40 Tantalizing Tiger Tattoo Ideas for Men & Women in 2023
An orange coat and black stripes hide this beautiful killer before it pounces on its prey, but there will be no need to hide your tiger tattoo! No, not at all. You’ll want to show off this ferocious feline for the world to see. The tiger is a gorgeous cat. Powerful, elegant, and even a good swimmer.
But before you go and get your own tiger tattoo, let us help guide you in choosing the perfect piece of ink. Below we’ll show you the most unique, most stylish, and best-looking tiger tattoos ideas of 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.
We Hope You Enjoy These Tiger Tattoo Ideas! First Off: An Old School Japanese Tiger Tattoo on Arm
Here’s one of the cooler tiger tattoo designs you’ll see! I can feel the silkiness of the kimono as it drapes across the arm. It implies that a rich and powerful person is the owner. This mood is created using nothing more than bold outlines, simple shading and simple color selection. This is Japanese style meets Old School style.
Fineline Black and Gray Tiger Tattoo on Woman’s Arm
At first you might not even see the tiger hidden behind the flowers; nor the tiger’s eye peeking out from the flower’s center. Look again and you realize that the flowers are created by the use of negative space and thin black lines; no shading, no contrast. The result: the flowers stand out against the darker shading of the tiger. Beautifully centered over the arm, this tattoo showcases sophisticated artistic and technical skill.
Linework Tiger Tattoos on Woman’s
Tigers are symbolic of strength and power. Common to Thai tattoos, twin tiger tattoo designs are seen as a source of empowerment and protection and thus worn by many Muay Thai fighters. This is a really cool tiger back tattoo.
Geometric Black and Gray Tiger Tattoo on Man’s Forearm
It’s as if this tattoo and the forearm were meant for each other. Design, location and canvas perfectly support one another. Of course you’re drawn in by the gaze of the tiger which is intensified by its central location and the circle around it. This circle, along with the other geometric shapes, adds importance and interest to the tiger. Great Design
Realistic Tiger Tattoo on Side of Thigh
I love how the tiger’s stripes and those of the ferns beautifully blend together. They both showcase great use of shading, contrast and 3D. Added touches of white ink add perspective and realism. You can definitely feel the power and strength of this tiger. And that is in part due to the size of this design – it wouldn’t feel the same if it was a small tiger tattoo.
Minimal Tiger Tattoo on Biceps
This might be a small tiger tattoo, but it sure is mighty! Look at his eyes and you know he’s not playing. Within a very small space the artist is able to provide significant detailing using only black lines and tones of gray. With the surrounding negative space this tiger seems posed to jump right out on you. Careful
Japanese Tiger Tattoo on Side of Thigh and Hip
In Japan the tiger symbolizes courage and long life. Here I’m not sure of the meaning but I do know that fantastic skill is on display. Take a look at the perfectly uniform black lines, the shading, the shadows and the creative gaps of negative space and you know this tattoo is on another level. The solid black and red inking are exquisite. Together you sense the movement of the tiger and understand that you’re looking at a great tattoo.
Black and Gray with Watercolor Tiger Lily Tattoo on Woman’s Upper Back
Flowers and Tigers? Of course if you’re one strong woman – and as a tattoo if you want to showcase that to the world. The black ink and gray tones provide detail and shading for the tiger. Of course since pink is your color you’d want to add these pretty pink flowers.
Definitely Pretty In Pink
Sak Yant Tiger Tattoo on Woman’s Hip
Sak Yant is a traditional form of Thai tattooing characterized by intricate sacred designs. And as you can see here quite beautiful. I love how the body of the tiger is highlighted by the Thai writing to the right. The writing also even seems to provide a pathway for the tiger. Of course real skill is needed to ink these letters. Props to Ahm @panumart_ tattoo out of Chiang Mai, Thailand
Japanese Lower Leg-Sleeve Tiger Tattoo
Some people may mistake this for a Chinese tiger tattoo, but it’s actually Japanese in style. In Japan the tiger symbolizes power and strength which is translated artistically in this tattoo. The tiger here is not created using defined black outlines. Rather the vertical swirling gaps of negative space define and and bring order to the design. These un-inked areas are most prominent at the top and bottom of the tattoo. They serve to both frame and create a sense of movement. Really Nicely Done
Blackwork Tiger Tattoo on Forearm
There’s beautiful cohesion between the two elements of this design: the tiger and the flowers. Although sufficient contrast is provided to identify each, the tones used are very complementary. The shape of the overall design is interesting too. Take a look and you can see it looks like a bouquet of flowers; daisies in this case. Of course there’s a tiger here too. Another impressive work by Ahm @panumart_tattoo out of Chiang Mai, Thailand
Realistic Black and Gray Tiger Hand Tattoo
Talk about Realistic style; checkout those teeth and eyes in this tiger hand tattoo! The gap of negative space above each eye and the mouth really brings them to life. Of course the design itself is sure to get your attention. Nothing says “Hello” like a roaring tiger tattoo.
