tree tattoo may be one of the most common designs you see, but it does not diminish just how symbolic having a tree tattoo can have on an individual. Since ancient times, trees have stood as a formidable symbol in many aspects of culture.
Trees have stood the test of time. The oldest tree in the world, named Methuselah, is thought to be almost 5,000 years old! This makes trees the perfect symbol for strength and resilience. It is very good in adapting to its environment and is able to withstand not just time, but natural phenomena like storms and snow.
Trees are not just for decoration. They provide shade for any weary traveler, and the fruits they bear provide sustenance to those who need it. If not for trees, our ancestors would not have been able to build their wooden homes. Aside from that, people have gone on to discover that certain trees have medicinal benefits. They would use the leaves or the bark to cure some common ailments like a stomach ache or a headache. Still, some believe that certain trees have healing powers that can cure even epilepsy or diabetes.
Trees can also symbolize spirituality. In many ancient cultures, tree worship was practice. Some recognize that all trees have a certain power in them, while some, like the Celts, for example, revere a particular type of tree such as the oak.
In literature, there are many instances when trees play a significant role. In the book of Genesis, the story centers on the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, of which Adam and Eve took a bite of the fruit and were forever banned from the Garden of Eden. JRR Tolkien has also made a tree to stand as a symbol in his The Lord of the Rings series. If you are have seen the movies or read the books, you know that the White Tree of Gondor is significant.
Although when Islam and Christianity spread throughout the world, tree worship has significantly lessened as they were deemed as idolatrous, there are still instances when they have shown their impact on culture. There are still countries, like India, who have sacred trees. There is a belief that nature spirits, known as yakshas or yakshis, make the trees their home. The people then bring an offering to the trees in order to placate the spirits and in return receive healthy and prosperous lives. A very significant tree recognized by everyone all over the world if the Christmas tree. They are brought into many homes and is a symbol of the joy and celebration of Christmas.
The great thing about getting a tree tattoo is that there are so many ideas to choose from. You can do your research and look for certain types of trees that symbolize the characteristic you want to have or to emulate. Whether it’s strength, passion, love or adaptability, there is sure to be a specific type of tree that you can use. If you’re not after a particular type of tree, then even just the parts of the tree can already have a significant meaning. You’ll see many tree tattoo idea and designs that show a tree with bare branches. While it may seem eerie or dark, it can hold a positive meaning as you think of the branches reaching up to the sky to reach for heights unknown. You can also put particular emphasis on the leaves of the trees, which can for anything from growth and a new beginning, to death or an ending, depending on how it is drawn on your skin.
A tree tattoo can be as small as a coin or can encompass the whole of your back. It all depends on your preference, and of course, how much you want to spend on your tattoo design. Take note that quality tattoo from established artists will cost more, but it will be worth it when you see the result. If you’re looking for great tree tattoo ideas, check out the list below for some great inspiration.
- Simple tree silhouettes with reflection For your first tree tattoo, you can just keep it simple but still beautiful. The silhouette of the trees in this tattoo might be plain, but the addition of the blurred sort of reflection under it make it seem it’s reflected on water.
