39 Beautiful Nature Tattoo Ideas for Men & Women in 2023
So many of us love a day in the woods, being on a trail, or even just taking a walk near home. It’s the joy of being close to nature. There’s a sense of freedom, of possibilities, and of being connected to something bigger than ourselves. Of course, there are also all the colors to experience, as well as the scents and sounds. For all these reasons, it’s not surprising that Nature tattoos are so popular – they are a way to stay connected to Mother Earth.
But before you go and get your own Nature tattoo, let us help guide you in choosing the perfect piece of ink. Below we’ll show you the most beautiful and inspirational Nature 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.
The Best Nature Tattoo Ideas - A Dotwork Circle of Life Arm Tattoo
First on the list, is this work from our own studio. There’s definitely a mystical vibe to this piece; both the theme, as well as the dotwork, contribute to this other-wordly feeling. It’s interesting how the lower left portion of the circle is not only wider, but also how the dots here are more deeply saturated, or packed. This corresponds with the more mature tree. If you’re ever in Chiang Mai, Thailand we’d love to meet you.
Black and Gray Cross Section of Tree Trunk With Florals on Woman’s Back
The skilled shading in this tattoo provides beautiful detailing which is nicely offset by the concentric bands of negative or uninked spacing. The black lines are equally impressive, even and oh so steady. The overall palette is perfect against the client’s skin tone, highlighting the contours of the back.
Black and Gray Floral Tattoo Under Collarbone
This is another tattoo from our studio and it’s a coverup. Often we see tattoos in this area following the curve of the collarbone. This one does in part, yet is more oriented to highlight the upper chest. You can see this in how the leaves on the left curve downwards. The tattoo simultaneously emphasizes the shoulder with its upward sweep. Showcasing beautiful subtle shading, smooth black lines and minimal touches of white ink, all that’s needed is your…LBD
Dotwork Tree Tattoo on Man’s Arm
Dotwork often lends a dreamy, ethereal vibe to a tattoo. In this piece it seems to add an element of mysticism, enhanced by the geometric and cosmic details. The branch of the tree looks like a DNA strand; perhaps this is the Tree of Life. Whatever the intended meaning, the dotwork shading is exquisite!
Minimal Chinese Forget-Me-Nots Underboob Tattoo
What a pretty and simple flower tattoo; just like having a watercolor painted on your skin. The location affords the perfect space for the branch while thin lines and pastels impart a sense of lightness and femininity. Of course you can’t ignore the very pretty Chinese Forget-Me-Nots. Blueish-purpleish in color, they are symbolic of true love. Renaissance romantics even believed that if you wore them, you’d always be remembered by your lover. Now that would be nice.
Woman’s Floral Forearm Tattoo With Whip Shading
At first glance, your eye is drawn to the beautiful textured surfaces of the petals and leaves. The stippled surface is created using the specialized technique of whip shading which adds dimension to the florals. The muted tones used are equally beautiful, but as they’re so light, they’ll be subject to fading in the future.
Color Tattoo With Lettering Over Woman’s Triceps
This tattoo creates a personal galaxy for you, complete with lettering. The stars throughout the image add to a feeling of serenity. It’s as if all’s well in the world. To further highlight this, the image is outlined, creating a frame and a focal point. The beautiful font of the lettering then serves as a nice counterbalance to the angularity of the frame.
Watercolor Tattoo of Boat Sailing on the Sea
This piece is so pretty with its pastel color palette, making it look so magical. The watercolors are applied in a very precise manner on the boat, whereas splashes of blue are used to bring life and movement to the water. It seems appropriate that the water isn’t contained within a neat outline, suggestive of the awesome power of the sea.
Watercolor Tattoo of Galaxy and Balloons on Forearm
There’s a joyful vibe to this piece, thanks to the planets being depicted as a child’s balloons. That playfulness is enhanced by the use of watercolor style, complete with a palette of both pastels and oranges and blues. It should be noted that there’s nothing simple about watercolors. In fact they’re very difficult to execute cleanly, whether on paper or skin. Here they’re applied with precision on the balloons and then in surrounding drips and splashes of color. The balloons’ outlines are also skillfully inked; the lines are crisp and the circles perfectly symmetrical. Well done.
Realistic Black and Gray Fern and Seashell Tattoo on Outer Calf
This piece by Aun, the most experienced artist in our shop. With years of experience in tattooing, his skill is always on display in his work. In this beautiful tattoo, the lines are clean, the ink well-packed and the shading is smooth and consistent.
Brush Stroke Water Tattoo Over Woman’s Triceps
This piece looks like an artist picked up a brush and painted on canvas; but of course it’s ink on skin. With bands of varying tones of blue, accented with both black and white ink, the beauty and power of the sea come alive. This feeling is further enhanced by the large area of negative or uninked spacing around the periphery. If you’re a lover of the sea, this tattoo could definitely be your inspiration.
