20 Pretty Merry-Go-Round Tattoos

jentheripper in Tattoo Ideas

An old childhood memory, perhaps from a perfect day at funfair? Merry-go-round tattoos are spreading feminine tattoos these days... Not that boys hate carousels (the other name of this wooden roundabout) but the designs of the horses adorned with ribbons, jewels, flowers and feathers are more often coveted by ladies. If the horse tattoo has got many meanings, the merry-go-round horse is associated with joy, childhood, family (a parent or grandparent who used to take you to the funfair for your birthday or holidays), insouciance and innocence (even if indeed tattoo designs can be twisted with some funny pop culture references). Usually, vintage carousel tattoos are colorful, full of beautiful details. The horse can be calmly galloping or sometimes kicking out to free itself from the pole and the merry-go-round. As the carousel has got also a deeper meaning: it is life indeed, and one could say a very boring vision of life, always turning and turning, following the other horses with that permanent music. So breaking out horses are a symbol of freedom, nonconformism and a new life. Cute yeah, but also strong: those wooden horses are more solid and badass that you could imagine!

These 20 joyful merry-go-round tattoos could give you staggers, but don't be afraid to take a ticket and enjoy the ride!

Shoulder carousel horse tattoo by Adams Hays.
Shoulder carousel horse tattoo by Adams Hays.
The talented Alix Gé gave some mythological beauty to this old school merry-go-round... Love it!
The talented Alix Gé gave some mythological beauty to this old school merry-go-round... Love it!
Cute tattoo by Amy V Savage.
Cute tattoo by Amy V Savage.
Horses are not the only animals on merry-go-round, here a tiger is at the funfair too, by Aron J Dubois.
Horses are not the only animals on merry-go-round, here a tiger is at the funfair too, by Aron J Dubois.
Adorable small thigh tattoo by Artu Ditu of Badaku, Croatia!
Adorable small thigh tattoo by Artu Ditu of Badaku, Croatia!
Do you know who is the artist of this colorful tattoo?
Do you know who is the artist of this colorful tattoo?

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Freed from the carousel: another nice thigh tattoo.
Freed from the carousel: another nice thigh tattoo.
Girly but also sexy in this shot of model Chilli Kiss by Mastertouch Photography!
Girly but also sexy in this shot of model Chilli Kiss by Mastertouch Photography!
Creepy version with a skeleton deer by Christel Perkins.
Creepy version with a skeleton deer by Christel Perkins.
Beautiful framed tattoo by neo traditional artist Eilo Martin!
Beautiful framed tattoo by neo traditional artist Eilo Martin!
What goes around comes around... especially in merry-go-round! Tattoo by Ian Parkin.
What goes around comes around... especially in merry-go-round! Tattoo by Ian Parkin.
Neat work by Jim Sylvia.
Neat work by Jim Sylvia.
Native and sailor horses on the legs by Mark Nattress.
Native and sailor horses on the legs by Mark Nattress.
Another gorgeous Native horse by Rachel Baldwin.
Another gorgeous Native horse by Rachel Baldwin.
A whole merry-go-round backpiece???
A whole merry-go-round backpiece???
Vivid tattoo by Miles Kanne.
Vivid tattoo by Miles Kanne.
Old school piece by Myke Chambers.
Old school piece by Myke Chambers.
Huge sidepiece by Seth Wood.
Huge sidepiece by Seth Wood.
How cute? By Toby Tattoos.
How cute? By Toby Tattoos.
Oh that one is a bit naughty... Pole-dancing carousel horse by Jamie Winn haha!
Oh that one is a bit naughty... Pole-dancing carousel horse by Jamie Winn haha!

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