2. Branch with an owl tattoo
- 1 2. Branch with an owl tattoo
- 2 3. Tree with flying birds
- 3 4. Feminine-looking tree with simple petals
- 4 5. Arm tattoo with tree silhouettes and simple straight lines
- 5 6. A whole back tattoo that can symbolize new beginnings
- 6 7. Black Tree Tattoo with Splash of Watercolor Finish
- 7 8. Shoulder tree tattoo with some clouds in the background
- 8 9. A whole tree tattoo at the side of your body
- 9 10. Tree with clouds and mountain as background
- 10 11. Heart and tree tattoo
- 11 12. Tree symbolizing growth from adversity
- 12 13. Tropical Coconut Tree Tattoo
- 13 14. Memorial tattoo with an endearing message
- 14 15. Try-out henna tattoo
- 15 16. Whimsical tree outline with splashes of blue and yellow
- 16 17. Tree of Life tattoo
- 17 18. Moon and tree tattoo
- 18 19. Full moon tattoo with a tree design
- 19 20. Tree growing freely
- 20 21. Ravens perched on a tree
- 21 22. An intricate tattoo combining trees and flying birds
- 22 23. Delicate back tree tattoo
- 23 24. A tree planted by streams of water
- 24 25. A trio of delicate leaves and the moon
- 25 26. Tall trees with mountains
- 26 27. Vibrant green trees
- 27 28. Minimalist tree silhouette
- 28 29. Tree foot embellishment
- 29 30. A combination of different leaves and petal designs
- 30 31. Beautiful and colorful bird perched on a tree branch
- 31 32. Watercolor lovebirds on a branch
- 32 33. Simple tree similar to the tree of life design
- 33 34. Feminine and colorful interpretation
- 34 35. Another interpretation to the Tree of Life Tattoo
- 35 36. Palm tree with geometric shapes
- 36 37. Pretty tree thigh tattoo
- 37 38. Interesting back tattoo
- 38 39. Birds of a feather
- 39 40. Dainty tree to symbolize childhood
- 40 41. Moon, bear and tree for those who like the outdoors
- 41 42. A fiery orange tree
- 42 43. A whole back tattoo
- 43 44. Sun and moon combined with a tree and geometric shape
- 44 45. Delicate branches with black and white flowers
- 45 46. Black and white tree with a pop of color
- 46 47. Delicate nape tattoo
- 47 48. Owl and tree couple finger tattoos
- 48 49. Bare branches tree tattoo idea
- 49 50. Small tree with inspiring quote
- 50 51. Sexy back tattoo
- 51 52. More ornate Tree of Life design
- 52 53. Back tattoo with several spiritual symbols
- 53 54. Dainty wrist tattoo design
- 54 55. 3D tree with Buddha
- 55 56. Ominous-looking back tattoo
- 56 57. Solid black tattoo of tree silhouette
- 57 58. One tree depicting two different emotions
- 58 59. A row of trees to portray the different seasons
- 59 60. A tree to symbolize discovering new things
- 60 61. Shades of grey for a tree climbing on your side
- 61 62. Large palm tree
- 62 63. Dainty evergreen hand tattoo
- 63 64. A darling back tattoo
- 64 65. A whimsical sparkling tree tattoo
- 65 66. Leaves falling from tree tattoo
- 66 67. Dainty Palm tree tattoo
- 67 68. Trees and lines tattoo
- 68 69. Whole back tree tattoo design
- 69 70. A deer made of branches tattoo
- 70 71. Tree tattoo ideas for your legs
- 71 72. DNA Tree design
- 72 73. Trees and blocks tattoo
- 73 74. Colorful leaves
- 74 75. Delicate Nape Tattoo
- 75 76. Tree arm tattoo
- 76 77. Upside down Evergreen arm tattoo
- 77 78. Black and white cherry blossom tattoo
- 78 79. Arm tree tattoo with gradient silhouette
- 79 80. Combination of symbols
- 80 81. Geometric tree tattoo design
- 81 83. Evergreen tree tattoo design
- 82 84. Diamond tree tattoo design
- 83 85. Dream catcher tree tattoo design
- 84 86. Tree of Life tattoo
- 85 87. Upside down vines
- 86 88. Wrist tattoo –
- 87 89. Tall tree on leg tattoo
- 88 90. Tree, waves and mountain tattoo
- 89 91. Tree and diamond combination tattoo
- 90 92. Forearm tree tattoo design
- 91 93. Tattoo with swing design
- 92 94. Yellow orange tree tattoo design
- 93 95. Trunk and roots tree tattoo design
- 94 96. Watercolor evergreen tree tattoo
Here’s a cute idea for those who like owls, have it perched on a simple tree branch. Add the moon to make it more whimsical.
3. Tree with flying birds
This particular design can symbolize breaking free from a certain thing that is bad for your life and now you can fly free from it.
4. Feminine-looking tree with simple petals
If you will look closely, the trunk of this tree actually resembles a female body, perfect for those who would want their tree tattoo to be more feminine looking.
5. Arm tattoo with tree silhouettes and simple straight lines
6. A whole back tattoo that can symbolize new beginnings
This whole back tree tattoo idea leaves just enough space in case you would want to add more tattoos in the future.
7. Black Tree Tattoo with Splash of Watercolor Finish
Here’s another version of the tree tattoo with birds, but this time some blues and purples are added in to make it more colorful.
8. Shoulder tree tattoo with some clouds in the background
The branches of this tattoo is perfectly placed on the shoulder.
