Author Lewis Carroll penned his popular children’s novel, The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland in 1865, introducing to the world a host of bizarre, funny and downright silly characters. The story and its players have become so popular that several movies have been made and dozens of illustrations created to continue telling the story of Alice in Wonderland. For many, a way to express their enjoyment of the nonsensical tale is to have a fan art tattoo inked of one or more of the Alice characters.
Tattoos of Alice in Wonderland
The story is centered on a pre-Victorian era girl, Alice. One day she walks out, and finds herself in a marvellous adventure, as told in the book. It is said that Lewis Carroll based the character on Alice Liddell, a child friend of his. Shown below are Alice tattoo designs, from John Tenniel, Scott Olive and Walt Disney Studios.
Tattoos Through the Rabbit Hole
Alice begins her adventure by following a white rabbit, which leads her to fall down a rabbit hole. The white rabbit has been depicted in song, in film and in illustration. A fruitless search for something is now referred to as “chasing the white rabbit”.
The Cheshire Cat in Ink
The Cheshire Cat is a popular tattoo design, symbolizing a fun-loving nature and an enjoyment of all things silly and bizarre. With his toothy grin, colorful fur and recognizable silhouette, the Cheshire Cat makes an attractive tattoo design.
The Hookah Smoking Caterpillar
One of the most famous Alice in Wonderland characters is the Hookah Smoking Caterpillar. He sits atop a magic mushroom, smoking his hookah and puffing riddles at passersby. This character has proven to be a very versatile tattoo design, as he is recognizable no matter what illustration style he is rendered in. (See more Magic Mushroom Tattoo Designs)
Tattoos of Alice in Wonderland Characters
The story of Alice in Wonderland is acted out by a host of funny and silly characters. These too, are popular tattoo designs. Shown below are tattoos of the Alice in Wonderland characters; The Walrus and The Carpenter, a Horsefly, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum.