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Keeping Obscure ‘80s Cartoons Alive With Count Duckula Tattoos

Keeping Obscure ‘80s Cartoons Alive With Count Duckula Tattoos
Tattoo Ideas2 min Read

We look at a long-forgotten piece of our childhood in the form of a vampire that is also a duck

Taking an existing piece of pop culture and turning it into a duck is a tried and true method of producing hit entertainment. It worked well for Darkwing Duck, but the tradition goes back to 1981 when Danger Mouse’s creators decided to mash up Dracula with a duck. The resulting character, Count Duckula, was an instant fan favorite. After getting his own series, the vampiric mallard became a staple of ‘80s kids cartoon diets. Though his legacy is largely forgotten, some have kept the fond memory of the character alive with Count Duckula tattoos.

Count Duckula by Gus Albiston (via IG -- design4lifetattoo) #GusAlbiston #countduckula #countduckulatattoo
Count Duckula by Nick Barratt (via IG -- nickbarratttattoos) #nickbarratt #countduckula #countduckulatattoo
Count Duckula by Sammie Mackenzie (via IG -- sammimackenzie212) #sammiemackenzie #countduckula #countduckulatattoo
Count Duckula by Jackie Huertas (via IG -- tattoosbyjaclyn) #JackieHuertas #countduckula #countduckulatattoo

The show centers around the adventures of the titular character, his butler, and his nanny. Together, they live in a castle that can teleport them all over the world for wacky adventures. The origins of the Count involve a ceremony to resurrect Dracula that goes horribly awry when ketchup is accidentally substituted for blood in part of the ritual. The result was a vegetarian vampire who was more interested in munching on carrots than sucking blood. He also eschewed the traditional sorts of vampire villainy, instead focusing on cultivating a successful career as an entertainer.

Count Duckula by Muurder D. Rodriguez (via IG -- muu.gen.tattoos) #MuurderDRodriguez #countduckula #countduckulatattoo
Count Duckula by Matt Daniels (via IG -- stickypop) #mattdaniels #countduckula #countduckulatattoo
Count Duckula cover-up by Paul Crowther (via IG -- crowthertattoo) #paulcrowther #countduckula #countduckulatattoo
Count Duckula piece by Anj Woods (via IG -- anjwoodstattooartist) #anjwoods #countduckula #countduckulatattoo

If these Count Duckula tattoos spur fond childhood memories, congratulations, you’re one of us. If you have no idea what we’re talking about, please do check out an episode or two on YouTube.

Servo Jefferson
Written byServo Jefferson

servo is a writer based in the tri-state area, though he is unsure what the third state actually is. when not writing about tattoos, servo runs a small record label, goes on countless tours and adventures, and enjoys putting together Japanese model kits of robots. the texture of Styrofoam makes him want to vomit.