60+ Earthly Tree Tattoo Ideas To Be Amazed By

By Jason Hamilton / September 5, 2019
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Trees have always been a significant part of nature. Without it, nature wouldn’t be functioning as good as it is now. Through the years, trees have helped human beings in a lot of ways. They give off the oxygen that you need, sip up water from the ground to avoid floods, give you shade when the sun’s up, and so much more. Ever since the beginning of time, trees were already doing its job of maintaining balance in the ecosystem. You really can’t blame environmentalists for loving trees and plants too much.

In this article, we will be discussing the various styles and ideas you can do with the tree tattoo. We will also be sharing with you the various designs we have collected that you might fancy.


The Meaning And History Of A Tree Tattoo

Trees have been extremely important to most cultures throughout history. The tree has always been viewed as a symbol of life, and tree tattoos date back centuries to the origins of tattooing.


A small palm tree wrist tattoo.


A small cute palm tree tattoo on the ankle.


A simple yet highly detailed rib cage tattoo of a palm tree.


A colorful ribcage tattoo of a palm tree with coconuts.


A shadowy leg tattoo of palm trees.

The tree is one of the richest symbols, and in a tattoo, it can symbolize many different things at once. Its meaning depends both on the tattoo and the one who has it. There are many different kinds of trees, each with its own associations, although overall, they symbolize regeneration, rejuvenation, and life.


We get these meanings from the cycles of the tree. Watching the tree over the course of a year helps us more fully understand all the things the tattoo could mean. In spring, it begins to grow leaves and flowers. During the summer, it is in full leaf. By fall, its changes are dramatic: the vibrant green leaves turn beautiful colors as if to say goodbye before they fall to the ground. In winter, the tree is bare, but as a new spring dawns, it comes to life once again. This cycle can represent the circle of life and is a powerful symbol to keep in mind (or on your body) as a reminder.


A hand holding a tree in the middle drawn on the inner forearm


A realistic tattoo of two hands cupping a tree of life

A hand representing God’s hand that’s turning into a tree


A bare tree of life with branches resembling praying hands

In some ancient cultures, the tree tattoo represented one’s social rank or social grouping and was a symbol of nobility. Because many cultures of the past believed that the tree was sacred, those tattoos were also considered sacred. If someone who was not of a noble bloodline was caught with a tree tattoo, they would be punished, perhaps to the death.

Tree Tattoo Designs To Go For

Tree tattoos can be designed in many different ways: Some focus on the bark of the tree, while others portray the branches; some have many leaves, while others may have very few or none. Some tree tattoos may portray a forest, an orchard, or one single tree, and some include the roots. Flowers or other designs might also be incorporated.

Here are just a few of the tree tattoo designs that we have seen:

The Tree of Life Tattoo

Trees, regardless of their type, are strong. They don’t just easily break even when there is a storm. They stand tall and firm. Additionally, they last for years and even centuries. For that reason, we all see trees as a symbol of strength. But contrary to what many of us think, trees don’t just represent strength but also several different traits and other connotations. And we can see these things even just by looking at its parts.

For example, a tree’s roots can represent a tree of life tattoo wearer’s connection to his past, family, or ancestors. Apart from that, it can indicate how strong and well-grounded the tattoo wearer is. While a tree’s roots have a strong and constant meaning, its leaves’ definition varies. For some, a tree’s leaves indicate growth and rebirth. This is because trees shed leaves and regrow them every year. However, others also see it as a representation of temporariness.

Here are just a few of the tree tattoo designs using the tree of life:

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A Celtic tree of life tattoo placed on the upper back


A tree of life tattoo on the shoulder cap with leaves representing the four seasons

A tree of life with roots and leaves made with Celtic Knots


Another tree of life tattoo but with simpler Celtic knots


A tree of life tattoo with roots made with Celtic Knots

A black and reddish brown ink full Celtic tree of life tattoo


A tree of life tattoo with roots and branches made with Celtic Knots

A black Celtic tree of life tattoo with pink flowers

A leafy tree of life with Celtic knots as roots


A 3D Celtic tree of life placed on the chest

A colored tree of life tattoo surrounded by Celtic knots


A gold and green ink Celtic tree of life tattoo


A Celtic tree of life inside a circle made by Celtic Knots

A small yet bold black ink Celtic tree of life

A Celtic tree of life made with black and brown ink

A Celtic tree of life with twisted trunk and more elaborate roots

An amazing multicolored Celtic tree of life with rich details

A tree of life with leaves and roots made with Celtic knots tattooed on the arm

The Forest Tattoo

When it comes to tattoo, you have to realize that it is art first and foremost so by that definition it has to appeal to the senses. But a tattoo is almost like an onion in the sense that there are many layers and the removal of each layer can bring tears to your eyes. This is because the need for a tattoo comes from deep within your psyche where you have hidden feeling that touch you deeply. For a person who is not into tattoos, the above sentences may sound like gobbledygook but for those who are into tattoos, it is a truth so deep that they know if even if they do not acknowledge that they do. Keeping with the deep introduction, we are going to talk about forest tattoos here which are also deep and super cool at the same time.  You could almost consider forest tattoos as one among perfect elemental tattoo ideas and suggestions.

