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There is almost nothing that is more Hulk than “Hulk Smash.”
It is the catch phrase that Bruce Banner’s alter ego made famous, and is portrayed through a collection of Hulk tattoos we’ve assembled here. When you see a picture of Hulk with his mouth wide open, yelling with the anger in his eyes, you have undoubtedly thought, Hulk Smash. It’s the connection that is made, and these tattoos all make you think that same thing. Hulk Smash.
Black and white, color, extremely detailed, and loose renderings of Hulk and all different looks that the tattoos have, there are so many different ways that someone can take their love for Hulk and put it into a tattoo. Everything about Hulk is memorable, from the yelling face to the massive chiseled green body, and you will see all of those on display here in this post.
Fun fact: the Hulk is one of the most popular Disney tattoos. Enjoy this collection of unique and awesome Hulk tattoos!
The Best Incredible Hulk Tattoo Ideas
Shoulder blade of screaming Hulk face
Hulk is known for his scream, almost always being “Hulk Smash” and while the words aren’t said, it’s pretty evident. This tattoo didn’t have much interest in the body, focusing solely on the head, with even the eyes and tongue having intricate green detail. I have to admit, if you look into those eyes for long enough you almost get a little scared.
Hulk breaking through the skin
What sets Hulk apart from most other characters in the Marvel series is his green-ness. I know that isn’t a word, but it is for right now. Making a Hulk tattoo black and white is a bold move, especially with one this detailed. The shading and detail surrounding his body, as well as the background, and the fake ripped skin make this tattoo feel very alive and detailed, even without the green!
Black and white calf wrap of Hulk “smashing”
In a tattoo attempting to make Hulk feel very angry, this tattoo has all of it. Much like the tattoo above, taking the color out of Hulk in this tattoo needed to be done in a way to make you feel it was still the Hulk. The bits of rock, the ripped shorts and the bulging muscles all make the viewer see the clear cut picture this individual was trying to tell of Hulk.
I can promise that this is a 1 of 1 tattoo. This is a rendering of Hulk that you have almost never seen, having it combined with Spiderman in what looks to be a Funko POP style. The mouth and suit of the body are clearly defined with Spiderman, but the face is split in half and you can clearly see the green throughout his body, underneath the black Spiderman suit. This is a very unique tattoo which plays to the personal preferences of the individual!
Unique Hulk on forearm
Speaking of unique, this is another Hulk that we have more than likely never seen before. This tattoo is a black and white representation of Hulk in a slightly different outfit, this one featuring boots and a cross hanging from Hulk’s neck, and if you look closely a watch on his right wrist. While this is a unique Hulk, the tattoo is all about who gets it done, and kudos for a great tattoo.
“He’s a friend from work”
Among one of the funniest lines in the Marvel Universe latest series of movies comes from Thor in Thor Ragnarok. Hulk appears out of the tunnel into the gladiator-like ring, and Thor immediately screams, “I know that guy.” When Hulk emerges, he is wearing gladiatorial combat armor, including the helmet that this tattoo represents. That scene of that movie is easily one of the meanest and most aggressive Hulk appears throughout the series, and this forearm tattoo is meant to represent that anger he had inside.
Hulk breaking through a bicep
A lot of what people remember about Hulk is that he breaks anything in his path. In this tattoo Hulk is breaking through the skin of this man’s bicep. The angry face breaking through is meant to show the Hulk that is inside of this individual waiting to break out.
Hulk and Iron Man half sleeve
Iron Man and Hulk are the “brainiacs” of the group, both being scientists and are referred to as the first Avengers. Bruce Banner and Tony Stark are always fighting side by side and this man has put them together on one bright and colorful half sleeve tattoo featuring the face of Hulk and the hand of Iron Man.
Simple black and white Hulk Smash
With his fists up in the air, and his legs looking like he’s ready to land, Hulk is ready to smash! A simple black and white tattoo on this bicep shows a limited detail tattoo of Hulk ready to smash. In no means am I being disrespectful towards this tattoo by saying it’s limited in detail. The shading is phenomenal trying to give a representation of the body moving, but the focus is more on Hulk’s arms and fist ready to pound as opposed to the face and the rest of the torso, which are some of the most focal points of other tattoos.
Hulk smash back of the hand
Hulk smashes with his hand, so what better place to put a tattoo of Hulk thinking about smashing? While this is one of the smaller Hulk tattoos of the post, it is extremely detailed with a face that isn’t commonly used for Hulk and even includes the little word blurb of Hulk thinking about smashing.
Hulk ready to break through
The inner-Hulk that many people are attempting to represent through tattoos is very evident. Hulk is the character that obviously is the alter ego of Bruce Banner, with Hulk always hidden inside, only released when tempted. All of these individuals are trying to portray that they have a great inner Hulk ready to break out. This Hulk specifically is bright green with that one fierce eye starring straight into your soul, ready to attack!
