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Superman was first created in 1938 by Jerry Siegel, a comic book artist for DC Comics. It is such a major American culture figure, that it has been adapted to movies, television shows and even radio serials. This has created a constant presence in the media that has reached all parts of the globe.
He is one of the most popular superheroes ever. He remains the best selling superhero in comic books of all times and has influenced several generations of fans and countless other comic book artists over the years.
Superman tattoo designs are some of the most popular imaginary requests at tattoo parlors between superhero fans. That is why we have compiled the greatest Superman tattoo ideas ever for you to get inspired!
The Best Superman Tattoos
Christopher Reeve Superman Leg Tattoo
After doing four Superman movies and suffering a grave accident on the last one, Christopher Reeve is one of the most revered and considered the king of Superman actors. It is only logical that his portrait is super popular as a Superman tattoo.
Wonder Woman & Superman Love Story
Superman and Wonder Woman had an epic and superpowered love story. Their coupling is only second best to Superman and Lois Lane so it makes sense that as a couple, this tattoo pair is a favorite!
Monochrome Batman, Superman & Spiderman Sleeve
Sleeves tend to combine smaller elements around bigger centerpieces, in this case Batman, Superman and Spiderman logos create a sort of totem piece surrounded by different textures pertaining to each character.
Comic Inspired Superman Tattoo
Superman is considered the strongest man alive, no chain can hold him down! This great Superman tattoo idea focuses on this particular trait and shows him with a couple of broken chains.
Superman Portrait Style
Old style designs have a particular charm of their own. This arm tattoo focuses on a flowery mug portrait of the Man of Steel.
Personalized Superman Logo
Can you read my mind? Superman logo tattoos are some of the most common arm tattoos out there. This colored logo uses the red and yellow classic combination with a blue background over black tendrils that create a striking effect.
Unveil! Superman Suit Under the Skin
This tattoo references one of the most known transformation scenes, where Superman tears his shirt and reveals the colorful suit underneath. It is a great sleeve design!
Batman, Superman and Spiderman Colored Sleeve
A great example of a sleeve tattoo, this artwork shows Batman and his bat signal, the Superman logo and Spiderman climbing a building amid spiderwebs. Another great example using three amazing superheroes.
Shredded Skin Reveals Superman Logo
If you are not ready to go full sleeve but can’t stop thinking about that skin shredding Superman reveal logo, you can always go for this showstopper!
Superman Memorial Wings
Retro looking memorial tattoos are a big trend in tattoo design. Combine wings and a Superman logo to signify what that person meant for you for some seriously emotional artwork.
Cracked Skin Superman Logo
A cracked skin effect surrounds this shoulder tattoo for an out of this world effect. This simple design could be the first Superman henna tattoo we have seen.
Superman to the Rescue Tattoo
It’s a bird, no, it’s a plane, no, it’s Superman! One the most famous lines ever describes this super amazing Superman arm tattoo.
The Daily Planet Survives
The Daily Planet is Clark Kent and Lois Lane’s place of work. During the comics, movies and series it has suffered attacks by many entities and it has not always come out unscathed. Still, it stands and always rebuilds. That is one hell of a message for your arm tattoo.
Justice League United
Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman at the heart of the Justice League. These great superheroes are super cool looking posing together in this Superman arm tattoo.
Batman Versus Superman
Batman and Superman haven’t always seen eye to eye and even though the movie Batman versus Superman was not a complete hit, this is still an amazing looking sleeve with great coloring and layout!
Superman and Wonder Woman continue to be the most sought after couple tattoos for arms in the superhero realm.
Clark Kent Goes into Action
Never having to wear a mask, Clark Kent was the secret alter ego of Superman. He wore his colorful superhero suit under normal plain reporter clothes and ripped them open when he had to transform.
Superman Black & White Logo
A minimal take on the Superman logo, taken from the new redesign of the logo for recent movies with texture and relief etched in the “S”.
Simplified Superman Logo
A great idea if you are a beginner and want to go with a less intricate artwork and keep things simple. Great red and yellow color contrast too!
The watercolor trend was huge a little while back for flowers and it is still going strong for tattoos in general. This splashy Superman rendition is certainly striking and shows great skill by the tattoo artist.
If there ever was a cool pose for Superman, it is his super fast flying pose! Look to the sun and see the Man of Steel tearing across the sky. Kids all around the world know this! What better tattoo idea than immortalizing it on your arm?
Amazing Ink Style Superman Drawing
This ink black artwork is so amazing, we have no words to describe it! The great Clark Kent transformation scene is depicted to a degree of detail that is stunning!
