Halloween

Top 70 Planchette Tattoos

When we first began researching planchettes for this post, we were under the impression that we’d have to read through hundreds and hundreds of years of history, with stories from around the globe. In fact, planchettes are quite a modern invention, and were first created just 150 years ago.

Over the years, we’ve seen planchettes in movies, and for some reason we imagined that there must be some sort of rich and detailed history behind them. In essence planchettes are no different to any other mass-produced product or toy. Upon making this discovery, we couldn’t help but feel a little disheartened; nonetheless, the history of the planchette is still quite interesting.

Neo trad candles, tarot card and planchette tattoo by @ashleyluka

Planchettes came to prominence in the Victorian era where people involved in the Spiritualism movement would try their hand at communicating with those in the afterlife. For many decades the planchette was actually a writing implement, constructed with two small wheels and pencil holders. The concept was that when people made contact the spirits would guide the planchette and produce mysterious written messages.

The 1890s saw the commercial introduction of the Ouija board which was patented and even touted as the new planchette. The advertising and promotion of this new product drew huge demands, and the success was the reason that the original planchettes were eventually phased out.

Through books and movies we’ve had it ingrained in us to fear the evil spirits one may release when using a planchette and Ouija board. The device was never inherently evil, although celebrity mediums in the 19th century likely gave people false hope and made money from their pain. This device provided hope for people, and something to grasp onto in the hopes that they could communicate with loved ones who had passed away.

Neo trad skeleton hand and planchette tattoo by @ell_torres_tattoos

Over 150 years since the initial planchette craze they’ve now found their place within the current tattoo craze. There’s thousands of images online, most of which I searched through to compile this top 50 post.

The various shapes and designs of planchette tattoos is reminiscent of the wide variety of planchettes available for purchase during the height of their popularity. With so many planchette tattoos already in existence (even the images tagged #ouijatattoo are predominantly planchette tattoos) the idea is a popular one. However, you can really make it your own with particular decorative elements or by adding a theme to it – allow your tattoo artist’s imagination to run wild for something truly unique.

Black cat and planchette tattoo by @angeloparente

A planchette can fit in nicely with your collection no matter your preferred tattoo style. Unlike the Ouija board which would just look like a rectangle with the alphabet on it, the planchette has a shape that can work with your body or your existing tattoos. We’re sure someone out there has managed to create an inventive Ouija board tattoo, but we prefer just the planchettes themselves.

The reasons for getting a planchette tattoo may be simple or more convoluted, but just like with any piece, the reason and meaning (if any) should matter only to you.

Would you get a planchette tattoo? Which of these is your favourite? Have a scroll through them and be sure to check out the Halloween category for more creepy content this month.

Bat and planchette tattoo by @ashleyluka
Planchette and poison bottle tattoo by @poppy_del
Severed hand and planchette tattoo by @self135
Planchette tattoo by @paulacastletattoos
Illustrative neo trad hand and planchette tattoo by @conorwearn
New school rose and planchette tattoo by @tattooartcoryc
Hand holding a planchette tattoo by @missquartz
Super sparkly planchette tattoo by @keelyglitters
Traditional style floral planchette tattoo by @missquartz
Neo trad hand and planchette tattoo by @ell_torres_tattoos
Sparkly pastel planchette tattoo by @littlerachtattoo
Flowers and planchette tattoo by @roberto_poliri_tattooer
Spider and planchette tattoo by @katherinemagnetic
Traditional planchette tattoo by @johnlemonbfg
Neo trad planchette tattoo by @evanrudetattoos
Neo trad planchette tattoo by @aprilnicoletattoos
Planchette and spider brooch tattoo by @angeloparente
Planchette and crystals tattoo by @shannan_meow
Pink planchette and eye tattoo by @agnieszkawtattoo
Neo trad planchette tattoo by @joscha_johnson
Neo trad love heart planchette tattoo by @alexrowntreetattoo
Floral neo trad black widow spider and planchette tattoo by @code.dfl
Sad girls and hands holding a planchette. Tattoo by @jawtattoos
Neo trad hand and planchette tattoo by @jodydawber
Bold planchette tattoo by @samilocke
Decorative black and grey planchette tattoo by @isobelmortontattoo
Decorative blackwork planchette tattoo by @fouldstattoo
Colourful bejeweled planchette tattoo by @goldlagrimas
Planchette tattoo by @frechdachstattoo
Skull planchette tattoo by @evanvoid
Spoopy planchette tattoo by @sam.nancy.tattoos
Planchette stomach tattoo by @angeloparente
Planchette tattoo by @laurathedrawer
Planchette gap filler tattoo by @jake_thorsell
Traditional style hand and planchette tattoo by @mattburgdorf
Spoopy pastel planchette tattoo by @tattoosbyrachaellouise
Ouija planchette tattoo by @tashaterror
Decorative neo trad planchette tattoo by @kevin_dtattoos
Traditional flowers and planchette with eye tattoo by @aaronfrancione
Traditional planchette tattoo by @tattoosbycharlos
Mixed style decorative and sparkly planchette tattoo by @candy_ink_
Illustrative neo trad planchette tattoo by @deboracherrys
Neo trad hand and planchette tattoo by @clarawelshtattoos
Floral neo trad hand and planchette tattoo by @sarahctattoos
Neo trad hand and planchette tattoo by @hanahelizabethtattoo
Neo trad and dotwork hands with planchette and candle fingers. Tattoo by @killndevour
Blackwork traditional planchette tattoo by @cat_tattoo
Traditional planchette tattoo by @mikefrancotattoos
Sparkly pastel planchette tattoo by @keelyglitters
Bold traditional planchette tattoo by @stevenmillarscott
Hand and planchette tattoo by @tashaterror
Planchette and hand tattoo by @renunutattoo
Neo trad eye and planchette tattoo by @tattooalx
Planchette tattoo by @killa_kamila
Planchette tattoo by @karolina.sylwia
Planchette tattoo by @jessbrowntattoos
Bold traditional planchette tattoo by @amandaariana_tattoos
Blue and purple sparkly planchette tattoo by @keelyglitters
Bold neo trad planchette tattoo by @marky2dix
Ouija planchette tattoo by @isobelmortontattoo
Planchette tattoo by @gonzalotintanegra
Neo trad eye planchette tattoo by @adamcornishtattooe
Neo trad eye, and jack-o’-lantern planchette tattoo by @ell_torres_tattoos
Hand and planchette tattoo by @tillydee
Hand and planchette tattoo by @jawtattoos
Neo trad planchette tattoo by @adear_tattoo
Floral neo trad planchette tattoo by @samilocke

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