20 Tattoos Celebrating The Cult Classic Labyrinth

If you're a fan of fantasy, muppets or the one-and-only Bowie, Labyrinth continues to serve-up classic imagery for out-of-this-world tattoos

Having just celebrated its 30th anniversary in January 2016, the film Labyrinth has staked a claim in cult classic history, despite its box office fail in 1986. Composed of Jim Henson’s creative imagination and puppetry and David Bowie's incomparable persona and magnetism, the movie maintains its magical draw. Labyrinth transcends into a spirited adventure-on-film with influences the likes of The Wizard of Oz and works by Lewis Caroll and M.C. Escher.

The young teenage character Sarah yearns for excitement and adventure away from her boring home life; frustrated by the event of having to babysit her baby brother Toby when her parents go out for the evening. Having often escaped into the fantasy world and fiction of her books, Sarah wishes for the goblins to come and take her baby brother away forever. Without further ado, Jareth, the Goblin King, swoops in with his band of goblins to kidnap the baby. The film ensues, taking us through a maze steeped in puppets and musical numbers.

JARETH: The Goblin King, (played by David Bowie)

Jareth/Labyrinth tattoo by Sarah Miller
Jareth/Labyrinth tattoo by Sarah Miller
Jareth/Labyrinth tattoo by Rich Pineda
Jareth/Labyrinth tattoo by Rich Pineda

SARAH WILLIAMS: (played by a very young Jennifer Connelly)

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Sarah/Labyrinth tattoo by Nikko Hurtado
Sarah/Labyrinth tattoo by Nikko Hurtado
Sarah/Labyrinth tattoo by Erica Flannes
Sarah/Labyrinth tattoo by Erica Flannes

HOGGLE: much like the Scarecrow to Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, becomes a loyal friend of Sarah's and defies his master Jareth to accompany her on her quest.

Hoggle/Labyrinth tattoo by Mike Devries
Hoggle/Labyrinth tattoo by Mike Devries
Hoggle/Labyrinth tattoo by Chris Frikkin' Jones
Hoggle/Labyrinth tattoo by Chris Frikkin' Jones

LUDO: the "Gentle Giant" goblin of the labyrinth. After Sarah comes to his rescue, Ludo follows Sarah through the labyrinth and comes to her aid several times.

Ludo/Labyrinth tattoo by Stefano Alcantara
Ludo/Labyrinth tattoo by Stefano Alcantara
Ludo/Labyrinth tattoo by Justin Buduo
Ludo/Labyrinth tattoo by Justin Buduo

SIR DIDYMUS: a fox-terrier who believes he is a chivalrous knight. Usually seen riding on the back of his cowardly sheep-dog AMBROSIUS, Sir Didymus has the job of guarding the bridge that crosses over the Bog of Eternal Stench.

Sir Didymus/Labyrinth tattoo by Jakub Nadrowski
Sir Didymus/Labyrinth tattoo by Jakub Nadrowski
Sir Didymus/Ambrosius/The Worm/Labyrinth tattoo by Kyle Proia
Sir Didymus/Ambrosius/The Worm/Labyrinth tattoo by Kyle Proia

THE WORM: lives in Jareth's labyrinth. With his cockney accent and red scarf, he encourages Sarah when she is at the point of giving up on saving her brother.

The Worm/Labyrinth tattoo by Jay Wheeler
The Worm/Labyrinth tattoo by Jay Wheeler
The Worm/Labyrinth tattoo by Oleg Turyanskiy
The Worm/Labyrinth tattoo by Oleg Turyanskiy

FIREYS: aka The Fire Gang are capable of disassembling and reassembling themselves and can strike their fingers like matches to create fire. Fireys are only concerned with having a good time as well as possessing a fondness for bad food. Sarah encounters this zany group in the Firey Forest.

Firey 1/Labyrinth tattoo by Jeremy Justice
Firey 1/Labyrinth tattoo by Jeremy Justice
Firey 3/Labyrinth tattoo by Jay Wheeler
Firey 3/Labyrinth tattoo by Jay Wheeler
Firey 4/Labyrinth tattoo by Kyle Berg
Firey 4/Labyrinth tattoo by Kyle Berg
Firey 5/Labyrinth tattoo by Jay Wheeler
Firey 5/Labyrinth tattoo by Jay Wheeler
Sarah/Owl/Labyrinth tattoo by Emily Rose Murray
Sarah/Owl/Labyrinth tattoo by Emily Rose Murray
Goblin/Labyrinth sleeve by Richard Bez Beston
Goblin/Labyrinth sleeve by Richard Bez Beston
Labyrinth tattoos by Brandon Bond
Labyrinth tattoos by Brandon Bond
Talking DoorKnockers/Labyrinth tattoos by Dean Denney
Talking DoorKnockers/Labyrinth tattoos by Dean Denney
Image from the original 1986 Labyrinth movie poster
Image from the original 1986 Labyrinth movie poster

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