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If you have a need for speed, a cheetah tattoo is right up your alley. Cheetahs are the fastest land animal on the planet, reaching approximate speeds of 50 to 80 mph. The secret to their speed is their build, which consists of a light frame, long legs and a long tail. When they're not running at high speeds, they can be recognized by their spotted coats and black tear-like facial streaks. 

Cheetahs are the most active at dawn and dusk, hunting medium-size hoofed mammals like the impala, springbok and Thomson's gazelles. They can be found in a variety of distinctive habitats including the Serengeti of Northern Tanzania, the Sahara and the deserts of Iran. As of 2016, there were approximately 7,100 cheetahs in the wild, giving them a vulnerable conservation status. 

Over the years, cheetahs have been frequently depicted in popular culture. One of our favorite examples is Chester Cheetah, the mascot of Frito-Lay's Cheetos. Chester Cheetah has been Cheetos' mascot since 1985 and was originally voiced by actor Joel Murray. Since 2017, Chester Cheetah has been voiced by Max Koch. Another popular cheetah from popular culture is Barbara Ann Minerva, a.k.a. the supervillain Cheetah from DC Comics. Cheetah debuted in "Wonder Woman" #7 in 1987 and Kristin Wiig portrayed the character in 2020's "Wonder Woman 1984."

In honor of the fasted land animal on the planet, take a look at 75 of our favorite cheetah tattoos from talented tattoo artists around the world. Then let us know if you'd get a cheetah tattoo in the comments section on social media.