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Obi-Wan Kenobi once said, “Your eyes can deceive you; don’t trust them. This wise wisdom unfortunately does not apply to tattoos. They are, after all, a visual medium. If you have made the decision to celebrate your love of star wars with a tattoo it is difficult to decide what to get. When it comes to tattooing your favorite fandom on your body, the options are as varied as the galaxy itself. It’s easy to get overwhelmed and lost in space. Never fear, this list can serve as inspiration when planning the perfect tattoo. Don’t hesitate too long because, as the great Yoda said, “Don’t try. Do or don’t. There is no try.”
A classic symbol of star wars the universe is the death star. This space station was a weapon capable of destroying entire planets (RIP Alderaan). This tattoo would be easily recognizable even if one were not a Jedi. It could show your affinity for the dark side or serve as a reminder of the fragility of life. It could also symbolize your allegiance to the Rebel Alliance as they destroyed two different Death Stars.
Grogu and the Mandalorian
The cutest recent addition to the Star warsGrogu’s universe is undoubtedly Grogu, also commonly referred to as The Child or Baby Yoda. Grogu’s relationship with the Mandalorian is heartwarming and a wonderful idea for a fan tattoo. The two love each other deeply in a parent-child type relationship. As The Mandalorian would succinctly say, “That’s the way.”
Where would the star wars would the universe be without droids? Simply, lost and very confused. Droids play a vital role in keeping the galaxy running smoothly. This makes it an excellent candidate for tattoos. BB-8 is a more recent addition to the team droid, first appearing in 2015 The force awakens. BB-8 fought bravely alongside Resistance X-wing fighter pilot Poe Dameron. Poe trusted him with a map that would eventually lead to Luke Skywalker.
Obi Wan Kenobi
One figure from the first trilogy who is enjoying a resurgence in popularity thanks to his new series is Obi-Wan Kenobi. It’s a complex character that provides fertile ground for many tattoo ideas. He trained Anakin Skywalker and watched him transform into Darth Vader, and he put himself in harm’s way caring for Luke and Leia while living as a hermit in the desert. Let’s just say the guy probably had some things to work out in therapy.
Another droid team member that would make a great tattoo idea is R2-D2. He was the original droid that made audiences fall in love with machines. He started out as Princess Leia’s droid but has had many masters over the years. Long before BB-8 hid a map, R2-D2 smuggled the Death Star plans. His cheeky humor and friendship with C-3PO would be a great thing to immortalize on your body.
The dark side
If the dark side of the force is more your speed, maybe Darth Vader, Darth Maul or Kylo Ren tattoos are in order. Yoda warns: “Beware of the dark side. Anger, fear, aggression; they are the dark side of the Force. They sink easily, quickly join you in a fight. Sorry Yoda, but sometimes it’s fun to be bad.
Maybe your love of star wars is so vast that you want to recreate an entire scene as a tattoo. It’s a good idea. This example shows the iconic Battle of Hoth scene. This battle is important because the rebels lose, but manage to evacuate safely so the public doesn’t feel too bad. Plus, who doesn’t love AT-ATs?
Another great idea is to get one of the movie posters tattooed. The original movie poster now known as star wars “Style A” was designed by Tom Jung in 1977. It contains many Easter eggs that are great conversation starters; for example, Luke wears Darth Vader’s boots. A subtle clue to their relationship. Another important clue is that Leia is holding Han Solo’s blaster.
The star wars movies are full of great quotable dialogue. Here are two examples of tattoo quotes from the movies: C3PO saying “Thanks to the creator” and Admiral Ackbar warning us: “It’s a trap!” If you have a favorite quote or wise saying from the movies or the show, this would make a great tattoo.
Another cute furry creature from the star wars universe are the Ewoks. They are like teddy bears. If you are looking for a cute and fluffy star wars tattoo, an Ewok is exactly what you need. They live in the forest on the moon of the planet Endor. They were instrumental in the Battle of Endor, destroying the Imperial Shield Generator to pave the way to victory.
The tattoo ideas on this list give you great starting points for your design journey. Just as Yoda said, “In a dark place we find ourselves and a little more knowledge lights our way.”