53+ Ferocious Tiger Tattoo Ideas To Love

By Jason Hamilton / August 25, 2019
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Tiger Tattoo Art that will blow your mind! The best locations on the body, the best tattoo artists, the best-loved tiger tattoos you’ll ever see. Originally, nine species of tiger roamed this planet (well, some of it). Now only six remain as extinction has hit three. The tigers that remain are typically found in Southeast Asia, as well as parts of China and Korea. While it may be impossible to save these beautiful creatures in the long run, given the deforestation of habitat and continued poaching, tigers will be immortalized in the form of tattoo forever. Such tattoo is a classic and comes in a healthy variety of colors, sizes, scenes, and body placement. Tigers in the wild may all look very similar but the selection we have chosen here shows how unique tiger tattoos can be.

In this article, we will share with you our richly curated tiger designs that you will most definitely love! We will part with you a few design options you can do with it as well as the various meanings it holds.


The Tiger: The Basis For The Tiger Tattoo

Lions are dubbed as the “king of the jungle,” but they don’t exactly fit the bill. Take their natural habitat, for example. Lions don’t even live in jungles – they live in the savannahs of Africa. Others say lions get dubbed as “kings” because of their size. But they’re not even the largest species in the cat family.


That distinction belongs to tigers, who also make a strong case for that “king of the jungle” moniker because unlike lions, they actually live in jungles. Featuring an easily recognizable stripped body, tigers are one of the most regal animals on earth. They live in Asia in countries like India, Cambodia, Bangladesh, and China.

A magnificent tiger image inked on the forearm.


A vibrant colored and intricately detailed half chest tiger.


A radiant and alluring wrist blue-eyed tiger tattoo.


A fascinating and superb tiger inked in the chest.


A splendid tiger tattoo inked on the upper sleeve.


Though they are often pictured with orange fur and black stripes, tigers come in different color variations. Snow tigers or white tigers have snow-white fur and black or tan stripes. Golden tigers have light-gold fur and orange stripes. There have also been unconfirmed reports of black tigers and blue tigers.

The Symbolism Behind A Tiger Tattoo

When it comes to animal tattoos, the tiger ranks up there with the best of them. Tigers have been a part of fashion, magic acts, and carnivals for years. Their beautiful stripes make them very attractive in fashion, art, and tattoos. Although the lion is considered to be the king of the jungle, it is actually the tiger. The largest percentage of tigers live in the dense jungles of Asia. Due to the popularity of their fur coats, they’re on the endangered species list. The beauty and symbolism of the tiger have made it a highly sought-after tattoo.


A radiant and fierce tiger intricately detailed on an upper sleeve.


A vibrantly colored and intricately detailed tiger image on the leg.

An intense and strong tiger inked perfectly on the upper sleeve.

A tiger tattoo on the left upper arm


The Bengal and Siberian tigers are absolutely beautiful animals. The Bengal is orange with black stripes, while the Siberian is white with black stripes.

They are deadly jungle predators. The humans who still live in the jungles where these tigers roam have to be on constant alert for them. One of the tiger’s strengths is his ability to hunt and ambush his prey without detection.

The tiger has played a very important role in Asian cultures, such as China and Japan. In these cultures, the tiger ranks right up there with the dragon. You may also see tiger tattoos that actually have a dragon.

Japanese Samurai had tigers on their crests.

As you have already read, the tiger is an endangered animal. Due to this fact, the tiger tattoo has become very important for those who care about the tiger species and conservation. These people wear the tattoo with pride as a reminder of their work.

As of today, there are only a few thousand left in the entire world. The species became endangered after people had been hunting them for their fur.

A vivid and intense tiger perfectly inked on the chest.

A warm yet beautiful upper sleeve blue eyed-tiger design.


 A rich and intricated detail upper sleeve with a geometric element.

The striking and deep tattoo design inked on the upper sleeve with a flower element.


A radiant and appealing tiger design inked on the wrist.


The tiger can be portrayed in a variety of different ways. Some show it with a calm expression, while others may show it looking fierce. Many show the tiger in the jungle. Some tiger tattoos will only portray the head of the tiger and others show the entire body.

