Having tattoos used to be frowned upon in society but they have really grown in popularity over the past 20 years.
One young man spent his entire childhood loving them and knew it was the one thing in life he wanted when he was old enough. This is a story about Buzz, a 23-year-old man with autism and his struggle to get a tattoo.
The Love Begins
Buzz’s mom, Sandi Green, told KTVU that her son, diagnosed with autism from a young age, had always wanted a tattoo as a child.
“He loved the fake ones,” she said, but sadly he would freak out whenever they eventually washed away. As a young child Buzz was always asking his mom if he could get one, but she held firm and told him he would have to wait until he was older.
The Time Had Come
Finally, Buzz’s mom had decided her son had waited enough, it was time for him to get his tattoo. It was on his 23rd birthday that she decided would be the perfect time for her son to get inked.
Buzz was always going to be on board, and even his doctor thought it was a good idea. All that was left to decide was what to get, where on his body to have it inked, and which artist was going to do it.
A Permanent Mark
The problem with tattoos is that they are generally permanent, barring some painful laser removal. Sandi went to several tattoo parlors to get her son’s tattoo done, but time after time she was rejected.
Every shop they went to either dismissed them or quoted them an extortionate price. Sandi understood their reaction, to an extent, as Buzz is over 6 ft, weighs 200 pounds, and no one could predict how he would react to the needle.
Finally, Buzz found an artist willing to do the tattoo, at Northwest Inkorporated. He got Tommy Pickles from the cartoon Rugrats. The artist explained that Buzz “sat like a champ” during the work and the artist was determined to make the tattoo work no matter what.
Buzz had been wanting Tommy for five years, and finally, his dream came true. He had a tattoo of his very own and this one wouldn’t wash away.
45 Meme Tattoos From Devoted Internet Lovers
“Y U NO” Guy
Y U NO is the short form of “Why you no.” Y U NO meme template is an illustration of a guy who is enraged and frustrated. It originated from a Japanese manga series named Gantz. It was popularized by Tumblr and meme generators.
This is an expression meme representing frustration and anger. Many memes were made with this template like “Y U NO text me back.” A particular fan of this meme decided to engrave it permanently on his body.
Not Quite, but Okay
Lionel Richie hilariously responded to Adele’s newly released song “Hello” by tweeting “Hello Adele, is it me you’re looking for?” back in 2015. It went viral and took no time to turn into a popular meme.
There was also an illustrated version of this meme where Lionel Richie is wearing a clown’s outfit. This meme went so viral that it made its place into someone’s body permanently. What a creative idea!
There are many memes which went viral because of their cuteness and raccoon memes are one of them. Raccoon memes are quite popular when it comes to expressing feelings. They come in many forms.
This meme is a picture of a scared raccoon which looks absolutely hilarious and went viral in the meme community quite fast. Someone even made a tattoo of it because, well, who doesn’t like a cute racoon?
Patrick Loves Krabby Patties
Spongebob Squarepants is one of the most popular and hilarious cartoon series to ever exist. It is filled with meme materials. Patrick Star is mainly known for stupid yet funny activities. He is a trendy meme figure as well. Patrick is a foodie; he enjoys eating.
His compassion for Krabby patties is known to all. Someone is so fond of Patrick that he made a tattoo of him lying on his bed and enjoying Krabby patty with a hilarious facial expression.
Feels Guy Wojak
Wojak, also known as “The Feels Guy,” is an illustration made by MS Paint. Wojak is a bald guy with a neutral sad-looking face. He is known as the Feels guy because Wojak memes mostly indicate feelings like loneliness or sadness.
This meme was made and spread by an artist on Reddit. It got a tremendous response and went viral instantly. This is still one of the most popular memes on the internet right now.
This meme is also known as “Helmo.” Elmo is a character of a top-rated children cartoon series Sesame Street. This is a relatively old meme, and it got thousands of views all over Imgur and Tumblr. A gif was also made later on which also went viral.
It features a picture of an enraged Elmo with all the flames and stuff. Elmo is a popular meme figure, and there are many other Elmo memes around. This meme is used to express anger sarcastically. We find it quite amusing!
Chuck Norris is one of the oldest and most popular meme figures of all time. Chuck Norris memes existed when the term meme was unknown to most of the people. Chuck Norris was an actor who was featured in a movie with Bruce Lee. Chuck Noris was known for being tough, manly and the ability to be able to deal with anything.
Chuck memes reflected those qualities mostly sarcastically. A big fan of Chuck Norris made a tattoo on his back featuring Chuck Noris with quotes “Chuck’s got my back.”
A picture of a monkey with an awkward facial expression is one of the most hilarious memes. This is a very popular reaction meme that was introduced in 2016 and went viral in many instances. It is a trendy meme till now.
