Tattoo Ideas: Tim Burton

Updated on January 25, 2016
Sketches by Tim Burton
Sketches by Tim Burton

I was seventeen when my best friend introduced me to her favorite movie of all time: The Nightmare Before Christmas. She popped it into my VCR and sang along quietly while I watched enthralled for the first of many times to come. I was into it, and recognized the concept as quality, but I couldn't quite fall in love with the film the way she had hoped. It was only a while later, when I found out that Tim Burton had also created Edward Scissorhands that I began to seriously admire him, and coming across his book The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories pretty much sealed the deal for me.

Tim Burton was born August 25, 1958 in Burbank, California. He has been directing films since his breakout feature, Pee Wee's Big Adventure, in 1985, and has since gone on to direct, produce and write. Although notably he is best known for The Nightmare Before Christmas, he also had a hand in Beetlejuice, Batman, Batman Returns, Sleepy Hollow, Corpse Bride, Sweeny Todd and numerous others. His work is characterized by its dark undertones and supernaturally quirky plots. The characters he creates are lovable and flawed, deep and dark and undeniably endearing--perfect tattoo material.

Nightmare Before Christmas tattoos

Released in 1993, The Nightmare Before Christmas is a stop motion fantasy film directed by Henry Selick and produced/co-written by Tim Burton. It is based loosely on a three-page poem Burton had written while working as an animator for Disney in the early 1980s. It tells the story of Jack Skellington, a native of Halloweentown where the only other residents are ghosts, ghouls, goblins, vampires, witches, monsters and the like. One day he happens upon a portal that leads him to Christmas Town and plans to overtake Christmas. Meanwhile, Sally, a rag doll created by Halloweentown's resident mad scientist, starts to fall in love with Jack, at the same time fearing his impending plot.

Edward Scissorhands tattoos

This 1990 dramedy starring Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder tells the story of a man named Edward who was created with scissors for hands by an inventory and ultimately left unfinished. He is discovered in his lair by the matriarch of a suburban family who brings him home to live with her family. He quickly falls in love with the woman's teenage daughter, Kim. At first the town is delighted by Edward's presence (and his uncanny ability to cut hair and trim hedges) but soon events coalesce and the townspeople turn against him.

The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy tattoos

Published in 1997, The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories is a book of black humor poetry written and illustrated by Tim Burton. The volume contains nursey rhymes of a dark, sardonic nature, twisted tales that make you want to cry and/or commit suicide--they're THAT sad. Roy, the Toxic Boy, for example, is a bowling ball-shaped little guy who thrives on ammonia and asbestos but dies when placed in a garden to breathe fresh air. His soul leaves a hole in the ozone layer when it ascends into heaven. Another rhyme tells the story of star-crossed lovers Stick Boy and Match Girl, whose love sets their hearts ablaze...until they die.

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        cailia 2 years ago

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        Catherine Taylor 5 years ago from Canada

        Oh how I love Tim Burton and tattoos. Possibly my two favourite things combined. Love the pics and the history. His book is definitely on my Christmas list as is an NBC inspired tattoo. Awesome hub!

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        Nicona 6 years ago

        Oh me likie.... I have some TIM tattos myself..... He is a very creative human....

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        tgopfrich 7 years ago from Stettler, AB

        Man do I love Tim Burton, definitely a creative mind there. I wish I was half as creative as him.

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        Lexe Charleston 7 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

        Don't have any tattoos myself but these are sweet and I love Tim Burton's characters. Cool hub.

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        Great Tattoos 7 years ago

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        emma 7 years ago

        Wow, there amazing tats :)

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        Julie Grimes 8 years ago from Columbia, MO USA

        Wow, these a crazy! i love Tim Burton. I love his style, and whimsical darkside.

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        SUNSHYNE 8 years ago from California, US

        Wow awesome hub. My cousin just got his entire leg tattooed with the Nightmare Before Christmas Theme. $1,000.00 dollars and many, many hours.

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        Cassandra Mantis 8 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

        My friends want me to get a tat. A Tim Burton art on my arm would look nice! Great Hub!

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        iskra1916 8 years ago from Belfast, Ireland.

        Excellent hub and excellent tatts !

        I am a big fan of black ink myself.

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        halleyhoops 8 years ago from west palm beach

        ooh. i cant wait for a coraline tat.