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50+ Pennywise Tattoos to Send Shivers Down Your Spine!

by Sherri Owens

It doesn't matter if you are a fan of the book, TV series, or movies - I have a collection of Pennywise tattoo designs that will suit all your tastes. You can find everything from portraits and symbols to creative concepts!

Thanks to Stephen King, I can never look at clowns the same way again. On the plus side, he did give me an endless source of inspiration for designing and inking some truly spooky Pennywise tattoo designs for my clients!

In this post, I have included the coolest, spookiest, and zaniest Pennywise tattoos that you could hope for. Let's get started!

The Best Penny Wise Tattoo Ideas

Here are the top Pennywise the Dancing Clown tattoo ideas:

Original Pennywise Tattoos

If you are a fan of the classics or are a bit on the older side, then you may have been first introduced to Pennywise via the 1990 miniseries. The clown Pennywise from Stephen King's IT was played by Tim Curry.

Pennywise The Clown Face Tattoo

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Now, there are those who argue that Curry played Pennywise best of all. And, to a certain extent, they may be right. The thing about the first series adaptation of the Stephen King novel is that Pennywise looked rather normal. This is something that is reflected in the Pennywise tattoo as well.

Pennywise The Killer Clown Tattoo

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Due to this, at first glance, Pennywise appeared rather non-threatening. This made it all the more scarier when Pennywise would hunt down his victims or turn into a giant spider shape. Now, I haven't included any designs with the spider, but you can certainly include this detail in your ink!

Scary Face Pennywise Clown Tattoo

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In any case, if you want to pay homage to the first clown of Stephen King's It, then these are the Pennywise tattoo ideas that you should definitely check out!

Sharp Teeth Pennywise Clown Tattoo

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Gothic Pennywise Clown Colored Tattoo

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Sketch Style Pennywise Clown Leg Tattoo

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Blue and Red Watercolor Pennywise Clown Tattoo

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New Pennywise Tattoos

Many younger audiences were introduced to Stephen King's It via the 2017 film - there was also a sequel, It: Chapter Two. Even if you were a fan of the original series, you will probably have to admit that Bill Skarsgård did a fine job of breathing new life into Stephen King's IT.

In fact, the 2017 It movie brought the killer clown back into popular culture for a whole new generation! So, it makes sense to get this new clown as a Pennywise tattoo.

Black and Grey Pennywise Clown Face Tattoo

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One of the cool things about getting the new clown as a Pennywise tattoo is that there are a lot of details that make him instantly recognizable. This includes the overly large forehead, the sadistic grin, and the orange hair.

Cunning Face Pennywise Clown Tattoo

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The Pennywise tattoo designs here show that there is some excellent inspiration for you if you want to add further details to your tattoo design.

Mini Pennywise Clown Portrait Tattoo

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Minimalistic Pennywise Tattoos

Do you want a Pennywise tattoo but aren't looking for one with too much detail? Or, you may want a simpler Pennywise tattoo simply because you are getting your first tattoo. In any case, these are the tattoos that you may want to consider.

Metallic Red Ink Pennywise Tattoo

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With this kind of Pennywise tattoo, you only really draw the oh-so-recognizable features of Pennywise's face, without drawing an outline. Due to this, such a Pennywise tattoo is great if you are looking for a smaller clown tattoo.

Red Ink Pennywise Face Outline Tattoo

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This tattoo design also works well if you are considering hand tattoos. Ink only the scary clown smile on your hand and it can be a great trick when you hold it over your own mouth.

Scary Clown Smile Pennywise Tattoo

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For this kind of Pennywise tattoo, it is best to go with the features of Pennywise from the IT movie as his features are a bit more notable.

Horror Looks Pennywise Clown Face Arm Tattoo

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Pennywise Clown Smile Forearm Tattoo

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Pennywise and Balloon Tattoos

After watching the movie, Pennywise and red balloons can feel like they go hand in hand. So, it only makes sense for you to get a Pennywise tattoo with a red balloon.

Greyscale Pennywise Clown with Red Balloon Tattoo

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This is because there is a Pennywise tattoo meaning here. As you may be aware, the red balloon is more or less a representation of Pennywise himself. So, even if you don't see Pennywise, the red balloon is an indication that he is around. So, this red balloon in a Pennywise tattoo can help to take the creepy or horror factor to the next level.

Artistic Pennywise Clown with Red Balloon Forearm Tattoo

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The other reason that you may want to include the balloon in your Pennywise tattoo is because a balloon is sometimes considered a symbol of childhood, of innocence. However, it has now been perverted and is a symbol of something that is a danger to children.

Black and Grey Pennywise Clown with Red Balloon Tattoo

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Now, one of the ways to make such a Pennywise tattoo work would be to have the clown holding the red balloon. However, there are plenty of ideas to consider for this kind of Pennywise tattoo.

Pennywise in a Balloon Tattoos

Are you looking for a more creative take with your red balloon Pennywise tattoo? If so, these are some of the Pennywise tattoo design tattoos that you may want to consider.

Balloon Shaped Pennywise Clown Face Tattoo

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As you can see from these Pennywise tattoo concepts, the balloon acts as a frame for Pennywise. This is pretty great considering that the balloon can be considered a representation of Pennywise.

