We here at RocketNews love Studio Ghibli and its cast of adorable animated characters. We save all our yennies to splurge on licensed merchandise and never miss a chance to visit tourist sites where we might bump into acclaimed semi-retired director Hayao Miyazaki.

One thing we’re yet to do is adorn our bodies with permanent ink tributes to the Ghibli stars. Thankfully, there are fans out there much braver than us who have made the leap, giving us a huge collection of beautiful tattoos for us to sift through. Take a look at 12 of our favourites, from the films My Neighbour Totoro, Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle.

▼ This colourful Spirited Away tattoo features a No Face cloud with soot sprites and Yu-bird carrying the mouse body of baby Boh.

▼ Totoro in watercolour.

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▼ Calcifer from Howl’s Moving Castle and No Face from Spirited Away.

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Mini coverUp #StudioGhibli. 🎭🎨🔥

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▼ Soot Sprites scurry around No Face.

▼ Chihiro riding the white dragon in Spirited Away.


▼ As a bird-man, Howl wraps his angelic wings around Sophie. Physical metamorphosis at its finest.

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Howls moving castle for Sarah! Thank you!!!

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▼ Soot Sprites love cupcake!

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▼ Haku from Spirited Away.


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▼ Soot sprites fall in love!

▼ Totoro by the light of the new moon.


▼ The steampunk world of Howl’s Moving Castle.

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▼ A magical encounter with our favourite furry character, Totoro.

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To see more beautiful Ghibli body art, be sure to check out our other tattoo collections here and here. Which tattoo was your favourite? Let us know in the comments section below!

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