My girlfriend's sister gave birth last year to a beautiful baby girl and named her Katherine in honor of a late aunt. The baby's nickname, however, also in honor of that relative, is Kitty. From day one, even before she was born, the cartoon character Hello Kitty became her moniker, Hello Kitty stickers appearing on envelopes and letters that Samantha would send, on stationary, and on the webpage where she hosts her photos. The nickname stuck, and then it caught on, and now even Danielle and I find ourselves purchasing Hello Kitty chocolates and other brand name items for the baby. I won't be surprised if Katherine grows up and absolutely rebels against all of this, but for now it's adorable and she can't talk yet so she can't protest. Anyway, this hub is dedicated to her :)
Hello Kitty, like many other great things, began as a cartoon character created by the Japanese company Sanrio in 1974. After coming to the U.S. in the early 1980s, Hello Kitty became a household among families with young children (particularly pre-adolescent girls, for whom the Hello Kitty brand was originally marketed) but it also later exploded in popularity among celebrities. Stars like Mariah Carey, Cameron Diaz, Mandy Moore and Paris Hilton have all sported Hello Kitty fashion gear at one point or another and rockers Courtney Love and Dave Navarro have been seen playing concerts with a Hello Kitty guitar. Presently, one would be hard pressed to find a department store that didn't carry Hello Kitty merchandise, and most major cities, like New York City's Times Square, for example, even have a Sanrio store dedicated entirely to Hello Kitty and her friends. What started as a clear vinyl coin purse featuring the mouthless Hello Kitty character and selling for 240 yen (the equivalent of about $2.27) has expanded into an empire of over 22,000 products. The cute little cat has either appeared or been referenced in episodes of "The Simpsons", "Futurama" and even "Grey's Anatomy", where one of the characters, Izzie, shows up in Hello Kitty underwear. Hello Kitty's likeness has been parodied on a number of shows as well. Sassy Cat from "The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy" and Itty Bitty Kitty of "Brandy & Mr. Whiskers" are presumably based on the infamous Hello Kitty, and the character Plushie Angelpuss from the Neopets website is said to be based on her as well.
Hello Kitty has spawned many other characters since her inception. Chococat, the penguin Badtz-Maru, My Melody, Cinnamoroll, Keroppi the frog, Pochacco and the Little Twin Stars are just a few of the characters that combine together to complete the Hello Kitty empire.
HELLO KITTY Tattoo Picture Gallery
Hello Kitty :) #2 on May 16, 2012:
I love Hello Kitty im 10. Right now but looking forward to 16 or 17 hello kitty tat right on my ankle.
tessa on April 04, 2012:
hallo kitty vens en ik heb een en mijn kind is het op hello kitty haha
tanisha catty jackson on April 03, 2012:
I love hello kitty soo much ill be soon getting kitty tattoos
alexus on March 04, 2012:
merve on February 26, 2012:
j'aime hello kitty
whitney on February 15, 2012:
Hello kitty is so cuite and totally rulezzzzzzz :D
amy on January 03, 2012:
i am looking to get a hello kitty tattoo with my niece name does anyone any other websites
kontanna on December 13, 2011:
tht ahit cool
julica on November 11, 2011:
that stuff is so cut and i love hello kitty
alyssa on November 09, 2011:
i love hellokitty im defently going to get a hellokitty tattoo just looking for pics
Ashton on November 04, 2011:
I liked them alll :)
dwi mustika syifa on October 22, 2011:
jif djfhrd dkk rtju
sarza finland on October 13, 2011:
i take hellokitty tattoo in my neck :) in tampere..
love on August 29, 2011:
i love hello kitty:}
La'Kierra on June 04, 2011:
* Omq , Those Tats Are Soooooo Pretty . I Cant Wait Too Get Mine .
KbHi on November 02, 2010:
Somee people IS dirtyy Ughh!..
pontius' girl on July 17, 2010:
i love them they are soo cute! i was just thinking about getting her face with a purple bow...but its my first one and im scared...how bad does it hurt??
carla on June 10, 2010:
i love hello kitty and as soon as i can im gunna get hello kitty tattooed on my wrist with wings !! i love it
lindsay on May 23, 2010:
all of those are totally cute! theres such a HUGE hello kitty craze-it seems like EVERYBODY loves her!
jessica on May 21, 2010:
i want one they look so cool nd im goin to get one my lower back it is goin to look soooooo awsome
none you on May 14, 2010:
i love hello kitty tattoos
alize on April 17, 2010:
omg i love those tattoos i want one
ciao on March 27, 2010:
faro ankio 1 sotto il culo della mia gattina
booboo on March 15, 2010:
i loooooove hk but a lot of these look fake and badly drawn:(
kittyaddict on January 27, 2010:
woow!! I absolutely love some of these Hello Kitty tattoos! I have a non Hello Kitty related but I want to make one Hello Kitty Tattoo too! Soon it will happen :D Really really great ones are here! I would like to show some on my hello kitty blog. here is my blog, http://kittyaddict.com hope you don't mind showing some pics!!!
shelarnda on January 08, 2010:
those r like tottally kool x-cept the one wit the fire
ashatt from GA on January 04, 2010:
I have a HK tat as well. :D lower back HK with bat wings. pretty sexy is i do say so myself.
