Ralph McQuarrie is no longer with us, but he was the designer who created the look for many Star Wars characters including Darth Vader, Stormtroopers, Chewbacca, R2-D2 and C-3PO. Then you have poster artist Drew Struzan who hand painted a lot of the iconic one sheets. There are plenty of creatives who collaborated in the making of this sci-fi empire, and something so well-thought-out, graphically beautiful, should not be ruined with a bad tattoo tribute. Star Wars is serious stuff!
After reviewing many thousands of Star Wars tattoos in the course of six months; I have selected 15 of the best and newest ones from various tattooers, including one of BB-8 (an astromech droid) from “The Force Awakens.”
The mobile space station gets a photorealistic veneer by BANG BANG.
Rember Orellana tattoos Darth Maul, one of the popular villains. And Chris Jones uses a double exposure technique to create the action-packed scene in “Return of the Jedi.”
The apprentice of Count Dooku is tattooed once again; this time by Alan Ramirez.
Darth Vader, the personification of the dark side of the Force; inked by Silvano Fiato. The wise and powerful master Yoda by Oscar Akermo.
R2-D2, the cutest droid (since the appearance of BB-8) by Kegan Hawkins.
The mercenary Boba Fett and Stormtrooper sleeve by Dean Lawton.
A portrait of Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi by Max Pniewski.
A modern adaptation of Yoda by Kamil Czapiga and Boba Fett by Alexey Lauz.
Using a single line, Mo Ganji artistically illustrates R2-D2.
Tattoo by Levi Barnett of “the grandest screen villain of them” (left), and Boba Fett in comic book style by Cody Meyer.
BB-8 is the newest (droid) cutey from “The Force Awakens.” By Tyler Nealeigh.
Images © respective artists.