Constantine never had arm tattoos as well as he is originally British, blonde and usually wearing a tan trenchcoat.

John Constantine Hellblazer
John Constantine Hellblazer

Starling: A member of the Birds of Prey, this hot superhero is a highly adept strategist and combatant in the DC universe. She has an entire sleeve of both traditional and post-modern tattoos on her left arm.

Starling agent of Birds of Prey
Starling agent of Birds of Prey
Tough cookie Starling shows off her ink capturing the bad guy
Tough cookie Starling shows off her ink capturing the bad guy

Rachel Summers: Daughter of Jean Grey and Cyclops from Marvel's X-Men. This poor troubled soul has been through it all with her complicated family issues and being made to kill her own kind to name a few problems. Kidnapped and brainwashed Rachel's face was branded with a tattoo and the Shi'ar Death commanders also tattooed her back with a large phoenix. Her telepathic ability can hide the tattoos she has on her face, this one is a pretty sad story of tattoos gone bad for the comic character.

Rachel Summers from X- Men daughter of Jean Grey and Cyclops
Rachel Summers from X- Men daughter of Jean Grey and Cyclops

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