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Alice in Wonderland Tattoo

Alice in Wonderland tattoo

This homage to Disney’s Alice in Wonderland is one of the nicest cartoon tattoos I’ve ever seen. A larger version of the pic above can be found HERE. The artist Holly Azzara has a post on her blog about the process of creating the tattoo. I’d like to see Disney’s legal team try to get rid of this example of “copyright infringement.”

Alice in Wonderland tattoo
  • Never cared for tattoos much, but that is some fine inkin’ of the epidermis.

  • Kristjan

    Yikes, I love Disney animation but this is too much.

  • Artisticulated

    Amazing stuff. I know just a little about tattoos, but won’t most of these colors fade rather quickly?

  • Tom Pope

    Hopefully this person remains a big fan.

  • As cool as it looks, that is an obscene amount of ink on one person!

  • What an epic undertaking; I applaud Holly for tackling such an expansive piece (in under a year!). And the coloring is superb. When I want my animation-related tattoo I know where to go now…

  • Artisticulated-

    Form what I understand the pigments that are used now are made with plastic particles as opposed to the stuff used 20-30 years ago which was made with metal particles.

    Over time, the stuff made out of metal can and will easily breakdown and disspurse which causes it to fade. The sun is one of the most dangerous contributing factors to this process.

    With the new plastic pigments, this can still happen, but takes a lot longer. If one were to use sunblock they should have no problem keeping her work colorful and vibrant into her wrinkled old age.

    I’ve got a piece on the back of my neck that is just as colorful as the day I got it 12 years ago…spf baby…it’s a life saver.

    Don’t quote me on plastic metal thing though…that’s just what I was told by this old biker guy. The sunblock thing though….that’s all tried and true info.

  • That must have cost a fortune.

  • J.M.

    These tattoos are aesthetically beautiful, but from a strictly perverted standpoint, I’m not so sure I’d want my girlfriend sporting one. Certain sexual positions would now feel akin to watching the same damned Disney movie over and over and over again, or worse — may trigger flashbacks to my over-the-pants molestation amidst the poorly painted murals in a better-left-unnamed Anaheim pre-school.

  • ShouldBeWorkin

    Good work. Nice young body.
    But in forty years it could resemble stretched silly putty.

  • Tim Hodge

    Impressively well-drawn! And yes, it looks cool now. But what about when she’s 60? The colors may or may not still be vivid, but her dermis elasticity will change.

  • stumpyuncle

    I don’t care about the tatoos, but a woman with six arms? That’s pretty cool.

  • Chris Sobieniak

    This is why I never contemplate getting tattoos at all. It just doesn’t seem worth it to me.

  • 5tephanie

    That may become curiouser and curiouser…

  • I can see myself getting a Cheshire Cat tattoo but not to that degree XD

    It reminds me of that full body Japanese tattoos that I can’t think of the name of, d’oh!

  • Justin
  • Very nicely drawn … and the snow white tattoo in one of the comments is quite impressive.

  • Jorgen Klubien

    Is Disney going to sue her?

  • Robert Barker

    Did anybody see the recent 60 Minutes, where they highlighted the Yakuza gangsters of Japan? They cover their bodies in tattoos. Guess what? It’s killing them. Turns out that skin is a breathing eliminator of waste and that covering the pores with ink overly taxes the liver. (Guess nobody saw the movie ‘Goldfinger’). These old Yakuza gangsters are needing liver transplants like crazy. Nice tattoos though.

  • Rat

    You guys are thinking lawsuit, I’m thinking publicity stunt.

    What’s the name of that Disney film coming out next week? The Tim Burton one? I forget.

    Really an odd coincidence that this bit of random tattooing is brought to your attention now. I’m sure it’s just coincidence.

  • Rat

    “Turns out that skin is a breathing eliminator of waste and that covering the pores with ink overly taxes the liver. ”


    Hep c and hard drinking in the Yakuza is what’s causing that. According to the doctor who claims he was taken out of context for 60 minutes.

    Also, the ink doesn’t cover the pores of the skin.

    Also this is the old myth about people needing to breathe through their skin:

  • I’d much rather watch this tattoo than the upcoming tim burton film.

