Year in Tattoos

1988 in Tattoos

Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall were the perfect comedic pairing to each play a number of characters in 1988’s Coming to America.

Clarence the barber. Tattoo by @kevinlearytattoo

Poltergeist III was released in June 1988, just a few months after the tragic death of Carol Anne’s actress, Heather O’Rourke.

Poltergeist tattoo by @sam.nancy.tattoos

Cher won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Moonstruck (1987).

Colour realism Cher tattoo by an artist at @darkhorse_collective

The Garfield and Friends animated television series premiered on September 17, 1988.

Sketchy watercolour Garfield tattoo by @findyoursmile

Heathers – the film which would later inspire the likes of Jawbreaker and Mean Girls – was released in 1988.

Bruce Willis starred as John McClane in the 1988 film, Die Hard.

Stylised neo trad John McClane (Die Hard) tattoo by @clareclarity

Schitt’s Creek’s, Catherine O’Hara and Edward Scissorhand’s, Winona Ryder starred in Tim Burton’s 1988 film, Beetlejuice.

Colour realism Beetlejuice tattoo by @nikkohurtado

In 1988, Roddy Piper starred in John Carpenter’s sci-fi action film, They Live.

They Live coffin tattoo by @chase_tattoos

Elvira: Mistress of the Dark, starring Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, was released in 1988.

New school Elvira tattoo by @kellydotylovessoup

1988’s Child’s Play made many of us paranoid that our dolls, too, would suddenly come to life.

Colour realism Good Guys Doll/Chucky tattoo by @dermhospitalthomas