Alternative Red and Blue Superman Logo
Take a step into the unexpected with this red and blue rendition of the Superman logo with splashy ink effect all around it.
Batman/Superman Logo Combo
A combination of two great logos can only result in an ever greater one! Perfect for fans who can’t decide between these two superheroes!
Who is Superman Tattoo
Is it Clark Kent or the Invisible Man? Who knows? It could even be you! What a great back Superman tattoo.
Wonder Woman & Superman
Some romances are just so epic we can’t get enough of them! This is the case of Superman and Wonder Woman, and why this amazing fifties retro style arm tattoo is so great!
Amazing Superman and Superheroes Sleeve
What makes a sleeve arm tattoo amazing is the artist’s ability to combine different designs and wrap them around the arm making them combine each other and fill spaces with related art. This tattoo combines a triumphant looking Superman with a Flash logo and Thor’s Mjolnir.
Superman Back Tattoo
Going for a simplified Superman logo in red was not enough in this back tattoo, so they added some black shaded forms around it for a centering effect.
Wonder Woman and Superman Colored Logos Couple Goals
We have seen a couple of Wonder Woman and Superman black and white couple arm tattoos, but these two are done in bright colors and amazing textured backgrounds. That truth lasso looks amazing!
Revealed Under Skin Superman Logo
Shredding can get tiresome, so why not redesign things a little in this Superman chest tattoo? Go for a peeling effect to make your tattoo really stand out!
Justice League Sleeve
The Justice League is one of the most famous superhero alliances to ever be made. Some of the more prominent superheroes to found it are Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman but soon enough others joined in, like Robin. This sleeve seems to be a compound artwork depicting the most amazing superheroes in deployment formation. We particularly love Wonder Woman’s pose!
Amazing Batman & Superman Combo Logo
Another great Superman sleeve tattoo, in a very different style and design. The combination of Superman and Batman logos clearly has some hardcore adepts!
Super… Joker Tattoo?
We didn’t see this one coming. A Clark Kent reveal if he somehow had a traumatic past and turned into the Joker? Make your own judgement about this one, we are at a loss for words!
Superman Watercolor Logo
This Superman symbol tattoo couldn’t be cooler! Swap the classic red and blue combination for a tri-colored watercolor effect that hints of space with twinkling stars!
Simple Superman Logo Shoulder Tat
Badass classic Superman symbol tattoos are perfect for shoulder and arm placing, and still a favorite after so many iterations have been done!
Remembrance Superman Tattoo
A sweet Superman memorial tattoo to remember a loved one’s passing. A very emotional tribute to be sure.
Superhero Colored Superb Sleeve
We couldn’t get enough of this Superman sleeve tattoo, so we went back for more. Check this insane close up of its making and enjoy that crazy lineart!
Retro Style Superman Tattoo
A leg take on this classic Superman logo tattoo. The blue border is a nice way to add that third color into the mix. Would be cool as a matching tattoo with a friend.
Flash vs Superman
Who is the fastest man alive? This question has plagued fans for many decades and it looks like both superheroes are set on deciding it right here and now in this amazing arm tattoo!
Dotted Monochrome Superman Logo
If you are not ready to color a big area of your skin in a color block, you can always go for something like this dotted ink Superman logo arm tattoo. They say it hurts way less too!
Lego’s can build anything! So why not turn that Superman tattoo you always wanted into a Lego tattoo too?
Winged Remembrance Superman Tattoo
Remembrance tattoos are a huge trend among devoted family members. In this case, we are sure that Dad was as big as Superman for this son.
Man of Steel Graded Logo
Superman has been known for a long time as the Man of Steel due to his impenetrability. The recent movie has made this title even more easily recognizable. Why not add it to your classic Superman tattoo stencil?
Superman and Wonder Woman Colored Logo Tattoos
Go big or go home with these amazing couple Superman and Wonder Woman arm tattoos. What an explosion of colors!
Oldschool Superman Tattoo
Superman and Batman combine in this torso tattoo collection. They even added Clark Kent’s glasses as they fall off his eyes! Isn’t that cool?
American Superman Flag
A quick Superman logo revamp swapping its classic red, yellow and blue colors with the American flag. We are sure Superman would approve of it as an American patriot himself!
Some quick advice for tattoos in general: Always remember that positioning is key. Sleeve designs have a unique layout to work best around an arm, whereas back or torso tattoos tend to be more flat. Always discuss positioning with your favorite tattoo artist and your previous experience with tattoos since this relates closely to how well you tolerate needles.
When it comes to design, go with your gut! We know that after seeing so many great options, it is very hard to decide on what style you love the most!