'The Walking Dead': 15 Weird, Wild and Wonderful Fan Tattoos

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(Photo: Happyblueink via Instagram)
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To celebrate the Oct. 22 Season 8 premiere of  The Walking Dead — the series’ 100th episode — Yahoo TV will be posting a new TWD-related story every day through the season opener.

The Walking Dead fans are truly fanatical — they’re ride or die for the zombie drama. Many are so committed to the show that they’ve permanently inked their fandom onto their bodies. The range of Walking Dead-inspired tattoos ranges from tributes to characters (Daryl Dixon is a favorite, no surprise) to quotes to lovingly-rendered weapons. And of course, there are etchings of walkers, including the very first zombie that Rick Grimes encounters back in season 1.

Here’s a look at some beautiful, disgusting, and headscratching #twdtattoos:

1) Most Photorealistic


2) Least Daryl-ish Daryl
On the other end of the the spectrum, this Daryl ink is super cutesy. But Daryl isn’t meant to be cute!

Made this little #walkingdead #tattoo today. #walkingdeadtattoo #thightattoo #girlswithtattoos #erintorolatattoos

A post shared by Erin Torola (@erintorola) on Aug 17, 2016 at 6:47pm PDT


3. Best Weapon Ink (Tie)
Daryl’s crossbow is rendered beautifully, with a thorny rose snaking around it.


4. Best Weapon Ink (No. 2)
There’s only one weapon on The Walking Dead that has a name. That’s how fearsome Lucille is.

#tattoo #lovetattoos #paradisetattoo #thewalkingdead #twdtattoo

A post shared by Manuel Tatuador 506 (@youngest_506) on Dec 6, 2016 at 1:13pm PST


5) Best Depiction of a Badass
Carol has evolved into one of the show’s most capable and cold-blooded killers. Bow down!

Carol Peletier from The Walking Dead. @audie_tattoos @amcthewalkingdead @bigbaldhead #carolpeletier #twd #thewalkingdead #walkingdead #amcthewalkingdead #bigbaldhead

A post shared by Blue (@happyblueink) on Oct 27, 2014 at 11:59pm PDT


6) Best Slogan
“Fight the dead, fear the living” started out as promotional copy from AMC, but truly, they’ve become guiding words for fans.


7) Deepest Cut (Pun Intended)
This little girl was the first walker encountered by Rick after he woke up from his coma in the hospital. Remember she was clutching a teddy bear?


8) Oddest Choice
This rendering of Hershel’s farm is well-done, but… why? It looks like any other farmhouse and that was arguably the most boring season of the show.

#herschelsfarm #herschelsfarmhouse #thewalkingdead #thewalkingdeadtattoo

A post shared by Jesse Sherman (@jesse_sherman9) on Jun 20, 2015 at 9:21pm PDT


9) Most Romantic (tie)
This lovely depiction of a moment between Glenn and Maggie will give you all the feels.

Never posted the #Glenn and #Maggie part of @halloweeena #TWD #legsleeve today seems a “no brainer” #twdtattoo #thewalkingdead #twdseason7premiere #somethingtofear @steveyeun @laurencohan

A post shared by Adam (@sinrockoner) on Oct 23, 2016 at 8:36am PDT


10) Most Romantic (No. 2)
The previous Glenn/Maggie tattoo was more on the nose, but this one calls out their relationship in a more understated, melancholic way, with Hershel’s watch, the balloons, and their pledge to each other.

@glenns_green_balloons this is such an amazing tattoo. #twdtattoo

A post shared by I Stan Andrew Lincoln (@grimesmen) on Jun 23, 2017 at 11:22am PDT


11) Best New Character Tattoo
The vast majority of character ink is devoted to Daryl, Rick, or Carol — but King Ezekiel and his tiger Shiva get a beautifully-rendered tribute here.

Timelapse of King Ezekiel and Shiva done on my favorite @halloweeena the blank spots are for signatures! thx4⃣ :me #thewalkingdeadtattoo #thewalkingdeadlegsleeve #kingezekiel #kingezekielandshiva #thekingdom #twd #thewalkingdead #kharypayton @kharypayton #fanart #hextat #toptattooartist #blackandgreytattoo #portraittattoo

A post shared by Adam (@sinrockoner) on Jun 26, 2017 at 5:09am PDT


12) Most Disgusting Ink
This callback to season 3 features a walker that Carl finds eating a deer. Gross scene, gross zombie… excellent tat.

Got a healed picture of this Walker for a few weeks ago! #tattoo #tattoos #eternalink #stencilstuff #dragonflytattoomachine #redemptionaftercare #walkingdeadtattoo #zombietattoo #walkingdead #thewalkingdead #walker #zombie #thewalkingdead

A post shared by Zac Kinder (@zackindertattoos) on Mar 21, 2016 at 9:18am PDT


13) Most Regrettable Choice
This is well-done, but 1) It’s already outdated, since Carl now sports an eyepatch over his lost eye, and 2) how weird will it be in 20 years when this person has a pre-teen inked on their body?

Carl from the walking dead portrait on point #carlgrimes #chandlerriggs #andrewlincoln #daryldixon #normanreedus #rickgrimes #thewalkingdead #walkingdead #walkingdeadtattoo #thewalkingdeadtattoo

A post shared by Marco Antonio Vasquez (@inkedup_nightmare) on Sep 17, 2015 at 7:11pm PDT


14) Most Bittersweet
As pretty as this tattoo is, it references one of the darkest moments in the series: When Carol told Lizzie to “just look at the flowers,” then shot her in the head.

My Walking Dead inspired tattoo. #TheWalkingDead #TheGrove #justlookattheflowers @brightonsharbino

A post shared by Melissa (@xjpf) on Apr 21, 2015 at 5:01pm PDT


15) Best Villain Tattoo
The Walking Dead has had its share of memorable villains, but Negan might take the cake (and lemonade).

Healed photo of my Negan Tattoo by @edgarivanov at @oldlondonroadtattoos. I’m so happy with how it turned out and I can’t wait to complete my Walking Dead Sleeve! #thewalkingdeadtattoo #walkingdeadtattoo #twdtattoo #thewalkingdead #walkingdead #twd #negan #negantattoo #negantattoos #tattoo #tattoos #realistictattoo #realismtattoos #realistic #realism #sleevetattoo #healedtattoo #edgarivanov #normanreedus #jeffreydeanmorgan #jdm #amazing #blackandgreytattoo @bigbaldhead @amcthewalkingdead @sketchreppinink @jayhuttontat2 @skinart_healed @cudlitz @steveyeun @stevebutchertattoos @heysydneypark @ogg_steven @austinamelio @jamesafrazierjr @jwoodsrobinson @malfuncsean @sethgilliam3596 @jeffreydeanmorgan

A post shared by Daniel Phillips (@danielphillips2404) on May 22, 2017 at 7:43am PDT


The Walking Dead Season 8 premieres Oct. 22 at 9 p.m. on AMC.

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