Large Hulk thigh tattoo
A large black and white Hulk takes up most of this person’s thigh, which features the hand of Iron Man in unison with Hulk’s fist. With both of them clearly ready to fight, Hulk’s body is tensely muscled with his eyes starring off into the distance. The shading takes away from the definitiveness of Hulk’s pecs and abs, but you can clearly still see the large build of him.
Comic book version “Hulk Smash”
As if there were any questions here as to what Hulk was thinking, I’m sure they’ve been answered by now. It is evidently, Hulk Smash. The bright green body of Hulk, with the thick fist curled up ready to smash highlights a bright colored tattoo all lead us to believe he wants to smash, but there’s one other glaring detail we missed…the huge yellow and red blurb saying Smash!
Hulk full forearm colored face
This tattoo has such a life-like feel to it. Hulk’s face is filled with so much detail, down to the hairs on his eyebrows. You can see the wrinkles in his nose, and you can see the color shading in his teeth. This is one of the most detailed Hulk tattoos, solely of his face. Many Hulk tattoos include the hands to feel the anger that he feels, but the growl of Hulk’s mouth here definitely tells that story.
“Always Angry” Hulk fist
Hulk is known for saying his “Hulk Smash” line, and is known for the fact that he is always angry. This comic book-like version of Hulk’s closed fist is a bright green fist that no one should mess with. The background of the fist makes it seem as if he has already smashed something! On top of that, I have to show respect to the very very faint purple that this person has put into their tattoo including it in the shadow of the written words, which represents the color of Hulk’s shorts! Great touch.
Hulk Smash side thigh tattoo
Hulk Smash is one of the most popular tattoos, although many people find ways to put their own twist into it. That may include making it black and white, or in this case colored. The bright color with the hand reaching out to grab and the other to smash, the detail is flowing through this piece of art.
Full sleeve Hulk and Captain America
In one of the largest featured tattoos on this post, Hulk is featured simultaneously with Captain America. While this post is solely about Hulk, I would feel remiss if I didn’t mention the phenomenal tattoo in front of us that featured Captain America. The black and white sleeve is a thing of beauty when done correctly and this is one of those. You can see the vivid detail in both characters of this tattoo because of the immense shading throughout both parts. Hulk’s face is one of the focal points, as it is the largest part, but the detail of Cap’ is undeniable.
Hulk fist logo
A very simple tattoo, to match what appears to be Thor’s hammer, is on display here. No face, no body, just the simple black and white design of a closed fist ready to smash clearly indicates a Hulk tattoo!
One thing on Hulk’s Mind
So “Hulk Smash” has been a theme of this post, and there have been many ways in which is has been shown through tattoos. There has been just using the facial expressions, using text blurbs with the word smash, and there have been implications of what Hulk has on his mind. No other tattoo has put this much thought and detail into putting “Smash” into Hulk’s mind, quite like having the words coming out of his head. The detailed green face on this man’s shoulder blade has the words “smash” coming right out of Hulk’s head, since that is what he has on his mind.
Color changing Hulk face
In this (presumably) calf tattoo, an interesting design was used for the green coloring of Hulk’s face. All of the features are similar, the angry look and the gritting of his teeth, but there is no interest in Hulk’s body, because we only see a slight look of his shoulders. The interesting thing about this tattoo is the color that’s used. It seems to be leaking, which may indicate that Hulk hasn’t finished turning from Bruce Banner. An interesting look, and a unique idea!
Hulk hand holding a stopwatch
This tattoo very clearly has a lot of personal twists to the infamous Hulk hand. Very clearly are the stopwatch and the banner of “Sadie” at the wrist of Hulk. Since neither of these are associated with Hulk, it is a great unique personal twist on the ever-used Hulk fist.
Homage to the creator
Stan Lee, the creator of the Hulk, and Marvel for that matter is one of the focal points of this tattoo. In a black and white homage tattoo to the great Stan Lee, the detail through both Hulk and Stan look like a picture. This is a fantastic piece filled with immense detail all the way down to the shading of the sunglasses. What a great tattoo!
Baby Hulk ready to Smash
While this may not officially be a “baby Hulk” that is what I’m proclaiming this is, since it has quite a baby face. Okay, maybe pre-teen Hulk? Let’s just decide on that. Either way it is a very green Hulk, even down to the hair, with a lot of bright color, especially the white teeth which makes this tattoo pop out at you. You can see the color from the tattoos around which makes this one need the color to stand out. Well done.
Half Sleeve Hulk ready to break through
As is common throughout this post, Hulk is breaking through the skin on this tattoo, but in a very different way. The bright and defined color of Hulk’s face and features, with the crack marks around which show broken skin are all extremely detailed. The eye and the tongue here are much different than the others because they are red, showing a different side of Hulk. One other definitive change in this piece is the Captain America shield that is included in the tattoo. The red and blue of the shield add to the brightness of the green Hulk in this full sleeve tattoo.
And starting for your San Francisco 49ers, your newest addition…Hulk! Wait! Hulk?! Well, I guess he may not actually make the team this year, but the logo on his red body sure did seem convincing! Everyone has their own adaptation of Hulk, and in this person’s eyes, he’s a member of his beloved San Francisco 49ers.
