1. Rick and Morty: 414,422 combined Google searches and Instagram posts
This animated sci-fi sitcom centres on the interdimensional adventures of cynical mad scientist Rick Sanchez and his nervous grandson Morty Smith. It has received universal acclaim, holding a 94% score on Rotten Tomatoes (which could explain its popularity amongst fans to get ink inspired by the show) as well as receiving numerous awards including several Emmys.
2. Attack on Titan: 283,970 combined Google searches and Instagram posts
The most popular TV show on our list to be based on a manga is Attack on Titan. It has since been adapted into an anime series and achieved worldwide recognition. Attack on Titan tells the story of humanity’s battle with giant human-like creatures called Titans. Despite having relatively few Instagram posts for tattoos, coming in fifteenth place on that score alone, it’s bolstered by a high number of Google searches, coming in second place.
3. Dragon Ball Z: 249,140 combined Google searches and Instagram posts
Another anime show takes third place. Originally running from 1989 to 1996 and spawning two sequel series, Dragon Ball Z kickstarted the genre’s worldwide appeal and has contributed to global pop culture. The main character, Goku, is an underdog and outsider, which could lead fans to identify with his story to the extent they get Dragon Ball Z tattoos.
4. Peaky Blinders: 224,874 combined Google searches and Instagram posts
Peaky Blinders, the first drama on our list, obviously inspires fans to have a permanent reminder of this show as it comes in fourth place for the most tattooed TV shows. The drama also holds a 94% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Set in post-World War I Birmingham, the series comprises an ensemble cast of Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory and Paul Anderson as well as well-known actors who have had recurring roles such as Sam Neill, Tom Hardy and Anya Taylor-Joy.
5. Game of Thrones: 191,596 combined Google searches and Instagram posts
This fantasy drama, which aired from 2011 to 2019, is set in the fictional continents of Westeros and Essos. It partly focuses on families wrapped in a web of political conflicts vying for either the Iron Throne or independence from its control, as well as the Night’s Watch which defends the kingdoms from threats at the northern border. Critically praised for its complex characters, production value and story, the series has inspired such dedication from fans that it comes fifth on our list.