  • and people make jokes about my Jessica Rabbit tattoo!?! :)

  • Very nice, like it very much, there is plot, there are characters, very nice, this is the second largest cartoon i saw ever, the largest is a guy wear a tattoo of the Sea Battle of Midway :D

  • Henry G Belot

    No, plastic-based ink was a bust. It didn’t wear well and can’t be lasered off because it melts. Aficionados sometimes like to remove some of their work to make room for something else or freshen up an old piece.

    Tattoo ink is just regular commercial ink. Entrepreneurs buy it anonymously in bulk and repackage it because the real manufacturers think they could be sued if someone got sick and the ink were traced to them.

    A tattoo is a superficial “wound,” roughly equivalent to what happens when doctors test for allergies by scraping the skin and applying potential allergens. The ink is carried by gravity from the surface of the needle(s) into the skin, not injected. (“Needles” are actually pins generally welded into packets of various shapes and sizes to simulate brushes.)

    Ink in the outer layer of skin, the epidermis, is shed as the epidermis itself is naturally shed. The image we see is in the next layer, the dermis, and loses some of its detail and vividness when the, now uninked, epidermis grows back in. How much depends on how many layers of cells make up the epidermis which, in turn, depends on how much wear and tear a layer is subject to. It’s very thick on the the hand and practically nonexistent under our armpits. It also depends on our natural pigmentation. A dark complexion masks more of the color.

    The old timers tend to be heavy handed and will push the ink beyond the dermis into the subcutaneous tissue, which is unfortunate because that’s very fatty tissue and the ink tends to bleed out like ink in an ink blotter and blur out the details.

    Ink does not block the natural pores of the skin. It simply dyes the tissue. How much fading occurs depends how much the artwork is exposed to the sun.

    None of this imposes any health risk. Nothing gets into the blood stream. Even those old arsenic inks only resulted in localized blisters that soon went away.

    On the other hand, a “scratcher” who doesn’t use safe sanitary practices can spread serious diseases. Needles should be properly sterilized, artists should thoroughly wash hands between clients and after handling foreign objects, and each client should be tattooed from their own unique ink supplies. No smoking because they’ll be constantly moving their hands between their mouth area and the client. And so on. Also never allow an artist to cover a tattoo with saran wrap, theorizing that this will keep the ink from escaping or whatever. It’s an old-wives tale. It actually keeps the skin from breathing and can be extremely dangerous.

    The above information comes from Dr. Chris Sperry who is the foremost expert on the subject in the country. I used to know him back in the days when I was getting inked. He’s a forensic pathologist who is himself heavily inked leaving only the areas uninked that he needs to for professional reasons. Among other things he trains artists in safe practices and doctors what they need to understand about the art. At the end of each section of one of his seminars, artists get to see some very gory corpses and doctors get to see some outstanding tattoos.

    Incidentally, my own cartoon tattoo is a tribute to Chuck Jones that begins above my belt line on the left side and encompasses my entire left leg. It’s held up okay over 15 years, but the artist was a guy who was taught the old-school way and overworked the ink. The color parts still look good, but the black work is blotchy. I should have stuck with my regular artist. Not only would it still look almost new, I would probably have slept through a lot of it as I did when she was sleeving my arms.

  • Kyvosia

    I have got to say this is the best artwork i have ever seen done for a tattoo.amazing!

  • Nicole

    Words cannot possibly explain how magnificent this piece is, holy [email protected]# I myself am a die hard Alice in Wonderland fan. Growing up it was my favorite movie, today I am nineteen and it to this day is still the best representaion of it’s kind. I have been piecing together my own Alice in Wonderland tattoo for sometime now but havn’t quite decided what to put where. The beauty in this tattoo is uncanning, I would like to give a shout out to the artist behind this. Your work is fabulous, maybe I will look you up when I’m ready fo rmy own contribution to Walt Disney.

  • maryalice

    This honestly the BEST Alice in wonderland tattoo i have ever seen i am in love with it who ever was the artist was amazing at what they do because it looks like they took a clip of the film and placed it onto your body I am most diffidently a fan of there work after seeing this tattoo and man do u have some gutz getting all of the shading and coloring done THANK-YOU FOR BEING DIFFERENT AND EXPRESSING YOUR LOVE FOR ALICE IN WONDERLAND