Whether dragonflies fascinate and intrigue you, or just give you the heebie-jeebies, there’s no denying the beauty that nature has bestowed up these magical insects.
As of this year, there are currently over five thousand different species of dragonfly. Ranging in size from 15mm to as large as 8 inches in length, dragonflies can get a little frightening if you’re not a bug person. For most people it’s the loud buzzing of the wings, similar to that of a large bumble bee. And if that creeps you out, just be glad you weren’t around 300 million years ago when dragonflies the size of small kids were doing life.
The aesthetically pleasing outline and diverse color scheme make the dragonfly a popular tattoo choice. From elegant dotwork designs to elaborate watercolor masterpieces, we’ve put together a unique gallery of dragonfly tattoos that will inspire and awe all who dare to scroll. These are the best dragonfly tattoos on the internet. Period.
This green and blue dragonfly.
Some of the best pieces on the list are hyperrealistic desings. That is, designs that look surprisingly vivid and life-like. With a small addition of white ink, Jean was able to expertly add a wonderful sheen to the wings. (Photo: Jean Alvarez)
These dotwork wings.
This design was created with such a close pattern of dots that it almost doesn’t even look like a dotwork design at all. (Photo: East Iz)
This splashy watercolor back piece.
Ewa Sroka always gives animals (and insects) such an amazing watercolor twist. In this large back piece you’ll notice her signature splatter technique with colors that compliment each other perfectly. (Photo: Ewa Sroka)
This watercolor forearm piece.
This abstract watercolor fill features various shades of blue ink. (Photo: Aleksandra Kozubska)
This tiny dragonfly tattoo on wrist.
Dragonflies belong to the Odonata family of insects. The word “dragonfly” was supposedly derived from ancient beliefs that dragonflies descended from dragons. Ya, the fire-breathing type.
This perfect shoulder tat.
When you look at this design you can’t help but notice the way it perfectly suits the location. It’s your basic dragonfly shape with subtle gradients on the wings using dots and grey ink. (Photo: Shpadyreva Julia)
These matching couple tattoos.
Tiny matching dragonflies make the perfect couple or best friend tats. (Photo: Carla Galvao)
This sketch style dragonfly.
This sketch style dragonfly almost has a geometric pattern to it. (Photo: Inez Janiak)
This delightful design.
Here we have a black dotwork dragonfly set to a harmonious backdrop of changing colors. (Photo: Aline Wata)
This delicate dragonfly tattoo on rib cage.
Single needle perfection anyone? (Photo: Doctor Woo)
This beautiful dragonfly tattoo on foot.
This dragonfly has a three-dimensional feel to it with a color scheme that is out of this world. The sheen on top of the head gives the appearance of two large eyes. (Photo: Catalin Druga)
This geometric half fly.
Here we have half a dragonfly diamond design. Crisp and clear. (Photo: Ana Godoy)
This watercolor thigh piece.
Another fabulous watercolor design with color galore. (Photo: Simina)
This dangling design.
Although the body seems a tad bit crooked, the overall composition of this piece is simply magnificent. Sandra always comes up with creative and elegant designs that we can never seem to get enough of. (Photo: Sandra Cunha)
This playful dragonfly on back shoulder.
Simona has her own “storybook” style as we like to call it. Many children’s books are in dire need of her illustration. (Photo: Simona Blanar)
This blackwork shin tattoo.
The geometric accents are cool but what really grabs your attention is the transition into heavy black ink in middle of the design. (Photo: Sara Reichardt)
This micro dragonfly.
Everyone loves a tiny tattoo, and what could possibly be more interesting than this teeny tiny dragonfly tattoo. (Photo: Fernanda Prado)
These intricate wings.
Tattoos on the spine are always painful. However, the hours of agony this individual went through definitely paid off in spades. (Photo: Elizabeth Yakunina)
This hyperrealistic dragonfly tattoo.
This dripping watercolor design.
Now this is truly watercolor work at its best. No lines at all. (Photo: Bora Tattoo)
This single needle dragonfly.
The image is a little blown out but you can still see how delicate and feminine this little dragonfly turned out. (Photo: Banul)
This large chest piece.
As one of the larger works on the list, this chest piece features many geometric dotwork flowers and a large, highly detailed dragonfly in the center. (Photo: Sarah Herzdame)
This watercolor ankle tat.
Magical. Splendid. There are so many flattering adjectives that come to mind when you look at this piece. (Photo: Simona Blanar)
This dotwork shoulder piece.
Lots of dots here as well as a mysterious 44. (Photo: Chris Jones)
This blackwork forearm piece.
Focusing on the wings here if you couldn’t already tell. (Photo: Diana Severinenko)
This pretty watercolor dragonfly.
This abstract watercolor work.
This cute watercolor wrist tat.
These three dragonflies.
This sketched watercolor piece.
This stunning back piece.
This negative space back piece.
This blackwork dragonfly.
This tricep tat.
This colorful abstract dragonfly.
This small dragonfly tattoo on wrist.
This bicep tat.
This stenciled-spray design.
This spray paint piece.
This sprawling back piece.
This red and yellow dragonfly tattoo.
This dotwork mandala design.
This neck tat.
This lowly foot tat.
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