When Toy Story was released in 1995 it confirmed what we all suspected: that our toys come alive when we’re not looking.
Woody and Buzz Lightyear, voiced by Tom Hanks and Tim Allen respectively, captured the hearts and imaginations of a generation of 90s kids, leading Toy Story to become one of the most successful animated franchises of all time – behind only Despicable Me, Shrek, Ice Age, and Madagascar (which we’ll one day get around to covering here on LWG).
Until the release of Inside Out, Toy Story 3 was one of the most emotional films Pixar has ever produced. Will Toy Story 4 again manage to render us complete emotional wrecks, curled up in the foetal position on the popcorn-strewn floor of the cinema?
Fandom tattoos, in more recent years, have become so much more than a tacky early 90s Tweety Bird, so it comes as no surprise that Pixar characters – Toy Story in particular – are being brought to life in the tattoo realm.
Sure, the first film was released 24 years ago, but the childhood nostalgia remains strong with Toy Story as the films are still enjoyed by many even as adults. The trailer for Toy Story 4 was uploaded to YouTube three weeks ago and already has over 40 million views. As with most new releases of blockbuster films we’ll be seeing the number of Toy Story inspired tattoos soar over the coming months.
Do you have plans for a Toy Story tattoo or will you be waiting until the introduction of new characters in Toy Story 4? The new addition to the franchise is set for a June 21, 2019 release, but until then enjoy these tattoos.
Stylised neo trad Woody tattoo by @thebakery Black and grey Buzz Lightyear tattoo by @owenpaulls Toy Story characters tattoo by @troyslackink Illustrative watercolour Buzz Lightyear and Aliens tattoo by @findyoursmile Black and grey Woody tattoo by @owenpaulls Stylised neo trad Buzz Lightyear tattoo by @thebakery Cute traditional style Woody tattoo by @martapoisontattoo Sketchy watercolour Buzz Lightyear tattoo by @findyoursmile Toy Story alien tattoo by @troyslackink Black and grey Mr Potato Head tattoo by @owenpaulls Jessie and Alien tattoo by @tattooyauu Toy Story tattoos by @michelabottin Wreck It Ralph x Lotso (Toy Story) tattoo by @pretty_grotesque Illustrative watercolour Bullseye tattoo by @ladychappelletattoos “You’ve got a friend in me” Toy Story tattoo by @riahdertattooz Toy Story characters tattoo by @tattoosbyjaclyn Black and grey Barbie (from Toy Story) tattoo by @owenpaulls Buzz Lightyear tattoo by @tattoosbyjaclyn Illustrative watercolour Woody and Buzz Lightyear tattoo by @ladychappelletattoos Woody, Mr Potato Head and Alien tattoo by @troyslackink Decorative love heart Buzz Lightyear (Mrs Nesbitt) tattoo by @tattoosbyjaclyn Black and grey Slinky Dog tattoo by @owenpaulls Woody tattoo by @tattoosbyjaclyn Sparkly Toy Story alien and claw machine tattoo by @keelyglitters Slinky Dog tattoo by @tattoosbyjaclyn Lotso bear tattoo by @chelseytattoos Colourful traditional Slinky Dog tattoo by @redliptattoo Colour realism Woody tattoo by @thebakery Traditional Toy Story themed snake and cowboy boot tattoo by @josh_todaro Traditional Bullseye (from Toy Story) tattoo by @maxslattertattoo Slinky Dog tattoo by @chelseytattoos Toy Story tattoo by @alexrowntreetattoo Rex (from Toy Story) tattoo by @petethethief Neo trad Woody tattoo by @pixierobsontattoo Jessie tattoo by @ryanlucastattoos Traditional style Ken (from Toy Story) tattoo by @gooneytoons Decorative love heart Lotso tattoo by @isobelmortontattoo Neo trad Woody tattoo by @missmaelaroux Neo trad Buzz Lightyear tattoo by @jamesmullintattoos Illustrative Rex tattoo by @jerome_crazycaps Illustrative watercolour Slinky Dog, Rex and Hamm tattoo by @ladychappelletattoos Bo Peep and Woody tattoo by @missmaelaroux Illustrative new school Slinky Dog tattoo by @leotattoons Buzz and Woody gap filler tattoo by @whisperstattoo Illustrative watercolour Toy Story tattoo by @ladychappelletattoos Mr. Shark tattoo by @bootattoo89 Alien (from Toy Story) tattoo by @whisperstattoo Black and grey Bullseye tattoo by @owenpaulls
The Forky fans have already been hitting the tattoo parlour…
Alien and Forky tattoo by @pony_tbr Forky tattoo by @jacksonmay_tattooist
Updated: November 2019
Woody tattoo by @stickypop Lotso tattoo by @whisperstattoo Face split Buzz and Woody tattoo by @whisperstattoo Bold line Woody tattoo by @redliptattoo Colour realism Forky tattoo by @whisperstattoo Slinky Dog tattoo by @beautattoo Lotso tattoo by @0uchless Illustrative Toy Story tattoo by @hannahmaitattoo Toy Story alien tattoo by @rhihusty Buzz and Woody tattoo by @haleybearstattoo Another Slinky Dog tattoo by @beautattoo Buzz Lightyear and aliens tattoo by @ikostattoo Snake and Woody’s boot tattoo by @stabbygabby Neo trad Bullseye tattoo by @alexrowntreetattoo Rex and the Potato Heads tattoo by @pixierobsontattoo