Top 91 Best Thanos Tattoo Ideas – [2020 Inspiration Guide]

The overwhelming success of the Marvel film franchise has cultivated a diehard fandom. It is no surprise that Marvel fans choose to get tattoos dedicated to their favorite characters, and out of all Marvel characters, none has generated such a devoted following as Thanos.

A controversial figure in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Thanos assembled the six Infinity Stones in order to bring balance to the cosmos by annihilating half of all life forms across the universe.

For some of the edgier Marvel fans, Thanos was an MCU villain with a noble-if not extreme-purpose, saving the universe from extinction due to over-population and creating a better world for the remaining life forms. Never mind that 50% of all life would be eradicated.

While some Marvel fans choose a cool superhero like Iron Man, Hawkeye or Incredible Hulk tattoo, for others an Avengers tattoo dedicated to the ultimate bad guy is the only way to go.

Each Thanos tattoo in this gallery is a great example of what is possible with a talented tattoo artist and dramatic comic book villain as inspiration.

1. Black and Gray Thanos Series

Black And Grey Thanos Tattoo Cbastian.ink
Source: @cbastian.ink via Instagram
Black And Grey Thanos Tattoo Doug Monsterink
Source: @doug_monsterink via Instagram
Black And Grey Thanos Tattoo Elle Ink
Source: @elle_ink_ via Instagram
Black And Grey Thanos Tattoo Hazydotstattoo
Source: @hazydotstattoo via Instagram
Black And Grey Thanos Tattoo Malandro Art
Source: @malandro_art via Instagram
Black And Grey Thanos Tattoo Martypee Tattoos
Source: @martypee_tattoos via Instagram
Black And Grey Thanos Tattoo Midgardcadaver Tattoo
Source: @midgardcadaver_tattoo via Instagram
Black And Grey Thanos Tattoo Milotay Tattoos
Source: @milotay_tattoos via Instagram
Black And Grey Thanos Tattoo Overdosearttattoo
Source: @overdosearttattoo via Instagram
Black And Grey Thanos Tattoo Rastatuille.cr
Source: @rastatuille.cr via Instagram
Black And Grey Thanos Tattoo Redroom.tattoo
Source: @redroom.tattoo via Instagram
Black And Grey Thanos Tattoo Ryand.balaati Tattoist
Source: @ryand.balaati_tattoist via Instagram
Black And Grey Thanos Tattoo Sp.tattooartist
Source: @sp.tattooartist via Instagram
Black And Grey Thanos Tattoo Tattooicon
Source: @tattooicon via Instagram
Black And Grey Thanos Tattoo Tattooinetattoo
Source: @tattooinetattoo via Instagram
Black And Grey Thanos Tattoo Tuttattoos
Source: @tuttattoos via Instagram
Black And Grey Thanos Tattoo Vine Tattoo
Source: @vine_tattoo via Instagram

With the bright colors used in dramatic depictions of Thanos, both in films and comic books, some may be surprised that a hard core reader or viewer would choose a black and gray approach to their Thanos tattoo. However, the menacing visage of the Mad Titan is well suited to this classic approach. These excellent Marvel tattoos use black and gray ink to create unique designs with the ultimate MCU villain as their subject.

2. Color MCU Villains

Colored Thanos Tattoo Dannyscotttattooartist
Source: @dannyscotttattooartist via Instagram
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Colored Thanos Tattoo Fatniss Ink
Source: @fatniss_ink via Instagram
Colored Thanos Tattoo G1enghis Khan
Source: @g1enghis_khan via Instagram
Colored Thanos Tattoo Henri.howard
Source: @henri.howard via Instagram
Colored Thanos Tattoo Jed Na Maynard Pa
Source: @jed_na_maynard_pa via Instagram
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Colored Thanos Tattoo Pierotattwin
Source: @pierotattwin via Instagram
Colored Thanos Tattoo Ross Art Tattoo
Source: @ross_art_tattoo via Instagram
Colored Thanos Tattoo Tattoo.aindigo
Source: @tattoo.aindigo via Instagram
Colored Thanos Tattoo Tonyd Tattoo
Source: @tonyd_tattoo via Instagram
Colored Thanos Tattoo Yusergarcia
Source: @yusergarcia via Instagram

A bright, color approach to Marvel tattoos is a great choice due to the exciting scenes that made the Marvel franchise a global phenomenon. A Thanos tattoo provides plenty of great opportunities to use vibrant ink thanks to the different colors of the six Infinity Stones at the center of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Thanos’ ghastly purple appearance also gives a tattoo artist the perfect excuse to bust out the color and these clean Marvel tattoos demonstrate just how successful this approach can be.

