The summer of 1987 was a great time to be a movie-going American. Schwarzenegger was in jungles of Central America battling the Predator. Patrick Swayze was Dirty Dancing his way into our hearts. Kubrick took us back to the Vietnam War with Full Metal Jacket. De Palma was still in his prime with The Untouchables. And Timothy Dalton starred in the best James Bond film to ever star Timothy Dalton, The Living Daylights. But one film rises supreme amongst all these meaty offerings of entertainment, for 1987 was the summer that the world fell in love with RoboCop. Thirty years later, there exist some amazing RoboCop tattoos.
The film tells the story of Detroit in the not-too-distant future. You know how people always talk about how NYC is like a character in some films? Detroit is a character in RoboCop. Sure, the film revolves around policeman Alex Murphy, who is savagely brought to the brink of death by gang members only to be reborn as the titular cyborg. But Murphy only exists as a lens through which to view Detroit, the real star of the film.
RoboCop may be the single biggest challenge to the idea that all cops are bastards. He’s just so lovable, and gets mad props for only killing the people who deserve it, unlike real-world, non-cyborg cops. The audience is taken on a heartbreaking journey as we watch Murphy struggle with what it is to be human and try to retain his slipping grip on the last aspects of his humanity.
These RoboCop tattoos are all endearing love letter to one of the ‘80s smartest action films. Join us next time as we take a look at tattoos inspired by the highest-grossing film of 1987, Beverly Hills Cop II.