Animal designs have always been popular among men and women. Have a look at this great selection of different elephant tattoos and make a right choice.
Elephant Tattoos Meaning and Symbolism
Although elephants come from India where they are believed to be sacred animals which bring fertility, strength, luck and intelligence to the people, they live all over the world including South-Eastern parts of Asia, Africa and different places like tropical forests and savannahs. Elephant is one of the strongest and one of the most intelligent animals in the world. However, the grace still remains one of the outstanding features of character for them. There is no wonder tattoos with these animals are extremely popular both with men and women. The pictures of this animal refer to many beliefs and associations, especially in Buddha mythology and philosophy.
The symbolism of elephant tattoo designs:
- Power, strength and peace. No doubt that these animals are considered to be the most powerful ones in the whole world. However, you will not find an elephant which will use his strength unless it feels danger. This animal is an example of calmness and quite. A representative of this kind of creature is the example of the most peaceful ones in an everyday
- Luck and success. Elephants are believed to be those who bring luck and success, especially in Hindu religion. Lord Ganesha is a famous Hindu god who is depicted with an elephant head. Elephant’s trunk will bring a good fortune if it is directed up as well.
- Fertility and devotion. Very often elephant images become the best examples of how a mother should take care of the child. If a female elephant has a child, she will definitely provide all the essentials to bring up the kid. It reveals the real dedication to the members of the female If a mum wants her tiny elephant to be OK, she will certainly do it to represent mother love and tenderness.
- Elephant communities have a structured lifestyle where all females gather in one herd in order to grow up their offspring. No wonder the scene where all the family following each other holding their trunks became the symbol of a true family.
- Earlier elephants were believed to take part in the world creation and they were often depicted as the creatures holding the whole planet.
- These animals live very long life. That is why Romans tend to believe that elephants are legendary creatures and often referred them to the symbols of long and peaceful life.
- Power is not the only feature which makes elephants so grand. They are extremely intelligent animals which will think before doing something.
- As they have large families it often happens that elephants will die for their members if they are in danger.
Tattoos with elephants have a huge variety of designs according to the customer’s wish of what he would like to wear this tattoo for.
- a) the most widespread styles:
- origin: Polynesian, Japanese/Chinese
- abstract and outstanding Salvador’s style
- b) additional designs:
- Buddha symbols
- leaves and flowers
- c) tattoo picture story:
- elephant family
- trunk up
- two trunks in the shape of a heart
- elephant head
Elephant inks are one of universal ones which will fulfill your dream of having a picture on your body. With an elephant tat you will never regret having it and you can even change your destiny.
Elephant Tattoo Designs
Cute watercolor tattoo with three members of an elephant family. Elephants have very strong family ties that’s why such a tattoo will be a great symbol of close-knit family.
Quite an unusual tattoo which is made in 3D effect – blue and red outlines. Notice, that elephant’s trunk is directed up which is meant to be a lucky symbol for a person who has it.
Earlier Hindu people used to worship elephants and this was the reason why they were depicted with such an intricate design like this one. Different elements are used to make up the whole shape of the animal showing its grandness.
Elephant pictures are seldom performed in bright colors. However, this can act in your favor as it may be the only one in its own way. Flowery patterns inside the animal add some symbolism to the tattoo and make it look like a mascot for this person.
Spiritual sign “Om” inked on the elephant’s head from Indian religion has a very deep meaning implicating knowledge which perfectly matches the picture of the elephant as it refers to intelligence and wisdom.
Black and red colors of this tattoo seem to reveal the true character of an elephant which expresses the perfect connection to the nature and absolute respect to the environment where you live.
Very often elephant tats with deep meaning are inked in a Hindu style to show a close belonging to the religion. Such styles are always used for religious ceremonies and decorated with the help of different intricate ornaments.
Ganesh, the Indian God, is the most recognizable symbols in the world. Having such a tat can favor good fortune and success in all your beginnings as well as going through the obstacles both physical and spiritual.
However, this tattoo shows only a tiny baby elephant we can definitely see the trunk holding this kid. No doubt such an ink is designed to show love, tenderness and true devotion of a mom to her child.
Elephants are extremely intelligent animals and people can express their fascination by tattooing them. Such inks show elephants’ ability to perform difficult tricks using their mind and power.
Perfectly inked dotwork tattoo of an elephant baby following his parent and holding the tail could be a real mascot symbolizing true family love.
Such a realistic elephant head tattoo, where there is nothing to add and take away can become a real ornament for a person who is wearing it thanks to its minimalistic style
There is nothing more interesting than the combination of nature which is depicted in this watercolor-styled elephant head with extremely beautiful butterfly wings.
This dotwork tattoo is performed in a very interesting way like the combination of different leaves and flowers made into the whole picture of the elephant head.
Family dedication is one of the most common plots in tattoos with elephants. Such a tat is a real symbol of strong family ties.
Hindu religious topics find their places in tattoos like showing Lord Ganesha. The incredible multicolor full back tattoo looks just amazingly.
Quite an interesting way of depicting the elephant head on the hand. Grey colors and shadows add mystery to the whole tattoo.
Nothing can look better than watercolor tattoo like this one performed in an extremely realistic way. Looks more like a sketch on a paper.
Such an elephant tattoo with decorations like the Sun and the Moon can perfectly depict the history of the Universe as these animals are considered to be the creators of the world.