Additional Meanings For The Tiger Tattoo

There are a variety of different meanings that are associated with the tiger tattoo. Here are some:

  • Strength
  • Power
  • Beauty
  • Pride
  • Ferocity
  • Vengeance
  • Danger
  • Courage
  • Passion
  • Independence

Two of the most common meanings associated with the tiger tattoo are power and strength. In nature, the tiger is the top predator in its environment. There is no other animal that it is afraid of. The beautiful tiger usually roams alone. Therefore, a tattoo can represent a free spirit or independence.

A perfect tiger intricately detailed on the upper sleeve with a forest element above.

The glorious and intense tiger design with a flower and geometric elements on a forearm.


A strong and vivid full sleeve tattoo of a tiger with a neo-traditional element.

A magnificent tiger tattoo perfectly inked on the upper sleeve.

A perfect yet radiant tiger inked on the forearm.


Along with these positive connotations, the tiger can also symbolize danger, vengeance, or punishment. It can represent the darkness within a person. These meanings are probably associated with the tiger’s aggressive behavior.

Tiger Tattoo Designs Out There

Since the tiger tattoo is one striking and meaningful tattoo, there are only a few design options you can do with it. Despite this, however, the tattoo can still be striking and epic if done properly.

To prove our point, here are some of the best tiger designs we can think of as of this writing:

Watercolor Tiger Tattoo

For the longest time, tattoos, no matter what the design is, lacks something that all tattoo artists and tattoo enthusiasts can agree on; tattoo designs lack that artistry that all other mediums of art have. This perception is why the body art industry has not been a famous art form in the past. Everything changed when different colors of ink are slowly introduced in the industry and today, watercolor tattoo designs exists because of the apparent lack of creativity in tattoo designs and with the introduction of other colors in the industry, this particular tattoo design is now poised to dominate the industry with its creative styling.

A vibrantly colored and intricately detailed watercolor tattoo on the back.

A glamorous watercolor tattoo design flawlessly inked on the upper arm.


 A burst of simple yet beautiful inked tiger tattoo on the back of the calf.


A perfect watercolor tiger tattoo design with bursting color on the back.

A splendid watercolored tiger tattoo elegantly inked on the back.

Since its introduction in the body art industry, watercolor tattoos slowly gained traction because of its artistic implications. The artistic value and the visual appeal that it holds is breathtaking. As a matter of fact, the surge of people who wants to get a tattoo can be attributed to the popularity of watercolor tattoo designs on the internet. There was even a time when watercolor tattoos dominated social media because of its unprecedented design and how it literally mimics a watercolor painting. Despite its current popularity, however, skepticism still shrouds this specific tattoo design.

A striking mix of blue and pink watercolored tiger inked on the ribs.

A fascinating watercolored tiger inked on the upper back.

A magnificent tiger tattoo inked on the forearm.

A vibrantly colored and highly detailed watercolor tattoo of a tiger’s face tattooed on the upper sleeve

A fierce and strong intricate detail of watercolor tiger tattoo on the upper sleeve.

Watercolor Tattoos: What Makes Them Unique?

Tattoo design has specific elements that make it pop out against other designs. You can often also see these elements in other tattoo designs but for the case of watercolor tattoos, the elements they possess is really unique. Here are some of the common elements you can find in a watercolor tattoo.

A flawless and highly detailed half eyed tiger tattoo with a geometric element.

An artistic and highly detailed watercolor design on a thigh.

An alluring and appealing watercolored tiger with a geometric element.

A glorious mixed of colors inked perfectly on the ribs.

The sublime mixture of watercolored tiger thigh tattoo

Free-form design

Occasionally, you might get a bit of geometric design thrown into a watercolor tattoo, but generally speaking, they’re as elegant and flowing as a ballerina in motion.

A perfect and radiant combination of a tiger tattoo with a geometric element.

