5 Car Tattoos

That WIll Make You Say

'What Were You Thinking?'

by Bill Flitter

I have to admit, I’m secretly fascinated with people’s tattoo. Tattoos can take any number of forms, from animals to quotes to all kinds of shapes, and appear in all sorts of spots on our bodies – some visible, others not so much. As a car guy, I pay particular attention to the car tattoos. I love a good story and I have a feeling there’s likely a good story behind each car tattoo a person adorns on their body. Many times I want to approach someone to ask them the story or the reason behind a particular tattoo. But what’s the proper etiquette when asking someone about their tattoo?

- The Harris Poll

Those with kids in the household are much more likely than those without to be sporting at least one tattoo (43% vs. 21%).

5 CAR TATTOOS That WIll Make You Say 'What Were You Thinking?'

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Tattoos can take any number of forms, from animals to quotes to make believe characters, and appear in all sorts of spots on our bodies – some visible, others not so much. But one thing’s for sure, people love their cars. And TV. And movies. And some people love the cars that appear in TV and movies. They love these cars so much that they tattoo them on their forearms, their backs, and places unmentionable. Here now, are some of the best car tattoos from your favorite TV shows and movies.

General Lee

One of the most popular American shows that features a car was the Dukes of Hazard and the General Lee. Fine folks across the states have ink displaying Bo and Luke Duke’s car right on their back. While the show ran for six years, these tattoos will last a lifetime. The General Lee was a 1969 Dodge Charger. The car sported a unique horn blast that played Dixie and the doors were welded shut, which forced the Duke boys to gracefully enter and exit through the windows. There were hundreds of General Lees that appeared in the show, but only 17 of them still exist, though it’s doubtful any of them are still worthy of the road, let alone jumping over the road. “Yeeee Haaaa!”

5 CAR TATTOOS That WIll Make You Say 'What Were You Thinking?'

Knight Rider

And then there’s Knight Rider, one of the biggest shows on TV from 1982 to 1986. Michael Hasselhoff’s character drove a James Bond like car with the name of KITT, which was a custom 1982 Pontiac Trans Am. The car cost a $100,000 to build. The creator was consultant Michael Scheffe. At least one person loved that show and car so much they put it on their leg, complete with explosions!

KITT?
Yes, David
How do I explain this tattoo to my kids?

- The Harris Poll

Those with kids in the household are much more likely than those without to be sporting at least one tattoo (43% vs. 21%).

5 CAR TATTOOS That WIll Make You Say 'What Were You Thinking?'

Dodge Viper

Scooby Doo and the gang had the Mystery Machine, and so does this guy, right on his leg. Looks like Shaggy will be shouting “Zoinks” for a lifetime along with Scooby, who’s looking like he found an open bag of Scooby snacks. The cartoon did not specifically brand the van, but if you’re looking for a real life Mystery Machine, then a 1968 Chevrolet Sportvan could be what you’re looking for or Suburban.

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Lightening McQueen

Then there’s the movies. Especially Lightning McQueen from the blockbuster Cars. For some though, their favorite was Mater, the tow truck with a heart of gold. You might think that Lightning McQueen was named in reference to Steve McQueen, but you’d be wrong. Pixar named the car after Glen McQueen, an animator who died in 2002. Lightning’s design is a mix between a Corvette and a Ford Mustang from the 90s and the rear spoiler was inspired by NASCAR race cars. You really can’t get more American.

Tow Mater, or simply Mater, is Lightning’s best friend. The 1951 International Harvester tow truck was the inspiration for Mater’s design. He might be a little rusty around the edges, but he’s been known to get Lighting into, and out of, a few jams.

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Fast and Furious

Currently, one of the most popular movies about cars, if not the most popular, is the Fast and Furious franchise. If you combine the revenue from all the movies, the total is a staggering $4 billion; Furious 7 alone earned over $1.5 billion. Part of the notoriety behind Furious 7 is that the actor who played Brian O’Conner, Paul Walker, who was the main star of the franchise, died while coming home from a charity event. This happened while they were still filming Furious 7. In Furious 7, Walker’s character drove a Nissan Skyline, and is featured in many people’s tattoos.

5 CAR TATTOOS That WIll Make You Say 'What Were You Thinking?'
5 CAR TATTOOS That WIll Make You Say 'What Were You Thinking?'

Over to You

Do you have car tattoos? I would love to hear the story behind it. Would you ever consider getting car tattoos? If so, what would it be, and even more importantly, where would it go?