29 Inspiring Cloud Tattoo Ideas for Men & Women in 2023
Clouds are often associated with hope and seen as a good omen for the future. After all they’re
the source of rain from which all life is sustained. They’re also associated with the ever-changing nature of life, the road between calm and turmoil. And who hasn’t heard the expression “keep your head in the sky” or “the sun always shines above the clouds”. For these many reasons, Cloud tattoos are very popular.
But before you go and get your own Cloud tattoo, let us help guide you in choosing the perfect piece of ink. Below we’ll show you the dreamiest, craziest and most whimsical Cloud 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.
Linework Ankle Cloud Tattoo
With little more than several curving black lines, the feeling of floating in air is figuratively and literally created. Not only is this tattoo an attractive design, but it also evokes a lightness of being; like we’re floating in the Clouds. And in the Clouds is where dreams reside.
Custom Cloud Tattoo on Upper Chest
Thanks to the curving black outlines, this Japanese-inspired Cloud tattoo has great movement to it. Its placement, flowing from the chest towards the shoulder, similarly supports this sense of movement. There’s lots to love about this piece from the cool shading to the black beaded outlines, all together an impressive design.
Fineline “Head in the Clouds” Biceps Tattoo
Placement is so important in good tattoo design, and this one fits perfectly over the biceps. Perhaps this tattoo signifies that “keeping your head in the clouds” is not only healthy but keeps you from “drowning” in everyday life. The dotwork shading has an ethereal feel to it. Unfortunately it’s so light that it probably will fade over time and require touch-ups in the future.
Linework Cloud and Sun Calf Tattoo
Here’s another piece highlighting that the sun is always shining above the Clouds, even on a rainy day. The linework in this tattoo is really impressive. The lines are well packed, even and steady, showcasing real tattooing skill.
Large Blackwork Outer Calf Leg Tattoo
The typical boldness of blackwork style is on great display in this calf tattoo. The swirls of black outlines create a sense of movement among the Clouds, definitely demanding your attention. Unfortunately, if you look close enough, you’ll see that those lines are somewhat uneven. Regardless, this is still an impressive work to be proud of.
Old School Tattoo of Eye With Clouds
Old School style is characterized by a simple color palette, bold black outlines and 2D renderings. I’m not sure what this tattoo symbolizes but I know it’s definitely not Grandpa’s Old School tattoo; think pin-up girl or American flag.
Linework Cloud Tattoo Over Triceps
The placement of this piece is perfect, with the design’s shape neatly paralleling the contours of the triceps. What I also really love about this tattoo are the beautiful black lines. They’re solid and even and definitely make a statement.
Linework Cloud Armband
Necklaces adorn our necks, bracelets our wrists. How about a dreamy linework cloud armband to adorn our upper arms? The lower outlines of the clouds approximate a line, perfect for forming an armband. The clouds themselves just seem to be floating right around the arm.
Minimal Cloud Tattoo Over Biceps
Minimal style is all about simplification; the ability to condense a story into its basic components. For me, this tattoo symbolizes nightfall when the clouds will be drifting away, the end of another day. What do you think?
Dreamy Custom Cloud Tattoo With Dotwork and Ornamental Elements
There’s a mix of styles here but they all seem to work together. I feel like we’re in dream land with those puffy Clouds just dripping with ornamental elements. Add in the crescent moon and stars; who could ask for more?
Watercolor Cloud Tattoo With Lettering on Arm
It’s easy to get lost in this piece trying to determine exactly what’s depicted. And that’s what makes it so interesting. Its frame additionally pulls you in to take another look. Although inked in watercolor style, the typical pastel palette isn’t employed. Rather oranges, reds and blues are used, with matching nail polish of course.
Linework Forearm Tattoo Explaining the Formation of Rain
Who knew that a tattoo could explain the formation of rain? Well, here we have a scientific lesson forever immortalized on the forearm. From a tattoo perspective, the lines are steady and the raindrops beautifully saturated with black ink. A+
Blackwork Tattoo of Rabbit in the Clouds
With blackwork style, black ink is exclusively used; no gray is employed. Although it’s typically characterized by heavy planes of opaque black ink, blackwork can be much more muted as seen in this tattoo. The swirling clouds here are reminiscent of those seen in Japanese-style tattoos. Of interest too is the shading of the rabbit where the black ink appears to be dabbed on like we’d see in a watercolor tattoo. White ink is then used to successfully highlight the eye of the rabbit.
Linework Tattoo of Box Filled With Clouds
I love the steady, even lines of the box and straw, along with the black curving lines of the Clouds. With one sip, you’re in dreamland.
