40 Gorgeous Insect Tattoos

jentheripper in Tattoo Ideas

Insect tattoos have become increasingly popular over the years. The graphic trend & growth of 3D tattoos are great parts of the enthusiasm.

But don't be afraid: no scary bugs in this article, the point is not to give you the creeps but to celebrate those animals that are playing a vital role in nature.
Let's start with the bees. They are an indispensable stage in our food chain and the future of the planet. In some cultures, they even are the symbol of the human soul. They are often inked for their link to sweetness, as they create honey, but also family, loyalty, hard work and protection. And of course, they are beautiful.

Other nice insects are the ladybug, a lucky charm, ants, beetles (an important symbol in Ancient Egypt), butterflies, grasshoppers, the feminine and graceful dragonfly, the male and sexy scorpion and the Asian culture's favorite: the praying mantis. This last insect is not very common among the  tattoo culture, but starts to get some fans. It is a very "zen" animal: peaceful, patient and wise. It doesn't make a move without thinking about it and is sure it is the best thing. A very strong meaning for a tattoo.

Less likable, the spiders, flies, wasps, and mosquitoes are more popular designs, especially in new school. Yes, they are creepy, but also rad tattoos!

With their complex anatomy and sometimes beautiful colors and textures, insects are making great statement tattoos, good for small pieces or part of a sleeve. Their shapes fit every part of the body and they are indeed eye-catching. So, if you want some idea for a small tattoo and at the same time something bold and beautiful for celebrating the Nature, take a look at these 40 harmless and great insect tattoos, we promise that they won't bite! ;)

Wonderful work of Alexander Pashkov. WOW!
Wonderful work of Alexander Pashkov. WOW!
Amazing scorpion tattoo, mixing realism and graphic art! Artist unknown, please let us know.
Amazing scorpion tattoo, mixing realism and graphic art! Artist unknown, please let us know.
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Collaboration between SashaUnisex and CoreyDivine for this cool bee tattoo.
#Collaboration between #SashaUnisex and #CoreyDivine for this cool #bee tattoo.

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Watercolor dragonfly and dandelion by Ondrash.
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New school bee on a yummy peach by Nick Baxter.
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Dotwork bee by Michele L'Abbate.
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Old schoolish light bulb bug by Matt Stebly.
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This graphic sidepiece by Klaim is just gorgeous!
This graphic sidepiece by Klaim is just gorgeous!
Precious stag beetle by Kid Kros.
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Funny little new school bee by Kelly Doty!
Funny little new school bee by Kelly Doty!
Graphic grasshopper by Katarzyna Krutak.
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Sexy dragonfly side piece, also by Czapiga.
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Watercolor beetle by Justin Nordine.
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Lovely bee by Ivana Belakova.
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That's a bold insects chestpiece!
That's a bold insects chestpiece!
Gorgeous Nature sleeve with insects by Henrik G.
Gorgeous Nature sleeve with insects by Henrik G.
Egyptian beetle by Fran Fernandez.
Egyptian beetle by Fran Fernandez.
Badass fly tattoo!
Badass fly tattoo!
Super realistic pyraying mantis by Evan Olin.
Super realistic pyraying mantis by Evan Olin.
Love the creative look of this tattoos by David Hale.
Love the creative look of this tattoos by David Hale.
This spider by Daniel Meyer is a tad creepy, if you are afraid of them!
This spider by Daniel Meyer is a tad creepy, if you are afraid of them!
Surrealistic work of Dan Hillier.
Surrealistic work of Dan Hillier.
Just a cool 3D dragonfly by Curt Young.
Just a cool 3D dragonfly by Curt Young.
Steampunk beetle by Craig Beasley.
Steampunk beetle by Craig Beasley.
Beautiful tattoo by Cody Eich.
Beautiful tattoo by Cody Eich.
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Can you spot the insect here? Work by master Chaïm Machlev.
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Pretty watercolor dragonfly by Carola Deutsch.
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Colorful tattoo by Bez.
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