21 'Walking Dead' Tattoos for Die-Hard Fans

21 'Walking Dead' Tattoos for Die-Hard Fans

 

Who will survive? That's the question fans of AMC's The Walking Dead have been asking for six years. Who are the true monsters? Is it the unscrupulous humans in a lawless society or the brainless and ravenous walkers? Blood and gore aside, TWD keeps viewers at the edge of their seats by remaining unpredictable, with main characters often meeting grizzly fates. And while the series' characters — and even the show itself — won't live forever, some fans have offered them immortality via their tattoos.

Everyone in the series may be trying to save his or her own skin, but these fans volunteered their own flesh to celebrate the zombie thriller series. Check out these Walking Dead tattoos that are really works of art.

 

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  • Rick Grimes

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    Imagine waking up from a coma, only to learn that a zombie outbreak has decimated much of the population. That's what happened to Rick Grimes in The Walking Dead's pilot episode. Persevering against all odds, Rick was reunited with his wife and son, then emerged as the leader of a group of survivors. Typically levelheaded, strong, and decisive, Rick takes his responsibility as a protector seriously — and, presumably, so does the person with this striking tattoo.

  • 'Fight the Dead...'

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    In the promotional posters for TWD's season three, the words "Fight the Dead, Fear the Living" appeared as a new tagline, suggesting that the truly scary elements introduced in the season would be of the human variety. Sure enough, we soon met The Governor. This tattoo pays homage to the famous phrase, while also incorporating a biohazard symbol (perhaps a reference to Rick's "We're all infected" revelation after the group's visit to the CDC), plus a reference to Daryl Dixon's arrows.

  • Carol Peletier

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    Michonne is usually mentioned as the fiercest female zombie slayer on AMC's The Walking Dead, but Carol Peletier is just as strong a contender for the title. After her abusive husband was devoured by walkers, the former housewife began to flourish (in an apocalyptic world, no less!), her self-confidence growing immensely over time. She has protected her friends at every turn and managed to hold on to her humanity, which is why she can hold her head up high as she does in this powerful tattoo.

  • Daryl the Dashing

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    Though Rick Grimes is the series' protagonist, it's the brooding, motorcycle-riding, crossbow-wielding Daryl Dixon who makes female viewers' hearts flutter. He may seem a bit rough around the edges at first, but Daryl's heart is pure gold. As the series has progressed, he's shown tremendous emotional growth, letting down his guard a bit in order to follow Carol's advice and allow himself to be loved. This cartoon-y Daryl tattoo deserves all the heart eye emojis. 

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  • Lucille

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    In season six, Negan introduced his weapon of choice, a baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire, with the words, "This is Lucille, and she is awesome." The murderous leader of the Saviors uses his bat to terrorize zombies and humans alike. In the season finale, he famously chose someone to die as punishment by chanting, "Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe," while pointing Lucille at a different person with every word. Perhaps this tat captures the brutality some humans succumb to when social norms fall by the wayside.

  • Teddy Bear Walker

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    The first zombie to appear on The Walking Dead was Summer, a little blonde girl in floral PJs, a robe, and bunny slippers, who walked along a row of deserted cars parked along a road, picked up a teddy bear, then spotted Rick Grimes and sneered at him, ready to pounce on her next meal. Adult walkers may be gross, but there's something about undead children that's beyond creepy and eerie, all of which is captured in this tat. 

  • 'Just Survive Somehow'

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    In the first episode of season six, TWD fans watched, bewildered, as Enid wrote the letters "JSS" on a dirty car window. In the following episode, the teen continued writing "JSS" everywhere, finally revealing the acronym's meaning in a farewell letter to Carl: "Just Survive Somehow." This tattoo pays tribute to Enid's motto, one which can inspire us to muster the strength to carry on when faced with adversity — even in a world without zombies!

  • Michonne

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    She can decapitate walkers with her katana in one swift motion, she's incredibly resourceful (she ripped off two walkers' jaws and arms, chained them up, and traveled with them at her side as "pets" so she could walk among the undead undetected), and she has excellent instincts (she just knew there was something off about The Governor!), but that's only part of what makes Michonne such a compelling character. There's a shroud of mystery around her (we don't even know her last name!) and, while she's not prone to sentimentality, she occasionally reveals her caring and nurturing side to those around her — especially when it comes to Carl.

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  • Deer-Eating Walker

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    Think all zombies are equally revolting? Nope! Throughout the course of six years, The Walking Dead has exposed viewers to some rather gnarly-looking walkers, but a few of them were particularly hideous and haunting. A young Carl came across the walker pictured in this tat in episode 3 of season 1. The ravenous zombie was devouring a deer, his hands and mouth covered in blood, when he started walking toward a petrified Carl and was slain by one of Daryl's arrows. The deer-eating zombie, however, is still one of the most iconic walkers in the series' history.

  • Glenn & Maggie

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