Realistic Black and Gray Tiger Sleeve Tattoo on Forearm
The detail and shading of this tiger sleeve tattoo is so cool. From the menacing stare of the tiger to the contrasting light and dark shading of the flower, real drama is created in this design. Just be sure you want to be looking at this forever.
Realistic Tiger Tattoo Side of Calf Lower Leg-Sleeve
Here’s a twist on the usual Black and Gray style common to realistic tattoos. The usual fine lines, contrast, shading and 3D are seen. But added to that is the use of color and even white ink. It’s helpful to remember that many artists aren’t skilled with white ink. Always be sure to checkout their portfolio before committing to a design. Luckily for this person, the artist did a great job with this tiger face tattoo.
Neo Traditional Tiger Tattoo
Neo Traditional style has its roots in Old School/American style .Even if you’ve never heard of Old School you know it; think Grandpa’s tattoo of a flag or pin-up girl. The two styles both use bold outlines, simple shading and simple colors. Neo Traditional though trades in the vibrant colors for the muted palette seen here. As you can see, the pin-up girl’s been traded in too. The Tiger Now Rules!
Check out more Neo Traditional tattoo ideas here!
More of the Best Tiger Tattoos: A Sketch With Watercolor Tiger Tattoo
Different styles can impart different moods to a tattoo. Far from the menacing Realistic tiger that looks ready to pounce, here we have these pretty tiger tattoos. Like in a Watercolor painting, splashes of blues and purples are “dabbed” on creating a gentle feel. This white tiger tattoo has me wanting to say “Here Kitty Kitty.”
Traditional Tiger Tattoo on Forearm
Here simplicity defines Old School style: simple design, simple shading, simple tones. Even the blood is devoid of color. This design has a caricature-like feel to it but definitely translates the story. Betrayal
Minimal Cartoon Tiger Tattoo
No one’s mean or menacing here; not the octopus, not the tiger, not the shark. They’re all just connected in a gentle dog-eat-dog world also known as the Food Chain. Maybe it’s a jungle out there but these three look so soft and cuddly; especially the tiger with her pretty pedi. Short and sweet, this tattoo tells the story with no need for accessory details. The End
Linework Tiger Tattoo on Woman’s Thigh
This is such beautiful Linework. It really showcases the power of creating a design and story with just a series of lines. No shading. No color. No contrast. And the story here: “I Am Woman. Hear Me Roar”
Realistic Tiger Tattoo on Woman’s Forearm
If you want to make a statement but not shout it, this white tiger tattoo is very appealing. While proclaiming your inner strength and power, it’s not a menacing in-your-face design. With beautiful thin black lines and shading, this tiger face tattoo comes to life. Perfectly positioned on the flat surface of the forearm, the tiger’s facial features aren’t likely to distort. Guess the lesson here is if you know you’re strong and powerful, no need to shout it.
Blackwork Tiger Tattoo on Hand
If you’re going for a hand tattoo, the best bet are the fingers and top of the hand. With the palms there are issues of healing, sensitivity and fading. Although hand tattoos are a celeb favorite they often don’t work for the rest of us primarily because of employment issues.
Yes The Rich And Famous Really Are Different.
Fineline Tiger Tattoo on Shoulder Blade
You have to admit this is a very pretty tattoo. Beautiful flowers and a regal tiger are all expertly inked with thin black lines. The negative space between the upper leaf and the tiger’s head and for that matter all around the tattoo make the design a standout. Literally and Figuratively. So Very Nice
Blue Tiger Tattoo on Woman’s Triceps
Many artists have technical skills; not all have artistic skill. Lucky for the bearer of this tattoo, impressive artistic skill is on display here. First there’s the shading. The selected gray tones are beautiful; contrasting in a subtle yet powerful way against the skin and black lines. The simple addition of the blue squiggly lines elevates the design making it more important. This is the how artists separate themselves from the pack.
Realistic Tiger Tattoo on Thigh
With a steady but not necessarily menacing gaze, this tiger face tattoo is looking right at you. It’s like a quiet inner strength is projected. Perhaps that’s exactly the meaning intended. You can see how the thigh provides the perfect canvas for this large impressive tiger thigh tattoo.
Women's Black and Gray Tiger Forearm Tattoo
There are beautiful black lines and subtle shading here. There’s a sense of movement here. There’s a feeling of power here. And then there’s the thin gap of negative space running down the tiger’s back. And that’s what centers the viewer’s eye and draws you in. It’s a small but important detail making this small but mighty tiger roar.
