Year in Tattoos

1997 in Tattoos

In our new series [Year] in Tattoos we’ve covered two years in the ’80s, but now we’re skipping ahead to the late ’90s with this compilation of tattoos and associated lists.

What’s your favourite film or television show from the ’90s?

So, what went on in the entertainment industry in the year 1997? Click on the links to learn more about each item and discover the work of some incredible tattoo artists.

Not even a year after the release of iconic horror film, the sequel Scream 2 hit cinemas in 1997.

Illustrative Ghostface tattoo by @onemanriet

There’s a reason why there’s no tattoos inspired by 1997’s Home Alone 3 – the only real Home Alone films that exist (in our opinion) are the two starring Macaulay Culkin.

Colour realism Kevin [Home Alone] portrait tattoo by @thealexwright

Candace Bushnell’s novel Sex and the City was published in 1997 and followed the next year with the groundbreaking television series.

Stylised neo trad Sex and the City tattoo by @lucybluetattoo

With 14 Oscar nominations and 11 wins, in 1997 Titanic was the first film to gross over $1 billion.

Decorative neo trad Jack and Rose (from Titanic) tattoo by @megan_massacre

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon rose to prominence in 1997 for co-writing and starring in Good Will Hunting for which Robin Williams won the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.

Robin Williams (Good Will Hunting) tattoo by @andifitztattoo

Every so often we go back and watch his acceptance speech.

Set 200 years after Ripley’s death, the fourth film in the Alien franchise, Alien Resurrection was released in 1997.

Alien x anatomy tattoo by @nickbaldwintattoo

I Know What You Did Last Summer was released in 1997 – we actually prefer the sequel, and let’s not even mention the completely unrelated and truly awful third film in the trilogy.

I Know What You Did Last Summer letter tattoo by @alexstrangler

Rowan Atkinson took his beloved television character to the big screen in 1997 with Bean: The Ultimate Disaster Movie.

Mr Bean tattoo by @zarallosink

Everyone’s favourite orca returned to our screens with the release of Free Willy 3: The Rescuein 1997.

Healed colour realism orca tattoo cover up by @jensatheavenlyink

1997’s Con Air was bursting with stars including John Malkovich, John Cusack, Steve Buscemi, Dave Chappelle, and Nicolas Cage.

Colour realism Cameron Poe (Con Air) portrait tattoo by @davidcorden

Beverly Hills Ninja, starring Chris Rock and Chris Farley, was released in 1997 just months prior to Farley’s untimely death at the age of 33.

Chris Farley – Beverly Hills Ninja tattoo by @bigboypinups

Vegas Vacation, the fourth film in the National Lampoon’s Vacation film franchise premiered in 1997, eight years after National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

Stylised neo trad National Lampoon’s Vacation tattoo by @nick_sarich_tattooer

Four years before Jason Voorhees went there, Leprechaun 4: In Space was a direct-to-video release in 1997.

Colour realism Leprechaun coverup tattoo by @mihail_kogut

The Selena (starring Jennifer Lopez) biopic was released in 1997, two years after the singer’s murder.

Stylied Selena tattoo by @lele_ink

The Lost World: Jurassic Park film was released in 1997 and was another addition to the Jurassic Park/World franchise to be based on a Michael Crichton novel.

Neo trad Jeff Goldblum x Jurassic Park face split tattoo by @ismonkah