9. A whole tree tattoo at the side of your body
Tree tattoos are not just for arms and shoulders, but it can be perfectly in place at your ribcage too.
10. Tree with clouds and mountain as background
Notice the artistic way of showing that this person is rooted in his family.
11. Heart and tree tattoo
A very artistic rendition of the heart being the root of this tree.
12. Tree symbolizing growth from adversity
Look at how the artist showed a whole new tree growing from what is otherwise a dead stump.
13. Tropical Coconut Tree Tattoo
Another popular tree design is that of the palm trees, which can be a symbol for relaxation.
14. Memorial tattoo with an endearing message
Honor a loved one with a tree tattoo design symbolizing their strength of character.
15. Try-out henna tattoo
Try a henna design first before making it permanent.
16. Whimsical tree outline with splashes of blue and yellow
The addition of the colors makes the perfect contrast to the black tree tattoo.
17. Tree of Life tattoo
One of the most popular tree tattoo designs is the Tree of Life. It is said to symbolize immortality and alludes to the idea that we are all interconnected to each other.
18. Moon and tree tattoo
The addition of the quarter moon at the background makes this particular tree tattoo set off a rather melancholic tone.
19. Full moon tattoo with a tree design
Another combination of the moon and tree.
20. Tree growing freely
The lovely shading makes this very striking.
21. Ravens perched on a tree
The combination of birds and trees are also popular tattoo ideas.
22. An intricate tattoo combining trees and flying birds
23. Delicate back tree tattoo
Perfect for those who want a daintier design.
24. A tree planted by streams of water
This tree perfectly encapsulates the Bible verse it alludes to.
25. A trio of delicate leaves and the moon
Who says you can’t combine different leaves in one design?
26. Tall trees with mountains
Trees and mountains are another popular tree tattoo design combination.
27. Vibrant green trees
Trees with vibrant colors can symbolize growth and vitality.
28. Minimalist tree silhouette
29. Tree foot embellishment
30. A combination of different leaves and petal designs
31. Beautiful and colorful bird perched on a tree branch
This colorful rendition is perfect for nature lovers.
32. Watercolor lovebirds on a branch
How about lovebirds for couple tattoo design ideas?
33. Simple tree similar to the tree of life design
A simpler rendition of the Tree of Life.
34. Feminine and colorful interpretation
Go all out and make your tree tattoo as colorful as possible.
35. Another interpretation to the Tree of Life Tattoo
36. Palm tree with geometric shapes
The combination of shapes might seem random, but they do look very interesting.
37. Pretty tree thigh tattoo
38. Interesting back tattoo
This design makes it seem like your head and hair are the branches and leaves of the tree.
39. Birds of a feather
40. Dainty tree to symbolize childhood
Did you ever spend some part of your childhood under a tree, reading your favorite book?
41. Moon, bear and tree for those who like the outdoors
42. A fiery orange tree
The color orange really pops out in this tattoo.
43. A whole back tattoo
44. Sun and moon combined with a tree and geometric shape
This tattoo can be a conversation piece, given its combination of lines,shapes and symbols!
45. Delicate branches with black and white flowers
46. Black and white tree with a pop of color
That small yellow lemon looks particularly sweet, don’t you think?
47. Delicate nape tattoo
It may be small but nonetheless striking.
48. Owl and tree couple finger tattoos
Perfect for couples!
49. Bare branches tree tattoo idea
50. Small tree with inspiring quote
Combine your love of words and the symbolism of the tree.
51. Sexy back tattoo
52. More ornate Tree of Life design
53. Back tattoo with several spiritual symbols
Get all your favorite spiritual symbols and combine them all
54. Dainty wrist tattoo design
55. 3D tree with Buddha
Despite being unfinished, you already know that this tree tattoo design will turn heads.
56. Ominous-looking back tattoo
If you like the dark more than the dainty, this design is perfect.
57. Solid black tattoo of tree silhouette
58. One tree depicting two different emotions
Just look at how one tree tattoo can show two different feelings depending on the colors that are used.
59. A row of trees to portray the different seasons
What a cute and artistic way to show the differences between summer, autumn, winter and spring! With just the addition of a few colors, the vibrant tattoo comes alive!
60. A tree to symbolize discovering new things
The eye design makes this tattoo very mysterious and symbolic. It can be a great conversation starter when meeting new people.