It is actually a monkey puppet from a Japanese television show. This meme is used to express awkward situations. A guy found it so hilarious that he gave this meme a permanent place on his body making a tattoo.
Memes Surely Don’t
SpongeBob is the core character of the famous series SpongeBob SquarePants, and he is one of the most popular meme figures. He is known for his childish and silly activities. A picture of SpongeBob mocking in a hilarious manner featured in an episode went viral.
According to many people, tattoos need to be meaningful. So, this guy disagrees and decided to mock this belief by making a tattoo of the hilarious SpongeBob meme.
Pika Made an Oopsie
We all know how adorable Pikachu can be from the famous anime series Pokémon. Pikachu requires no introduction and it’s hard to find someone who does not like Pikachu. The surprised Pikachu meme is one of the most popular memes of all time.
Tattoos are permanent in the general sense, and someone decided to get a tattoo on the surprised Pikachu meme indicating the reaction by knowing that tattoos are permanent.
Famous Doge Face
Shiba Inus were discussed previously in another doge meme tattoo, but that’s not the only doge meme around. There are plenty of doge memes floating on the internet, and many memes contain the face of a Shiba Inu.
No matter what, doge memes are not dull at all, and dog lovers can watch doge memes all day. Legend says, a doge a day keeps the depression away. So, this person decided to bless himself with the tattoo of a doge’s face.
Cash Me Outside Girl
“Cash Me Ousside, How Bow Dah” was a statement with a hilarious accent which was made by Danielle Bregoli who was featured on an episode of The Dr. Phil Show. She actually meant “Catch me outside, how about that?” challenging her mother on the show.
After the episode was released back in 2016, it went viral. The statement made by her turned into a meme, and it was everywhere with a picture of her.
Peace Was Never an Option
The picture of a chicken standing on an axe handle with the title “peace was never an option” went viral all over the internet. It has a different version where there’s a goose instead of a chicken.
There’s another version where a goose is holding a butter knife with its beak. The quote “peace was never an option” was initially made by Eric Lensherr, also known as Magneto in the movie X-Men: First Class.
Not Quite Charmander
Charmander is the most popular fire type Pokémon from the popular anime series Pokémon. Someone was not in the right state of mind and tried to draw a tattoo of Charmander on his body without prior artistic experience, resulting in a poorly drawn Charmander which kind of looks like a lizard.
Although, the fire in the tail saves it from being a lizard. It got thousands of views on Imgur and upvotes on Reddit and became a popular meme.
Angry Michael Phelps
Michael Phelps is the most dominant athlete in the history of the Olympics. A picture of Michael Phelps went viral where he seemed to be very angry when he was preparing for his 200-meter butterfly semifinal in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
That photo of him turned into a meme. Later on, he explained that he was thinking of a song in his head, which was the reason for that particular look.
The Forbidden Fruit
Most of us know the history behind the forbidden fruit. However, the meme forbidden fruit is a totally different idea. It refers to a household product that might look edible and delicious but is actually not.
It might cause serious health problems if eaten. It is also known as Tide Pods, which is basically detergent. Tide Pod memes went very popular all over the internet after a post of people eating tide pods.
Deez Nuts Guy
This is known as a conversational joke by asking someone a question and following up with yelling “Deez Nuts.”
Though it was introduced in a track on one of Dr. Dre’s albums, it was made famous in a video where a guy made the joke and yelled: “Got Em” after he succeeds. The guy became famous because of his hilarious accent and facial expression which turned into a popular meme.
Feels Good, Man
The frog-like character in the tattoo is called “Pepe the Frog.” It’s a part of a comic series written by Matt Furie. The meme community is blessed by the existence of Pepe memes, and everyone absolutely loves it. Pepe memes are famous for expressing emotions.
This smiling Pepe face meme is also known as the “Feels Good, Man.” It’s used in many instances, which represents a positive vibe. Who thought some would actually get a tattoo of it to carry the positivity of Pepe with him permanently?
Doge memes have its own fanbase. Doge memes involve pictures of a witty Japanese bred dog “Shiba Inu” also known as “Shibe.” In 2010, pictures of a Japanese rescued dog whose name was “Kabosu” went viral.
The pics went viral because of the particular facial expressions of Kabosu. Everyone loves doge memes. Doge memes are still very popular until now, and several memes are made and posted in different social media.
None of Your Business
This image shows “Kermit the Frog” sipping on a cup of tea minding his own business. This is known as “but that’s none of my business” meme. This meme is used in many contexts as an insult to a specific opinion of someone or a group or any topic.
This is a relatively old meme that was first spread back in 2014, but it is still used in many instances in 2020. Memes can get old but not to this guy who made a tattoo of it making it permanent.