Realistic Color Botanical Tattoo on Woman’s Inner Forearm
The inner forearm is the perfect “canvas” for the long, flowing lines of this vine. There’s a delicate vibe here, thanks to the beautiful subtle shading and thin black lines. Black and gray style is often used for realistic tattoos; but as you can see here, color can definitely add to the aesthetic of the piece.
Black and Gray Floral Forearm Tattoo With Mountains
The florals in this piece serve as a frame for the mountains, making them the focal point of the tattoo. Further enhancing this, are the darker tones used as contrast on the surrounding trees and on the bird. Depth and dimension are then added with the use of whip shading
Woman’s Realistic Triceps Tattoo of Mountain Adventurer
Right off the bat, the geometric elements in this piece capture your attention as they frame the mountains and draw the man into the scene. The mountaintop upon which the man is standing is brilliantly designed, with its large surrounding expanse of negative or uninked spacing. It’s as if you can sense his awe as he gazes upon the majestic vista before him.
Large Illustrative Floral Tattoo on Woman’s Back and Shoulder
Real skill is on display in this piece, from the steady lines to the delicate pepper shading and linework. The resulting texture that’s created is exquisite and super feminine. The ink is also well packed so it won’t be subject to excessive fading, meaning the client will be able to show off this tattoo for many years to come.
Realistic Black and Gray Weed Tattoo Over Biceps
If you want your weed close by your side, here’s inspiration for you. This realistic black and gray tattoo looks like the real thing. Black ink alone is used and then watered down to create varying tones of gray which are used for shading. This results in depth and dimensionality. The artist also creatively uses negative or uninked spaces to enhance the 3D effect.
Realistic Black and Gray Squirrel and Botanicals Tattoo on Woman’s Forearm
The forearm is perfect for the long, linear lines of this piece. It’s nice how the lower leaves frame the area just above the wrist, while the upper branch accentuates the elbow. Who knew an elbow could look sexy? The minimal touches of white ink add depth and dimension, all necessary to bring this little squirrel to life. You obviously can’t look away while he’s looking at you.
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Fineline Forearm Tattoo of Wolf With Florals
In fineline tattoos, there’s a general absence of traditional shading. Due to this, the lines are very prominent and discrepancies become noticeable. Fortunately the outlines here are steady and well packed, although you do see some irregularity with the lines on the wolf’s leg and the sun. Despite this, there’s plenty here to admire.
Realistic Color Floral Tattoo
Skilled shading is on display in this piece which brings the flower to life. Subtle gradients of color are used along with very small areas of negative or uninked space to achieve this. Additionally, touches of white ink and the absence of any heavy outlines, create a realistic image that’s as beautiful as a flower found in nature.
Blackwork Floral Tattoo on Man’s Back
I love linear back tattoos that run right over the spine as they’re super sensuous. But hey, this is a guy, and this design is much more appropriate. The lines are oh so crisp and the black opaque areas are so well packed. Beyond the skilled inking, the design itself is captivating with its twists and turns. I could look at this piece forever.
Micro Realistic Color Tattoo Over Biceps of Train Traveling in the Mountains
This whole design looks like it’s packed within a brush-shaped frame, and despite its small size, it’s action-packed. This sense of movement is created with the use of broad strokes of color, along with the orientation of the mountains. Seems like a perfect way to remember a memorable journey.
Foxglove Flower Tattoo on Woman’s Forearm
Before you go and get a foxflower tattoo, you should be aware that this flower is associated with multiple meanings. It can symbolize love and affection, but also rebellion. Myth has it that foxgloves were used for evil intent in witchcraft. This flower is also the source for the heart medication Digitalis, which is still used today. Who knew?
Delicate Floral Dotwork Tattoo on Side of Woman’s Thigh
This little guy definitely adds to the sweetness factor of the tattoo. Peacefully nestled among the leaves, the negative or uninked spacing around him transforms him into the focal point of the piece. The design beautifully mirrors all the curves found here with the dotwork shading providing beautiful texture.
Woman’s Botanical Full-Sleeve Tattoo
At first I thought this sleeve wasn’t complete, but the artist states it is. The distinct images blend well together and look really good against the client’s skin tone. It’s nice that there’s enough room for more artwork should the client decide to do so in the future.
Color Forearm Tattoo of Florals
I love how this piece makes full use of the “canvas” provided by the forearm; it even increases in width as it extends upwards towards the elbow. With gradients of orange color and the use of white highlights, the petals come to life. White ink is also used for the daisies. While they’re so pretty, it should be noted that white ink doesn’t traditionally hold up well.
