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Top 15 ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Tattoos

Sonic the Hedgehog is a video game we grew up playing on our Sega Mega Drive in the mid ’90s. The video game series was created by Sega in 1991 – they wanted a mascot to compete with Nintendo’s Mario.

Sonic the Hedgehog has an emphasis on speed, not exploration, to complete a zone within the time limit. In the side-scrolling platform game, rings are collected for health, with 100 rings rewarding the player with an extra life.

Players have the opportunity to collect the six Chaos Emeralds when advancing through the zones, all while trying to avoid bottomless pits, spikes, moving walls and platforms, or drowning. Being a hedgehog, Sonic has the ability to roll into a ball, increasing his power for his Super Sonic Spin Attack and Super Sonic Spin Jump.

The ultimate aim of the game is to defeat Dr. Robotnik (renamed Doctor Eggman) who has trapped animals inside of robots – destroying the robots saves and frees the animals.

Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, Sonic the Hedgehog has cemented its place as one of the greatest video games ever created. Sequels followed in 1992 and 1994, with Sonic & Knuckles released just months after Sonic the Hedgehog 3.

Since 2006, Sonic games have been developed for Windows/PC, and even other Nintendo consoles, the very company Sega were competing against just 15 years prior. Games in the Sonic franchise are now available on just about every platform and console.

Over the years, more characters have been added to the Sonic franchise to either assist or prevent Sonic from achieving the games’ goals. Tails, a two-tailed kitsune (fox), was introduced as Sonic’s sidekick in Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Knuckles the echidna first appeared in Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and was initially an enemy before befriending Sonic and Tails. Sonic CD for Sega CD saw two new additions: Amy Rose, a pink female hedgehog and Sonic’s self-appointed girlfriend, and Metal Sonic, an evil robotic version of Sonic created by Doctor Eggman. There are even more characters than we’ve mentioned here, all of which would make excellent tattoos.

From foes to friends, Mario and Sonic have teamed up for Olympics themed video games, with the news originally thought to be a joke. Since the release of Mario & Sonic at the Olympics (available prior to the 2008 Beijing Olympics) a further five games (both Summer and Winter Olympics) have joined the franchise. The most recent addition is Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 which was still released despite the games themselves being delayed due to the pandemic.

Unlike horror films, tattoo collectors are far more fond of the hero of this video game then they are the villain. Which Sonic character is your favourite?

Of these 15 tattoos, the piece by @keelyglitters is our favourite as it focuses on a zone in the game rather than a character – only true fans will know what the piece represents. Research for your own Sonic the Hedgehog tattoo is really just an excuse to spend several hours playing video games, but who’s complaining?

We encourage you to act very un-Sonic like when choosing a tattoo artist; take your time in order to avoid any Doctor Eggman quality tattooers.

Now, onto the tattoos!

Sonic the Hedgehog tattoo by @thisisalexheart
Sonic the Hedgehog tattoo by @thebakery
Sonic the Hedgehog tattoo by @keithison
Knuckles – Sonic the Hedgehog tattoo by @stickypop
Sonic the Hedgehog hand tattoo by @adamaguastattoos
Tails – Sonic the Hedgehog tattoo by @tattooalgarcia
Sonic the Hedgehog tattoo by @bunnymachine
Sonic the Hedgehog tattoo by @bulman_tattoos
Sonic – Green Hill Zone tattoo by @keelyglitters
Sonic the Hedgehog tattoo by @ikostattoo
Sonic the Hedgehog tattoo by @stickypop
Sonic the Hedgehog tattoo by @tattoo_tom
Super Sonic tattoo by @armslikewings
Sonic the Hedgehog face split tattoo by @stickypop
Sonic the Hedgehog sleeve (1) tattoo by @julian.siebert
Sonic the Hedgehog sleeve (2) tattoo by @julian.siebert
Sonic the Hedgehog sleeve (3) tattoo by @julian.siebert