A highly detailed pine tree forest tattoo.

A great redwood forest tattoo on the forearm.

A highly detailed mountain forest tattoo with a wolf.

A forearm tattoo of an evergreen forest.

A highly detailed wolf tattoo on the forearm howling in a forest.

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An armband style pine tree forest tattoo.

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A mountain and forest tattoo on the forearm.

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A highly detailed tattoo on the forearm of a great redwood forest with the base starting from the wrist.

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A highly detailed forearm arm tattoo of a forest with a crow.

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A forearm tattoo of a great redwood forest.

As a general rule, trees are thought of as long-lasting and resilient. They survive a long time (from 50 to 5000 years), weathering storms and elements, which makes them a sign of strength and adaptability to many societies. They offer safety to creatures who live in their branches, travelers who rest in their shade, and anyone building their home with lumber. Trees provide apples, pears, and stone fruit and provide medicine to many cultures. These nutritious and medicinal trees have accumulated additional layers of importance and meaning.

A highly detailed forearm tattoo of a winding road in a forest.

A forearm tattoo of a pine tree forest.

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An intricately made dead forest tattoo with crows flying.

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An intricately designed wolf in the forest tattoo inked on the leg.forest tattoo 11

An intricately designed wolf in the forest tattoo inked on the leg.

Today, a form of tree-worship can be seen in the Christmas tree, which many people (Christian and not) bring into their home during the holiday season and decorate with ornaments and lights. According to the Encyclopædia Britannica, the use of evergreen trees, wreaths, and garlands to symbolize eternal life was a custom of the ancient Egyptians, Chinese, and Hebrews. Tree worship was common among the pagan Europeans and survived their conversion to Christianity in the Scandinavian customs of decorating the house and barn with evergreens at the New Year to scare away the devil.forest tattoo 14

A thigh tattoo of an evergreen forest.

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An upper sleeve tattoo of a skull in a forest.

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A highly detailed wolf and forest tattoo on the forearm starting from the wrist.

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A large forearm tattoo of a forest that starts from the wrist.

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An armband style forest tattoo on the forearm.

The Palm Tree Tattoo

Whenever you see a palm tree, what do you reckon? A vacation or a tropical paradise? We often associate palm trees with summer vibes, relaxing vacation, and the white sand beaches because we always see this kind of tree near the shoreline. Imagine yourself making a hammock between two palm trees while looking beyond the night sky and into the universe. What a nice way to relax right? Since its already summer in your favorite tropical paradise, what better way to show your vacation but with a palm tree tattoo?


Surprisingly, palm tree tattoo designs do have meanings although it differs from person to person. Oftentimes, especially in non-tropical countries, people get palm tree tattoos to remind their selves of relaxing time on the beach while sipping cocktails and talking with friends.

Others however also say that since the palm tree is named the tree of life due to its various uses like oil, lumber, food, and décor, the meaning of a palm tree tattoo is versatility and adaptability of one’s character.

A simple palm tree tattoo on the leg.


A small cartoonish foot tattoo of a palm tree on the shores of a wavy beach.

An arm tattoo of two palm trees while sunset.palm tree sunset leg tatoo

A watercolor tattoo of a palm tree while in the sunset.

A minimalist palm tree tattoo on the arm with a sunset.

A small cute palm tree tattoo on the ankle.

A palm tree arm tattoo with triangular embellishments.

A smaller minority also argue that the meaning of a palm tree tattoo is deeper than the versatility of character. Since palm trees are very flexible, during storms, most trees that are strong and firm fall down due to the strength of the wind. Palm trees, however, can withstand the storm’s mighty gust. With this is in mind, it can be said that the meaning of a palm tree tattoo is strength and “man standing”.

A cartoonish rendition of a palm tree tattooed on the arm.

A detailed tattoo of a palm tree with cloudy skies.

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A large sleeve tattoo of palm trees.

An intricate arm tattoo of a palm tree scenery.

A framed scenery tattoo of a palm tree on the beach inked on the arm.palm tree back leg tattoo

A silhouette-like ankle tattoo of a palm tree.

A small palm tree tattoo on the back of the leg.

Another small palm tree tattoo on the arm.

A drawing-like leg tattoo of a palm tree on a beach while sunset.

An artsy thigh tattoo of a palm tree.Amazing-Palm-Tree-Tattoo-On-Girl-Back-Leg

A small leg tattoo of a palm tree.

A retro-inspired colored arm tattoo of a palm tree with sunset.

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A large detailed arm tattoo of a palm tree.

These are just a few of the interpreted meanings of a palm tree tattoo. There are many more out there that awaits to be discovered.

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About the author

Jason Hamilton

Jason has been an avid fan of tattoos for over 13 years now. He is currently 35 years old, and he got his first tattoo at the age of 22. Since then, he has added over 20 tattoos to his collection. He is also into writing, which is why he decided to celebrate both of his passion and hobby through tats ‘n’ rings. Jason dreams of having his very own tattoo parlor soon. Jason would be very happy to answer any questions about tattoos that you may have! Leave a comment below and he’ll answer it for you right away!

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