People have been sending me quite a lot of anatomy tattoos over the past few months and I finally finished putting together a showcase of all the anatomical ink. Where possible I’ve tried to include the person’s story/explanation of their tattoos.

I also started another group on Flickr called Anatomy Tattoos to expand the collection and have a place for people to submit their own anatomical tattoos.  Definitely worth a look!

Heart tattoo submitted by David Cundy

Heart tattoo submitted by David Cundy

Anatomical heart tattoo submitted by David Cundy.  It looks like the tattoo artist just effortlessly sketched the tattoo directly on his chest.

The significance behind the tattoo is similar to others on the site in that following a scary hospital stay, which can make one think deeply on life, death and the transient body I found an unexpected inspiration to tattoo the heart as the central physical life force, symbol of love, housing of the soul and blood pump. Of course the heart is also a long running theme in stylised form in tattoos so I liked the idea of un-stylising it and going for an anatomically correct version. The Tattoo was done by Mantas http://www.mantas-tattoo.com/ in Brighton U.K. and I have to say this man is an expert he completed it in fine detail in about an hour and a half – I’m tempted to have lungs next but maybe less is more!

Heart tattoo submitted by Kate Blaharski

Anatomical heart tattoo on foot submitted by Kate Blaharski.

Here’s the tattoo that I got on my honeymoon last April. I’m normally pretty straight-laced and I decided that I wanted to do one “wild” thing in my life and get a tattoo. So I figured that it should be chosen from a subject matter that I’m passionate about –anatomy. This tattoo was done at Starlight Tattoo in the Mandalay Bay casino in Las Vegas by Joey. I love the fascinated reaction that most people have towards my tattoo.

Heart grenade submitted by Nate.  Very interesting concept, I wish I knew the story behind this one!

Skeleton with girl tattoo submitted by Caroline

Skeleton with girl submitted by Caroline.

That design is my best friend Kelly’s artwork, her little brother Brent is a tattoo artist so he did it for me for free!

The design was originally a print that Kelly did back when we were in college at ECU. When it was time for her class to critique the peice, everyone thought it was creepy and morbid — but that wasn’t her intention with the piece at all, she thought it was sweet.

To me, this design makes me think of not being afraid of death (that wasn’t kellys intention) but that’s what it makes me think of and why i loved it so much.

Check out more of Kelly’s artwork here.

Zipper forearm anatomy tattoo by Matthew Amey

Zipper tattoo by Matthew Amey of Independent Tattoo in Selbyville, DE.  See more of Matthew’s amazing tattoos here.

Anatomical calf muscle tattoo submitted by Johnny Middlefinger done by Taylor Mills of Wizard's World of Tattoo, Exeter, PA

Anatomical calf muscle tattoo submitted by Johnny Middlefinger.  Done by Taylor Mills of Wizard’s World of Tattoo, Exeter, PA

cancer heart by Leah Neuhauser

Heart by Leah Neuhauser

Heart tattoos done and submitted by Leah Neuhauser.

Hello, my name is Leah Neuhauser, I am a tattoo artist/piercer and shop owner in PA… these are two anatomy tattoo’s I did. I just ran across your page searching for anatomy and tattoos… I actual went to college for scientific illustration, so its pretty awesome to combine my two loves…
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Very unique anatomical heart surgery tattoo.  Spotted by Luis.