The Controversial Dress
Back in 2015, a picture on the internet gave rise to a huge debate. The debate was concerning the color of the dress because some people saw it as white, some saw it as gold, some saw it black and some even blue.
It went so popular that celebrities, even newspapers got involved. Later on, a scientific explanation came that human color perception varies on different types of illumination. The dress color was originally royal blue.
Thug Life Thomas
Thomas the train is a very wholesome character from the famous kid’s tv series Thomas & Friends. Thomas is a popular meme figure as well, and if you are a fan of memes, you’ve seen plenty of them.
Someone decided to combine the idea of thug life memes and the wholesomeness of Thomas and made a tattoo where Thomas is seen to wear a pair of thug life sunglasses.
Most Annoyed Cat Ever
A picture of a cat giving a very annoyed look went famous all over Reddit back in 2012. The cat was known as “Grumpy Cat” all over social media because of its face looking annoyed in default.
Pictures of the face of the grumpy cat were used in numerous memes. The photos of grumpy were photoshopped, and the expressions were changed, giving birth to more meme templates. The grumpy cat died on May 17th, 2019.
Dexter’s Laboratory is a famous cartoon series among the ‘90s kids. The character “Dexter” from the series is a popular meme. It is a hilarious cartoon series where Dexter is a nerdy kid.
Many memes have been made using Dexter. The Sad Dexter meme is a scene from the series which is often used to refer to sadness and disappointment. Dexter is so popular that he even made his way to someone’s arm as a tattoo.
Guess I Can…
Surely by now, we’ve all seen the meme where a woman is yelling and pointing at a clueless looking cat. The cat was identified as “smudge the cat.” This meme is known as “Woman yelling at a cat” which went viral around June 2019.
It was so popular that it was all over the internet, including every social media. Someone applied this meme as a tattoo on both of his legs where the woman is trying to argue that someone shouldn’t get meme tattoos. Funny how that turned out.
Run N’ Tell
Antoine Dodson gave an interview to a local tv channel about an environmental disaster caused by whistleblower Chelsea Manning. He warned people by saying “Run and tell that, homeboy!” and “hide your kids, hide your wife.”
These statements sounded hilarious. Later on, a song named “Bed Intruder Song” made by the Gregory Brothers was based on his quotes that he made in the interview. This song went viral and turned Antoine Dodson into a meme.
Harambe was a 17-year-old Gorilla who was violently taken down by the employees of the Cincinnati zoo after a child fell down and came in its vicinity. The incident was recorded by a Youtuber, and it got viral right after it was published.
It was removed from YouTube subsequently. Tags like #Justiceforharambe and #RIPharambe was all over Facebook. A petition was signed by more than 300,000 people to hold the child’s parents liable for Harambe’s death. RIP Harambe meme was made to pay tribute to Harambe.
This picture went viral on the internet which contains a sketch of a horse which started perfectly but ended in a disaster. Basically, half of it is perfectly drawn, but the rest looks terrible.
This drawing is simply hilarious. It is used to refer to the deterioration of quality caused by rushing or shortage of time. Someone found it so hilarious that he made a tattoo of it on his thighs.
“You Must Be” Guy
“You must be new here” is a reference to Willy Wonka from the movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. It is used towards inexperienced people as an insult in social media. This meme containing a smiling Willy Wonka went very popular.
A stereotypical perception of people with tattoos is that they must be strong. This guy mocked this perception by making a tattoo of a “You must be” meme which we find absolutely hilarious.
The Moth Lamp
Picture of a giant moth went very popular on Reddit in early 2018. Moths are known for gathering around lamps. The moth’s expression in the picture which went viral can be translated as “You got any lamps?”.
The moth had its own fan base and was featured in thousands of memes all over Reddit and other social media. The person in the picture made a tattoo featuring this hilarious moth meme on his leg.
Daniel is a fashionable person whose attire changes on different occasions. He is also enthusiastic about sneakers. A Twitter video containing a montage of Daniel’s outfits went viral. The narrator, who’s apparently Daniel’s friend, compliments Daniel by saying “Damn Daniel” every time.
He puts emphasis on Daniel’s sneakers every time. The meme with the picture of a sneaker with the catchphrase “Damn Daniel” went so viral that it became a tattoo.
Biggest Meme Lover
Nowadays people live on memes. Some people cannot even spend a single day without memes. People express their love towards different memes by tattooing them on their bodies. However, this woman loves memes so much that she didn’t tattoo a particular meme.
Instead, she tattooed “MEMES” on her back in extra-large fonts which makes her the biggest meme lover to ever exist, which itself is a meme and went viral in no time.
“Enraged” Rage Face
Though we discussed rage comic faces earlier, each rage face has its own distinct value. The enraged rage face looks like it’s screaming in anger. It’s used to express stress, frustration, and anger.