Minimal Tattoo of Waves on Woman’s Arm
Despite its small size, the power of the ocean is present in this minimal tattoo. There’s an obvious sense of movement, thanks to the curved lines and varying shades of blue that are used. Even the subtle use of white ink, invokes the crashing of waves. This is further highlighted by the white bubbles spraying from the ocean’s surface. Finally, the large surrounding area of negative or uninked space, suggests the vastness of the ocean itself.
Color Thigh Tattoo of Frog With a Mushroom
Of course, you’d want to pick up your skirt to show off this whimsical color tattoo, which invokes a hazy summer day. Small gradients of color, a muted color palette and white highlights are used to create this vibe. Placement should always be a consideration with respect to design. As you can see, this tattoo’s placement is perfect with the vine framing both the mushroom and frog.
Blackwork Old School-Inspired Lupine Flower Tattoo on Man’s Forearm
The petals here are reminiscent of Old School style ,with their bold black outlines and minimal shading. Negative or uninked space is nicely used to add depth and detailing. The small touches of white ink are then like..The Icing On The Cake
Geometric Black and Gray Tattoo With Dotwork on Man’s Inner Forearm
There’s lots going on in this tattoo, but it all works. Both the rectangular lines and circles serve as frames, allowing the eye to focus on each of the distinct images. (Btw, those circles are so symmetrical, nearly perfect, which is no easy feat.) The focal point is Atlas, holding up the world. Together, all the components in this piece impart a mystical, sophisticated vibe. With even, steady lines and beautiful dotwork, this is one impressive tattoo.
Blackwork Old School-Inspired Floral and Mushroom Tattoo on Inner Forearm
Real skill is on display in this tattoo with lines that are so even and steady. While the palette is dark and moody, there’s subtlety in the shading. Look close and you can see small gaps of negative or uninked spacing. This allows for detailing and the slightest bit of contrast, which is in line with the intended mood. The mushroom, in contrast, is inked in much lighter tones, which allows it to become the focal point of the piece.
Realistic Black and Gray Tattoo of Cabin in the Mountains
This tattoo looks like a realistic painting To achieve this, the artist must take into account proportions, 3D and the reproduction of light sources. With thin black lines and shading, dimension is created here, giving this piece the requisite 3D. The artist also skillfully creates sources of light with the use of negative or uninked spaces, along with small touches of white ink. It’s all so real, it looks like light is shimmering off the water and that there’s a light inside the cabin.
Watercolor Leaf Tattoo on Man’s Upper Chest
The delicate watercolors in this tattoo are perfectly offset by the bold black outline of the leaf. Thin black curved lines, along with white highlighting, then add interest and importance to the design. I love how the oranges and reds are applied like splashes of color across the leaf and the client’s chest. Looking both subtle, yet simultaneously crisp, this tattoo invokes the feel of a chilly Fall day.
Neo-Traditional Tattoo of Bird on Man’s Upper Arm and Shoulder
The colorful, but muted tones of Neo-Traditional style, are on full display in this tattoo. You can also see the characteristic block shading. Along with colors that are well-packed and lines that are even and steady, this is one impressive piece that perfectly highlights the shoulder as it mirrors the curves found here.
Fineline Tattoo of Vines on Woman’s Arm and Forearm
Wow, this is such a beautiful tattoo, gracefully flowing across the arm. And just when you think the vine ends, it surprisingly reappears on the forearm. With a piece this beautiful, who needs jewelry?
Realistic Color Floral Tattoo on Woman’s Inner Forearm
I love the color palette in this piece. With subtle gradients of color, the leaves come alive; and yes, look so realistic. Look at their edges; I swear I could feel their sharpness. Although I don’t find the flowers as realistic-looking, they are nonetheless very pretty.
Linework Old School-Inspired Tattoo of Florals With Mushroom on Calf
Those flowers definitely look Old School with their bold black outlines and lack of shading. What also stands out is the beautiful linework seen on the mushroom and leaves. The black lines are even, steady; and oh so crisp. Although this is definitely a playful tattoo, there’s nothing playful about getting a shin tattoo. This area is quite painful to ink and not for the faint-hearted. Buyer Beware
Black and Gray Floral Tattoo on Woman’s Upper Chest and Shoulder
With this delicate, ultra feminine design, there’s no need for jewelry or any other accessories for that matter. I love the placement of the tattoo with its gentle sweep over the shoulder. The lines are perfect, as is the linework shading. Add a bumblebee and tiny pops of white ink, and all that’s needed is your strapless dress.
Minimal Dotwork Tattoo Of Lobster On Side of Woman’s Torso
We’ve come to the end of our list. I love the thin black lines in this tattoo, and the unexpected use of red ink. Yes, it’s a lobster, but there’s a gentle feminine feel to the piece. Set below twinkling stars and a crescent moon and highlighted with exquisite dotwork, lobsters now have a whole new vibe for me.
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!