Scooby Doo Tattoos: History, Meanings & Designs

Scooby Doo Tattoos: History, Meanings & Designs

If you’re a child of the 80s, love a good monster hunt, or are simply a cartoon lover, chances are you’ve considered getting a Scooby Doo tattoo! 

Since his creation in the 1970s, Scoob and his friends have been popular enough to continue having movies and shows that follow their adventures all the way up to the present day. Whether you’re looking for ink of The Mystery Machine, the whole gang of monster hunters, or the titular Great Dane himself, Scooby makes a great subject for tattoos.

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What is the History of Scooby Doo Tattoos?

Scooby Doo is a massively popular animated franchise involving a gang of four teenagers and their hilarious talking dog who solve monster-related mysteries together.

Scooby and his gang were developed and produced by  Hanna-Barbera Productions at the beginning of the 1970s, but are most well-known for being shown as Saturday-morning cartoons on ABC. 

The original Scooby show was called “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!” thanks to it’s catchy theme song. It reached popularity in the 80s and has been iconic ever since. The show was so popular, it has had several sequels and spin-offs, including not one, but six live-action movies inspired by the show.

Notable elements from Scooby’s world include not only the characters themselves, but their brightly painted van called The Mystery Machine and the catchphrases that the gang are famous for.

Scooby’s show has been listed as one of the greatest television cartoons of all time.

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What Do Scooby Doo Tattoos Symbolize?

The Scooby Gang has been around for so long that it primarily symbolizes nostalgia. Because the show started in the 70s and has endured well into the present through sequels and spin-offs, the images of the characters represent more than one generation’s childhood memories.

However, many have taken Scooby Doo’s characters to symbolize intelligence, adventure, and loyalty to friends. 

Fred, Daphne, Velma, and Shaggy are never far from their canine friend and tend to overcome obstacles together, despite having widely different personalities and facing all kinds of monsters. Tattoos of Scooby and his pals are, therefore, great symbols of lasting friendship.

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What Do Scooby Doo Tattoos Mean?

In addition to symbolizing the nostalgia of several generations, Scooby tattoos have plenty of different meanings to interpret. Check out the list of popular Scooby tattoos below:

  • Scooby Snacks
  • Scooby With Cigarette
  • Psychedelic Scooby
  • Scrappy Doo
  • Sketched Scooby

Let’s take an even closer look at these popular design ideas and what they could mean.

Scooby Snacks

This widely-loved tattoo features everyone’s favorite Great Dane in a blissful shower of his favorite treat, Scooby Snacks! In the show, Scooby will do just about anything to eat one of these dog cookies.

Wearers of a tattoo of Scooby and his snacks could mean that the wearer not only loves the show, but can relate to having a pet who goes nuts for treats!

Scooby With Cigarette

It’s no secret that Scooby Doo tattoos sometimes have meanings that aren’t related to the actual content of the television show. In fact, since it’s conception, viewers of the original show wondered whether or not Shaggy, Scooby’s best friend, was under the influence of any drugs. 

This is probably owing to Shaggy’s characteristic, slow style of speaking and lazy personality. The creators of the show have often insisted that none of their characters were supposed to be interpreted this way, but it isn’t uncommon to find a Scooby tattoo with the Great Dane finishing a cigarette.

This usually means that the wearer enjoys smoking too, in addition to loving the title character!

Psychedelic Scooby

This tattoo is usually in full color and puts the highly saturated, bright visuals of aesthetics that were popular in the 1980s on display. It features not only Scooby himself, but the Mystery Machine van that the gang piles into, as well.

This tattoo is particularly popular for the sake of nostalgia. Many people’s childhoods involved not only Scooby, but bright styles of clothing and merchandising like the Mystery Machine displays, and they take the tattoo as an emblem of nostalgia for simpler times.

Scrappy Doo

One of the characters beloved to the Scooby Doo fans is Scrappy Doo, a miniature version of the title character! Scrappy Doo is cute as can be, and definitely looks too small and harmless to be hunting monsters.

However, wearers of a tattoo featuring Scrappy Doo may have picked it out because the tattoo carries a meaning of standing up to bullies and facing your fears against all odds.

Sketched Scooby

As one of the most easily-recognizable cartoon characters in the world, a tattoo of Scooby rendered in loose lines, as if he was just sketched, is popular.

Someone wearing a Scooby tattoo that looks like it’s been taken right out of a sketchbook may mean they love to sketch or love the art of animation, in general.

Scooby Gang

An ensemble tattoo containing Scooby, Shaggy, Velma, Fred, and Daphne is not uncommon.

Since this tattoo is usually more complex and expensive, its generally a good sign that to the wearer, the tattoo means they value their own group of friends just as much as the gang in the Mystery Machine.

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Characteristics and Styles of Scooby Doo Tattoos

Scooby Doo tattoos can feature not only Scooby himself, but his human friends and their iconic van, too. Usually, tattoos of the Scooby franchise will be fully colored. 

This is because the colors that the characters wear, like Velma’s orange sweater, Shaggy’s green shirt, and Scooby’s collar, are so iconic that they haven’t changed no matter how many new versions of the show come out.

Therefore, many people who love the show enough to get tattoos of them don’t think twice about opting for styles that show those colors off instead of plain black ones.

Scooby tattoos can depict headshots of the characters, silhouettes of Scooby, or none of the characters and only the Mystery Machine without losing recognition value.

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Where Do Scooby Doo Tattoos Usually Go?

Scooby tattoos are so varied in size and style that they are able to go almost anywhere. However, since Scooby himself is a Great Dane, and usually drawn in a vertical sitting position, they are most often seen on the long, flat planes of the wrist, ankle, or upper arm.

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In summary, Scooby Doo tattoos, brightly colored and located on the arms and ankles, are symbolic of friendship and nostalgia. Wearing a Scooby tattoo usually means you love dogs, you fondly remember the show from your childhood, or you value friendship and adventure!

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