61. Shades of grey for a tree climbing on your side
Another way to tattoo a tree design on the side of your body .
62. Large palm tree
Be reminded of the beach and tropical cities with this tattoo.
63. Dainty evergreen hand tattoo
64. A darling back tattoo
65. A whimsical sparkling tree tattoo
This tattoo seems like it was straight out of a fairy tale!
66. Leaves falling from tree tattoo
This beautiful, ornate design looks like it belongs in a painting, don’t you think?
67. Dainty Palm tree tattoo
68. Trees and lines tattoo
69. Whole back tree tattoo design
70. A deer made of branches tattoo
Whoever thought of this tattoo really showed his creativity.
71. Tree tattoo ideas for your legs
Here are two ways of having a tree tattoo for your calf. You can go for bold, solid colors or the bare branches which seem more delicate.
72. DNA Tree design
How beautiful is this tree tattoo design? The trunk of the tree is shaped like a ladder and dna. The pink tones add a femininity, making it more interesting.
73. Trees and blocks tattoo
74. Colorful leaves
This tattoo has added color on the leaves that seem to be blown by the wind
75. Delicate Nape Tattoo
76. Tree arm tattoo
77. Upside down Evergreen arm tattoo
The vibrant green colors are so beautiful to look at!
78. Black and white cherry blossom tattoo
The black and white colors do not diminish the beauty of this tattoo.
79. Arm tree tattoo with gradient silhouette
80. Combination of symbols
Just like this tattoo, you can opt for original designs incorporating your favorite symbols and shapes.
81. Geometric tree tattoo design
This particular tattoo makes it seem like the tree is encased inside a diamond jewel. The circles and dots all over the tattoo design can be symbolic of the cycle of life.
83. Evergreen tree tattoo design
84. Diamond tree tattoo design
85. Dream catcher tree tattoo design
The addition of the dream catcher hanging from one of the branches gives this huge side body tree tattoo a very dreamlike feel.
86. Tree of Life tattoo
There are many ways to interpret the tree of life tattoo. This one has more leaves surrounding the whole tree and roots.
87. Upside down vines
Your tree tattoo does not have to look a like a whole tree. This tattoo emphasizes the vines and leaves and still looks beautiful.
88. Wrist tattoo –
Opt for a small simple, design for your wrist. The simple tall tree in this particular tattoo is basic and minimal enough that it needs not be hidden even during formal occassions.
89. Tall tree on leg tattoo
90. Tree, waves and mountain tattoo
You know right away what this person’s particular interest are. The designs may be small in nature, but they have been rendered perfectly. For those who like the outdoors and love camping, mountaineering and surfing, this tattoo is perfect.
91. Tree and diamond combination tattoo
The big solid colors of the diamond make the perfect frame for this tree tattoo.
92. Forearm tree tattoo design
93. Tattoo with swing design
Take a trip down to memory lane with this tattoo. While the tree tattoo design may seem common, the addition of the swing set gives it a nostalgic feel, especially for adults who used to do this when they were young.
94. Yellow orange tree tattoo design
95. Trunk and roots tree tattoo design
96. Watercolor evergreen tree tattoo
After getting a tattoo, make sure that you also study up on how to take care of your tattoo. It’s one of the most crucial things that you need to look after getting a tattoo. If you do not take care of your tattoo, it could result in the tattoo not getting healed properly. In extreme cases, it could even get to the point when it would become infected and lead to more serious complications.
There are many sources where you can get information on how to do proper aftercare and maintenance for your tattoo. Make sure that you talk to your tattoo artist about how you can take care of your tattoo and even speed up the healing process. A good tattoo artist will always educate their clients on how to properly maintain their new tattoos.
One of the basic things you should know is that you should wash the tattoo a few hours after it is inked. Make sure you do it gently. Never forget that getting a tattoo is like having a fresh wound on your body. Rubbing it roughly can aggravate the tattoo. You can also apply some moisturizing cream on it if you want.
Also, take care to not expose it too much sunlight. If you had the tattoo inked on your back, you will have to change your sleeping position and sleep on your stomach so that you will not do anything that could compromise the healing process of the tattoo. It might seem like there’s so much to do when you just want to get inked but remember that it will be worth it when you see how beautiful your new tattoo will turn out.