Year in Tattoos

1996 in Tattoos

Eminem released his debut studio album Infinite in 1996.

Eminem portrait tattoo by @stevebutchertattoos

One of two Neve Campbell films released in 1996, The Craft caused people around the world to become interested in witchcraft.

Traditional style Nancy portrait tattoo by @jayquarles

“Wannabe” the debut single from the Spice Girls was released on June 26, 1996.

Kawaii Spice Girls tattoo by @tattoosbymeri

The final episode of Rocko’s Modern Life aired in 1996.

Filburt tattoo by @alexstrangler

The horror genre was revitalised thanks to 1996’s Scream.

Stylised Casey Becker (Scream) tattoo by @theyoul

The Tamagotchi was first released in 1996 and quickly became hated by teachers worldwide.

Purple Tamagotchi tattoo by @carly.kawaii

1996 saw Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt chasing tornados in the blockbuster hit Twister.

Healed Twister movie themed tornado tattoo by @shannontattooer

The Judge Judy television show premiered in 1996.

Neo trad Judge Judy portrait tattoo by @josh_todaro

An English-language remake of the 1978 film La Cage aux Folles, The Birdcage was released on March 8, 1996.

Albert as Starina (The Birdcage) tattoo by @madamefirecrackertattoos

Co-written by and starring Adam Sandler, Happy Gilmore was released February 16, 1996.

Chubbs’ glued together wooden hand. Happy Gilmore themed tattoo by @monikadarling

A change from Nickelodeon’s original animated shows, Blue’s Clues, a live-action children’s educational television series debuted on the network on September 8, 1996.

Blue’s Clues tattoo by @artkaylarose

Steve Austin made his now infamous Austin 3:16 promo following his win at WWFKing of the Ring in 1996.

Stone Cold Steve Austin tattoo by @tylerx_oakwood

Arthur premiered on PBS on October 7, 1996.

Traditional style Arthur meme tattoo (from March 2017) by @skull_and_snake

The kawaii character of Pompompurin was introduced by Sanrio in 1996.

Pompompurin and Macaroon tattoo by @melvin_arizmendi

Co-written and directed by Mike Judge, Beavis and Butt-Head do America was released in the US on December 20, 1996.

Stylised Beavis and Butt-Head tattoo by @honkeykonger

Hank Scorpio was introduced on The Simpsons episode “You Only Move Twice” (Season 8, Episode 2) from November 3, 1996.

Hank Scorpio tattoo by @samilocke

The Sabrina the Teenage Witch television series premiered on ABC on
September 27, 1996.

Neo trad Salem tattoo by @lucybluetattoo

Kirk Van Houten drawing dignity during The Simpsons episode “A Milhouse Divided” (Season 8, Episode 6) which aired December 1, 1996.

Kirk Van Houten drawing dignity. Tattoo by @melaniemilnetattoos

The Crash Bandicoot video game franchise was introduced in 1996.

Crash Bandicoot, Nitro Crate and Wumpa Fruit tattoo by @4ndy_w4lker

One final Ren and Stimpy episode aired on MTV in 1996.

Ren and Stimpy tattoo by @bootattoo89

Sting debuted his Crow gimmick in 1996.

Traditional style Sting face split tattoo by @nate_sprenkle_tattoos

The very first episode of Hey Arnold! aired on Nickelodeon in 1996.

Hey Arnold hand and locket tattoo by @goldlagrimas

Razor Ramon left WWF in 1996, before debuting in WCW (as Scott Hall) as The Outsiders with Kevin Nash, with the pair later forming the nWo with Hulk Hogan at Bash at the Beach that same year.

Black and grey Scott Hall tattoo by @tyeharris