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40 Quirky Harley Quinn Tattoo Ideas – Bring Out Your Inner Harlequin

The success of the movie Suicide Squad has really made the super bad character Harley Quinn popular. Formerly only those who read comics would have been aware of this is crazy Joker-obsessed lady, but now thanks to Margot Robbie’s portrayal of her she is a household name.

There are too few female villains in the comic book world and none of them are quite as crazy and sexy as Harley. We know that is her outfit is set to be a Halloween favorite, but what about accessories for the more serious fan? How about a Harley Quinn tattoo?

Today we’ll be looking at designs inspired by the comics and by Margot Robbie’s character in Suicide Squad.

The Harley Quinn character in Suicide Squad wears a distinctive outfit consisting of white, blue and red hair, pale makeup with dark eyeliner and lipstick, red and white top, tiny blue and red shorts, and fishnet stockings.

She also sports quite a lot of ink which, according to her backstory she did herself while she was in prison. These include – a heart and the word “Rotten” on her face, a black and red diamond band on her arm and words like “Lucky you” on her lower abdomen and “ha ha ha” on her leg.

To show her love for the Joker she has a portrait of his face and the words “I heart Puddin’” (“Pudding being her pet name for the Joker).

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Harley Quinn Inspired Tattoo Designs

Diamonds – The black and red diamond band that the character wears in Suicide Squad is a tribute to the costume of the original Quinn character from the comics.

These diamonds could be used to create a tiny tattoo that pays homage to Harley or to create a medium size design. Be creative with the design and layout to ensure you have a unique piece.

Slogans or words – If you are thinking of a tattoo of a word like the ones Margot Robbie wears then could choose one that she has, such as “rotten” or “Lucky you” or the word “pudding”.

A text tattoo that imitates her infamous t-shirt which says “Daddy’s Lil Monster” can also make an interesting design. The font for these tats should be quite edgy and slightly untidy.

Cartoon Portrait – If you’re a more old school fan, you might want to remember Harley with a cartoon portrait of her in her iconic skin tight black and red outfit and jester hat.

Realistic Portraits – Tattoos of Margot Robbie as Harley could be the perfect design for a hardcore fan. These look better in medium to large sizes and this one would definitely be suitable for both men and women.

These will often include her holding her favorite weapon – the baseball bat.

With The Joker – Cartoon style Harley tattoo’s could also include the Joker. Other stylized versions include two playing cards with each of their faces on a card.

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The Meaning Behind Harley Tattoos

Strong / Independent – As a role model Harley Quinn may be lacking in some departments, but the one thing that you can say about her is that she is an independent woman who doesn’t need a man to take care of her.

She’s as determined as they come and a formidable foe to boot. Harley Quinn tattoos definitely represent a woman who can stand up for herself.


Devoted / Loyal – As crazy as she is Harley is completely devoted to The Joker – after all, that’s why she gave up her career as a psychiatrist, helped break the Joker out of Arkham Asylum and became his devoted sidekick. Harley inspired ink could be symbolic of these traits.

Fun – She crazy and quirky and completely loveable. Although her idea of fun may be a little out there you can’t help but fall in love with this wacky character. A tat that references Harley could show others your crazy, fun and slightly dangerous side.

Fan – Perhaps this character meant a lot to you growing up or you are just a devoted fan – nothing says dedicated and faithful fan quite like a tattoo. Your fellow die-hard friends will agree!

Love – A Harley Quinn and Joker tattoo sends a message that you believe in love – even when it’s a little deranged and dangerous. Seriously though, it represents the fact that love doesn’t always need to be perfect.

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Colors To Consider For Your Tattoo

Harley Quinn inspired tattoos can range from small hearts and diamonds up to large portrait style designs. Smaller tattoos can be done in black or solid color – reds and purples are quite popular choices along with red and black combinations.

Larger tattoos can look good in black ink with shading, but she is such a colorful character that these really look best in full color – especially for realistic portrait designs.

In Suicide Squad Harley sports prison tattoos that she did herself so, the style is very old school and rugged. Old school tattoos typically have strong, bold outlines and basic colors so you could consider this style for your design.

Watercolor tattoos with “ink drops” and “splashes” tie in well with Harley’s character. This technique would work especially well with the diamond tattoo designs.

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Placement Ideas For Your Tattoo

While Harley has some tattoos on her face, this should probably be avoided – rather use temporary tattoos to complete your look. You could rather place small diamond and heart tattoos on your fingers, behind your ears or on your legs.

Other designs look good on the upper arm, forearm (especially for diamond patterns), lower back, shoulder, and thigh.

In Short…

Harley Quinn tattoos are popular right now because of the success of the movie but think carefully before getting a tattoo like this. While you should always think carefully before getting any tattoo you should take extra caution when it might be a fad that you will soon grow tired of.

But if you are a huge fan and you want to identify with the character, then go for it – it’s guaranteed to always make you smile and remember your youth, if nothing else!

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