50+ Relaxing Forest Tattoo Ideas To Die For

By Jason Hamilton / July 28, 2019
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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.

In this article, we will be discussing with you the various designs you can do with the forest tattoo. We will be sharing with you our carefully curated gallery of forest tattoo designs and the meaning behind the tattoo.


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.

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The Meaning of a Forest Tattoo

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.

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.

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A highly detailed tattoo of an evergreen forest with roots.forest tattoo 11

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 were 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.

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.

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The Various Designs For A Forest Tattoo

People who find the forests fascinating and acknowledge that they touch them at a deeper level because forests are the home of the wild and the unknown will also find themselves leaning towards amazing lion tattoo designs with some interesting designs. It is quite akin to superb dolphin tattoo ideas for women being appealing to those women who love the seas and the oceans and everything connected to it.

Bare trees are often deemed eerie and it is. But it’s also beautiful in its own way. In meaning, it could signify your vulnerability as a human being.


Here is an image of a home in the middle of a forest. It’s serene and it could be your way of showing how you are very much at peace with your life and with your family.

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This image of a forest could be menacing. But it’s very abundant with growing trees and with that, it could also be filled with life. In addition, its 3D effect makes it look much better.

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A tattoo of a herd of deer in the forest.

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We are sure that most of us having some kind of feelings towards forests even if it may not always be positive feelings. This is because while most of us have not been fortunate enough to visit a forest or indeed learn about the magical world that can be found inside forests, we have heard tales around them. This means that due to these tales we have a picture in our mind that can border from fascination to intense fear around forests.

Here are some designs you can do for a forest tattoo:

The Mountain Tattoo

One tattoo design that took the tattoo community and body art industry by storm is the mountain tattoo. This tattoo design has been in the background and shadow of other great tattoo designs out there in the market. Recently, however, more and more people want mountain motifs as their tattoo which is why here we are guiding you, our dear reader, to the surprisingly wonderful world of mountain tattoo designs.

Various communities around the world have maintained the importance of mountains worship and sacredness. For example, Taranaki people from New Zealand have centered their lives on a sacred mountain, Mount Taranaki. It is not a wonder that they also share the same name as they share their livelihood from this mountain’s streams. Rivers that flow down the mountain’s terrain feed their animals, plants and offer the tribe all they need for their survival The Taranaki places the mountain into a love story context spelling out the creation history in a battle over love, defeat and a happier ending whereby the Taranaki Mountain found love with another neighboring volcano. The narrative plays out in tribesmen lives as the mountain is their love and their force. They believe to have gotten life from Megalith and once it has ended, it returns to those mountains. They also believe that the mountain is an organism that lives on its own.

Others believe that it may represent strength, present or their seeking. It may also represent an ordeal one who is going or gone through. Some add certain features like tigers, koi fishes, and waterfalls to represent serenity. In certain Asian cultures, it is added to show gang affiliated representations. The love of nature is also a common meaning of a mountain tattoo.

From Mount Everest to the mighty Himalayas there are many beautiful mountains that you can have for your tattoo. However, the options do not just stop on these famous mountains because tattoo artists have developed some impressive designs that give you plenty of choices when it comes to this amazing body art. And so if you are thinking of getting an adorable totem here are some fabulous ideas for you.

A detailed sleeve tattoo of the rising sun with mountains and forests.

A very intricate neck tattoo of a mountain range with a lake and pine tree forest.

A large, highly detailed, and very intricate mountain range tattoo inked on the forearm.

A wonderfully made sleeve tattoo of the rising sun with high mountains.

A geometric low poly mountain range with a pine forest and the sun.

A simple but intricate forearm tattoo of a geometric mountain range with the sun.

A wonderfully made and highly detailed geometric mountain tattoo with the sun and clouds as additional design elements.

A creatively made geometric mountain tattoo with a diamond shape frame.

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A medium size forearm tattoo of a large mountain with intricate shadow work.

A wonderfully made neotraditional style Japanese mountain tattoo of a mountain range with the Red Rising Sun in the background.

A Japanese themed tattoo of a high mountain with Japanese Pine Trees inked on the forearm.

