50+ Ouroboros Tattoo Designs To Evoke That Ancient Spirit

By Jason Hamilton / June 2, 2019
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Some people choose tattoos simply because they see the design and fall in love with it. Others search for symbols and images that have a deeper meaning and to which they can relate. The ouroboros tattoo is one of those designs that not only has the ability to look remarkable but also packed with ancient symbolism and philosophy that is still relevant to our time.

In this article, we will be sharing with you our rich gallery of ouroboros tattoo designs that really screams ancient chivalry. We will also share with you a brief background on what the Ouroboros is and the various designs you can do with it.

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What Is The Ouroboros?

The Ouroboros is an Ancient Greek symbol that shows a circular snake or dragon that is eating its own tail. This self-devouring figure first appeared around the 14th century BC and since then it has been adopted by many cultures and religions as a spiritual symbol. It is regarded as positive and even used in mathematics to form the symbol of infinity. The word ouroboros comes from the Greek word “oura” which means tail and “boros” which means eating. The Ouroboros represents the cycle of life. It shows how we live and die and is a symbol of rebirth. It is closely associated with the phoenix as both illustrate starting again once a cycle has ended.

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Ultimately all societies view the ouroboros as the epitome of infinity and renewal. It is a universal concept that has a mystical meaning in all cultures now. It is one of the most beautiful ways to express the concept of self-renewal and is a symbol of knowledge and acceptance. It’s an expression that says “with every end comes a beautiful new beginning.”

A person may get an ouroboros tattoo like this to remind them that they can always start over and make new beginnings for themselves. It can be used to signify the duality of life and how all the universe is cyclic, continuing on infinitely.

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Various Tattoo Designs You Can Do With The Ouroboros Tattoo

Since the symbolism of this tattoo design is more or less closely related to the infinity sign and its form is basically that of a snake forming a circle, it can be as flexible as you want it to be and with almost the same symbolism of that of the Phoenix tattoo, it is seen as a more viable option for people who want that “renewal” symbol imprinted on to their skin.

Here are some of the most common ouroboros tattoo designs we saw on the internet:

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Circle Ouroboros Tattoo

The most popular design for this tattoo is the simple circular ouroboros showing either a snake or dragon swallowing its tail. Its fame can be somewhat attributed to its versatility when it comes to body placement since it can be placed in almost every part of the body.

Here are some of the best Circle Ouroboros Tattoo we have seen on the internet that has captured our eyes:

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A very intricate ouroboros tattoo with flowers and leaves as additional embellishment

A fairly large and detialed snake ouroboros tattoo with a single wheat stalk.

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An ouroboros dragon tattoo with the tree of life in the center of the design.

A highly detailed ouroboros dragon tattoo on the leg.

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A fairly large and detailed dragon ouroboros tattoo on the thigh.

A creepy but very detailed and intricately made ouroboros tattoo on the sleeve formed by a human skeleton.

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A small circle ouroboros tattoo on the sleeve.

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A very detailed Ouroboros tattoo on the sleeve intertwined with a triangle.

A small and simple ouroboros tattoo on the shoulder.

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A fairly medium sized ouroboros tattoo on the nape.

Long Ouroboros Tattoo

the long ouroboros tattoo design looks similar in shape to a pretzel; twisted around itself into an almost heart shape. This slightly more complex design usually includes more details like scales and wings and is considered to be far more superior in visual complexity than that of its circular cousin.

Here are some of the most wonderful long ouroboros tattoo that we saw on the web:

A sternum tattoo of two long intertwining Ouroboros snakes around a tree branch.

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A cute wrist tattoo of a long ouroboros.

A detailed and intricate long ouroboros tattoo inked on the calves.

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A highly detailed and intricately made long ouroboros tattoo inked on the thigh.

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A sleeve tattoo of two colored intertwining long ouroboros snakes.

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A very detailed long ouroboros tattoo on the sleeves forming a traditional celtic knot.

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A detailed long ouroboros tattoo on the forearm.

A detailed and fairly large chest tattoo of a long ouroboros snake.

A highly detailed and intricate long ouroboros tattoo inked on the sleeve.