Fineline Triceps Tattoo of Skeleton and Clouds
Are the Clouds meant to represent one’s transition after death to a spiritual realm? I really don’t know. Its placement though, in a visible area, is sure to prompt questions about just that. Although the outlines of the Clouds are well packed, the remaining ink is rather light. Be aware that because of that, the piece is subject to fading in the future.
Blackwork Arm Tattoo of Eye Nestled Within the Clouds
I love the intricate detailing found in the eye, from the eyelashes to the light glistening off it. The light, along with the many thin black lines and skilled shading, give the eye depth and 3D. Very cool. It pulls you in to what may be the center of a storm, complete with Clouds and perhaps the rays of the sun behind it. Alternatively this piece might represent the omnipresent eye of god watching over mankind.
Blackwork Hand Tattoo of Omnipresent Eye of God
There’s a theme going on here, from the small finger tattoos to the omnipresent eye over the hand. I really like how this larger piece extends onto the fingers and wraps around the wrist like a cuff. But before going ahead with a hand tattoo, you should be aware of several considerations. If you’re employed in a conservative field, obviously this might be something that wouldn’t fly. Also hand tattoos aren’t for the faint of heart. This is a rather painful area to ink and touch-ups are often required due the fast rate of skin shedding here.
Fineline Cloud Tattoo on Forearm
I guess with this tattoo it will be a forever dreamy day. With nothing more than a thin double outline, this mood is created. The lines are impressive. They’re very even and demonstrate the steady hand of the artist. Any irregularities would be very visible as there’s nothing other than the outline itself to distract the eye.
Blackwork Tattoo of Cloud Pendant With Rope Cord
The lines in this tattoo are even and steady; just look at that cord! The shading is also really impressive, adding so much texture and dimension to the piece. If you’re not going to wear this around your neck, a tattoo could be the perfect alternative.
Fineline Ankle Cloud Tattoo
These clouds could be confused for mountains. What do you think? The ankle is a nice spot if you’re looking for something that won’t be too conspicuous. It’s good to remember that with thin, lightly packed lines like these, there’s bound to be fading requiring touch-ups in the future.
Small Watercolor Ankle Cloud Tattoo With Linework
With a prominent abstract cloud, swirls of watercolors making up the sky, twinkling white and black stars – you get one impressive tattoo. There’s really a considerable amount of detail inked in this small space. That’s no easy feat especially when working in watercolor style. In the hands of a less skilled artist, this style can easily become messy-looking. Thankfully that’s not the case with this ankle tattoo.
Blackwork Cloud Tattoo Over Biceps
The artist did a great job here in packing the black ink.The result are the dense areas of opacity which are super cool. Many clients fall in love with a style and then, consciously or unconsciously, commit to it. This client has obviously fallen in love with Blackwork style as seen from the other pieces.This cloud tattoo obviously fits in with the others, with room for more to be added in the future.
Custom Linework Shoulder Tattoo of Skull Surrounded by Clouds
The placement of this tattoo is perfect; its contours parallel and highlight the shoulder beautifully. The thin black lines around the skull further add to this mirroring effect, making full use of the canvas the shoulder provides.This concept should always be taken into consideration when designing a tattoo.
Watercolor/Linework Tattoo of Clouds Over Triceps
The frame around the Clouds draws the eye in and adds importance to the piece. The inking is spot on from the shading to the beautiful bold black outlines of the Clouds. This tattoo could even be mistaken for a sticker that’s been placed on the client’s skin. Well Done
Black and Gray Tattoo of Clouds Over Biceps
Wow, we’ve got a black and gray theme going on here from the other tattoo to the client’s shirt. I love the shading in this tattoo and the use of negative or uninked space between the upper and lower halves. Although divided in two, one perceives the design as a unified piece. Love its dreamy vibe.
Fineline Hand Tattoo of Omnipresent Eye With Clouds
I love the shading in this tattoo composed of multiple thin black lines. They’re steady and even, showcasing real skill on the part of the artist. I also love how they extend vertically towards the fingers. We see great use of negative or uninked space within the eye, creating a light source that just pulls you in.
Minimal Cloud Tattoo Over Biceps
It may be raining, but it’s good to remember that the sun is always shining above the clouds. In other words, it’s good to remain optimistic. Located over the biceps, right at your side, close to your heart, and within easy view, this tattoo can be that perfect forever reminder.
Blackwork Calf Tattoo of Figure With Head in the Clouds
Blackwork seems to be the style of choice here, from this tattoo to the others present. They all also appear to be somewhat whimsical. It’s not unusual for a client to fall in love with one particular style and go back to it, again and again, with subsequent tattoos.
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!