Emily on December 25, 2009:
I adore hello kitty. (: I got three hello kitty tattoos.
la petiix melchuuu♥ on December 16, 2009:
altos tattos tan re copados tan re wenosss lokoo
los amooo gentee!!!!!besos
los d de arriba son mis dos fotolog i el de abajo de todo es mi msn
cirley on December 06, 2009:
monika on November 12, 2009:
THERE S0000000000000CUTIE IM GETTING 1
loppp on October 20, 2009:
heyyy u look cool
Megan Robbins on October 18, 2009:
I'm deffinantly getting one this may xD
emily on October 16, 2009:
do you now somebudy named angy i like youer tatto
melanie on October 15, 2009:
hay nice tatto its hello kitty and i wrilly like it
paige dude. on October 12, 2009:
tattoos don't hurt! jk that was a lie. lol. they do, but it's all worth it when it's over! :D
sammmy on October 09, 2009:
i have been crazy about Hello Kitty ever since i was a small lil girl and well i am 16 i can finally get the tattoo
Tiff on September 23, 2009:
omg!! there amazing i love hello kitty so much i have tons of hello kitty stuff im getting a hello kitty tatoo on my wrist im excited ugghhh i love her!!
Thomas on September 18, 2009:
Im a giy and juyt got kitty tattooed to my wrist!
Thomas on September 18, 2009:
Im a giy and juyt got kitty tattooed to my wrist!
CaItLiN on September 18, 2009:
emily on August 04, 2009:
I'v all ways loved hello kitty also i have 1 cat and 2 kittens i have a hello kitty room and ds i thinck it's a great idea and very you should make a hello kitty shop in town inside shrewsbury with every think pink and hello kitty stuff for every age and size.
PS.hello kitty is great. from emily
catherine on June 23, 2009:
I love this tattos. Im thinking about getting one.
whitney on May 26, 2009:
dynasty on May 25, 2009:
my mom said that once i turn 18 i can get my 1st hello kitty, tattoo. omg. i still have 5yrs and 9 months to go. i cant wait!!!!!
julien on May 24, 2009:
well i love hello kitty so on my shoulder and its looks cool.................
Bebe on May 22, 2009:
well i want a hello kitty tattoo on my wrist with my name at da bottom!and i already have a butterfly tattoo it looks cool!
bre on April 22, 2009:
i love these tattoo ideas. they give me sooo much to think sbout.
JACKIE on February 17, 2009:
THEY ARE SO TOTTALY COOL
EDUARDA on February 04, 2009:
LOVE THE TATTOOS I JUST GOT ONE YESTERDAY...
steph!!!! on February 03, 2009:
i got my tat of hello kitty 3 yeas ago! i never expected that anyone else woulda done the same thing, hello kitty rocks!!!!!!
Mur on February 01, 2009:
i got my HK tattoo about 7 years ago and it is on my lower back - i love it, but wish i could see it more easily! I didn't know that so many people were into it! it was sort of a fun and spur of the moment thing that i did .. ! so happy that people share this love!
lindsey on January 25, 2009:
i dont like those tattoos their kinda stupid
Amanda on January 03, 2009:
These are the Greatest!!!
Hello Kitty Fan on December 28, 2008:
I got hello kitty on my foot! I get more compliments and ?s on that one more than on any of my other ones. =)
Tiff on December 03, 2008:
Hello kitty is the best kitten to ever exist... I absolutely love her to death and would totally have her on my skin.
jenia A. on November 11, 2008:
im a hello kitty fan myself and i ENJOY looking at different hk tattoos. :) Beautiful!!!
kaylene on November 03, 2008:
o my gosh i luv hellokitty these are all very unique and very colorfull too i luve it <3 ^_^
ScenePrincess(= on October 24, 2008:
Omg I So Want One They Are Gorgoes!
Tattoo Stories on October 12, 2008:
Those Hello Kitty tats are adorable! I'm not usually a big fan of cartoon tats but for some reason I can make an exception for Hello Kitty :)
hellko on September 27, 2008:
dose it hurt
guu on September 04, 2008:
i love these hello hitty tats cause hello kitty is my fav
snadra marie on July 01, 2008:
oh-mah-god!!!!!i love hello kitty and im really looking forward to getting a hello kitty tattoo some day now!!!!i cant wait to get it it,im problably going to get it in my wrist or my hips it depends
this tats sure gave me a lot of ideas tho!!thanx!!:)
DREA on March 10, 2008:
I LOVE THE TATS IM LOOKING 4 ME 2 GET 1 BUT IM SCARED
GreatTattoosNow from San Jose on October 09, 2007:
Hello Kitty Tattoos what tattoo hub will you create next! These are great! I really enjoy the designs that have taken a real classic sailor Jerry type of tatto and inserte the a Hello Kitty design. For example the top picture that has Two Hello Kitty's designs on the upper chest area like two sparrow tattoos. Classic but orginal!