Released in 1997, Princess Mononoke was the most expensive animated feature ever made, because of the huge budget it allowed for CGI to be incorporated and resulted in some of the most seamless uses of computer-generated images used in a 2d traditionally animated film.
Like so many Studio Ghiblis movies, Princess Mononoke upon release was the highest-grossing film in Japan, only later taken over by Titanic.
The critically acclaimed story of Princess Mononoke is an epic masterpiece, an animation like no other, created by Hayao Miyazaki — an award-winning director. It’s also an incredibly popular choice for tattoo art. The story, centered around San (a.k.a Princess Mononoke) and the noble Prince Ashitaka, was released in Japan in 1997 and subsequently in the U.S. in 1999.
Ever since its release, the movie has created a huge, ever-growing fan base the world over. Princess Mononoke’s striking warrior look has inspired thousands of tattooists and enthusiasts. The top trending Princess Mononoke tattoo designs that I’m sharing in this article are the perfect testaments to that. The source is mentioned beneath each design, knowing you’ll fall in love with each design and would want to explore more work by each of the talented artists directly.
Princess Mononoke is the most graphic and violent Studio Ghibli movie, which gives a princess Mononoke tattoo a completely different feel to other Studio Ghibli movie tattoos, the themes, and imagery used are more mature and stylized differently but still contains the magic that all of Miyazaki’s movies have.
1. Dark And Big Princess Mononoke Tattoo On The Hand
Always clearly visible is the main characteristic of a tattoo placed as this one. Don’t you think so? Dark and serious, a memory of your favorite anime. Maybe this is not just an anime for you, maybe it has some greater significance. Either way, with this one you will win numerous looks!
2. Princess Mononoke Mask Tattoos
Princess Mononoke, to the humans in the film, is an emissary. As said earlier, she represents the forest gods and spirits. The significance of her ancient mask is the representation of her protective role within her forest home. This next set of awesome tattoos are for fans that love everything about her character, especially her ancient mask.
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This cute, colorful tattoo won’t take up much of your body surface area, yet it’s quite vibrant and prominent looking. All credit for this piece goes to the unique-looking mask, the wonderful colors, and of course, the artist who inked it with perfection.
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This is a very special design of Princess Mononoke and the Wolf-God Moro. This design represents her two sides, the human-like and the Wolf-like side. The mask is another key focus area of this well-executed design.
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Here you can see a young Princess Mononoke with a halfway-worn mask. It’s a lovely tattoo idea for your leg or arm.
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Here, the obvious focus is on the mask. It’s incredible how the talented tattooist managed the glowy pattern on the mask with the right mix of tattoo ink. The dot work is no less professional. All in all, this is a masterpiece of one of the most popular film characters in recent history.
3. Studio Ghibli Princess Mononoke Tattoo In Black And Red
This look freezes the blood in the veins! Not everyone dares to have a tattoo like this one. It is intended only for the bravest. As in the photo, it will look great on the inside of your arm, but of course, you can change the place if you want. Take the risk or lose the chance!
4. Princess Mononoke’s Knife Tattoos
Some of you may want a dagger as a tattoo. How about Princess Mononoke’s dagger? Here are some popular options.
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Her dagger and some other interesting elements make this tattoo a beautiful pic for the forearm.
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This illuminating effect tattoo of the weapon gives this design a unique edge. Such a color scheme looks great on all skin tones.
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Her weapon is fierce, and so is the overall scene here. The Princess looks inseparably connected with her dagger as she battles the enemies that are a threat to the forest she calls home. By the way, all those creepy, small creatures are Kodama; they inhabit the trees in the forest.
5. Princess Mononoke And Spirit Sleeve Tattoo for Girls
A serious and big tattoo of this beautiful and brave girl will look gorgeous on your arm. The wolf is a symbol for wildness and protection – exactly how the Princess behaved. Her facial expression sends a strong message and proves that this is not a cartoon just for fun. Show your brave side with this tattoo design!
6. Other Princess Mononoke Film Characters Tattoos
The film is associated with all its main characters, a few of which are preferred by tattoo enthusiasts fans of the film. Shown below are some of the best tattoo ideas having those Princess Mononoke characters.
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This Ashitaka and San tattoo is accomplished to perfection in fine black linework. Ashitaka is a character central to the film in question. The name Ashitaka, in Japanese, means “brighter tomorrow.”
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At the end of the film, both Princess Mononoke and Ashitaka lose their fight. This professionally inked tattoo shows the empathetic Ashitaka embracing San, though love doesn’t eventually brew between them.