Bright and bold colors

Most watercolor tattoo designs have that vibrant color palette that makes this design a trend. Though there are some watercolor tattoos out there that may differ from the trend, the usual watercolor tattoo design that you may see will most often feature a vibrant color palette integrated to the design.

vibrantly colored and highly detailed watercolor tattoo of a tiger’s face tattooed on the thighs.

A magnificent mixed of three colors add the uniqueness of the tiger tattoo on the thigh.

A splash of color

Sometimes, tattoo artists use outlines that don’t quite match with the coloring within, or otherwise create ‘splashes’ of color that appear as though the paintbrush has literally dropped paint on the skin. It’s a hard thing for an artist to pull off, but when done well, it looks incredible.

vibrantly colored and highly detailed watercolor tattoo of a tiger’s face with a futuristic element.

A splendid ray of colors embracing the tiger’s face inked on the forearm.

The Geometric Tiger Tattoo

Geometry is a branch of mathematics that is concerned with questions of shape, size, the relative position of figures, and the properties of space. This branch of mathematics, and in extension, science, is mostly considered as a graphic, logical, and numerical form of thinking. It is filled with figures, lines, and measurements which makes it a very interesting field of mathematics.

An elegant and diverse tiger tattoo with geometric element on a forearm.

A radiant tiger tattoo inked on the forearm.

An alluring and strong detailed tiger tattoo with a geometric element.

A flawless combination of geometric and tiger tattoo inked on the thigh.

We are pretty sure, however, that the reason why geometric tattoo designs were inspired by geometry was not that of the measurements but rather the figures in this intellectual field. Geometric tattoos explore the idea of using numerous lines to form a unique shape and figure which can accentuate a simple tattoo.

A perfect blend of tiger tattoo with geometric element on an upper sleeve.

A glamorous upper sleeve tiger tattoo with geometric and mandala tattoos.

A perfect fusion of tiger tattoo and geometric element.

A magnificent tiger tattoo as a centerpiece of a geometric element on the forearm.

A fierce tiger tattoo with a geometric element inked on a forearm.

A glamorous forearm full geometric inspired tiger tattoo.

Since its introduction in the body art industry a few years ago, a lot of designs were made that can be classified under the geometric tattoo design category. Most of these designs are modern and artsy and here are some of the designs which feature geometric themes:

A charming tiger tattoo perfectly fit with a geometric element.

A stunning tiger tattoo with a geometric element inked on the thigh.

A radiant fusion of tiger tattoo with a geometric and mandala element on the back thigh.

The elegant division of geometric and tiger tattoo inked on the thigh.

A delicate forearm full geometric inspired tiger tattoo.

Tiger Tattoo Designs For Men

Tigers and in extension, tiger tattoo designs are seen as a masculine symbol of power, vigor, and societal status.

Tiger tattoos are one of the most sought-after designs because they could carry various meanings for every wearer. In addition, a tiger is an animal that inflicts fear to people – making you feel a sense of authority and power when you have it as a tattoo. Although they are not the “King of the Jungle”, many other animal species bow down to tigers.

Here are some of the best tiger tattoo designs we saw that will amaze you:

A powerful tiger tattoo intricately detailed with Chinese character on a forearm.

The flawless blend of tiger tattoo inked on the legs with a flower element.

A flawless and intricately detailed full back tattoo of a tiger.

A strong and fierce full back tiger tattoo.

A highly detailed and intricately designed full abdominal tattoo of a tiger.

An appealing and manly upper sleeve tiger tattoo with blue eyes.

Tiger Tattoo Designs For Women

Tiger tattoos are getting popular these days not only for men but also for women. These tattoos are not mere fashion statements. There are people who use tattoos to convey a message beyond words and action. These tattoos are usually more than meets the eye.

Here are just a few wonderfully made tiger tattoo designs inked on women’s skin:

A perfect fusion of the tiger tattoo with a flower element.

A vibrantly colored and intricately detailed upper sleeve with flower design.

An exquisite tiger tattoo perfectly inked on the thigh.

A beautiful and simple tiger tattoo blended with flower and plants element on the ribs.

An elegant tiger tattoo perfectly inked on the thigh with a flower element.

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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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