17 Best Ant Tattoo Ideas for Men & Women to Inspire You in 2023
2023 is here and we’re sure you’re more than ready to get that tattoo you’ve been thinking about. What’s better than getting an ink piece that symbolizes community, determination, and strength? If that idea resonates with you, you might want to think about getting a unique Ant tattoo. As social insects, Ants are universally associated with the power of unity. They remind us of the close connections we have to our loved ones, friends and people around us. Not only meaningful, but Ant tattoos are extremely eye-catching. They make a bold statement that you’re one of the most important players in the world – strong, determined and persevering.
But before you go and get your own Ant tattoo, let us help guide you in choosing the perfect piece of ink. Below we’ll show you the most striking, eye-catching, and dazzling Ant tattoo ideas for 2023. You’ll surely be inspired with the perfect idea of which tattoo style to get, as well as where to get tattooed on your body.
With that said, let’s begin!
Black and Gray Foot Tattoo of Two Ants Touching Antennae
We kick off this collection with a unique tattoo. Although not exactly a common place to position tattoos, the foot can be an excellent choice if you want something more well-hidden. The black and gray tattoo features two ants communicating with each other by touching their antennae. For more beautiful designs, check out German artist Liselotte’s page @limahema!
New School Forearm Tattoo of Demonic Ant
This typical new school ink piece features bold outlines and a vibrant color palette, depicting a demon-looking ant holding onto a heap of eyeballs. The addition of the audio cables and dissolving pixels is such a creative, modern touch. Props to the brain behind this attention-grabbing design!
Realistic Blackwork Tattoo of Ant over Inner Biceps
Although colorful tattoos can catch attention easily, I believe blackwork really has its own timeless charm. This realistic tattoo is definitely a good example – the shading and use of negative space together make the design truly stand out. Another thing that I love about this tattoo is how well its shape fits the contours of the inner biceps.
Black and Gray Forearm Tattoo of Ant Carrying Tooth
This design has to be among the ones with the most one-of-a-kind idea. In the middle of a circle, an ant carries a single tooth that’s tied neatly to its back. Although I don’t know the meaning behind what this could possibly be a metaphor for, I applaud the artist’s great linework and shading skills. This is one of Amy Jeans’ works, an artist who thrives on black and gray designs – check out her page @amyjeantattoos!
Blackwork Ankle Tattoo of Ant with Mushrooms
Another incredible design with an interesting idea! This has to be one of my most favorite because it looks like it’s straight out of a magical land! I love that the position of the ant makes it look like it’s being lifted up, and the soft and thin appearance of the mushrooms do make them seem like balloons. What a wonderful addition to this client’s ankle.
Blackwork Ant Tattoo on Calf
Blackwork is quite a popular choice when it comes to ant tattoos, so here comes another example! There’s definitely a subtle impression of the realistic style here, but the lack of shadow underneath some of the ant’s legs makes the whole design look like a mirage, which I think is really cool. I like how the shading and the highlight on the ant’s body illustrate its patterns, without using any defining lines. Props to the artist for her fantastic skills!
New School Blackwork Tattoo of Monster Ant on Forearm
This is something that’s going to send chills down your spine. Brent Boller from Pittsburgh specializes in scary, demonic and eccentric-looking tattoos, and this is among his impressive original collection. I love how detailed this monster ant is, from its hollow eye sockets, to the web on its teeth, even the tiny hair along its body. Phenomenal shading skills, too!
Custom Color Ant Tattoo on Side of Knee
There’s a lot of things that I find appealing about this tattoo, and I’m not sure where to start! First off, the color is mesmerizing. A simple but well-executed transition from pitch black to bright blue really captures my attention. The positioning of the ant’s body and legs is also perfect; it looks like the ant is wrapped around the side of this client’s knee. Finally, the lack of bold outlines creates some sense of elegance and mystery to the whole design, which I absolutely adore.
Geometric Ant Tattoo on Forearm
I absolutely enjoy looking at this tattoo because the geometric style makes it seem like the ant is a sensational work of origami. The beautiful whip shading with varying densities also adds a lot of depth to the design. What’s more, the shape of the tattoo fits nicely along the length of the client’s forearm. Huge props to tattoo artist George Krustev from Sofia, Bulgaria.
New School Triceps Tattoo of Adorable Disney Character “Dot”
If you’re a fan of cartoons AND insects, you would most definitely remember the adorable Dot in Disney’s animated movie “A Bug’s Life”. This new school tattoo captures her cuteness in the best ways, making her very lively and spirited. Credits belong to Polish artist Gaba who does amazing colored insect tattoos. You can find more of her works on Instagram @panigaba_tattoo.
Linework Tattoo of Duplicated Ant on Side of Stomach
First things first, the linework in this tattoo is unquestionably to die for. It’s incredibly challenging to pull off this design, because if the lines aren’t neat, it wouldn’t look like two exact duplicates overlapping each other. But I think the artist did an exceptional job. Check out more of her fantastic ink pieces right here @candytattoomtl!
Black and Gray Tattoo of Two Ants on Arm
This is another example of excellent linework and shading. For an insect as small as an ant, it’s essential for a tattoo artist to be able to depict intricate details very skillfully. And Maddie, the artist of this piece, did just that! It’s also really nice that she made this new tattoo go well with her client’s existing one. I wonder if this client is planning to have a whole collection of ant tattoos on their arm, because that would be iconic!
Linework Ant Tattoo on Thigh
Tobi from Vienna, Austria thrives at linework and blackwork, and this is one of his fantastic pieces. I adore the fact that he only uses lines and no shading, because that adds such a sketchy but stylish look to the design. Admire how intricate the patterns on the ant’s body are! Props to Tobi for doing a great job!
Geometric Black and Gray Tattoo of Mouse, Bee and Ant
Typical for geometric tattoos, this design contains many elements which are all composited nicely next to each other. I love the fact that it features three different animals – each of which is depicted beautifully. They are surrounded by thin lines and circular dots, which give the design a nice sense of symmetry. What a wonderful addition to this client’s forearm.
Black and Gray Tattoo of Half-Human, Half-Ant Creature over Biceps
This design reminds me of the mystical creatures we all wanted to hear about when we were little. There’s something scary yet so alluring about it! I love the dotwork in this piece because it really accentuates the magical feeling. The linework is neat, clean and very consistent. Placing the tattoo over the biceps is also a nice decision – it’s not too revealed, but not completely hidden, either.
New School Tattoo of Two-headed Ant on Forearm Elbow Crease
Let us conclude this list with a brilliant design that will strike everyone with a strong impression. The two-headed ant is depicted as an intriguing chemical experiment gone wrong. The color combination of black, neon green, purple and yellow easily reminds us of poison. I love how the artist chose not to fill the eyes with any color, leaving them hollow and soulless, which really adds to the overall effect of the piece. The elbow crease is such a unique option for placement, too. Have you ever seen one in real life?
We hope you found what you were looking for and had as much fun looking at these tattoos as we had writing about them. Until next time, happy inking!
Ornamental Ant Tattoo on Top of Forearm
If you’re looking for something with a lot of beautiful patterns, this one is for you. Graceful and very charming, this tattoo has a nice balance to its composition that’s going to make it a wonderful addition to your forearm. This design is a wonderful example of how linework, dotwork, blackout and whip shading can all combine to make a splendid piece. It really stands out and makes an impression, despite its lack of color.