26 Adorable Paw Print Tattoo Ideas for Men & Women in 2023

What’s the most meaningful thing you can do for your pets if you’ve already gotten them all the best chew toys in the world? Here’s an idea: How about getting their paw print tattooed on your skin? I find this idea so sweet and heart-warming because you’ll get to carry something from your pet with you for the rest of your life.

But before you go and get your own Paw Prints tattoo, let us help guide you in choosing the perfect piece of ink. Below we’ll show you the boldest, most beautiful, and most adorable Paw Prints 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. 

Paw Prints Tattoo Ideas 1

Black and Gray Forearm Tattoo of Paw Print with Lettering

We start off with an adorable tattoo of little Albus’ Paw Print. I love how the paw is placed between stars and sparkles, as if to say that Albus is an angel! The font of the text is a great choice, too, looking elegant and very inviting.

IG: nothingwildtattoo

Paw Prints Tattoo Ideas 2

Black and Gray Forearm Tattoo of Paw Print with Text

Another beautiful design with lettering, this time it reads “love”. I really like the feminine, graceful font, which goes so well with the lovable theme that the tattoo aims for. The tiny Paw Print is adorable, too; look at how big that puppy has become now!

IG: thefrancastro

Paw Prints Tattoo Ideas 3

Black and Gray Tattoo of Paw Print on Wrist

I love how muddy and dusty this one looks, because it reminds me of exactly how naughty and playful dogs can be! I’d like to imagine that this is inspired by a meaningful memory, where the pet comes back from play and puts his paw on the client’s wrist.

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Paw Prints Tattoo Ideas 4

Realistic Color Tattoo of Kitten Paw Print on Wrist

What a lovely design for all the cat people out there! I just adore how realistic this tattoo looks, from the soft paw pads to the fluffy fur. Does anyone have to hold back the urge to squeeze this little paw like I do? Amazing job done by artist IG: @pettattoo.salmon

IG: pettattoo.salmon

Paw Prints Tattoo Ideas 5

Black and Gray Thigh Tattoo of Paw Print

Tattoo artist Tim Beck does wonderful designs of all styles, and this one is taken from his personal profile IG: @timbecktattoos. You can absolutely see his skills – look at how realistic and full of texture all the details are! Don’t hesitate to give his profile a visit for more ink inspiration.

IG: timbecktattoos

Paw Prints Tattoo Ideas 6

Color Tattoo of Paw Print on Ankle

While the previous tattoos go for a more or less realistic approach, this one looks like it comes out of a kid’s cartoon. I really like the choice of color palette, because it seems to go well with the existing tattoos. The little bubbles surrounding the paw are such lovely additions, too!

IG: isobelmortontattoo

Paw Prints Tattoo Ideas 7

Custom Forearm Tattoo of Dog Paw Print

Another dusty-looking tattoo that makes me think of a very playful, outdoorsy buddy. I really like how natural this one looks, as if it’s not a tattoo at all. It’s no surprise that the artist of the piece specializes in Realistic designs. Check out his awesome page at IG: @belmontetattoo for more!

IG: belmontetattoo

Paw Prints Tattoo Ideas 8

Trash Polka Tattoo of Paw Print on Forearm

If you’re a tattoo enthusiast, you’re probably familiar with the Trash Polka style, with its typically fashionable and futuristic look. I absolutely love the splashes of red and black here – their spontaneous look brings out such a refreshing vibe. Seems like this awesome design is approved by its inspiration model, judging by the excitement on his face!

IG: viktorie_amazink_tattoo

Paw Prints Tattoo Ideas 9

Blackwork Brush Tattoo of Paw Print with Lettering

We’ve seen tattoos with lettering before, but this one has a little bit of a twist, with the text crossing through the Paw Print. I really like the simple but effective use of colors here: just black and white are enough to draw attention. I’m sure Lulu would be overjoyed to find her name and paw look so beautiful together!

IG: conlll

Paw Prints Tattoo Ideas 10

Watercolor Tattoo of Paw Print on Forearm

This one is for those of you who would like a festival of colors tattooed on your skin! I love the joyful, cheery look of this design, thanks to its vibrant color palette. Fun fact: the splash of colors go all the way around this client’s arm, so you’ll have to check out the artist’s profile to see it. I promise it’s as gorgeous as the front!

IG: pablo_ortiz_tattoo

Paw Prints Tattoo Ideas 11

Brush and Watercolor Tattoo of Paw Print on Forearm

If you really can’t decide on just one tattoo style, this piece shows it doesn’t have to be just one! I love how the brushstrokes that create the paw mesh so well with the Watercolor background. The different shades of blue are really nice too, making the piece look absolutely sentimental and comforting.

IG: findyoursmile

Paw Prints Tattoo Ideas 12

Dotwork/Black and Gray Tattoo of Puppy Paw

This tattoo absolutely made me screech because of how adorable it looks. I love that we can see the puppy’s nose and mouth on its paw pad – what a creative design idea! And the Dotwork is fascinating, too, making the whole piece a pleasure to look at.

IG: lilyjtattoo

Paw Prints Tattoo Ideas 13

New School Arm Tattoo of Paw with Flower and Leaves

Tattoo artist IG: @melodycrowtattoos does absolutely amazing New School designs, and we can’t help but include one of her works on this list. I love how the flower and the leaves make up a nice little frame surrounding the precious paw. And the tiny white dots are also such a nice addition!

