40 Tantalizing Tiger Tattoo Ideas for Men & Women in 2022

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 2022. 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.


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Realistic Black and Gray Dove Half-Sleeve Tattoo

The darker shading and touches of white ink really highlight this dove in an otherwise crowded field. Enhancing the design are the lighter swirls of ink at the bottom which mirror the shading seen adjacent to them. It’s a nice artistic touch used to frame the design.

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Watercolor style imparts a dreamy, delicate feel especially when the colors are dabbed on in splashes and drips of color. The colors are more precisely applied on the dove itself. You can see how this alternative technique creates a different, more down-to-earth feeling. Of course pairing these two techniques together results in a beautiful tattoo.

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Pair of Pretty Doves on Upper Thigh

This design is simple and sweet with the areas of negative or uninked space within and around the outlines helping to tell the story. You immediately sense that these doves are soaring above in wide open skies. The story is told without the need for additional detailing. A few thin black lines are all that’s needed to say Love Is In The Air.

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Creepy Tattoo of Two Black Doves

Not sure if these two black doves symbolize death or the death of a relationship. but in any case I think this tattoo is pretty creepy. I certainly wouldn’t want it on my back. Just the thought of these two dangling from my neck makes me a little queasy. What about you?

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Peaceful Dove Tattoo on Forearm

This dove comes in peace complete with an olive branch in its mouth. Double concentric rings and a triangle have been added to frame and highlight the dove. It’s a nice mix of Fineline and Geometric styles.

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Sticker-Like Black and Gray Dove Tattoo on Forearm

This dove tattoo is so neat and clean just like a sticker. It actually looks like you could peel it right off the skin. The lines are so steady and even; so uniform. The tattoo is also a beautiful accent for the crease of the elbow making it look unexpectedly…Sexy

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Small Sweet Dove Tattoo

As a dove only mates once in a lifetime it’s often a symbol for enduring love. Paired with a heart this design certainly imparts that message. Although this tattoo might be visible with summer clothing, it’s still small enough to be perfect for the tattoo-newbie. And of course who wouldn’t want to share their Love Story.

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Whimsical Blackwork Tattoo of Birds on Forearm

These two guys look like pigeons to me. There actually was a pigeon that was photographed in 2017 with bread caught around its neck; sort of like a bread necklace. Perched upon a stack of rocks, these two up the ante with their hats and sneakers. Looks Like A Balancing Act

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Black and White Dove Tattoo on Thigh

Personally I sometimes find birds kind of creepy; but I do find this Blackwork tattoo beautiful due to the skilled artistry on display. Even within the heavy layering of opaque black ink, subtle shading and white ink bring this bird to life. There’s even light glimmering off the Dove’s back…Spot On.

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Half-Sleeve Black and Gray Tattoo With Dove

Many of the design elements here are commonly seen in sleeve tattoos; namely the florals and stopwatch. In the presence of the dove they’re probably associated with death. What really stands out in this tattoo though are the beautiful rays of light highlighting the bird’s head…Brilliant

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Christian-Themed Dove Sleeve Tattoo

Many artistic works depict Jesus with a flock of doves around him. Perhaps it represents the message of peace. Here what makes this tattoo truly impressive is the glowing light surrounding the dove. Contrast, shadows and negative space make it appear to be backlit. Props to Artist IG: @jks.tatts.

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Bird With White Bread Tattoo on Arm

A pigeon was photographed in 2017 with white bread around his neck; kinda like a white bread necklace. Since then many have immortalized that event with a tattoo. Looks like this customer is into pop references. Jheri Curl Anyone?

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Large Realistic Watercolor Dove Tattoo on Sternum

I love Watercolors; I love Floral and Ornamental tattoos accenting the sternum. I just don’t love birds so it’s hard for me to imagine this big, permanent inking of a dove right below my chin. But this tattoo isn’t about me. Tattoos have always been a form of self expression. So if you love birds this design might be just the one for you.

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Tattoo of Dove With Broken Chain

The inking in this design is really beautiful. Steady black lines form the outlines which are then shaded with pretty colors: yellow, blue, green and peach. These colors in turn are all accented with varying saturations of white ink. And the finishing touch: the broken chain signifying Freedom From Someone Or Something. Congrats.

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Linework Dove Tattoo on Hand

When looking at this photo there are a couple of things immediately evident. First this guy obviously likes black and white; check out those shoes. Secondly it looks like there’s something going on with the concept of pain. Check out the barbed wire and snake. Guess that’s why the introduction of a dove into this mix is welcome. Ahh Peace At Last


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Arm Tattoo of Dove With Flowers

There’s such pretty Linework in this tattoo; all so even and symmetrical. With little or no shading simplicity rules the day. Just add some flowers and that’s all that’s needed to say it all… Love

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Half-Sleeve Blackwork Tattoo of Dove

Blackwork style is so cool and so mysterious; it just pulls you in. There are beautiful even lines and impressive shading seen here. The use of negative or uninked space creates the light that radiates throughout the design. Look closely at the top and you can see the hands and arms of a skeleton. The message: Gone But Never Forgotten

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Shoulder Blade Tattoo of Two Doves

Hallmark might have the tagline “When you care enough to send the very best” but it can’t beat the message of this tattoo. Flowers and two doves; it’s of course the classic representation of…Love

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Dramatic Blackwork Tattoo of Two Doves

This design might just be going for drama; after all it’s in Blackwork style. But then again it might be about a doomed love affair although that might not be what you’d want to memorialize; especially forever in a tattoo. Regardless of the intended meaning, this is a beautiful work.

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Tattoo of Dove With Olive Branch

Characteristic of Fineline style, this tattoo doesn’t have much detailing, shading or color. It does have a dove holding an olive branch flying between the constellations. And that’s really all that’s needed to send the message of Peace To The World.

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Black And Gray Dove and Floral Tattoo

The sun isn’t shining but you can sense that love is in the air. There are flowers and two doves and that says it all. This tattoo showcases beautiful black lines highlighted by subtle shading. The sweep of the design across and down the arm then lends a gracefulness to the work

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Minimal Dove Tattoo Over Biceps

Short and sweet with no extra detailing; that’s Minimal style. The sea of negative or uninked space around the dove actually frames and highlights it. Nothing More Needed.

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Fineline Dove Tattoo on Calf

The thin black lines in this tattoo are beautiful. They’re even and steady but what really sets this tattoo apart is its positioning. Not only are tattoos uncommon in this location but so is the orientation of the dove. Its angled positioning is so graceful and serves to accent the curves of the knee. Lovely

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Black and Gray Bird Tattoo on Arm

This bird (is it a dove or a pigeon?) is perfectly centered between the other two tattoos. The heavy black inking ties them together aesthetically. Somehow the small opacities on the body of the bird are brought into focus by the darker ink used in the adjacent two. Very Nice

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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. 

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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

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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.

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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.

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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”

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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

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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.

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