Wearing Your Anatomy on Your Skin: the Anatomy Tattoo Gallery

Heart Anatomy Tattoo
[via worse things happen at… from Flickr]

I personally don’t have any tattoos. I just haven’t found that one piece of art that I can live with for the rest of my life. I do appreciate them however. So I decided to look for people who were passionate enough about anatomy to actually have a piece tattooed on themselves. Here are some of the interesting specimens I found. Enjoy!

It would have been nice to have had the brachial plexus tattooed on my body for those difficult anatomy exams. Or my arm musculature…

Anatomy Tattoo
Anatomy Tattoo
[via dubitable from Flickr]
Brain Tattoo
Anatomy Tattoo
Hand Anatomy Tattoo
Anatomy Tattoo
Hand Anatomy Tattoo
Anatomical heart tattoo
[via ehernandez87 from Flickr]
Beautifully done hand anatomy tattoo
[via superchangotattoo from Flickr]
Anatomical heart tattoo submitted by Jeremy
[submitted by Jeremy]
Heart Tattoo submitted by Suzanne
[submitted by Suzanne]
Vein tattoo submitted by Curtis
[Vein tattoo submitted by Curtis]

Some pictures above from ModBlog. Visit their site for more incredible tattoos.

64 thoughts on “Wearing Your Anatomy on Your Skin: the Anatomy Tattoo Gallery”

  1. I would really like to have an anatomy tattoo on my shoulder and upper arm. Something which would show different layers at different spots. It’d be great if I could find someone who would be able to go about drawing it for me and figuring out how to match my anatomy under my skin. I’d be willing to pay someone to do this for me or if anyone has any ideas or thoughts please contact me. zerosend@gmail.com I am in the NYC area.

  2. Okay, these are definitely interesting and all but seriously โ€šร„รฌ who the heck wants to live with this on their skin permanently? It’s interesting for a while, but these are permanent tattoos. I don’t see why you would want to trace your veins or have a skeleton artwork on your body permanently? Imagine what it’s going to look like when you get old. I mean, the artwork is exquisite but why have it permanently on your body?

  3. Cool pics. That first one is really fine.

    May I suggest splitting this page into a few smaller one? It took an inordinate amount of time to download. Just a thought…

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  5. Hey very cool blog and funny pictures. I added your blog in my tattoo board:

    Continue your great job !!!

  6. Hello…Man i love reading your blog, interesting posts ! it was a great Saturday .

  7. Those are some awesome tattoos. I also do not have a tattoo as I cannot decide what is the perfect design that I will live with forever.

  8. image consultant

    My advice to any – particularly young person – is to have your tats in places that won’t be seen when you go to a business meeting!

  9. Not much on my mind lately. Basically not much notable happening to speak of. Eh. I’ve just been letting everything happen without me. I can’t be bothered with anything lately, but I don’t care.

  10. Nice post. I like the can opener onto the brain tattoo thats cool and the muscle in the armthing does look exactly like the snake bite victims arm in that first comment.



  11. jad aboul hessen

    hay i love them can anz one tell me where can i find a person who can tatoo all mz body

  12. Wow. Look at all the images STOLEN from bmezine.com, complete with the notices to NOT repost them!!!!!

  13. Interesting that way. Hmmnnnn…

    If you have an idea in need of illustrating your design, email me: I have been illustrating anatomy for 30 + years. Note: I, myself, am UN-tatted.

    Luce in ATL

  14. maybe because the black light ink isn’t as effective as the regular ink? i know it tends to fade and not be as impressive after a while, whereas the regular ink lasts for years longer. which is really a shame as i’m more impressed by the black light ones. ^_^

  15. at a stage i considered getting a celtic type tattoo on my arm, but i thought patients might be worried if the guy just about to cut them open looked anything less than respectable, in their eyes of course.

  16. Lovely stuff.

    I’m just wondering how many bonus points my ANP students would expect. ;^> ;^>

    James 2:24

  17. I have an anatomical heart tattooed on my chest. Good to see other anatomy fans. Next stop: the vertebral column. That outta feel just peachy!

  18. I’m totally NOT stalking her, I swear! We met at the Bozeman meeting and she was one super-nice girl. ๐Ÿ™‚
    is her site.

  19. I can answer that as I do believe Marie is apprenticing as a tattooist.
    I HAVE entertained the thought, I will admit!

  20. Hey – One of the newly graduated Texas students (Marie) has a Brodel heart on her arm. It’s immensely well-done and I’m slightly jealous of the idea ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I have six myself, but, no anatomy. I’m afraid I’d never be pleased with the rendering, so… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  21. Ah, la tabati?ร‰ยฌยฎre anatomique… cool.
    We will have a chance to see your work?

  22. Tomo – I’m working on my portfolio website as I type this. I hope to have it up very very soon.

    Megan – I wish I could see that Brodel tattoo. I wonder if there has ever been a medical illustrator-turned-tattoo artist. Maybe you should start a side business and give all of us medical illustrators some cool tats ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Jason – Thanks for those extra links. Those snakebite photos are really intense, but what a clear picture of the muscles!

    Tomo – I can’t believe I typed scaphoid! I’ve been working on an illustration of the anatomical snuffbox and so I’ve had the scaphoid bone in my head (tricky little bone to draw btw). Thanks for spotting the error.

  24. About the sixth photo titled “Scaphoid Anatomy Tattoo”…
    it’s true that there is a part named scaphoid fossa but the entire bone is the sphenoid.

    Scaphoid, sphenoid… probably a typing/distraction mistake ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’ve never seen De Humani Corporis Fabrica tattooed… nice.


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