The Landscape Tattoo

Landscape tattoos, like the name implies, is a tattoo design that features natural and beautiful sceneries as the object of the tattoo. This tattoo design was actually just created or devised a few years ago while tattoo artists are desperate in looking for new cool tattoo designs to introduce to the market.

A landscape tattoo of a tall and mighty snowcapped mountain on the thigh.

A landscape tattoo on the sleeve with the original image on the right and the copy as a tattoo on the left.

A beautifully crafted landscape tattoo of mountains and forests with a sketch-like appearance on the sleeve.

A picture like landscape tattoo of a campsite deep within a tall tree forest on the sleeve.

When these tattoo artists are starting to deplete their usual tattoo idea inspirations, they looked to nature and saw that Mother Nature can be the inspiration itself for their tattoo designs. Tattoo artists began inking beautiful sceneries as tattoos to tattoo enthusiasts and the reception was outstanding. Despite its currently small consumer base, we suspect that in a few years, this tattoo design will catch on and become a rising tattoo design.

A vibrantly colored low poly geometric landscape tattoo of mountains, a river, waterfalls, and a camping site.

A small neotraditional landscape tattoo of a mountain range and a river in the night.

A beautifully designed landscape tattoo of a pine tree forest with mountains and a small log cabin.

A painting like landscape tattoo of a forest with a Native American tent on the arm.

An intricately designed landscape tattoo of mountains and a lunar eclipse on the arm.

Other Forest Tattoo Designs

If you examine the forest tattoo images that we have given here, you will find that most of them have a touch of reverence about them. It is because there are many tribes and cultures around the world that equate the forest with many of their deities and protective gods. This is as it should be because, for these tribes, the forests have been the source of sustenance over the years. If you are wondering why there are so many options when it comes to forest tattoos, it is because the forests in each area have its own distinctive features. For instance, a forest in India will be different from the woods of England.

The region from where a person is from and the leanings of the culture will have an influence on the forest tattoo design they pick out and opt to go with. If you examine the forest tattoo designs depicted here, you will notice that some of these tattoos also feature some of the animals that are generally found in these forests.

Here are just some of the other forest tattoo designs we saw that will really catch your interest!

A large wolf tattoo in a dense forest.

A neotraditional city tattoo of New York City with the Freedom Tower and Brooklyn Bridge at sunrise.

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A very detailed chest tattoo of two mountains with pine trees and a waterfall.

A bare beech tree of life tattoo with a silhouette of birds

A large sleeve tattoo of a wolf howling to a full moon.

A medium-sized watercolor arm tattoo of a wolf in a dead forest howling to a blue moon.

Forest Tattoo For Men

If you need a tattoo that will express your masculinity and love for nature, then you should get a forest tattoo design for men. There are many tattoos of this kind and you will, therefore, need to take time researching on the tattoo that will perfectly fit on you. You should also look for the best part to ink it.

Here are some of the best forest tattoo inked on men in our learned opinion:

A large, highly detailed, and very intricate forearm tattoo of a large mountain range with forests.

A creatively made and intricate mountain range and forest tattoo in the shape of a bear.

A very detailed circular tattoo with a large mountain range and forest inside.

A forearm tattoo of a big mountain with forests framed in a diamond shape.

A very detailed chest tattoo of two mountains with pine trees and a waterfall.

A beautiful, detailed, and intricately made shoulder tattoo of a mountain range with the sun inked on the shoulder.

An armband style tattoo of a highly detailed mountain range with additional tribal decor.

A large colored sleeve tattoo of a tree with the galaxy above.

Forest Tattoo For Women

Breathtaking views, gorgeous nature and, of course, fresh air! The forests inspire us, give us a feeling of freedom and power and help us to feel unity with nature. That’s why many of us choose a forest tattoo. This symbol is one of the oldest tattoo design and nowadays it’s still very popular among women. They pick up this type of tattoos for various reasons, for example, as a reminder of a favorite view or an important place or town.

Here are some of the best forest tattoo for women that we think would make you want one straight away:

A simple but meaningful rising sun tattoo on the sleeve with mountains and a pine tree.

A wonderfully made mountain and forest tattoo with a mandala motif inked on the forearm.

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A small geometric tattoo of the famously known cherry blossom forest and Mount Fuji inside a triangle frame.

A large watercolor arm tattoo of a pine tree forest with a cosmic sky.

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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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