Realistic Black and Gray Tiger Tattoo on Forearm
Realistic tiger tattoos look great on the forearm due to its relatively flat and long surface. There’s impressive skill on display here. The shading and contrast are off the charts. Although the overall work is very dark, the even darker shadows at the top and bottom of the face prevent the tiger from getting “lost” in a sea of darkness. The swirls of black ink at the wrist are then like a punctuation point to a very well done work.
Black and Gray Tiger Rose Tattoo on Forearm
Tiger tattoos can most definitely be feminine!
When you marry Fineline style & Black and Gray style; floral & tiger themes – and do it with expert skill you get this amazing tattoo. And this really is amazing. The flowers are a showcase for gorgeous lines, shading, dotwork and detail. The tiger equally impresses with its shading which uses only black ink and tones of gray. It can’t be said too much. This Is An Amazing Tattoo.
Black and Gray Tiger Tattoo on Ribs and Side Stomach
The tiger’s solid opaque stripes neatly contrast with the shaded areas. With one paw in front of the other and the tail swinging, you can sense the tiger is on the move, ready to inflict pain. And with this stomach tattoo you can bet the tiger did just that – ouch! Props to the tattoo artist.
Pretty Black and Gray Tiger Tattoo with Fineline Flower Tattoo on Arm
This is such a beautiful graceful design. The skilled shading of the tiger provides contrast with the surrounding flowers allowing the tiger to “peek” out. Of course the thin lines of the flowers are equally impressive. And the finishing touch – the sweep of the florals towards the shoulder and elbow. Beautiful
Blackwork Tiger Tattoo on Woman’s Arm
The heavy black ink of the Crescent moon is such a nice dramatic touch. It also creates the sense that the tiger is out in the open under the sky. Of course that’s also achieved by the use of negative space surrounding the design. The finishing touch: the tail which serves to anchor the tiger to the land. Or in this case your arm
Realistic Tiger Tattoo on Arm
Realistic tiger tattoos look amazing. This looks like a real-life photo! The detail and shading are so realistic that you can even sense the texture of the fur. While the background shading and oval frame highlight the design they also provide a camera-lens view of the tiger. No Camera Needed
Realistic Black and Gray Tiger Forearm Tattoo
Tiger tattoos can often come out as menacing, but that’s not the least bit true here!
Don’t you get the sense that there’s a tiger cub just playfully rolling around or maybe sleeping? Thanks to great shading and contrast this little cub looks so real; I just want to reach out and pet the soft fur on the belly. Additionally it’s the negative space around the design that really makes it pop. Yes, go ahead and touch it.
Butterfly & Tiger Eyes Tattoo
This tattoo will have you looking twice. A butterfly outline depicts this awesome looking tiger eyes tattoo. The gentleness of the butterfly is contrasted with the fierceness of our feline friend.
Minimal Tiger Tattoo
This is the cutest tiger cub tattoo ever. The simple lines of the tiger cub are wonderfully accented by the pink, green and blue. Then there’s just the slightest touch between the tiger cub and the flower to establish a connection. Although this isn’t big and bold like many tiger tattoos it will certainly draw lots of attention. I Love It
Realistic Black and Gray Tiger Tattoo
You’ve got to admit that this looks exactly like a photo. There is such awesome shading and contrast and gaps of negative space that bring this woman’s face to life. It’s off-the-charts. Of course Black and Gray style is similarly masterfully delivered. All in all this is one impressive tattoo.
Realistic Color Tiger Tattoo on Calf
This is a change from the more commonly seen realistic depictions done in Black and Gray style. What I don’t see here, and would expect, is a high degree of shading. I think the shading would actually add more realism to this tattoo. Hopefully though this is exactly what this guy wanted.
New School Tiger Tattoo on Inner Calf
Tiger tattoos come in all different styles. Here we have the over-the-top flourishes of the New School style make this such a cool tattoo. Suggestive of graffiti I could see this as street art. With black outlines, minimal shading and vibrant colors this design is a standout. While the Minimal style promotes a “Less Is More” attitude, with New School it’s “More is More”
Realistic Black and Gray Tiger Tattoo on Triceps
There’s so much to love here. So realistic you can feel the texture of the fur and sense the sharpness of the nails. The fine lines, shading and contrast provide 3D. But that’s taken to a whole other level with the addition of the frame/window. Did the tiger just stick his paws out? Fantastic
The Last of Our Tiger Tattoos: A Black Tiger Tattoo on Collarbone
This highly stylized Chinese tiger tattoo showcases great Blackwork style. Although only black ink is used, the adjacent gaps of negative space provide contrast and light. Together it’s pretty awesome. The upper and lower branches add interest and context to the design. The artist successfully incorporated this design with the others present. Props to the tattoo artist.
We hope you enjoyed and found inspiration from our tiger tattoo designs.