Black and grey portrait of David Lynch by Benjamin Laukis (Instagram @benjaminlaukus) does justice to the auteur director. blackandgrey BenjaminLaukis DavidLynch portrait realism

8 Tattoos Inspired by the Experimental Cinema of David Lynch

These 8 photogenic tattoos inspired by David Lynch's filmography are a testament to his excellence as a director.

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The way great scenes from iconic films stay with us is fascinating. Cinema made by extraordinary directors has the power to inspire us in an unforgettable fashion. One of the most interesting manifestations of how the silver screen can leave its mark on us is embodied by people who choose to get tattoos in honor of movies. One of our favorite filmmakers here at Tattoodo is David Lynch, and we have showcased tattoos that draw from his body of work before, but because our undying admiration of his contributions to film and television, we are at it again. As a huge fan myself, it is my pleasure to share the following Lynch-inspired tattoos with you.

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The surreal approach by David Cote (Instagram @thedavidcote) to this image of Agent Cooper from Twin Peaks is thematically fitting. AgentCooper DavidCote DavidLynch surrealism TwinPeaks
The surreal approach by David Cote (Instagram @thedavidcote) to this image of Agent Cooper from Twin Peaks is thematically fitting. #AgentCooper #DavidCote #DavidLynch #surrealism #TwinPeaks

"This is, excuse me, a damn fine cup of coffee."

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Classic Log Lady tattoo by unknown artist. If you don't get the reference, its time to finally watch David Lynch's Twin Peaks. askit DavidLynch LogLady neotraditional TwinPeaks
Classic Log Lady tattoo by unknown artist. If you don't get the reference, its time to finally watch David Lynch's Twin Peaks. #askit #DavidLynch #LogLady #neotraditional #TwinPeaks

"My log has something to tell you."

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It's awesome how many surrealist tattoos David Lynch's Twin Peaks has inspired. This one of Audrey Horne superimposed over Agent Cooper is by Matt Cooley (Instagram @cooleytattooer). AgentCooper AudreyHorne DavidLynch MattCooley surrealism TwinPeaks
It's awesome how many surrealist tattoos David Lynch's Twin Peaks has inspired. This one of Audrey Horne superimposed over Agent Cooper is by Matt Cooley (Instagram @cooleytattooer). #AgentCooper #AudreyHorne #DavidLynch #MattCooley #surrealism #TwinPeaks
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This blackwork by Jose Hates Life (Instagram @josehateslife) of Audrey Horne from David Lynch's Twin Peaks is perfect for capturing her personality. AgentCooper AudreyHorne blackwork DavidLynch josehateslife
This blackwork by Jose Hates Life (Instagram @josehateslife) of Audrey Horne from David Lynch's Twin Peaks is perfect for capturing her personality. #AgentCooper #AudreyHorne #blackwork #DavidLynch #josehateslife

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As indicated by the numerous tattoos of characters like Agent Cooper and Audrey Horne, it is astounding just how many people lives were touched by Lynch's foray into television with Twin Peaks. The fandom surrounding this show is an incredible cultural phenomenon, especially considering that it aired over a decade and a half ago. Most critics and fans consider it to be his masterwork, even though the films that he created before he entered into television and afterward are now extremely revered as well.

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This incredible black and grey portraiture by Jackie Rabbit (Instagram @jackie_rabbit) brings out the messianic undertones of David Lynch's The Elephant Man. blackandgrey DavidLynch Elephantmant JackitRabbit messianic
This incredible black and grey portraiture by Jackie Rabbit (Instagram @jackie_rabbit) brings out the messianic undertones of David Lynch's The Elephant Man. #blackandgrey #DavidLynch #Elephantmant #JackitRabbit #messianic
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Dune sleeve by an unknown artist. DavidLynch Dune sandworm sleeve
Dune sleeve by an unknown artist. #DavidLynch #Dune #sandworm #sleeve

"I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer."

As a devotee of his other experimental work, however, I am most excited when I see quality tattoos like the ones above and below that take after his surreal films, even those as contentious as Dune, instead of the hugely popular Twin Peaks. They are relatively less common than those based on his hit television series, so it makes them that much more spectacular to see. 

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This black and grey portrait by David Newman Stump (Instagram @david_skeletoncrewtattoo) that's taken from David Lynch's Eraserhead emulates the surreal black and white footage of the film. blackandgrey DavidLynch DavidNewmanStump Eraserhead Portrait
This black and grey portrait by David Newman Stump (Instagram @david_skeletoncrewtattoo) that's taken from David Lynch's Eraserhead emulates the surreal black and white footage of the film. #blackandgrey #DavidLynch #DavidNewmanStump #Eraserhead #Portrait

"In Heaven, everything is fine. You've got your good things. And I've got mine."

If you enjoyed these celluloid tattoos, here's a link to another post we did about Lynchian body art. Also, we will feature some upcoming coverage on a cool tattoo-related event at the Twin Peaks UK Festival next month, so keep an eye out for it. Lastly, if you haven't seen this legendary director's work, make sure to watch some of it. It could inspire you to get some of his auteur footage projected onto your skin.

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Originally from Oklahoma. BA in literary studies from The New School. MFA in creative writing from New Mexico State University. English teacher, published poet, and writer for Tattoodo. I love art, books, movies, music, and video games.

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