Things at the Overlook Hotel are not what they seem and it just happens to be the setting of The Shining, the 1980 horror film based on Stephen King’s 1977 novel of the same name.
The book/film title refers to the psychic abilities of Jack Torrance’s (Jack Nicholson) son, Danny. It is through his visions, and the strange personality change and actions of his father, that the audience are drawn into a world of horror.
Stephen King has stated multiple times his dissatisfaction with the film, although it remains one of the greatest horror films of all time – it also happens to be one of our favourites.
We could have simply posted tattoos exclusively of the “here’s Johnny!” scene because there are that many of them. It wouldn’t truly be a top The Shining tattoos post without that iconic moment, but we have tried our best to find some more creative pieces to inspire you.
All work and no new tattoos makes us all very dull people, so let’s change that; hopefully this selection of The Shining tattoos will encourage you to book your next tattoo appointment.
We don’t need any The Shining-type psychic abilities to know that if you’re not selective about who tattoos you then the results can be dire. Choose wisely and get yourself an amazing new spoopy or a horrifying tattoo.
Colour realism The Shining tattoo by @richiebon
Colour realism The Shining tattoo by @jordancroketattoo
Neo trad The Shining tattoo by @codydresser
Colour realism The Shining tattoo by @vallestattoo
Faceless Jack Torrance tattoo by @jayjoree
Colour realism The Shining tattoo by @csiga
The Shining twins tattoo by @smurphytattoo
Black and grey realism The Shining tattoo by @anrijsstraume
The Shining tattoo by @artronin9
The Shining themed axe tattoo by @blackdog.ov.hell
Frozen Jack Torrance tattoo by @chase_tattoos
Black and grey Jack Torrance tattoo by @jeremydtattoo
Colour realism The Shining tattoo by @nikkohurtado
The Shining axe tattoo by @stickypop
Black and grey Wendy Torrance tattoo by @smurphytattoo
Abstract colour realism The Shining tattoo by @davepaulo_tattooartist
Black and grey realism The Shining tattoo by @christos_galiropoulos
Black and grey realism The Shining tattoo by @ralfnonnweilerta2
Traditional style faceless Jack Torrance tattoo by @adamjensentattoos
Black and grey Jack Torrance tattoo by @ojxreign
Colour realism Jack Torrance portrait tattoo by @nikkohurtado
Neo trad The Shining coffee cup and key tattoo by @paulacastletattoos
Colour realism Jack Torrance tattoo by @evanolintattoo
The Shining themed axe tattoo by @jayyym