Year in Tattoos

1989 in Tattoos

We really enjoyed putting together the first post in our [Year] in Tattoo series, so we’re now jumping ahead five years and bringing you a list of tattoos related to the year 1989.

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1989 is not just the year Taylor Swift was born but also the title of her fifth studio album.

Colour realism Taylor Swift portrait tattoo by @tater_tatts

The first episode of Tales from the Crypt aired on television in 1989.

Spoopy Crypt Keeper x Lord of the Rings book tattoo by @stabbygabby

The first film adaptation of Stephen King’s novel Pet Sematary was released in 1989.

Pet Sematary coffin tattoo by @chase_tattoos

Santa’s Little Helper was adopted by Homer and Bart in the 1989 Simpsons Christmas special.

Santa’s Little Helper tattoo by @stephanie_melbourne

The iconic kid’s television show Agro’s Cartoon Connection aired for the first time in 1989.

Neo trad willy wagtail on an Agro ice cream. Tattoo by @ebony_mellowship

1989 was the year Mattel discontinued their Lady Lovelylocks toy line.

The Karate Kid Part III was released in 1989.

Mr Miyagi (The Karate Kid) tattoo by @hextattooer

Before starring in another John Hughes classic, Macaulay Culkin acted alongside John Candy in 1989’s Uncle Buck.

New school Uncle Buck tattoo by @bulman_tattoons

1989 was the year of the trilogy with National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation becoming the third addition to the Vacation franchise.

Traditional National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation tattoo by @gusj714

The Beetlejuice animated television series premiered in 1989 after the feature film’s success the year prior.

Stylised colour realism Beetlejuice tattoo by @davidcorden

Disney went under the sea to bring us their 28th animated feature film, The Little Mermaid.

Watercolour Ariel and Flounder tattoo by @ladychappelletattoos

After 26 years on television, 1989 saw the cancellation of Doctor Who – the show didn’t return until 2005.

New school Doctor Who tattoo by @allisintattoos

Five years after the original film, Ghostbusters II was released in cinemas in 1989.

Colour realism Stay Puft Marshmallow Man tattoo by @audie_tattoos

March 1, 1989 saw Iceland lift their ban on beer.

Traditional style roses and beer tattoo by @leolunatattoo