2019 was a big year for the Star Wars franchise. For one, it saw the theatrical release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker that served as the conclusion of the Skywalker saga, which spanned nine movies and 42 years of cinema. Though the reviews for the film were not as favorable as most of the previous installments of the series, The Rise of Skywalker was an undeniable box-office hit.
2019 also saw the debut of the Star Wars spinoff series The Mandalorian, which became an instant hit for the streaming service Disney+, thanks to its super cute character dubbed as Baby Yoda by fans. As expected, the success of both projects has spawned a lot of brand new Star Wars merchandise, from vinyl figures and LEGO sets to clothing and even kitchen appliances.
But if you feel that you’ve already had enough Star Wars collectible, then this might be the time to take your fandom to the next level by getting a Star Wars tattoo of your own. Of course, getting inked is a decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly, so while you weigh the pros and cons of going under the needle, here’s a list of amazing Star Wars tattoos that are definitely worth the pain.
#1 Darth Vader vs. Luke Skywalker tattoo
Inspired by the final duel between Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, this ink by laurenm_tattooer features the father and son duo swinging their lightsabers at each other. While the story behind the swordfight is tragically heartbreaking, the red and green streaks of the lightsabers, plus the tattoo’s starry background make the body art look surprisingly magical.
#2 Princess Leia tattoo
Commissioned by a huge Princess Leia and Carrie Fisher fan, this tattoo was done by yink_tattoos based on ideas of missmeganemily. Featuring a minimalist portrait of the Princess of Alderaan, the ink is very easy on the eyes with its neat geometric lines and specks of dots as background designs.
#3 BB-8 tattoo
Made by German artist Sascha Bouché, this heart-shaped BB-8 tattoo shows the astromech droid adorably giving a thumbs-up with the use of his welding torch. The ink also includes two sparkle icons that add more cuteness to the artwork.
#4 Stormtrooper tattoo
Created by the only Lucasfilm-licensed tattoo artist in Italy, Piero Tat-twin, this badass tattoo has an intricate stormtrooper figure in the foreground, a muted IT-O Interrogator in the middle ground, and a big red insignia of the Galactic Empire in the background. If you’re one of those fans who think that stormtroopers are underrated, then getting a tattoo like this may help others appreciate them more.
#5 R2-D2 tattoo
Do you love the smart and spunky R2-D2? If you do, then you may want to consider getting this R2-D2 tattoo by Boss Tom Cooney. Though the ink looks unfinished, the artist did a great job recreating the metallic colors and some elaborate details of the astromerch droid.
#6 Darth Maul and Darth Sidious tattoo
Also created by Piero Tat-twin, this neo-traditional tattoo features striking images of Darth Maul and his Sith master Darth Sidious. The Darth Maul illustration has a fiery red color, which is a great contrast to the cool blue hue of the Darth Sidious graphic.
#7 Stormtrooper helmet tattoo
The stormtrooper helmet is one of the unmistakable icons of Star Wars, so if you want people to know that you’re a fan of the epic space opera franchise right away, getting an ink like this would be a great idea. Made by Piero Tat-twin, this tattoo has an image of a stormtrooper helmet accented by black, thick borders. Behind this main tattoo is a pale Death Star ink that adds some context to the artwork.
#8 Luke Skywalker tattoo
Done by Lucasfilm-licensed tattoo artist Damian Cain, this ink features a realistic portrait of Luke Skywalker during his younger years. Since majority of the tattoo is colored with black, gray, and brown, the legendary Jedi’s blue eyes really pop off the artwork, attracting onlookers for another glance.
#9 Star Wars x Hello Kitty tattoos
If cute, playful tattoos are your thing, then you might find these crossover inks irresistible. All created by Piero Tat-twin, these three tattoos feature Hello Kitty-fied versions of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Yoda. Though positioned relatively apart from one another, the inks are actually the first pieces of a yet-to-be-completed Star Wars/Hello Kitty sleeve tattoo.
#10 Yoda tattoo
Revered for his wisdom and power, Yoda has been the subject of several Star Wars inks. While a tattoo of the beloved Jedi master is one of the most common Star Wars ink ever, getting one — just like this by British artist Dan Stone — will never be a bad idea, as the character has inspired generations of Star Wars fans in more ways than one.
#11 Boba Fett tattoo
Created by Swedish artist Daniel Bornheim, this Boba Fett tattoo is as cool as the bounty hunter’s customized Mandalorian armor and badass weaponry. Featuring the right colors and all the bumps and dents of the character’s battle gear, this Star Wars ink looks like the real deal.
#12 Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader tattoo
Featuring the two faces of the Chosen One, this 2-in-1 portrait tattoo by Piero Tat-twin shows the scarred face of Anakin Skywalker prior to joining the dark side of the Force, and his masked, ominous look after embracing his Darth Vader persona. Though known better as a villain, Anakin actually has a legion of fans for being one of the most fully developed characters in the history of Star Wars.
