In the Pokemon tattoo gallery we posted earlier today, we talked about a popular 90s franchise whose fans have grown old enough to start getting nostalgic tattoos of the franchise they’ve adored for over 20 years. Dragonball Z is one such franchise. In fact, it predates Pokemon by about seven years.
Dragonball Z was initially released as a manga series in Japan’s Weekly Shōnen Jump back in 1988 before it premiered as a Japanese animated TV show on Fuji TV in 1989. While it quickly gained in popularity in Japan, it wasn’t released to the world until the animated series was dubbed in 1996, the same year Pokemon started taking the world by storm too.
The initial manga ended in 1995 and was quickly followed by the anime’s conclusion in 1996. However, despite its relatively short lived story, Dragonball Z amassed a worldwide cult following and continued to be a popular franchise for almost two decades after its conclusion. In 2015, Toei Animation started airing Dragon Ball Super, an anime that picks up where the original franchise left off and continues the storyline of one of the most successful mange/anime franchises ever conceived.
With over 20 years of history, the Dragonball Z tattoo gallery featured in this post should come as no surprise. The franchise has impact many people’s lives and is often fondly recalled by people who were fans of its initial run back in the 90s when they were children and/or teenagers.
The artistry in the tattoos featured below are quite impressive, with each one perfectly capturing the manga art style each character was initially drawn in while also being quite creative about their tattoo’s placement, how it blends into their natural anatomy, and the amount of imagery they include to show off their favorite characters and moments from the franchise’s history.