Suicide Squad's Tattoos Could've Been Very, Very Different

Suicide Squad's Tattoos Could've Been Very, Very Different

Check out these recently released alternative designs for the Joker and Harley Quinn.

Most people either loved or loathed Suicide Squad. Nothing signifies the polemic effect this film had on viewers more than the fact that fan boys and girls have already gotten portraits of both Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn and Jared Leto as the Joker tattooed on their bodies. However, for better or worse, their tattoos of these characters could have looked quite a bit different had the film's creators went with some of this concept art by Tina Charad and not others. Check out this sampling of her designs, illustrating how their appearances evolved throughout the making of the movie.

Aside from her mockups that seem to draw influence from outsider art and prison tattoos, Charad produced a few pieces that overtly take after flash designs. These little illustrations seem to be what the movie's producers latched on to, because a number of them ended up on the character's bodies. 


Some of the best of her concepts for the film are not her tattoos but the costumes that draw influence from the world of body art. Many of the outfits that the Joker wears throughout Suicide Squad reflect Charad's solid fashion design work. The tuxedo coat below is one of the coolest pieces that she produced for this project. Who wouldn't wear that badass piece of attire? 

While some of these designs by Charad are highly conceptual, you can sense how many of the ideas embodied by them came through in the film. For instance, the argyle patterning of the tattoos on her versions of Harley Quinn appeared in the final character design. Also, the torso with laughter all over it is very close to how the Joker turned out. While the giant Joker's face on Harley's stomach was probably best to forego, she might have looked better with teardrops as opposed to the single black heart that ultimately was placed on her cheek. Regardless of whether or not you like the tattoos with which the two villains were stylized, you have to admit they nailed the classic Chicano style body art.

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If you want to see more of Charad's designs for Suicide Squad, here are links to more of them for both Harley Quinn and the Joker

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