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Keeping The ‘80s Alive With 8-Bit Tattoos

Keeping The ‘80s Alive With 8-Bit Tattoos
Tattoo Ideas1 min Read

Tattoo tributes to a simpler time when no video game let you murder prostitutes

Tattoos are a great way to stay connected to your childhood. These days, there are so many fun and whimsical pieces that serve are reverent throwbacks to a time gone by. One motif in this category has arguably become a tattoo style in and of itself – 8-bit tattoos.

8-bit Mario by Justin Stephan (via IG -- justinstephandesigns) #justinstephan #mario #8bittattoo
Mario turtle shells on three sisters by Debay De Lux(via IG -- debaydelux) #debaydelux #mario #8bittattoo
Mega-Man and Metal-Man underneath a Tankcrimes logo!? I'd hang out with this person! By Chris Thayer (via IG -- christhayer) #christhayer #megaman #metalman #tankcrimes #8bittattoo
Pokemon piece by Amber Dawn MacDonald (via IG -- madinkcustomdesign) #AmberDawnMacDonald #pikachu #ash #pokemon #8bittattoo

As the years went on, technology improved and video game graphics got better. But the aesthetic of those old 8-bit games is now widely celebrated. Building a picture in pixels given very limited technological constraints is an art. Companies like Nintendo, Capcom, and Konami were the Leonardos, Picassos, and Renoirs of the 1980s.

Excitebike tattoo by Paul Harting (via IG -- paul_harting) #paulharting #excitebike #bittattoo
Metroid piece by Amanda Herren (via IG -- amandaherrenartworks) #amandaherren #metroid #8bittattoo
8-bit tattos by Jess Tattooer (via IG -- jess_tattooer) #jesstattooer #mario #zelda #8bittattoo
8-bit donut and pizza by Che (via IG -- zombifiedpinkpanda) #che #pizza #donut #8bittattoo

Don’t these sweet 8-bit tattoos just take you back? The best part about them is you don’t even need to blow into a cartridge to get them to work.

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.