IG: melodycrowtattoos

Paw Prints Tattoo Ideas 14

Dog Paw Print Tattoo over Triceps

I really like how realistic this one looks, as if the dog dipped its paw into ink and directly printed it on the client’s arm. This lovely ink piece is pulled from the collection of talented artist IG: @mrs.fox_tattoo. Check out her page for more adorable animal designs!

IG: mrs.fox_tattoo

Paw Prints Tattoo Ideas 15

Blackwork Brush Tattoo of Paw Print on Ankle

The brush effect looks so eye-catching to me, because it makes me feel like I’m admiring a piece of calligraphy. Also, I find the placement of this design very appealing. Perhaps because I’d like to imagine a cute puppy nagging its human by placing a cute little paw on their ankle. Adorable, right?

IG: conlll

Paw Prints Tattoo Ideas 16

Minimal Linework of Paw Print over Biceps

Would you rather for your tattoo to be simple? If the answer is yes, this is a Micro Minimalistic design that might steal your heart. I love that there are solid black areas in this one, which reminds me of dalmatian prints. What a sweet design done by artist IG:@vibetattoo.ut

IG: vibetattoo.ut

Paw Prints Tattoo Ideas 17

Blackwork Tattoo of Paw Print with Lettering

This is something that might remind you of the “Lulu” design from earlier on the list. The idea is quite similar, having the text crossing the paw, also using the same palette. What makes this design really stand out, though, is the blurry effect of the ink. Such a nice detail breathes so much life into the piece!

IG: conlll

Paw Prints Tattoo Ideas 18

Watercolor Tattoo of Paw Print over Ribs

Here’s an option for those of you who are into something a little more hidden. People say tattoos inked over the ribs hurt more than others, but this gorgeous piece appears absolutely worth the pain. If you want to look at more Watercolor designs, definitely see other tattoos by this artist at IG: @pablo_ortiz_tattoo, and you won’t be disappointed!

IG: pablo_ortiz_tattoo

Paw Prints Tattoo Ideas 19

Watercolor Calf Tattoo of Paw Prints with Lettering

This is another delightful Watercolor piece, but the focal point of the design lies in the black, playful lettering. “True friends Leave Paw Prints on Your Heart” – that surely does ring true for pet owners. What a splendid piece with a great message!

IG: steffi_pati

Paw Prints Tattoo Ideas 20

Watercolor Tattoo of Paw Print and Text on Ankle

The color palette of this one brings out such a soft and sweet feel, with light purple meshing together with black and blue. I also love the sketchy lines, and the handwritten text that reads “Colby”. Everything about this design is perhaps as tender and loving as Colby in real life!

IG: e_ni93

Paw Prints Tattoo Ideas 21

Blackwork Ink Tattoo of Paw Prints over Ribs

This one is absolutely adorable! It looks as if the customer’s skin is a piece of calligraphy paper for this little buddy to draw on. Again, the blurry effect of the ink works perfectly with this concept. What a delightful design that will brighten up your day!

IG: mitattoostudios

Paw Prints Tattoo Ideas 22

Minimal Linework Tattoo of Paw Print on Wrist

This must be the most Minimalistic design on the list, but it still has such a graceful charm. I love how tiny and dainty it looks, which perfectly suits the client’s thin wrist. Just remember that these tiny designs where ink isn’t densely packed tend to fade over time, touch-ups to be required.

IG: eileen.tattoo

Paw Prints Tattoo Ideas 23

Watercolor and Linework Wrist Tattoo of Paw Print and Crescent Moon

I really enjoy the wooden texture of the moon, which makes it look like a child’s toy or puzzle piece. What’s really interesting about this design is that it’s part of a matching pair. The other tattoo is styled in the same way, but with small tweaks that actually make it look quite different. Curious about what it looks like? Take a look at the next piece on our list.

IG: tillinger_lilla_tattoo

Paw Prints Tattoo Ideas 24

Custom Wrist Tattoo of Paw Print and Crescent Moon

While the previous tattoo with a Crescent moon has a bright appearance with its pretty blue Watercolors, this one looks a bit more grounded, with a background filled with black shading. I really like how the Crescent moon and the Paw Print switch places here. I wonder what these matching tattoos mean? What do you think?

IG: tillinger_lilla_tattoo

Paw Prints Tattoo Ideas 25

Custom Black and Gray Arm Tattoo of Wolf’s Paw Print

While the others we’ve seen remind us of cute little pets, this design is a bit more powerful, in the sense that it depicts a wild animal. It looks like there’s a paw-shaped window, through which we can see the wolf and the forest from afar. I love the wolf’s pale blue eyes; they’re just as hauntng as they are impactful!

IG: jsmithtattoos

Paw Prints Tattoo Ideas 26

Custom Minimal Ankle Tattoo of Flowers Shaped Like a Paw Print

The idea behind this design really touches my heart. I love how there’s no outline for the Paw Print at all, there’s only light shading that surrounds the beautiful white flowers. I’d like to think that this little puppy is so joyful that flowers grow on his paw everywhere he goes!

IG: elliehavis.tattoo

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!

Paw Prints Tattoo Ideas 27

Blackwork Brush and Ink Tattoo of Chihuahua Prints

If you can’t decide whether you like the brush or the ink effect more, you might want to ask your tattooist for both. Artist IG: @timbecktattoos does an amazing job incorporating both of these techniques, making the paws look like they were painted on the skin with a brush. What a wonderful design!

IG: timbecktattoos