Whale tattoos hold several different meanings. Among them, the most important is strength and wisdom. Even though whales are the largest animals on our planet yet they are considered a peaceful creature. One cannot hear the sound of a whale due to the difference in frequency.
Here we have chosen 50+ whale tattoo design that will suit both men and women –
Whale Tattoo Ideas
1. Whales are immensely large and powerful yet they are very peaceful. You can try a peaceful whale tattoo that would represent that you are powerful but down to earth person.
2. Marine life is as mysterious to us as extra-terrestrial life. How about we show them both in a double exposure tattoo design like this?
3. While I would recommend large size whale tattoos but it doesn’t mean that you cannot try tiny whale designs. Here is one that will suit girls.
4. A watercolor whale tattoo design will look even more beautiful. This design is perfectly placed on the forearm of this guy making it look like as if the whale is swimming.
5. Have you ever read the famous novel, Moby Dick? I am a big fan of It. Here is a design based on the novel.
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Whale Tattoo Designs
6. If you opt for watercolor tattoo design then I will suggest you opt for one color because a multi-color design would require more care and might not turn out good.
7. You can go old school and try a traditional whale tattoo design which will in fact stay longer and would require less care.
8. The whale has many sub-species. One very popular is Narwhale. A narwhale has a horn on its beak. A narwhale tattoo would represent divine power.
9. Here is another old school whale tattoo design that shows how huge whales really are. This whale is carrying a castle over its back.
10. A symbolic whale tattoo would leave it up to the audience to decode its meaning. Here this one surely represents myth and rebirth. Do you know that Killer whales are social mammals and live in groups.
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Small Whale Tattoos
11. This is a geometric whale tattoo design which is actually very popular. This would represent beauty and art.
12. Yes, this sure looks like a drunken whale. You can base your whale tattoo on popular cartoons and this one represent fun and life.
13. The forearm is one of the best places to try whale tattoo. If you are looking for a meaningful half sleeve tattoo then this whale tattoo is best for you.
14. You can show a moon or a planet in the background of your whale tattoo to indicate that you are amused by this gigantic creature.
15. A down flowing whale tattoo would indicate that you are focused on your goals and you avoid distractions because your goal is more important to you.
Simple Whale Tattoos
16. Girls can try ornamental whale tattoo where the design is made to look like a jewel.
17. People try all different kind of designs even if they don’t look meaningful. I included this whale in a donut tattoo design because I found it funny and unique. It would represent your love for food.
18. A unique double exposure tattoo idea would be to try whale and an island tattoo design like this.
19. If you show waves along with your whale tattoo then it will look even more meaningful. It would represent that you are always up and ready for challenges.
20. Beautiful! This amazing whale tattoo design is perfectly placed and words are not enough to describe how magnificent this tattoo is just like the animal.
Tribal Whale Tattoos
21. You can add a quote to your whale tattoo design. Here the artist added the word ‘Quam Fortsimuss’ which would translate to The Champion.
22. I exactly don’t know what the artist wanted this tattoo to look like. A whale on the rings of Saturn? Is he saying that marine life exists in the moons of Saturn?
23. You can also go for Killer whale tattoo. A Killer whale would represent your no-nonsense attitude and how you always mean business.
24. This is a beautiful watercolour whale tattoo design that is perfectly placed on the lower half sleeve.
25. This traditional old school whale tattoo shows how huge whales are. You too can show a ship on the nose of the whale to signify its strength.
Traditional Whale Tattoos
26. Due to whale hunting (in Japan and other countries) several whale species extinct and several others are on verge of extinction. You can spread awareness by trying a meaningful design like this whale skeleton.
27. Another design that could be tried would be to show the whale hunting. This would show how selfish human beings are.
28. Don’t you think this is scary? A whale taking a deep dive in ocean is equally scary and magnificent.
29. Blue whales are the largest animal on earth. A blue whale tattoo would represent longevity and wisdom.
30. The artist beautiful used the black and white shade to give this perfect whale tattoo on forearm.
Unique Whale Tattoo Ideas
31. Humpback whales are considered very romantic. So a matching humpback whale tattoo would be perfect for couples.
32. A large size $perm whale tattoo would represent masculinity. It would suit those who consider themselves macho.
33. Here is a traditional whale tattoo design inspired from the famous Jules Verne’s novel 20 thousand leagues under the sea.
34. Many whale species went extinct over the past thousand years. You can base your whale tattoo on any extinct whale species.
35. A great whale tattoo like this will represent experience and calmness.
Whale Shark Tattoos
36. A bowhead whale tattoo would represent an emotional connection to your loved ones. Showing them with a sad face will represent how empty you are without your loved ones.
37. You can give a feminine look to your whale tattoo. I would suggest you to try a feminine killer whale tattoo to represent that you have a beauty that can kill.
38. If you opt to try small whale tattoo then a unique placement would be to try them on feet or ankle like this.
39. You can for a whale tattoo with flowers. This would represent beauty and nature’s grace.
40. Most whale species are found near Antarctica. You can give your tattoo such look to represent Antarctica.
Orca Whale Tattoo
41. You can try just whale outline tattoo and make it colourful using watercolour designs like this.
42. Please note that using colourful ink on an old tattoo might not look great in all cases. In fact, sometimes it might make the tattoo look odd.
43. Here this beautiful double exposure whale tattoo shows that how beautiful the combination of whale and flowers look.
44. Whales make great parents. You can dedicate your whale tattoo to your kids.
45. As whale has such a huge body so it is common to find other marine animals attached to it. You can show this in your design too. Like here the artist showed starfish attached to the whale.
Sperm Whale Tattoo
46. Here this traditional humpback whale tattoo is actually inspired from old maori culture.
47. A bowhead whale tattoo looks great on stomach too.
48. A triangle represents three different aspects that joins together to a meaningful thing. Such as body. Soul and mind.
49. A tiny whale tattoo will looks amazing on wrist.
50. Here is a unique design where the artist showed a ship inside a whale.
Which whale tattoo from the above photo gallery you liked the most?