3. Thanos Infinity Gauntlet Hand Tattoo Idea

Hand Tattoo Thanos Tattoo 20200608 Krrinz
Source: @krrinz via Instagram
Hand Tattoo Thanos Tattoo 20200609 Ruansena
Source: @ruansena_ via Instagram
Hand Tattoo Thanos Tattoo Brandonsommerstattoo
Source: @brandonsommerstattoo via Instagram
Hand Tattoo Thanos Tattoo Dio Tattoo
Source: @dio_tattoo via Instagram
Hand Tattoo Thanos Tattoo Sloweace
Source: @sloweace via Instagram
Hand Tattoo Thanos Tattoo Southgatetattoo
Source: @southgatetattoo via Instagram
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While not for the faint of heart, some devoted Marvel fans have chosen to get a Thanos tattoo placed directly on their hand; more specifically the Infinity Gauntlet tattooed on their own hand. For anyone outside the hard core fan zone this may seem insane but for these super-fans it is the best way to show the world what side of the Infinity War they were on.

4. Infinity-Gauntlet Tattoo Art

Infinity Gauntlet Thanos Tattoo Bobbytaz66
Source: @bobbytaz66 via Instagram
Infinity Gauntlet Thanos Tattoo Brad Angryelftattoo
Source: @brad_angryelftattoo via Instagram
Infinity Gauntlet Thanos Tattoo Daniela.dag
Source: @daniela.dag via Instagram
Infinity Gauntlet Thanos Tattoo Devonmackeytattoo
Source: @devonmackeytattoo via Instagram
Infinity Gauntlet Thanos Tattoo Jazze.tattoo
Source: @jazze.tattoo via Instagram
Infinity Gauntlet Thanos Tattoo Joebtattoo
Source: @joebtattoo via Instagram
Infinity Gauntlet Thanos Tattoo Kerow.tattoo
Source: @kerow.tattoo via Instagram
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Infinity Gauntlet Thanos Tattoo Ladylisadoll
Source: @ladylisadoll via Instagram
Infinity Gauntlet Thanos Tattoo Maurotattoo 182
Source: @maurotattoo_182 via Instagram
Infinity Gauntlet Thanos Tattoo Jctattoo
Source: @jctattoo_ via Instagram
Infinity Gauntlet Thanos Tattoos Kayleighbamf
Source: @kayleighbamf via Instagram
Infinity Gauntlet Thanos Tattoos Luigidgabriel
Source: @luigidgabriel via Instagram

In order to effectively wield the six Infinity Stones Thanos had a glove-or gauntlet-forged and it was this gauntlet that allowed the Mad Titan to “snap” half of all life in the universe out of existence, including half of the Avengers. More than any other symbol it is the Infinity Gauntlet that represents Thanos’ mad quest for power and these designs are great Marvel tattoos with this essential cinematic element as their subject.

5. New School Cartoon Cool Superhero and Villain

New School Cartoon Thanos Tattoo Bethany.jent
Source: @bethany.jent via Instagram
New School Cartoon Thanos Tattoo Biofx Tattoo
Source: @biofx_tattoo via Instagram
New School Cartoon Thanos Tattoo Brabotattoo
Source: @brabotattoo via Instagram
New School Cartoon Thanos Tattoo Brettstuhlertattoos
Source: @brettstuhlertattoos via Instagram
New School Cartoon Thanos Tattoo Buzovintattoo
Source: @buzovintattoo via Instagram
New School Cartoon Thanos Tattoo Chrisminshall.tattoos
Source: @chrisminshall.tattoos via Instagram
New School Cartoon Thanos Tattoo Edgar Tattoo
Source: @edgar_tattoo via Instagram
New School Cartoon Thanos Tattoo Fine Heart Custom Ink
Source: @fine_heart_custom_ink via Instagram
New School Cartoon Thanos Tattoo Gravekeeper Bng Tattoo
Source: @gravekeeper_bng_tattoo via Instagram
New School Cartoon Thanos Tattoo Inkedvessel
Source: @inkedvessel via Instagram
New School Cartoon Thanos Tattoo Juniorreistattoo
Source: @juniorreistattoo via Instagram
New School Cartoon Thanos Tattoo Kremertatt1976
Source: @kremertatt1976 via Instagram
New School Cartoon Thanos Tattoo Natalietrueink
Source: @natalietrueink_ via Instagram
New School Cartoon Thanos Tattoo Graysilva
Source: @graysilva via Instagram
New School Cartoon Thanos Tattoo The.inkdex
Source: @the.inkdex via Instagram
Source: @melektastekin_tattooer via Instagram
New School Cartoon Thanos Tattoo Bizio Art
Source: @bizio_art via Instagram

Many Marvel fans choose to get an Avenger tattoo and thankfully there is a wealth of designs from the series to draw inspiration. Each Thanos tattoo in this collection takes a different approach: some stay true to the original comic book depiction while others use Thanos as depicted in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. One even recreates Thanos and Captain America has Lego characters proving that the sky is the limit when it comes to unique Marvel tattoos.

