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Hot Rodding Tattoos of Ed ‘Big Daddy’ Roth’s Rat Fink

Hot Rodding Tattoos of Ed ‘Big Daddy’ Roth’s Rat Fink

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Eleven tattoos of Ed Roth's Rat Fink that make Mickey Mouse look like a little bitch.

Has Mickey Mouse’s shrill voice and happy-go-lucky attitude ever made you want to curb stomp the little fucker? If you share this contempt for Disney’s most wholesome icon, then you’ll probably love these Rat Fink tattoos. Ed “Big Daddy” Roth dreamed up this grotesque, free-wheeling rodent as the antithesis to Mickey Mouse in the ‘60s, and almost immediately the wart-covered rodent sped his way into the hearts of America’s outcasts.

A gruesome Rat Fink head by Travis Chadwick (IG—travischadwick). #EdRoth #RatFink #traditional #TravisChadwick

Rat Fink’s image has been recreated in comics, as figurines, keychains, decals, and more. The hideous yet beloved anti-hero was even used for the album art of Junk Yard by The Birthday Party and was widely embraced by the punk rock community for his antiestablishmentarian personality. Of all of the subcultures that adopted Rat Fink over the last 50 years, the tattoo industry has carried him — as if by slingshot dragster — into the present. 

To see more depraved body art, make sure to cruise by these artists’ Instagrams. If you want to learn more about Ed Roth and his works, check out this documentary about him entitled The Tales Of The Rat Fink. If you want to show your outsider pride, think about getting a tattoo of this revolting rodent peeling out in an chopped-top Chevelle or catching some waves.

Ross Howerton
Written byRoss Howerton

BA in Literary Studies from The New School. MFA in Creative Writing from NMSU. Staff Writer for Tattoodo. I love art, books, movies, music, and video games. Hit me up on Twitter @Powertonium

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