Cartoon monster-like Hulk
The detail in this tattoo, from the sculpted abs, to the chiseled pecs, all the way down to the bulging veins are very clear. What makes this tattoo different from many others is the depiction of a “Frankenstein-like” face. It is a face that is not very commonly utilized to depict Hulk, but tattoos are meant to be creative, and this has all of those characteristics!
Hulk breaking through the back
Many of the tattoos that have Hulk breaking through feature the arms and the fist, along with almost all of the head. This tattoo is different in the sense that you can only see a portion of the bright green face that is hidden underneath. The growled teeth and the deep stare from the eyes makes for a scary Hulk ready to break through!
Hulk breaking through full forearm tattoo
A very detailed and colorful tattoo of Hulk breaking through this entire person’s forearm. As we’ve seen throughout this post there are many different unique and creative ways to have Hulk breaking through, whether it is half of a face, the whole face, or just a fist. This bright green face with his hands breaking through gives one personal view in how this person wants to represent Hulk breaking through.
Black and white Hulk looking on
While this is a different angle than we are used to with Hulk, he is looking off into the distance, in this black and white tattoo. There are many calf tattoos of Hulk, since it is usually a big canvas with a lot of room for a full sized tattoo. In this specific black and white tattoo, there is a lot of shading in order to lay out the whole face of Hulk. You can see bits and pieces of the neck, as well as this tattoo working itself flush into a tattoo on the other side.
Hulk’s fist breaking through the skin
Many Hulk tattoos feature the Hulk’s fist clenched, or his face with the mean growl. Here we have the former, a clenched bright green fist breaking through the skin of this man’s shoulder. There is very clearly another tattoo right underneath that matches this tattoo in color as well. A great addition to the work of art.
Unique child-like Hulk
As many of the tattoos involving Hulk are, this tattoo is equally as unique as the one before. This Hulk is represented by a younger, childish looking Hulk, with an emptiness in his eyes and much smaller fists than normal. Just remember, never skip leg day Hulk!
What is the History of Bruce Banner and the Hulk?
Bruce Banner was born in Dayton, Ohio. His father Brian Banner was a nuclear physicist who was so haunted by the death of his mother Rebecca at the hands of his abusive alcoholic father that he spent years trying to find ways to imbue humans with superpowers. He had a son named Bruce, whom he subjected to experiments involving gamma radiation. When Bruce’s mother tried to rescue him from Brian, she was murdered by Brian in front of Bruce.
Years later, following college and work on military projects during the Cold War, Bruce became a nuclear physicist who dedicated his life to concentrating on gamma radiation. His nervousness about the military’s use of his research caused him mental strain and insecurity; coupled with an incident where one of his former students died handling gamma radiation, he believed himself to be a failure.
An accident occurred during which Bruce saved Rick Jones from being hit by a bomb test vehicle, absorbing massive amounts of gamma radiation in the process. The accident transformed him into the Hulk: a huge, green-skinned fearsome and nearly mindless creature.
The Hulk proved difficult for Banner to control, causing many problems for him over the years. He has been hunted relentlessly by various groups and organizations who want to take advantage of his power—including the U.S. military.
What is the history of Bruce Banner and the Avengers?
Bruce Banner was born in the United States of America to his scientist parents. After his father’s death, Bruce and his mother would move to a small town in Virginia. There, Bruce Banner would meet Betty Ross, the daughter of General Thaddeus Ross.
Years later when Bruce became a scientist himself, he returned to the United States with Betty Ross. He worked on Gamma Bomb research for the US military, but when the bomb was detonated and it looked like he would be killed by it, Betty went in to save him. This led to an explosion that transformed both of them into superhuman beings: The Hulk (for Banner) and Red She-Hulk (for Ross).
Bruce returned to New York City where he sought out Tony Stark, who had already assembled Earth’s Mightiest Heroes: Iron Man, Thor Odinson and Steve Rogers (Captain America). Together they formed The Avengers and fought against Loki Laufeyson’s invasion of Earth as well as numerous other threats.
When Ultron was created by Stark Industries using a combination of Vibranium and Stark technology, it attacked its creator out of fear that it would be destroyed before it could achieve its goal of saving humanity from itself by any means necessary (including genocide). Ultron then took over JARVIS
Hulk is one of the most polarizing figures in the Marvel universe. He is one of the first to have his own stand alone movie, and he is part of the core group of the Avengers. Bruce Banner, one of the smartest characters in all of Marvel obviously had a very different side of him that is represented throughout the world in all different types of forms, including tattoos.
Throughout this post you can see 30+ uniquely designed and created tattoos that each show their side of how they represent Hulk. While a common theme was Hulk breaking through the person’s skin, there were no two tattoos that were the same, since there are multiple ways for that to be brought to life on skin. Some great and colorful pieces of art were on display in this unique group of Hulk tattoos!