Sketch Style Pennywise Clown Face in a Balloon Tattoo

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Balloon Shaped Smiling Clown Traditional Tattoo

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Red Balloon, Georgie, and Pennywise Tattoos

In both Stephen King's live adaptations, Georgie goes out to play wearing a bright yellow raincoat. Unfortunately, he meets his demise at the hands of Pennywise. Due to this, such Pennywise tattoo designs do make a lot of sense.

Pennywise Clown, Georgie and Red Balloon Colored Tattoo

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In many of these Pennywise tattoo designs, you have Georgie in his yellow raincoat clutching a balloon, facing a looming Pennywise. This image brings together many of the elements that make Pennywise quite so scary and it tells a story all on its own.

Pennywise Clown Smile and Georgie with Red Balloon Tattoo

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Therefore, if you would like a Pennywise tattoo that is a bit more complex or detailed, then here are the Pennywise tattoo ideas that can be your inspiration:

Georgie with Red Balloon and Pennywise Clown Arm Tattoo

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Grayscale Pennywise Clown and Georgie with Red Balloon Colored Tattoo

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Half Face Pennywise Clown and Georgie with Red Balloon Traditional Tattoo

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Greyscale Pennywise Clown and Georgie with Balloon Tattoo

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Paper Boat and Pennywise Tattoos

As you are probably aware, the paper boat represents a lot of different things. Due to this, including this detail in your Pennywise tattoo can help you to tell a more nuanced story with your design.

Dark Grayscale Pennywise Clown with Paper Boat Sleeve Tattoo

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For one thing, the paper boat in a Pennywise tattoo is naturally a symbol of poor Georgie. Therefore, it can be a symbol of all the things that have been brutally ripped away by Pennywise.

Black and Grey Pennywise Clown and Red Balloon with Paper Boat Leg Tattoo

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To Bill, Georgie's older brother, the paper boat can also be a symbol of guilt. He may always be haunted by the fact that he didn't go along with his brother when he wanted to play with his boat.

Drooling Pennywise Clown and Paper Boat Forearm Tattoo

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The paper boat in your Pennywise tattoo can also symbolize the beginning of the end of the clown and his terrible deeds. This is because it is Georgie's death that instigates the Losers Club investigation into Pennywise and they are eventually the cause of the clown's demise.

Creepy Peeping Pennywise Clown and Red Balloon and Paper Boat Tattoo

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Grayscale Clown and Red Ink Balloon and Paper Boat Tattoo

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You'll Float Too/ We All Float Down Here Pennywise Tattoos

The phrase they all float down here, you'll float too is practically a catchphrase for Pennywise in the movies based on the Stephen King book. And, so, it is a good choice for a Pennywise tattoo.

Pennywise Clown and Red Balloon with You'll Float Too Lettering Tattoo

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This is especially true when you consider how sinister this phrase is. It refers to floating bodies in the sewer once Pennywise has killed them. This kind of Pennywise tattoo can also hint at impending deaths.

Grayscale Pennywise Clown and Lettering Tattoo

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This kind of Pennywise tattoo is a great option if you are looking for a rich and detailed tattoo. Of course, if you decide to go all out with this Pennywise tattoo, make sure that you have a talented tattoo artist to create the right effect for you.

Colored Pennywise Clown with Neon Lettering Tattoo

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Evil Laugh Clown with Red Ink Lettering Tattoo

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Cartoon Style Clown and Red Balloons with Lettering Tattoo

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Pennywise Clown, Red Balloon, Paper Boat with Lettering Tattoo

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Black and Grey Pennywise Clown with Lettering Thigh Tattoo

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Grayscale Clown Face with Red Splash and Lettering Tattoo

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Loser/Lover Pennywise Tattoos

As you may be aware, a bully writes the word Loser on Eddie's cast, probably in reference to him being unpopular and a member of the Losers Club. However, Eddie attempts to put a more positive spin on this by writing v over the s in loser and turning it into ‘lover’.

Greyscale Pennywise Clown Eyes with Loser Hand Tattoo

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This has become a pretty iconic statement and so it makes the perfect design element in your pennywise tattoo. Now, the loser/lover detail doesn't have to be front and center in your Pennywise tattoo.

Colored Ink Pennywise Clown and Paper Boat with

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You can get a Pennywise tattoo with various details or elements from the movie and have the loser/lover as an additional detail.

Pennywise Clown, Georgie, Paper Boat with

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Bold Line Pennywise Clown Eyes, Red Balloon with

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Colored Clown Face with

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Black Ink Evil Laugh Clown Face and

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Dark Grey Clown Face with

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Creative Pennywise Tattoos

You may love the It book, TV show, and movies but you may also want to put your own spin on your Pennywise tattoo. Well, in this case, these are the tattoo designs that you should consider.

Baby Pennywise Clown with Red Balloon Tattoo

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They include different styles and concepts but you can still clearly see that it is a Pennywise tattoo. These tattoo ideas may serve as inspiration for your own tattoo!

Black Ink Evil Pennywise Clown Leg Tattoo

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Cartoon Baby Clown with Red Balloon Thigh Tattoo

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Heart Shaped Pennywise Clown Face with Double Balloon Tattoo

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Evil Looking Pennywise Clown Forearm Tattoo

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These are the Pennywise tattoo designs that are sure to shock and awe! All that is left for you to do is to find the design that works best for you! 

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