People have been quoting William Shakespeare for centuries. It only makes sense that some folks would want to make their relationship to the Bard a little more permanent. For them, inking Shakespeare on their skin only makes sense. From As You Like It to The Winter’s Tale, here are 15 of the best Shakespeare tattoos inspired by the Bard’s sonnets, quotes, and plays.
Shakespeare’s works inspire marvelous visions of the world. Whether it is a donkey from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, bloody hands from Macbeth, or ships from The Tempest, these glorious Shakespeare tattoos will keep you inspired.
Though pictures are wonderful, Shakespeare is remembered for his words. These tattoos of quotes from Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets allow people to carry Shakespeare’s prose on their skin.
The newest addition to my collection! This is a line I spoke in my last role in NYC – as Lucio in Shakespeare's 'Measure for Measure,' another dream show of mine that I had waited over a decade to do. Always wanted a quote of the Bard's tattooed somewhere, and this one has always spoken to me… so pleased with how it turned out! 🙂 #shakespeare #tattoo #quote #shakespearetattoo #measureformeasure #lucio #thebard #thebardknowsbest #willyshakes #ourdoubtsaretraitors
The Bard Himself
And sometimes you just need to see Will Shakespeare’s face. In those cases, having a portrait of Shakespeare tattooed on you is very handy.
Shakesqueer, phase 2! So thankful for Stacey @sctattooer and her incredible work bringing this guy to life! We still have one shading session to go because I'm indecisive AF and can't decide if I want to do his makeup in a bunch of colors or keep it grey and purple 🎨🤔 #shakesqueer #heybuddy #nolatattoo #takingitslow #indecisivebutinlove #neworleanstattoo #shakespearetattoo #femaletattooartist #alittlemoreclitoral #cliterally
Maybe these Shakespeare tattoos will inspire you to get some of your own literary ink. (Or perhaps you have a Shakespeare tattoo of your own to share!) Regardless, there is something wonderful about having Shakespeare on your skin.By signing up you agree to our Terms of Service