50 Nature Tattoos That Capture Earth's Beauty

Michele Zipp | May 17, 2018 Beauty & Style
50 Nature Tattoos That Capture Earth's Beauty

botanical spine nature tattoo
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Some of the most beautiful tattoos are inspired by nature -- trees, leaves, wildflowers, mountains, animals, and so much more. From gorgeous black-and-white work to bright, vivid watercolor pieces, nature tattoos can be big and powerful or small and delicate. Whether it's a plant that represents someone's birth month or a certain insect that has a cultural meaning behind it, a natural element can be full of symbolism. And so, some of the best tattoo ideas are found in nature. 

Even something as small as a ladybug or a bumblebee can turn into really beautiful body art. Bigger nature tattoos could be tree branches or an entire a woodland scene. We're seeing natural elements combined with man-made ones too, such as a landscape set in the outline of a state and a flower arrangement framed by a symbol or geometric shape. 

Night skies, beaches, trees blowing in the wind -- there is so much inspiration surrounding us every day. There are even tattoos of simple grass that look spectacular. Whether a certain place is sentimental to us or an animal reminds us of a special person, nature tattoos can turn out to be some of the most meaningful ones. 

There are tons of creative ways to incorporate the great outdoors into some ink. Check out these 50 nature-inspired tattoos for some beautifully organic ideas.

Botanical Spine Nature Tattoo
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  • Picturesque Wilderness Nature Tattoo

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    Picturesque Wilderness Nature Tattoo

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    Simply gorgeous. This tattoo by California artist Sean Hall is done in one of my favorite styles. Those mountains, the firewood, the water, the pines -- nature in all its beauty.

  • Minnesota Pine Trees Nature Tattoo

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    Minnesota Pine Trees Nature Tattoo

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    This gorgeous tattoo is inspired by pine trees in Northern Minnesota. They look lovely in black and gray tones.

  • Simple Tree Nature Tattoo

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    Simple Tree Nature Tattoo

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    Sometimes, simple lines and dots make a major impact. What a beautiful tree tattoo.

  • Japanese-Style Nature Tattoo

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    Japanese Style Nature Tattoo

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    This stunning Japanese-style tattoo featuring a tree, waves, and the moon looks beautiful on the side of this woman's body.

  • Flowering Tree Nature Tattoo

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    Flowering Tree Nature Tattoo

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    A flowering tree with beautiful black line work -- this nature-inspired tattoo is simple yet perfect.

  • Twisted Roots Nature Tattoo

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    Twisted Roots Nature Tattoo

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    This intricate tree tattoo shows the roots, giving it a cool, whimsical vibe.

  • Softly Shaded Tree Nature Tattoo

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    Soft Nature Tattoo

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    The softness of the shades and colors in this tree tattoo give it a serene feeling.

  • Vibrant Watercolor Nature Tattoo

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    Vibrant Watercolor Nature Tattoo

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    The watercolor work on this tree tattoo is really magical.

  • Wildflower Bouquet Nature Tattoo

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    Wildflower Bouquet Nature Tattoo

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    Everything about this photo is stunning. Created by the talented Ruby Gore of Ruby Gore Tattoos, this wildflower bouquet is perfectly placed and executed. We could not love it more.

  • Ivy Nature Tattoo

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    Ivy Nature Tattoo

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    This ivy, butterfly, and a death's-head hawkmoth tattoo is beautifully done by Ross Grant of Land Ahoy Tattoos in Glasgow, Scotland.

  • Rainbow Nature Tattoo

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    Rainbow Nature Tattoo

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    This sweet cloud tattoo with watercolor rainbow was made by Flavia Requim. We love the emotion behind it.

  • Ferns & Chamomile Nature Tattoo

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    Ferns and Chamomile Nature Tattoo

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    The vibrant green shades in this tattoo are fantastic. The  talented Lucy Lou, tattoo artist in Virginia Beach, created this vintage-style piece featuring ferns and chamomile.

  • Day-to-Night Nature Tattoo

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    This sweet day-to-night nature scene by Melissa Bennett in Alberta, Canada, is so serene it makes us go, "Ahhhh..."

  • Perfect Pine Cones Nature Tattoo

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    Perfect Pine Cones Nature Tattoo

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    This lovely nature tattoo on Jodie Kearley is an impressive cover-up piece by the talented tattoo artist Roxy Velvet, who is based in London.

  • Nested Bird Nature Tattoo

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    Nested Bird Nature Tattoo

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    We love the sweetness of this tattoo of a bird nestled in a simple, cozy tree.

  • 'Keep Exploring' Nature Tattoo

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    Tattoo artist Zane Pendergast of Adventure Tattoo in Nashville, Tennessee, created this lovely little mountain tattoo with the words "Keep Exploring." Adore it.

  • Evergreen Nature Tattoo

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    Evergreen Nature Tattoo

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    The colors on Stephanie's tattoo, created by tattoo artist Kristina McDonald of The Golden Owl in Napa, California, are just incredible. What a perfect back tattoo.

  • Face Nature Tattoo

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    Face Nature Tattoo

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    For something a little different and a whole lot of amazing, check out this nature tattoo -- combining a landscape with a woman's face -- by artist Zane Pendergast of Adventure Tattoo.

  • Autumn Leaves Nature Tattoo

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    Autumn Leaves Nature Tattoo

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    We love the colors of the leaves created by tattoo artist Britta Christiansen of Living Art Gallery Tattoo in San Clemente, California. The design, the watercolor look, the delicate feel of the leaf stems, and the way the tattoo is placed on the arm are truly perfection.

  • Dandelion Nature Tattoo

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    This dandelion tattoo is super pretty. We love the way it floats across the back.

  • Eastern White Pine Nature Tattoo

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    This illustration of an Eastern white pine branch is so intricate. The pine needles and cones are extremely realistic. 

  • Floral Crescent Nature Tattoo

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    This floral swag is a little less romantic and a little more cosmic when shaped like a crescent moon. And the placement around the elbow works really well. 

  • Camping Nature Tattoo

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    This tattoo is perfect for someone who enjoys sleeping in tents and exploring the woods. It's pretty cool how it beautifully stretches from the night sky to underground in such a small design. 

  • Hawaiian Mountains Nature Tattoo

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    This Instagram user describes the tattoo as, "Hawaiian mountains, ocean, streams, and of course, volcano." We love how so many different pieces of nature were incorporated in this small and simple hip tattoo. 

  • Traditional Scenery Nature Tattoo

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    This traditional-style tattoo has clean line work and so much great detail. The lake scene with the night sky is bordered by flowers creating a striking nature tattoo. 

  • Nighttime Blossom Nature Tattoo

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    This blooming flower with the night sky behind it has so much vibrant color that really blends well together. The pinks and purples are a nice contrast with the greens used in the stem. And the petals look almost three-dimensional! 

  • Small Sunflower Nature Tattoo

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    This minimalist tattoo is so cheerful and cute. The sunflower is small and delicate and has a warmth to it. 

  • Shark Tooth Nature Tattoo

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    This nature design of a beach scene with a sunset and a palm tree is set inside the shape of a shark tooth. A shark tooth is a symbol of protection and is often worn on a necklace in places like Hawaii. 

  • Sunny Mountains Nature Tattoo

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    Sunny Mountains Nature Tattoo