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A long ouroboros tattoo inked on the palm of a hand.

Infinity Ouroboros Tattoo

The infinity ouroboros tattoo looks like a figure eight and could be drawn with one or two dragons or snakes. Because of this, the ouroboros tattoo can be classified as a variant of a snake tattoo or a dragon tattoo depending on the form of the said serpent. When there is only one the serpent, the serpent will wrap over itself and when there are two they may be “hooked” or intertwined with each other. These designs can range from simple to complex and sometimes show one scaled snake together with the skeleton of another. This is a strong cyclic rendering of life and death.

Here are some of the amazing tattoo designs we saw that features the infinity ouroboros:

A very detailed infinity ouroboros tattoo inked on the leg.

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An infinity ouroboros snake with three heads and tails tattooed on the sleeves.

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A beautifully crafted and intricately made watercolor infinity ouroboros tattoo on the forearm.

A small two headed infinity ouroboros tattoo on the back.

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A medium sized dragon ouroboros tattoo forming an infinity.

A very detailed neotraditional snake tattoo forming an infinity with geometric detailing on the background.

A witty infinity ouroboros tattoo with one loop forming a wristband or bracelet around the wrist.

A very detailed sleeve tattoo of a dragon ouroboros forming the infinity.

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A dragon ouroboros tattoo inked on the hand forming an infinity symbol.

A very detailed infinity ouroboros tattoo on the forearm.

Ouroboros Tattoo Design For Men

Since this design is highly considered as somewhat of a masculine type of tattoo design, a good majority of people who have this tattoo inked on to their skin are men. When you see these men doning this swaggy tattoo, you will see a good variety of styles ranging from the traditional ouroboros tattoo to the more modern watercolor and geometric tattoo styles that has been gaining traction since the turn of the century. If you ask your local tattoo artist, they will for sure give you over a dozen variety of designs that you may find to be of the most exquisite quality.

Here are some of the best Ouroboros Tattoo for Men that we saw on the internet that might interest you:

A highly detailed half sleeve tattoo of two circular ouroboros snakes with an intricate tree background.

An infinity ouroboros tattoo inked on the sleeves area of the body.

A very intricate and detailed dragon ouroboros tattoo inked on the abdomen.

A fairly large and detailed dragon ouroboros tattoo on the upper back area of the body.

A simple black dragon ouroboros tattoo on the chest with the Star of David in the middle.

A tattoo of two long ouroboros snake intertwined with each other that is inked on the forearm.

A detailed ouroboros tattoo on the sleeve forming a celtic knot.

A very detailed ouroboros tattoo on the upper back with a nailed hand ar the center.

A medium size dragon ouroboros tattoo on the upper back.

Two different ouroboros tattoo on the leg and chest areas of the body.

Ouroboros Tattoo For Women

Like we have said before, this tattoo design is regarded as a masculine type of tattoo design meaning this design was conceived with men in mind. This has resulted to only a handful of designs available for women if you want this tattoo on to your feminine skin. The situation was so dire that before the turn of the century, women who desperately want this tattoo would opt for the masculine type of design. Today, however, more and more ouroboros tattoo designs are springing up from all over the world that can be used by both male and female and some are even exclusive to women. Women might still be the minority in this tattoo design but we can see in the foreseeable future that things will level out in a few years.

Here are some of the best Ouroboros tattoo designs for women we saw that might interest you:

A tribal detailed long ouroboros tattoo on the sternum to the abdomen.

A brush stroke dragon ouroboros tattoo on the upper back.

A fairly detailed upper back tattoo of an Ouroboros.

A very detailed and intertwining snake ouroboros tattoo on the sleeve with leaves and geometric detailing for additional visual appeal.

A half sleeve tattoo of a mandala and an ouroboros.

A large and colorful full back ouroboros tattoo with a woman.

A fairly medium sized ouroboros tattoo on the upper back.

A small and simple ouroboros tattoo on the upper sleeves portion.

A small shoulder tattoo of a dragon ouroboros tattoo.

A simple yet detailed forearm tattoo of an ouroboros snake.


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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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