Elephant Hamsa Tattoo Designs
Undiscovered mystery and wisdom can be shown in such a perfect combining of two powerful creatures such as elephant and octopus.
Since ancient times pictures of elephants have been accompanied by different ornaments, the same as in this tat, especially if they had religious meaning.
Tattoo of the elephant skull looks striking thanks to different tiny details which found their places in this perfectly inked in a half-sleeve.
Woman’s idea of the elephant tattoo found its reflection in a beautiful back tattoo made in neat and accurate dot and line works.
Sinister elephant made in a sketch technique seems to express all the rage thanks to sharp lines and perfect shadow work.
Small elephant tattoo on the wrist completely performed in a dot work looks cute and nice and can become a real mascot of luck to a person.
Women will definitely like such minimalistic tattoos like this one which depicts a majestic animal with the help of only one line.
This tattoo shows only general features of the elephant head. Yet it looks like a sketch to some horror cartoon which makes this tattoo interesting to look at.
Small ankle tat doesn’t lessen the grandness of the elephant which will definitely bring luck as its trunk is up to the sky.
Woman’s one of the most favorite tattoo places such as a back can be decorated with a line work tattoo of a flying elephant. Daring decision.
All the woman’s side of strong character can be reflected in the tattoo of the elephant decorated with different leaves, flowers and paraments.
Amazing realistic tattoo on thigh of the whole elephant family showing the strength and power of each of the member if they are all found together.
Very interesting way of depicting the elephant’s trunk. It seems like this spiral shows the eternity of the existing world.
Nothing can be cuter than mother and her child. Such tattoos are definite symbols of mother’s love and child’s devotion to its parent.
Polynesian style of tattooing elephants is very popular thanks to its unique embellishments interweaving each other and making an eye-catching picture.
African style stands out with black and red colors and different floristic motives which are ideally shaped in the form of the elephant head.
The geometrical topic looks unusual especially in the mixture of dot and line works which make a perfect tattoo of the elephant head.
Lord Ganesha in elephant’s representation is extremely popular that’s why the look of such tattoos is thought out to every tiny detail.
Elephant tattoo with the mixture of bright colors and very neat and accurate work makes this tattoo look like a masterpiece.
Such unusual tat deserves to be admired as it has unusual theme combining real animal like an elephant and mysterious dragon in one bright picture.
Tiny tattoo on the wrist which shows the elephant with the trunk holding up the symbol of the strongest feeling of the world – heart.
Performed in a black color and a line work this cute heart-shaped elephant can become an extremely attractive design for women.
As elephants are one of the symbols of strong family ties, this tat is a great expression of mother’s care and tenderness to her child.
Extremely realistic elephant grandly walking on the arm. Every line and shadow in this tattoo are neatly inked so that this picture would look great.
Unique Salvador Dali’s style is shown in this tattoo. Elephant with long spiky legs and majestic stuff on its back looks just like Dali’s pictures.
Five lines and a dot can be made in a tiny cute tattoo of the elephant which looks unusually and can be a real mascot for the person.
Walking elephant on the leg looks attractive if it is of a small size. Vividly outlined silhouette together with a watercolor body looks nice.
Elephants turn up as widespread religious symbols just like shown in this tattoo. Different ornaments around the head add mystery to the tat.
Orange elephant on the chest looks nice as it is small but very bright and performed in an accurate watercolor work.
Traditional Hindu embellishments appear to be the best designs for decorating simple black tattoos of elephants’ heads.
As elephants are believed to be the creators of the world, you will definitely like cosmic motive including stars and planets decorating tribal elephant’s head.
Lovely elephant family made in a minimalistic way is attractive thanks to neat lines and dots representing folds in paper origami crafts.
This elephant looks frightening and funny at the same time as it seems to be a modern teenager surfing forward on the skateboard.
An unusual way of depicting the elephant as it is really colorful and full of life. Different lines and lots of details add vitality to this tattoo.
A hat or an elephant swallowed by a snake? Eternal question “asked” by Ekzuperi’s picture to his fairy-tale “Petit Prince”
Not only serious elephants can be tattooed. This animal has a hilarious face with bulging eyes holding its trunk up showing the symbol of luck.
Heart and elephant is a common mixture in tattoos as they show the eternal feelings and devotion to beloved people.
Attractive tattoo of two, it seems, different animals on the arm which are inked in every small detail from the whole appearance ending with tiny dots and lines.
This realistic elephant head seems to glitter thanks to the perfect watercolor technique and master’s attention to every detail.
A combination of sharp geometric forms and abstract lines and dots creates a great tattoo of a grand elephant.
Lotuses and elephants mix together in a magnificent and magic picture with religious motives. Blue and black colors will immediately grab your attention.
What can be cuter than a plush toy? A plush elephant toy which seems to be a lovely child’s picture made in different colors.
Geometrical pieces seem to gather in one great picture of the elephant. These figures add mysticism to the whole tattoo.
Women’s idea of an elegant elephant tattoo decorated with traditional mandala outlines, dots and extremely beautiful color stone in the head.
Tender grey color tattoo for women in watercolor technique and very detailed dotwork will be a nice decoration for girls.
Intricate picture of lots of lines and embellishments creates relief tattoo of the elephant head which looks very eye-catching.
A funny color tat of a small baby elephant washing in the bucket shows warm and tender relationships between mother and child.