When talking about the Groot tattoo, we need to talk about who Groot is and where he came from. Being a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy, it is well known that Groot has some decent skills as he was recruited to help protect the galaxy.
Groot is a fan favorite in the 2014 and 2017 Guardians of the Galaxy movies. The only words Groot say is, “I am Groot” which for some reason can be understood by all of his compadres. In the first movie he is full sized Groot and in the second movie, you have baby Groot. Both of which are popular choice for tattoos. The Groot tattoo is usually worn by fans of the movie, but it also has meaning to those that wear it.
In this post we will talk about the Guardians of the Galaxy, from which Groot was a part of, and we will talk about the infamous Groot. By the end of this post we hope you will have a good idea about who Groot is and his crew of intergalactic saviors. By understanding this, you will have a better idea of why the Groot tattoo is so popular amongst fans.
Who is Groot and the Guardians of the Galaxy
Guardians of the Galaxy are a team of superheroes that appear in Marvel Comics. Their first appearance came in 1969. Even though this comic had strong sales, it would be five years until a follow up was released.
It was until the 1990’s that the Guardians of the Galaxy got their own self-titled issue and it ran for 62 issues and ran until 1995. That brings us to the Guardians of the Galaxy that we know today. The second volume of Guardians of the Galaxy was issued in May of 2008 and was written by Andy Lanning and Dan Abnett.
The new Guardians of the Galaxy were formed by Peter Quill, better known as Starlord. He is a human/alien cyborg hybrid and is an intergalactic war veteran. Starlord decides to form a group of heroes that will be proactive in protecting the galaxy. One of the members of the team that he created is named Groot.
Groot is a giant tree/root looking figure from Planet X. He is an alien called a Floral Colossus and has super strength. He is generally used as an assault soldier because of his size and strength. Because of his language barrier and Groot only saying, “I am Groot”, some might assume he isn’t that bright, but it is said in the comics that Groot has a very advanced intellect. This version of Groot is a popular choice for a tattoo. However, baby Groot from the second movie, might be the most popular Groot tattoo out there.
Baby Groot enters in Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2. Baby Groot came along because big Groot risked his life in the battle to stop Ronan in the first movie. Rocket happened to find a small piece of Groot and planted him. He grew into the version of Groot that is cute and tough at the same time, Baby Groot.
The Baby Groot tattoo is probably the most sought after of the two versions because of his power and cuteness. Enemies learned the hard way not to underestimate the power of Baby Groot.
Groot Tattoo Meaning
The Groot tattoo meaning depends on the version of Groot that is tattooed. Normal size Groot was a powerhouse and an intimidating figure. The adult Groot tattoo represents strength and intelligence. On the other hand, Baby Groot might represent innocence and a great power within. Much of this has to do with what the person tattooed thinks but if there was any symbolism to be had of these Groot tattoos, the above would apply.
It probably goes without saying but the obvious meaning of a Groot tattoo is that the person is a fan of the comic or movie series. Groot is a loveable character with strong loyalties and morals. Groot is an alien we should all strive to be like.
Groot Tattoo Variations
Below are a few Groot tattoo variations that we have seen. Much of the decision on which Groot tattoo to get has to do with which movie they enjoyed more or if the comic was more the person’s speed.
Baby Groot Tattoo
As we mentioned, of all the Groot tattoos we have seen, Baby Groot is the most popular and for good reason. Baby Groot is adorable and sounds like a child when “converses” with his friends. The Guardians spend much of the in the second movie looking out for Baby Groot but there are scenes that prove that maybe he didn’t need as much protection as they thought.
Big Groot Tattoo
Big Groot was the version we saw in the first movie of the Guardians of the Galaxy. In that movie, Rocket Raccoon and Groot were bounty hunters until they met Starlord and Gamora on the planet Xander. They were captured and put locked up where they met their other companion, Drax. Once they all broke out, Groot convinced everyone to stay and stop Ronan the Accuser from destroying Xander and enslaving the world. He ended up sacrificing his life for the cause. Big Groot’s bravery and compassion for others are the dominant traits he holds. This is represented in a Big Groot tattoo. If you ever need help conjuring up the nerve to do something you aren’t confident about, you can look to your Big Groot tattoo for inspiration.
There are other versions of this tattoo we have seen but they all revolve around the two versions of Groot or the phrase, “I am Groot.” Between Baby Groot and Big Groot, there is a lot of positive symbolism to take from a Groot tattoo.
If you are ready for your own Groot tattoo, make sure your artist is well versed in animation tattoos or even realism. These versions of the Groot tattoo look very cool and will be the talk of your friends. We can also recommend an artist that fits the bill if you need help so don’t hesitate to ask.