#13 Floral BB-8 tattoo
A delight to the eyes, this floral BB-8 tattoo features an image of the astromech droid sandwiched between two huge flowers. BB-8’s orange and gray colors go well together with the flowers’ blues and greens, making the tattoo mesmerizing to look at. The traditional-style tattoo was made by Piero Tat-twin who recreated the peppered effect of old school shading on the ink.
#14 AT-AT Walker tattoo
Along with the Imperial-class Star Destroyer, stormtroopers, and the TIE fighter, the AT-AT Walker was one of the most famous symbols of the Galactic Empire’s military might. Despite that, AT-AT Walker inks are not as popular as other Star Wars vehicle tattoos, so seeing one is definitely a treat. Also created by Daniel Bornheim, this neo-traditional AT-AT Walker tattoo is accentuated with flower and leaf inks as well as a banner art that aptly says “I walk the line.”
#15 Darth Vader tattoo
Though ultimately fulfilled his destiny as the Chosen One, Darth Vader is still considered by many as an icon of the Dark Side, and this tattoo is a clear reminder of that. With a fiery red background and a banner art with the words “The Dark Side” inscribed on it, this Darth Vader ink co-created by Piero Tat-twin, hustlebutterdeluxe, eternalink, and stencilstuff will surely jog fans’ memory of all the evil things the character committed.
#16 Baby Yoda and the Force tattoo
Baby Yoda is harnessing the mystical energies of the Force in this cute tattoo by Brazilian artist paulayaang. The grayscale tone of the ink gives it a subdued look, making it a perfect option for those who are looking for low-key tattoos.
#17 Baby Yoda and Din Djarin tattoo
With his curious eyes wide open, Baby Yoda looks happy and carefree in this brightly colored tattoo by peanutbrittlesink. Though the Imperials are still after him, The Child seemingly feels safe now that he’s with his new adoptive father, Din Djarin.
#18 The Mandalorian tattoo
Inspired by the first season of the Disney+ series The Mandalorian, this highly elaborate tattoo by Polish artist Bettie Mad would pass as an official poster for the Star Wars spinoff. Featuring the show’s main characters Din Djarin and Baby Yoda, the ink also includes an image of a TIE fighter in the background, which villain Moff Gideon piloted in the finale.
#19 Realistic Baby Yoda tattoo
This black and white Baby Yoda tattoo by British artist egg_tattooer is a total beauty. With a comfy robe wrapped around him, The Child is seen projecting his signature puppy dog face, making onlookers fall in love with him even more.
#20 Cartoon-style Baby Yoda tattoo
Baby Yoda is all smiles in this cartoon-style tattoo by geezjohnny. Framed in a diamond border, the vividly colored ink shows a cheery Baby Yoda playing a mini toy ball under a sea of sparkling stars.
#21 Green lightsaber tattoo
Want a simple yet eye-catching Star Wars tattoo? Well, this lightsaber ink by artist Gigi Lyn might be the one you’re looking for. Featuring a no-nonsense metallic gray handle, the energy sword emits a fancy green glow that is quite addictive to look at.
#22 Lightsaber couple tattoos
If you and your special someone are huge fans of Princess Leia and Han Solo’s love story, then getting these matching finger inks will definitely take your fandom and couple goals to the next level. Created by Joshua Cowgill, these pair of tattoos features green and blue lightsabers as well as the popular “I Love You/I Know” lines of Leia and Han from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.
#23 Red lightsaber tattoo
As seen with Darth Vader, Count Dooku, Darth Maul, Darth Sidious, and Kylo Ren, red lightsabers have been mostly used by the Sith. So if you are secretly rooting for the bad guys, then getting this blazing lightsaber ink by the_artattoo is a subtle way to show your true allegiance.
#24 Jedi Order insignia tattoo
Made by artist Ju Oliveira of Hocus Pocus Studito, this black Jedi Order insignia tattoo is pretty straightforward. Representing a bright light in the darkness and a beacon of hope for all those that follow the light side of the Force, the symbol basically looks like a pair of wings encircling a lightsaber.
#25 Neo-traditional Baby Yoda tattoo
Outlined with bold black lines, this vividly colored Baby Yoda tattoo is a head-turner. Created by Canadian tattoo artist Jimbo Jones, the ink features The Child fixedly staring at something from afar. While he looks a little worried, the beautiful purplish night sky seemingly helps calm his troubled heart.
#26 Darth Vader helmet tattoo
This stunning Darth Vader helmet tattoo was made by British artist Brett El. Though the ink doesn’t include the mask’s signature raised ridge that ran from the eye portion to the back of the head, the tattoo incredibly captures the shiny, plastic-like texture of the face gear. The body art also features the insignia of the Galactic Empire, making it an unmistakable symbol of the dark side of the Force.