45 Creative KAWS Tattoos – Tattoo Ideas, Artists and Designs


While you may not recognize the name Brian Donnelly, we’re sure you know Kaws. Kaws, stylized as KAWS, is Donnelly’s professional name and he is best known for his stylized characters. These characters have some of the same physical characteristics as Mickey Mouse, such as shoes, shorts, and gloves. However, his characters usually also have a skull-like head, Xs for eyes, and bones on either side of the head. Donnelly began painting his characters in the 1990s and later expanded into casting his 3D characters.

KAWS figures vary greatly in size, with the smallest standing just a few inches tall and the tallest reaching almost 33 feet. Over the years, KAWS has done a number of high profile collaborations with artists like John Mayer, MTV, Comme des Garçons and Travis Scott. KAWS has also been exhibited in a number of renowned museums around the world, including the Cincinnati Contemporary Art Center, the High Museum of Art, and the Brooklyn Museum.

KAWS has also made its way into the tattoo world, inspiring many artists in a variety of styles. Take a look at 45 of our favorite creative KAWS tattoos in the gallery below, then let us know your favorite piece from this list in the comments section on social media.


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