7. Black and Grey Line Princess Mononoke Tattoo
Studio Ghibli created some of the most capricious movies. Characters from those movies are quite popular when it comes to tattoos as you maybe already have seen on Instagram. Not only do they look great, but they also have some meaning. This monochrome thin line style tattoo shows your seriousness.
8. Forest Spirit Tattoos
There’s another supporting character in the film Princess Mononoke that is a popular tattoo choice. The character is Forest Spirit, also known as Shishigami or Night-Walker. The Forest Spirit is the god of life and death. Let’s check out the topmost loved Forest Spirit tattoos.
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This stunning design has an array of vibrant colors that give the striking character an equally striking look. This unique tattoo looks quite special on the forearm or calf.
Again, for the bold fans of the film, this is a chest piece that will blow your mind away. This perfectly symmetrical Forest Spirit tattoo from Princess Mononoke also features a couple of Kodama and some filigree.
9. Lord Okkoto Tattoo
The old boar-god, Okkoto, is a blind boar that, along with his warriors, took on to attack the humans. In the end, all his warriors died, and he got heavily injured. There were human warriors disguised as Okotto’s warriors in the forest. To help him find them, Princess Mononoke guided him through the forest. To her dismay, however, Okkoto ends up falling prey to hatred and becoming a demon, much like Nago (a predecessor boar-god) did.
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The following set of tattoos inspired by Princess Mononoke are based on the unnamed creatures in the movie. These creatures are the Kodama. Their presence in the forest signifies that the forest is in a healthy state of being.
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The three Kodoma seem to be having fun in the lush, healthy green forest. Did you know, as per Japanese culture, Kodama would protect villages and houses within if the Kodama were properly worshipped?
10. Colored Princess Mononoke Anime Neck Tattoo
Deciding to place a tattoo on the neck is real courage. You are even more daring if it is an image of such a brave and strong lady. But, it wouldn’t be interesting if it was ordinary. We want different things and we love challenges! Now or never, choose this tattoo & you will attract many looks!
11. Moro & Princess Mononoke Tattoos
In Princess Mononoke, Moro is the name of the giant, 300-year-old wolf goddess. She is a mountain wolf goddess and mother to two unnamed pups. She is also an adoptive mother to San — her human daughter. Moro and Princess Mononoke tattoos are a wonderful choice because Moro is an intelligent, strong, and caring individual. She hates humans in her quest to safeguard her home forest and the forest spirit. Her aim is to demolish the presence of Lady Eboshi. Moro only cares for one human, and that is San. She’s also a bit cynical.
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This arm piece of Moro with San shows the mother and daughter in all their closeness. Moro has long white fur, distinct olive eyes, and due to being bloodshot, she has red whites in her eyes. Moro’s large teeth, giant size, purple-brown nose, and two tails further give her a distinct appearance.
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This is the best possible use of white tattoo ink. A strong film character, great artwork by the artist, and perfect positioning for the design, combined with a distinct color scheme, make this a one-of-a-kind piece.
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This subdued tattoo isn’t as simple as it looks. It takes time to get the dense design to fruition. The artist has done a wonderful job. The fine, grey shading work was achieved using the best tattoo kits available, for sure.
12. Big Leg Nature Wolf Spirits And Princess Mononoke Tattoo
If you check on Instagram, you will find out that Princess Mononoke Tattoos are very popular. There are a lot of them, but this tattoo is real art. Pay attention to the details and colors that win everyone over. It certainly took time for a tattoo like this to be done all over the thigh, but it was worth it.
13. Other Princess Mononoke Tattoos For Inspiration
If that wasn’t enough, before I round up, check out a few more awe-inspiring tattoo designs from the film:
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14. Princess Mononoke (‘San’) Tattoos
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This realistic piece looks perfect on the forearm. I love the shiny touches that further bring out the 3D effect.
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This tattoo features the most striking Princess known to film, tattooed with fine dot work. How much more uniqueness can you expect?
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In this arm piece, I love the blue petals that are garland around the princess’ fur coat. It helps accentuate her beauty and dedication towards protecting her forest and the creatures within it.
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This black and grey sleeve tattoo is realistic yet bold. All that pain and time to get inked with such a dense piece is worth it in the end if you get such stunning results.
15. Half Face Half Mask Princess Mononoke Tattoo
Here we have something different. We present you, Princess Mononoke, in two parts: the girl and the mask. In this way, her two identities are presented as she was both a woman and a wolf. We are sure you already fell in love with this one! Don’t hesitate because with this tattoo you will get a handful of compliments.
16. Mononoke Princess Big Red And Gray Arm Tattoo
A portrait of a strong woman, a protector, a fighter, and an embodiment of courage. This sounds amazing! The red color looks so powerful here. You know tattoos not just body decorations!