Film

‘Zoolander’ Tattoo Inspiration

2021 marks 20 years since Zoolander was released.The film is based on the character of Derek Zoolander, a rather dumb male model, who was created by Drake Sather and Ben Stiller for the VH1 Fashion Awards television broadcast a few years prior. The pair devised the story and wrote the screenplay along with John Hamburg. Stiller both directed and starred in Zoolander.

Zoolander is one of the world’s hottest male supermodels and becomes threatened by the hottest new model, Hansel (Owen Wilson). Jacobim Mugatu (Will Ferrell) and Derek’s agent (Jerry Stiller) are hired to brainwash Derek into carrying out a political assassination. It really was quite bad timing as Zoolander was released just two weeks after the 9/11 attacks.

This satire of the fashion industry was met with mixed reviews from critics, but worse yet with the 2016 sequel which was panned by critics.

Zoolander is certainly a cult favourite – Zoolander 2 not so much. Sometimes films just don’t need sequels.

Aside from Zoolander and Mugatu, some other Zoolander tattoo ideas are Hansel; the school Derek assumes is for ants; orange mocha Frappuccinos; or something related to that fight at the gas station.

Will you be doing your best Blue Steel while getting tattooed to avoid revealing the pain you’ll be feeling?

Mugatu kewpie tattoo by @staceymartintattoos
Derek Zoolander – Merman tattoo by @keelyglitters
New school Mugatu tattoo by @bulman_tattoons
Zoolander – Merman tattoo by @pastelxghoul