Everyone loves a good meme; they're fun, they're silly, and they can add some humor to another long day. But some people love memes more than most: they decide to honor these pop culture moments permanently, by etching them onto their skin. Meme tattoos continue to be a popular trend, and this year saw some of the best yet. Here are some of the finest meme tattoos of 2015, providing proof that a meme can in fact achieve immortality.
— Mike Sipniewski (@BTBAMike) March 20, 2015
The world fell in love with the delightfully wacky dance moves of Left Shark during Katy Perry's Super Bowl performance. Shirts, onesies, and assorted merchandise quickly followed; but for some, this temporary devotion wasn't enough, and a surprisingly large stream of Left Shark tattoos followed.
Wow! RT @dfinalstraw: @RealGrumpyCat #HappyBirthday Grumpy Cat love my tattoo! pic.twitter.com/Mn8bOwLTrG — tobyzebra (@tobyzebra) April 6, 2014
The Internet loves cats. The Internet loves attitude. When you combine the two you get the cultural phenomenon that is Grumpy Cat. From a funny meme to a full on media empire, this cranky little ball of fluff has won over the world and earned immortality in the form of tattoos. Not too shabby, Grumpy Cat. Not too shabby at all.
Netflix & Chill
Netflix & Chill, Tony Talbert Tattoo pic.twitter.com/BJe3sLYEMn — polly sparks (@__aiw) September 19, 2015
The pickup line that set the Internet on fire has now become a cool tattoo. Between the memes, Vines, and versatility of this phrase, we suspect this one will survive well into 2016.
— Brian W. Jones (@brianwjones) March 2, 2015
This is a meme that some of us would rather forget. For days there was nothing but this intense debate, both online and in person: was the dress blue and black, or white and gold? People fought over this; relationships fell apart, and many people made appointments with their eye doctor. Whatever side you fall on, this meme took a thrift store dress and made it an international debate (and for the record, it's blue and black).
Someone got a tattoo with the pizza rat @Jessewelle pic.twitter.com/OLCnPDxVIc — Annika (@Annika41507657) December 20, 2015
Everyone loves pizza, but Pizza Rat put us all to shame; even the most voracious fan has nothing on this determined rodent. And while some people were horrified at the idea of rats taking off with whole slices of pizza, many more were charmed by the furry fellow's culinary taste.
Hotline Bling @champagnepapi on my brother @klamanistattoo !! #london#drake #draketattoo #hotlinebilng #hotlineblingtattoo #tattoo #neotrad #neotraditional #uktta #neotradsub #design #sketch #swag #trap #night #saturday A photo posted by Alex Roze (@alexrozetattooer) on Nov 21, 2015 at 3:15pm PST
The rapper enjoyed a banner year in 2015, with Grammy nods, hit songs, and a high-profile feud with Meek Mill. But some people would rather remember Drake for his incredibly popular 'Hotline Bling' video. The combination of his smooth dance moves and oddly appealing wardrobe added up to a massive hit. And how do you honor your favorite new video from one of your favorite rappers? With a tattoo that captures his stylish swagger, of course.