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16 Subtle Anime Tattoos That Cleverly Reference Anime Series

Updated July 15, 2021 59.1k votes 15.4k voters 689.9k views16 items

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Suppose you want to get a cool anime tattoo, but you also want to keep your nerd status on the down-low. Not to worry, for plenty of subtle anime tattoos exist out there to choose from, letting your geekiness be known without making it obvious. You see, when anime fans take it too far, it harms not only themselves but the community at hand. Many of the best tattoos inspired by anime rely on their obscurity to be that much more impactful; if someone manages to not only catch but understand your Sailor Moon symbols, you know you've found a kindred spirit worth trusting.

Some low-key anime anime tattoos get to be so small you can barely see them, while others depict obscure symbols unrecognizable to anyone unfamiliar with a certain series. If you need tattoo ideas from anime, but desire something a little more subtle, take some inspiration from the below pieces. Everything from adorable Studio Ghibli-themed ink to hauntingly beautiful art from Tokyo Ghoul shows just how actually cool anime tattoos utilize less to make something much more rewarding.

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    These Soot Sprites Are A Quiet Nod To 'Spirited Away'

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    Only The Full Fans Recognize This As A 'Fullmetal Alchemist' Piece

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    No Body Needed For No-Face Of 'Spirited Away'

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    These Nondescript Berries Mean A Lot To 'One Piece' Viewers

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