If there’s one area of interest that could rival the likes of Disney and Pixar, it is gaming inspired ink. With entire Instagram accounts dedicated to sharing fans’ video game tattoos, we decided to get in on the action, kicking off with Crash Bandicoot.
25 years ago a concept was born and the development of what we now know as Crash Bandicoot began.
The Crash Bandicoot universe mainly centres around challenges set on the fictitious Wumpa Islands. Located south of Australia, the game’s main character was inspired by the country’s array of unique animals – Crash was originally called Willy the Wombat before becoming a bandicoot.
The very first Crash Bandicoot game was released way back in 1996, with a further 14 titles added over 12 years. After a 9 year hiatus, Crash Bandicoot returned in 2017 with the N. Sane Trilogy and (only 2 years later) Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled was just released last month – which is perfect timing, really, as it coincides with the 20th birthday of Crash Team Racing.
Crash Bandicoot, Aku Aku, Wumpa Fruits, Crates, Coco, Crash’s other pals, Doctor Neo Cortex, andAku Aku’s evil younger twin brother, Uka Uka – the Crash Bandicoot universe has a whole cast of characters, items and imagery to inspire a themed tattoo.
You could go all out with a full colour sleeve or back piece dedicated to a number of characters, with the Wumpa Islands environment rounding out the piece and ensuring complete skin coverage. However, if your love of Crash Bandicoot isn’t quite so strong, you may wish to choose just one character for a smaller tattoo, either to allow room to add to your collection in the future or to act as a gap filler.
If you just cannot make up your mind, you could even have your tattoo artist create a crossover piece with one or more characters from some of your other favourite games.
We’ve scoured the internet for the best Crash Bandicoot tattoos to bring you this top 30 list – one for each year since the game’s release, and a few more to round it all out.
Check out these tattoos to discover the ideal artist to bring your gaming tattoo idea to life but, as always, please remember: Be Inspired. Never Copy.