Well, things couldn't look better for all of us anime enthusiasts in the world, because one of the greatest animators of all time, Hayao Miyazaki, is coming out of retirement to expand the computer-generated short film "Boro The Caterpillar" into a feature-length production. The famous director states that he's dissatisfied with current iteration of the story of the bug, who he describes as "so tiny that it may be easily squished between your fingers.” We couldn't be happier about his return, so to celebrate we gathered together some tattoo tributes to his magical body of work.
In our search for tattoo tributes to the creations from Studio Ghibli, we came across nearly every character from Miyazaki's fictional worlds. Of course, Totoro is a very popular icon that now lives on peoples' skin (we even found a Irezumi shoutout to him in the form of a daruma doll), but we also found great tattoos that take after virtually all the animation that he produced over his astounding and long career, especially Kiki's Delivery Service and Howl's Moving Castle. Apparently, Calcifer lit a fire in tons of fans' hearts. No-Face and Turnip-Head have also creeped and danced into the realm of body art as well.
Of all Miyazaki's wonderful films, what is considered by most people to be his magnus opus, Princess Mononoke, unsurprisingly has the most excellent tattoo tributes in its honor. Nearly every character from this unforgettable movie has been imported into the world of body art. While the princess wearing her red battle-mask is hands down the most common homage to this cinematographic masterpiece, we were especially pleased to see tattoos of the fierce Lady Eboshi as well as a few peaceful-looking depictions of the Forest Spirit and lots of little rattle-headed kodamas.
Make sure to keep an eye out for the elongated version of the short film, which is scheduled to be completed in 2019, right in time for Miyazaki's 80th birthday. The fact that he's still working this late in life exemplifies his passion for and commitment to the art form, and we can't wait to see some homages to Boro pop up in body art in the years to come.