It was widely used in the rage comics series and in Reddit too. Though it looks angry but it is also funny at the same time. A girl who is a fan of rage comic faces decided to make a huge tattoo of an enraged rage face on her back.
Angry Primitive SpongeBob
Literally, every frame of every episode of the series SpongeBob SquarePants is a meme. SpongeBob is a cheerful character, and you don’t get to see him getting angry every day. In 2007, an episode was released featuring primitive SpongeBob.
Later in 2015, a picture of SpongeBob from that episode was posted on Twitter which went viral overnight and turned into a meme. The expression of SpongeBob is priceless and hilarious.
Dew U Kno De Way
Ugandan Knuckles are a bizarre-looking version of the character Sonic which is an avatar of the game VRchat which was made by a YouTuber. It made many weird noises and spammed the phrase “Dew U Kno De Way?” which means “Do you know the way?” in an Ugandan accent.
It went viral all over Reddit and turned into a meme subsequently. Twitch streamers used this phrase in different games and made it even more famous. A person who is a massive fan of Ugandan Knuckles made a tattoo on it.
Not Even Your Tattoo Artist
The world is a cold place and trusting no one can be the best option sometimes. In this case, “Trust no one” is the motto. This guy wanted to carry this statement with him by tattooing it on his hand so that he can be reminded to not trust anyone.
Ironically, instead of the tattoo, the artist will remind him not to trust anyone cause the tattoo will only remind him to not “crust” anyone.
A cat named Fatso owned by Shmidt was filmed while performing art in the mid ‘80s. The cat was wearing a shirt, and its arms were manipulated to play the piano which was a failure. The video was later uploaded on YouTube in 2007.
In 2009, a YouTuber made a mashup video featuring the cat which went viral and made the cat famous all over the internet. Hence, the cat turned into a meme and got the name of a “Keyboard Cat.”
Baby Yoda Loves Ice Cream
After the initial release of the tv series The Mandalorian, the character Baby Yoda was highly appreciated on social media like Twitter and Reddit because of how cute it was. Soon enough it turned into a meme. Baby Yoda resembles the infant version of the character “Yoda” from Star Wars.
The meme was used mostly for making cuteness references. A fan of Baby Yoda loved it so much that he decided to make a tattoo of it mesmerized by the glance of an ice cream.
Nothing at All
Cats are one of the most popular meme subjects. Many famous meme quotes were attached with pictures of cats turning them into viral memes. “I Regret Nothing” is a famous meme quote. It indicates remorselessness.
This quote was originally made by an officer in an interview back in 1960. This quote was attached with a picture of a witty cat which turned into a viral meme later on all over Reddit.
Squidward Being Squidward
Squidward is quite a well-known character from the famous TV series Spongebob SquarePants. He works as a cashier in the restaurant Krusty Krab. He sits in that cashier counter with his signature annoyed face, and he maintains the same face throughout the entire day.
It’s like he hates everything, nothing interests him. Squidward barely smiles. So, someone decided to make a tattoo of him with an appropriate title.
This is one of the best and popular expression memes. It represents optimism while being through hell. This meme is taken from a webcomic series named Gunshow where a dog is sitting in a room full of flames with a cup of tea trying to convince itself that everything is fine.
A popular expression of this meme was related to dealing with university stress when it was initially introduced as a meme.
Thug life was one of the most popular meme punchlines. It originated from the catchphrase “I didn’t choose the thug life; the thug life chose me.” Thug life memes represent the pride someone takes by having a thug lifestyle.
The quote “Thug Life” was seen on the body of famous rapper “Tupac Shakur.” Thug life memes reached its peak in 2015, and it was the most popular meme back then.
Rage Comic Characters
Rage comics characters, also known as rage faces, were introduced by a series of webcomics. These comics can be easily drawn in Softwares like MS paint. It got a massive response after its initial release.
Reddit launched the subreddit “f7u12” which allowed users to submit their own made rage comic contents. Rage comics are mainly known for their famous troll faces, and most of the memes were in the form of rage comics back in the day.
The cat from “Women yelling at a cat” meme was known as “Smudge the Cat” which is a popular meme figure. The Simpsons is a famous American cartoon series that is filled with meme materials, and Homer Simpsons is a popular meme figure.
Someone decided to make a tattoo on a meme where Smudge is being judgmental about tattoos, and Homer Simpson is being insecure and hiding his body in a bush.
Salt Bae Action
Salt Bae is a Turkish chef who is known for his unique steak cooking style and especially the way he sprinkles flaky salt over his forearm to the dishes he prepares.
After a post made in 2017 on Twitter, Salt Bae got so much response that people all over the world got to know about him. Famous celebrities came to his restaurant to enjoy some Salt Bae Action. It’s quite amusing how he sprinkles salt.