We recently posted an article about how Twin Peaks helped revolutionize television by making a soap opera into a modern art piece. While some people watched the show, appreciated it, and then moved on to the next trend in prime time, the show, like all David Lynch creations, developed a strong cult following. In fact, many people have tattoos featuring icons of the series. Here are a few we uncovered.
1. Who Killed Laura Palmer?
The first and foremost mystery in the series is who killed Laura Palmer, but I’m willing to bet you didn’t expect anyone to have tattoos of her corpse after it washed up on shore. But here’s one by tattoo artist Josh Carlton that recounts the scene in perfect detail.
2. It’s Not the Laura You Know
Here’s another take on Laura Palmer’s corpse, only this time with classic actress Vivian Leigh filling in for actress Sheryl Lee. Why someone wanted to combine the two isn’t clear, but it is obvious that artist Mez Love did a great job illustrating the concept.
3. Two Seasons, One Tattoo
This tattoo also includes a shot of Laura lying dead on the beach, only it seems less morbid since it also incorporates other images from the show. This impressively detailed leg tattoo by Attitude Tattoo isn’t even complete, it still is waiting for the dark red curtain from the Black Lodge and a few other details to be added in.
4. A Damn Fine Tattoo
Here’s another piece that incorporates a variety of icons from throughout the series in one great image. Artist Silje Hagland combined the décor of the Black Lodge with a “damn fine” cup of coffee, an owl that is not what it seems and a blue rose that symbolizes the unsolvable case.
5. So Much Lynch, So Little Space
This half sleeve by Mez Lovealso incorporates many of the iconic images from the show, including the Black Lodge, the blue rose, and some coffee and pie from the Double R Diner. But it adds in portraits of both Agent Cooper and Gordon Cole (the character Lynch played in the show).
6. Not What They Seem
Joshua Marhall likes the show enough that he’s getting an entire sleeve based on it. The first piece he had completed was one showing that the owls are not what they seem.
7. As Black As Midnight On A Moonless Night
Next, Joshua got some of the RR coffee on his arm with Agent Cooper’s preference for the beverage. His sleeve, by artist Scott Move of Circle Tattoo, isn’t yet complete, but we can’t wait to see how it ends up when it’s done.
8. Welcome to Twin Peaks
No two images better represent Twin Peaks than the town sign shown in the intro and Agent Cooper. This tattoo by Marcin Aleksander Surowiec combines the two into a unique image that seems particularly fitting for such a strange and surreal show.
9. This Must Be Where Pies Go When They Die
It’s hard not to love the Double R, given how much Agent Cooper raves about their coffee and pie. For that reason, a surprising number of people have tattoos featuring coffee or pie from the diner, including Kat Selvocki who was inked by Ashley Love.
10. This Owl Belongs In A Cave
One of the most famous icons from the show is the owls, so it is no surprise that there are so many Twin Peaks owl tattoos. This one, on Instagram user craigy_mac, is not only topped off with a quote about the owls, but also with the owl pictogram found in the Owl Cave.
11. Traditional Owl Surprises
Ryan’s owl tattoo by Ron Henry Wells is quite striking as he decided to get the Twin Peaks icon in a very traditional tattoo style, which flows well with the message about the owls not being what they seem.
If you still can’t get enough Twin Peaks weirdness, don’t miss these great coffee ads from Japan made by David Lynch himself.