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Amazing Batman Movie Portrait Tattoos by Nikko Hurtado of Ignition Tattoo

I had a healthy amount of pride in my little Batman tattoo right up until the time this here blog started to hit its groove.

Then I realized two things. First, I’m far from the first dude in the world to get a Batman (or even a superhero-themed) tattoo. Second, as far as Batman tattoos go, mine falls dramatically to the ‘unimpressive’ side of the scale.

Even those among the GWS readership have demonstrated more artistry–and certainly more commitment–with their Batman symbol tats.

But nothing I’ve seen thus far in my geekadelic travels compares to the beautiful, hyper-realistic work of tattoo artist Nikko Hurtado of Ignition Tattoo in Apple Valley, CA.


So lifelike, you’ll want to reach out to touch Michael Keaton’s chin stubble. But all you’ll get is leg hair.

Check out the other sweet Batman tattoos here on Great White Snark.


Don’t you look at this and hear his cackle in your head?


How’d you like to wake up for the rest of your life and look into those creepy-ass eyes?


Happy or sad?

Nikko’s genre work isn’t limited to comic book characters; he’s also completed an impressive set of classic movie monster tats. You can check out all the goodness (including higher-rez images of these photos) in his portfolio of work on the Ignition site.

I tried to arrange an interview with Nikko, but, alas… to no avail. Not a single response to my admittedly overly-exuberant e-mails. Not even a “Leave us alone, we’re too busy being tattoo-artisting badasses to humor a geekazoid like you.”

Oh, well. We’ll always have the internets.

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6 comments… add one
  • Karen December 20, 2007, 6:14 am

    I myself sport several tattoos. A lizard on my foot, a ring of flowers on my ankle (brief flirtation with hippy goodness) and a fish eating a frog eating a butterfly on my arm. I was going to complete this glorious circle of life with a frat boy eating the goldfish, but we’d reached my inner arm by then and he was just going to hurt too much. I have plans for more. They are horribly addicting. And this little piss ant town has a fabulous tattoo artist in it, so I have to hurry up and get the huge koi on my thigh before we move back to WA.

  • Paul December 20, 2007, 4:54 pm

    Uh why would someone get Batman Returns chars on themselves? Ugh.

  • helen January 2, 2008, 5:21 am

    I AM CRAZY WITH BATMAN… I WOULD LIKE GETTING A BATTOO… I PREFERED THE TRIBAL SYMBOL… BUT I WOULD NOT LIKE SUPERMAN ‘S SYMBOL TOO…
    BOUZOU ELENI

  • Robert January 4, 2008, 9:44 pm

    thats my Batman leg you are showing here. Why not show the Joker? And Paul, the answer is pretty simple, I like Batman Returns.

  • Scott January 24, 2008, 10:45 am

    Robert,
    I’ve been finding the B.R. tat pics that Nikko did, all over the net, and I’m very seriously thinking about having nikko do my Aless Ross Batman tats, would love to chat with you about pricing. Hit me up, scott@oasissbc.com

    Oh and Batman Returns rocks!

  • star tattoos June 8, 2009, 6:21 am

    so cool, i love the wolferine one, thx for sharing it

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