Inside: Fresh Sushi Tattoo Designs + Fun Inspiration

Both sushi and the term ‘kawaii’ (meaning ‘cute’, ‘lovable’ or ‘adorable’) comes from Japan and, while tattoos and tattooed people still have a social stigma surrounding them, the two things have combined to create this bunch of totally cute food tattoos.

Show off your cute, lovable, adorable, and foodie side with these fun and fresh sushi tattoo designs.

This collection has everything from super realistic rolls to happy little sushi characters, let us know which is your favorite!

Sushi Tattoo Designs

A Little Bit About Sushi

Sushi is one of the most beloved foods around the world, particularly in Japan where it originated. Sushi was first created to safely preserve fish using fermented rice and the word sushi means “sour-tasting.” During Japan’s Muromachi period, vinegar was added to the rice to add to the sour taste and increase the overall longevity of the dish. Then, during the Edo period, fresh fish began being served over vinegar rice and nori—giving rise to the sushi we know and love today.

There are many different types of sushi, which depend on how the dish is prepared and its ingredients. And as globalization has increased, many in the Western world have put their own spin on sushi. For example, the use of salmon in sushi was first introduced by a Norwegian businessman in the 1980s. Western tastes also had a hand in developing the nontraditional types of sushi, including the California roll, rainbow roll, Hawaiian roll and the sushi burrito.

In honor of the global popularity of sushi, we’ve put together 31 fresh sushi tattoos from talented artists around the world. Just like sushi, these tattoos are diverse in style and subject—there’s practically a design for everyone! Take a peek at the delicious and delightful sushi tattoos in the collection below and let us know your favorite sushi dish!

Cool Sushi Tattoo Ideas

1. Shrimp Roll Tattoo

2. Vibrant Sushi Roll Design

3. Realistic Salmon Roll Tattoo

4. Two Seaweed Wrapped Sushi Rolls

5. Sushi with Chopsticks

6. Black and White Sushi Rolls

Sushi Roll Tattoo

7. Cartoon Smiley Face Sushi Design

8. Roll with It Sushi Art

9. Tiny Detailed Assortment of Sushi Rolls

10. Heart-Shaped Sushi Design

11. Colorful Sushi Rolls with Chopsticks

12. Bold Sushi Pop Art Tattoo

Cartoon Sushi Character Tattoos

13. Sushi Cat Design

14. Happy Little Black and White Sushi

15. Smiley Rice Ball Tattoo

Cartoon Sushi Ink Inspiration

16. Matching Happy Sushi Faces

17. Black and White Happy Sushi Roll

Small Sushi Roll Ideas

18. Detailed Small and Colorful Sushi Piece

19. Colorful and Fun Sushi Piece Tattoo Idea

Small Shrimp Tattoos With Rice

20. Little Salmon Nigiri Tattoo on Ankle

21. Small Black and White Sushi Pieces on Arm

22. Little Chopsticks and Sushi Design

23. Small, Colorful, Inner Arm Sushi Piece

Fresh Sushi Tattoo Designs

24. Realistic Modern Sushi Design Idea

25. Super Simple Style Sushi

26. Littlest Sushi Ear Tattoo

27. Half Sleeve of Assorted Sushi

Soy Tattoos

28. Black and White Sushi Rolls on Rib

29. Detailed Sushi Pieces

30. Soy Tattoo with Sushi Rolls

31. Tiny Sushi Tattoo Design

More Foodie Tattoo Favorites

If you enjoyed these fresh sushi tattoo ideas and designs then check out a few more of our food favorites. We have ideas for more popular foods, sweet treats, and even tattoo ideas for those who love to cook and create in the kitchen. Check out a few more of our favorites.

Take a Bite of These

  • Tasty Taco Tattoo Ideas  – What is better than munching on a taco after a long day? Why admire your newest ink obsession, the taco tattoo, of course! These adorable little taco tattoos are fun and playful. They are vintage and nostalgic designs that will leave you smiling. Take a look at all these incredible taco tattoo design ideas, and you’ll be ready to commit to a new one!
  • Sweet Peach Tattoos – Although these little peach tattoos may not always represent the love of food, they do still have a cute and fun meaning. This list is packed full of peachy designs are perfect for whatever peach dreams you are looking for. From super realistic to just juicy illustrations, here are some of our favorite peach tattoo pictures. Check out a few of our favorite flirty and fun designs.
  • Chef Tattoos – If whipping up a gourmet dinner, barbecuing, or cooking any other kind of food is your jam, you are going to love these chef tattoos! They are for all the foodies out there. Now you will be able to show off your culinary skills as well as your chef tattoo art. Each of these creative chef tattoo designs has a different meaning. I’m sure you’ll be inspired to get your next tattoo appointment scheduled.

Take Care of Your New Ink

Just like creating a perfect dish, you want to serve up the freshest and most cared for items. So, take that mentality into your tattoo care with a few of our favorite products. Keep your tattoo looking its best with these products.

  • Aquaphor – One of our favorite aftercare products has to be Aquaphor. This is a great moisturizer to use to keep your tattoo looking fresh and healing properly. It is so important to make sure you are caring for your new body ink properly. Maintaining hydration in your skin helps your tattoo heal quickly and correctly. You want to try to avoid any scabbing or peeling if at all possible when it comes to the healing process.
  • Aftercare Protective Film – Keep your new tattoo protected with this adhesive aftercare film. The best way to ensure your tattoo stays safe and protected from water and moisture is by using these protective aftercare films. This product is perfect for keeping your new ink fresh and dry during the summer months that you may run into some water.
  • Aftercare Kit – If you’re looking for an entire aftercare kit, this is one of our favorites. There is everything that you need for tattoo care is in this kit from soaps to lotions and balms. If you use this kit regularly then you are guaranteed to get the outcome that you were looking for.

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