Thanksgiving is almost here, so get excited to gather with friends and family and give thanks for the blessings in your life. Big and small, there are so many things to be grateful for, and our semi-permanent tattoos can help you get in the Thanksgiving mood. From the physical trappings of the holiday—turkey, stuffing, cranberries—to the emotional components of the day—gratitude, family, friendship—a temporary tat can help you feel grateful not only on Thanksgiving, but for the two weeks after the holiday that your tattoo will last. Scoop up a tattoo from our catalog, or use our freehand ink to create your own Thanksgiving-themed body art:
This tattoo will literally remind you to appreciate the little things in life, so it’s a perfect way to set the tone for Thanksgiving. From fall foliage to nightly sunsets and modern plumbing to safe tap water, there are numerous things to be thankful for that you might be taking for granted. This tattoo will keep your mind and heart alert to the simple, wonderful things all around.
Savor, 3.5 x 0.4 inches, $21
This tattoo, bringing together the heart and infinity symbols, aptly promotes love on a day that’s all about coming together. Sport this tattoo to remind yourself (and others) that love is the gift that keeps on giving. This ink’s also a sweet way to celebrate the life of a deceased family member who’s not at this year’s Thanksgiving celebration, as the love for this family member still goes on and on.
Alli, 1.4 inches, $19
3) Leechin [CURT MONTGOMERY]
Thanksgiving is about coming together. The first Thanksgiving, held in 1621 between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Native Americans, celebrated the Pilgrims’ first autumn harvest, achieved with help from the Wampanoag. We celebrate the peaceful, friendly relationship between these two groups with annual Thanksgiving meals. Fun fact: culinary historians say that the first thanksgiving meal included seafood (probably mussels), a dish that has not continued into modern celebrations. And while you’ll probably find pumpkin pie and sweet cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving gatherings this year, these were definitely not on the menu in 1621. The Pilgrims and Wampanoag had no ovens and no sugar, so the best they could do would have been dried cranberries and pumpkin custard, made by mixing pumpkin with milk, honey, and spices. Whether or not you’re eating a historically accurate Thanksgiving feast this holiday, this tattoo perfectly captures the theme that has characterized the holiday from 1621 until today: coming together.
Leechin [CURT MONTGOMERY], 2.0 x 2.5 inches, $21
The iconic fruit—yes, fruit!—of the season, the pumpkin is a festive tattoo to rock this Thanksgiving. Whether you simply love the look of pumpkin and gourd displays, or can’t wait to dive into some pumpkin pie, this tattoo is the perfect symbol to get you in the Thanksgiving spirit.
Squash, 1.25 x 0.8 inches, $19
Feel like drawing your own tattoo this Thanksgiving? Grab a bottle of our freehand ink and get going. Try your hand at these Thanksgiving-themed images or use them as inspiration for your own design:
Draw a slice of pumpkin pie, like this one. Then let art imitate life as you wolf down a slice or two.
Ink yourself with a turkey feather like this one to represent the juicy star of every Thanksgiving meal.
More confident or experienced artists can copy this intricate design, which combines a turkey and script lettering that spells “Gratitude,” elegantly combining two important components of Thanksgiving.
Corn on the Cob
Ink yourself with a Thanksgiving staple: corn on the cob. Imitate this tattoo or draw your own version of the vegetable. Note that while your feast will likely include this side dish, the original Thanksgiving feast probably included corn in another form: porridge or wheat-less bread. Smithsonian.com tells us that the Wampanoag grew flint corn (multicolored corn), so they may have brought that to the feast, but we don’t think they ate it on the cob.
Show off your love for family with an American Traditional tattoo like this one. After all, gathering with the ones you love is what Thanksgiving’s all about.