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‘Karate Kid’ Tattoo Inspiration

Last year The Karate Kid turned 35 – feeling old now?

Released in June of 1984, The Karate Kid was such a success that the martial arts drama film became a franchise. The original was followed in 1986 and 1989 by Part II and Part III

The trilogy spawned a 1989 animated television series and the release of two video games.

In 1994’s The Next Karate Kid, Pat Morita returned as Mr Miyagi but the character of Daniel LaRusso was replaced by Julie Pierce (played by future Oscar winner, Hilary Swank). 

There was, of course, a remake in 2010 starring Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith, but that’s best forgotten.


Cobra Kai debuted on YouTube Premium in 2018, with some of the original cast returning. Now in its second season, it is proof that The Karate Kid legacy lives on.

The Karate Kid is credited with popularising karate in the US – it was almost like the Rocky for younger generations. 

We’ve gone through various hashtags on Instagram and crane kicked the crappy tattoos to bring you these gold medal worthy Karate Kid pieces. 

Take a look and then let us know if you’re inspired to get a Karate Kid tattoo. 

Colour realism Daniel (The Karate Kid) tattoo by @bmerck_ink
Neo trad Karate Kid x Gremlins tattoo by @krishtattoo
The Karate Kid tattoo by @ickabrams
Mr Miyagi (The Karate Kid) tattoo by @hextattooer
Karate Kid themed cat and bonsai tattoo by @sasquatch_linked
Double exposure Karate Kid tattoo by @ry_tang_tattooer