This is How You Do A Classic Animation Tattoo

This tattoo sleeve of classic cartoon characters (click for a closer view) is so impressive that I’m even willing to overlook that the artist used Chuck Jones’ redesign of Tom & Jerry. Below are a couple more angles that show Mighty Mouse and Porky Pig:

The tattoo artist is Curt Young and he works out of Bossier City, Louisiana. C’mon, Moonbot employees, what are you waiting for?

(Thanks, Michael Blaha, on Cartoon Brew’s Facebook group, via Neatorama)


  • http://www.justingoran.com/ Justin Goran

    I would LOVE a tattoo like that, but I would be so paranoid about the artist not getting the likeness properly, Would have to do my research well before hand.

    • ShouldBeWorkin’

      I don’t have a tattoo; don’t care for one, but if I did I would ask to see the artist’s portfolio outside of tattooing.
      That said, this is pretty good work.

  • tredlow

    I’m imagining two tough guys starting a bar fight from an argument about Looney Tunes.

    “Tiny Toons is a brilliant improvement of the original Looney Tunes cartoons!”
    “Tiny Toons is an abomination!”
    “Whatchoo say?!” *Punch*

    • Mel

      Of equal gravitas might be a heated argument over preferring Don to Toby Bluth’s designs.

  • Mister Twister

    Hating on Chuck’s Tom & Jerry shorts?

    Stop being an animation snob, and try to appreciate greatness.

    • Roberto Severino

      Minor nitpick really. I can sort of see where Amid was coming from there but it wasnt really needed for this article IMO.

    • mick

      I’m even willing to overlook that the artist used Chuck Jones’ redesign of Tom & Jerry

      ‘hating’… yeah righto

  • top_cat_james

    I’m supposing in this case, laser tattoo removal would be considered the equivalent of “The Dip”.

  • jhalpernkitcat

    Due to my religion (Judaism forbids tattoos) and the fact that I just couldn’t imagine myself sporting a piece of permanent art on my body that I may regret having one day–not to mention how painful it can look before it heals up. (I once saw someone sporting a tattoo along with some bruises that came from it)

    However, nothing stops me from admiring the ones that come out fantastically–and that is a freaking impressive work of art. Also, I have a soft spot for a few of Jones’ Tom and Jerry shorts.

    • Steffi-Alien

      One of the best reasons to get a tattoo is because it is a forever thing. If you are doubtful and scared to regret it someday, don’t get one. I myself have several tattoos and don’t regret any of them(got my oldest one retouched not too long ago), because they are memories to me, they express who I am and give my body an extra beauty.

      The cartoon-Tattoos in those photos look fantastic! The artist also did a great job on the backgrounds!

      • jhalpernkitcat

        As I mentioned earlier, the main reason I won’t get one is because Judaism is very strict regarding tattoos–to the point where one will actually be refused burial in a Jewish cemetery if they have one. Being conservative–somewhere in the middle between being reform and Orthodox , I shall prefer to admire tattoos from afar.

  • tredlow

    “Whatchoo say?!”

    Yeah, I never watched TIny Toons that much. The REAL improvement of the Looney Tunes characters is Loonatics Unleashed.

  • moonbot employee

    I always thought I’d have to drive all the way to Austin if I ever wanted a decent tattoo. Glad to know there’s some local talent! ;P

  • James VanDam

    Holy cow, this is aweome

  • Scott MacPhee

    Artistry aside… like or dislike… I have to ask if this artist has the licensing rights to be tatting (tatooning) with these classic properties. Just sayin.