6. Pop Culture Portrait Thanos

Portrait Thanos Tattoo Ashgravino
Source: @ashgravino via Instagram
Portrait Thanos Tattoo Blackinblack999
Source: @blackinblack999 via Instagram
Portrait Thanos Tattoo Dannygarritytattoo
Source: @dannygarritytattoo via Instagram
Portrait Thanos Tattoo Jaggoblackjack
Source: @jaggoblackjack via Instagram
Portrait Thanos Tattoo Jingya Duck
Source: @jingya_duck via Instagram
Portrait Thanos Tattoo Josu Original Tattoo
Source: @josu_original_tattoo via Instagram
Portrait Thanos Tattoo K.la.k Mendoza
Source: @k.la.k_mendoza via Instagram
Portrait Thanos Tattoo Kachulachki
Source: @kachulachki via Instagram
Portrait Thanos Tattoo Mattjacksontattoos
Source: @mattjacksontattoos via Instagram
Portrait Thanos Tattoo Salva Tattoos
Source: @salva_tattoos via Instagram
Portrait Thanos Tattoo Sam Andrews Tattoo
Source: @sam_andrews_tattoo via Instagram
Portrait Thanos Tattoo Willeentattoo
Source: @willeentattoo via Instagram

The best portraits use interesting faces as their subjects and Thanos, with his grizzled features and wicked smile, is about as interesting as they come. These Thanos tattoos take a variety of fan approaches with several black and gray pieces standing out for their high level of detail and photo-realistic depiction of this villain. Other tattoos use color to create Thanos portraits that look like they could come straight out of his first appearance in the Invincible Iron Man #55 comic way back in 1973.

7. The Realistic Thanos Tattoo Idea

Realistic Realism Thanos Tattoo Angelinktattoos1
Source: @angelinktattoos1 via Instagram
Realistic Realism Thanos Tattoo Aristotletattoo
Source: @aristotletattoo via Instagram
Realistic Realism Thanos Tattoo Charlyinkintention
Source: @charlyinkintention via Instagram
Realistic Realism Thanos Tattoo Chrisrigonitattooer
Source: @chrisrigonitattooer via Instagram
Realistic Realism Thanos Tattoo Dwtattoo
Source: @dwtattoo via Instagram
Realistic Realism Thanos Tattoo Mazierotattoo
Source: @mazierotattoo via Instagram
Realistic Realism Thanos Tattoo Richardesterbauer
Source: @richardesterbauer via Instagram

For some Marvel fans the only way to do justice to the ultimate MCU villain is through a hyper-realistic depiction, and the tattoos in this collection are some great examples of this approach. Demonstrating the skill of the tattoo artist, the level of detail in these Thanos tattoos is next level: every wrinkle in his face, every dent in his helmet is expertly captured using ink.

8. Thanos and Marvel Sleeve Tattoo

Sleeve Thanos Tattoo Chris Diligent
Source: @chris_diligent via Instagram
Sleeve Thanos Tattoo Khailtattooer
Source: @khailtattooer via Instagram
Sleeve Thanos Tattoo Myidiothearttattoos
Source: @myidiothearttattoos via Instagram
Sleeve Thanos Tattoo Nathantattooist
Source: @nathantattooist via Instagram
Sleeve Thanos Tattoo Nikkotattoos.ink
Source: @nikkotattoos.ink via Instagram
Sleeve Thanos Tattoo Ramirottatoo
Source: @ramirottatoo via Instagram
Sleeve Thanos Tattoo Select.tattoo
Source: @select.tattoo via Instagram
Sleeve Thanos Tattoo Xino Mob Tattoo
Source: @xino_mob_tattoo via Instagram
Sleeve Thanos Tattoo Keebs Tattooist
Source: @keebs_tattooist via Instagram
Sleeve Thanos Tattoo Murilo Real Tattoo
Source: @murilo_real_tattoo via Instagram
Sleeve Thanos Tattoo Goodzilla1
Source: @goodzilla1 via Instagram

A half sleeve or full sleeve tattoo is a great choice for large designs and allows a tattoo artist to apply a higher level of detail to a Thanos tattoo. This approach is also great for Marvel tattoos because a larger canvas allows an artist to incorporate other characters or create scenes inspired by the Marvel film franchise and these excellent Thanos sleeves are great examples of what is possible with a dramatic villain, talented art enthusiasts and large canvas.

Thanos Tattoo FAQs

What do the Infinity Stones represent?

Central to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, over the course of several films the Infinity Stones are revealed to be the remnants of six singularities that existed before the Big Bang and were compressed by cosmic entities before being flung to the far reaches of the universe. Each of the Infinity Stones controls a different aspect of reality and when they are used in conjunction the holder can control all of existence as they see fit.

It is only by wielding each of these cosmic power sources that Thanos can achieve his ultimate goal of cosmic extermination.

What does a Thanos tattoo mean?

Thanos has gained a devoted following thanks to what many Marvel fans see as an honorable pursuit: Thanos is actually trying to save life from total annihilation by killing off fifty percent of all beings. He’s a much more charismatic, mighty and worthy adversary to the Avengers than Ultron.

A Thanos tattoo is for the Marvel fans that root for the bad guys. While there is no doubt that Thanos is an MCU villain, he is a character that has a surprisingly complex story arc that is given room to develop over the course of the Marvel franchise. It’s no surprise that the internet – home of commenters on Reddit, Facebook, and Twitter – love the guy.

Someone with a Thanos tattoo may incorporate the design into a larger Avenger tattoo or as a standalone piece dedicated to the one of the most popular villains in recent pop culture memory.

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