Goku Tattoos are very popular among Dragon Ball Z fans.
Let’s face it. Dragon Ball has been an iconic franchise in pop culture worldwide ever since its first manga iteration came out on November 20th, 1984. It’s adored around the world as an anime with one of the most loyal fan bases ever to exist. After all, we all wanted to do ‘Kamehameha’ when we were kids. Of course, as famous and loved this anime, there’s one central character that has touched the hearts of all fans who watch the show, and that character is none other than Son Goku.
To explain Goku tattoos, we’ll be taking a quick look into nearly 30 years worth of Dragon Ball history through this Article.
Goku Tattoos, Ideas, & Meanings
Goku tattoos are inspired by the life of Goku and the entire Dragon Ball Z Saga. So, to understand these popular Goku tattoos, we will discuss various Goku sagas, including Super Saiyan levels.
Goku (birth name Kakarot) was born on a planet called Vegeta. His parents were two low-class Saiyan warriors on the planet Vegeta. Goku spent most of his childhood with his mother, father, and his brother Raditz. When his parents found out the Overlord Frieza’s plan on wiping out all the Saiyans, they managed to steal a space pod where they placed young Goku inside and sent him to earth.
Goku’s space pod made its way to earth and landed on mount Pauzu where he was discovered by an old martial arts master named Gohan. Gohan took the lonely child in and gave him the name of son Goku.
It was not a smooth transition as Goku was violent and ill-tempered from the beginning. He refused to trust or obey Gohan at all. However, one small action changed all of that. One day Goku accidentally fell down a deep ravine and hit his head hard. The crash almost killed him and caused amnesia. Due to the memory loss, he forgot the Saiyan mission and became a kind and well-natured individual. Over time, Gohan taught him many things ranging from martial arts to knowledge about their surroundings.
Emperor Pilaf Saga
This is where the story of Dragon Ball truly begins with the 12-year-old Goku. Goku was living all by himself in the mountains with the power pole and the four-star dragon ball that he inherited from his grandfather. Eventually, Goku meets up with Bulma, a girl from the city who was following the signal of the four-star dragon ball that Goku had in his possession. Bulma ends explaining Goku on the true power of the dragon balls, claiming that collecting all seven dragon balls would cause a dragon to appear who would grant you any wish. Goku then joins Bulma on a quest to collect all seven dragon balls.
These Goku tattoos are inspire by the Emperor Pilaf Saga.
For eight months straight, Goku trains hard under master Roshi alongside another disciple named Krillin, with whom he becomes friends over time. After those eight months, Goku decides to compete in the 21st world martial arts tournament. At this particular tournament, Goku manages to reunite with Bulma and his other friends. With the power of martial arts and being the main character of an action anime, he beats many other notorious martial arts masters like Giran and Naruto.
These are the most popular Goku tattoos inspired by Tournament Saga.
Piccolo Jr. Saga
After Goku defeats King Piccolo, he sees Kami, former Guardian of the Earth and the creator of Dragon Balls. He trains with Kami for the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament to defeat Piccolo Junior. During or after the training, Kami takes Goku’s tail off for the third and final time permanently.
After three years of training, Goku was finally 18 years of age. He returned to the tournament and met up with his friends and Chichi. When Goku was young, he naively promised to marry Chichi. Goku wins the 23rd world martial arts tournament by defeating Piccolo Jr. After the fight, Goku travels to the Ox king’s village with chichi as they both end up getting married.
It marks the end of the original Dragon Ball series.
Based on the Piccolo Jr. Saga these tattoos capture the images of teen Goku.
Goku and Gohan Tattoos
Dragon Ball Z begins many years later with Goku, 24 years old, with his son Gohan. He named his son after his grandpa Gohan. Goku takes him to introduce him to Bulma and others. Everything was going well till Raditz kidnapped Gohan, who happened to be Goku’s brother. Goku sacrificed his life to protect Gohan. After a while, Goku eventually wished back to life.
Great idea for a father and son tattoo.
Super Saiyan Goku
After seeing two of his closest comrades Piccolo and Krillin die before his eyes, the trauma and rage transformed Goku into a legendary Super Saiyan.
Super Saiyan Blue
Goku transforms into Super Saiyan Blue, also known as Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan, by absorbing the powers of a god. This form surpasses its predecessor, Super Saiyan God.