Year in Tattoos

1984 in Tattoos

Having spent these past three years spending hours researching and curating tattoos, we’ve learned interesting facts about things from nature, music, television, films, food and toys, and aimed to share our new-found information in each and every list published.

With our new series [Year] in Tattoos, we’re looking at the connection between these tattoo themes (mainly those outside of flora and fauna) in regards to the year of of their launch or premiere, and even their conclusion or cancellation.

1984 is the first year chosen simply because it’s the year which saw the release of some of our favourite films.

Get scrolling to learn more about 1984 and click on the links to learn more about each item and discover the work of some incredible tattoo artists.

The crime-drama television show Murder, She Wrote premiered in 1984.

Murder, She Wrote tattoo by @victoriadimsum

Milton Bradley – the company behind the board game Candy Land – was sold to Hasbro in 1984.

Queen Frostine from Candyland tattoo by @theartsyalien

In 1984 we all learned the three rules for taking care of a Mogwai when Gremlins was released in cinemas.

Stripe and Gizmo tattoo by @paulmarino917

Cabbage Patch Kids were the must-have toy with their sales exceeding $2 billion in 1984.

Cabbage Patch Kids tattoo by @sanae_kawaii

Everyone was perfecting their crane kick technique following the release of The Karate Kid in 1984.

The Karate Kid tattoo by @ickabrams

Along with its iconic theme song, Ghostbusters was released on the same weekend as Gremlins in 1984.

Neo trad Ghostbusters tattoo by @bootattoo89

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was released in the U.S. in 1974, but it wasn’t until 1984 that the film was successfully classified and distributed in Australia.

New school Leatherface tattoo by @onemanriet

At the inaugural MTV Video Music Awards in 1984, Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” won the award for Best Female Video.

Stylised Cyndi Lauper portrait @kellydotylovessoup tattooed on herself!

Originally appearing in The Amazing Spider-Man #252 as a symbiote in 1984, it wasn’t until four years later that Venom was properly introduced to readers.

Colour realism Venom tattoo by @evanolintattoo

Freddy Krueger began infiltrating the minds of thousands due to the release of A Nightmare on Elm Street in 1984.

A Nightmare On Elm Street love heart tattoo by @sam.nancy.tattoos

1984 saw Rainbow Brite dolls hit the shelves and its accompanying television show hit our screens.

Rainbow Brite tattoo by @littlerachtattoo