45 Fascinating Dragonfly Tattoo Designs

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45 Fascinating Dragonfly Tattoo Designs | TattooBlend

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.

Green and blue dragonfly tattoo by Jean Alvarez

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.

Dragonfly tattoo with dotwork wings by East Iz

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.

Splashy watercolor dragonfly tattoo by Ewa Sroka

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.

Blue watercolor dragonfly on forearm by Aleksandra Kozubska

This abstract watercolor fill features various shades of blue ink.  (Photo: Aleksandra Kozubska)

This tiny dragonfly tattoo on wrist.

Tiny dragonfly tattoo on wrist by Chamarro

(Photo: Chamarro)

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.

Dragonfly on shoulder by Shpadyreva Julia

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.

Matching dragonfly couple tattoos by Carla Galvao

Tiny matching dragonflies make the perfect couple or best friend tats. (Photo: Carla Galvao)

This sketch style dragonfly.

Sketch style dragonfly tattoo by Inez Janiak

This sketch style dragonfly almost has a geometric pattern to it. (Photo: Inez Janiak)

This delightful design.

Dragonfly tattoo design by Aline Wata

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.

Delicate dragonfly tattoo on rib cage by Doctor Woo

Single needle perfection anyone? (Photo: Doctor Woo)

This beautiful dragonfly tattoo on foot.

Beautiful dragonfly tattoo on foot by Catalin Druga

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.

Geometric dragonfly piece on forearm by Ana Godoy

Here we have half a dragonfly diamond design. Crisp and clear. (Photo: Ana Godoy)

This watercolor thigh piece.

Watercolor dragonfly tattoo on thigh by Simina

Another fabulous watercolor design with color galore. (Photo: Simina)

This dangling design.

Dangling dragonfly tattoo by Sandra Cunha

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.

Playful dragonfly tattoo on back shoulder by Simona Blanar

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.

Blackwork dragonfly tattoo on shin by Sara Reichardt

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.

Micro dragonfly tattoo by Fernanda Prado

Everyone loves a tiny tattoo, and what could possibly be more interesting than this teeny tiny dragonfly tattoo. (Photo: Fernanda Prado)

These intricate wings.

Dragonfly tattoo by Elizabeth Yakunina

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.

Hyperrealistic dragonfly tattoo by Miami Tattoo Co

(Photo: Miami Tattoo Co)

This dripping watercolor design.

Dripping watercolor dragonfly tattoo by Bora Tattoo

Now this is truly watercolor work at its best. No lines at all.  (Photo: Bora Tattoo)

This single needle dragonfly.

Single needle dragonfly tattoo by Banul

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.

Dragonfly chest piece by Sarah Herzdame

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.

Watercolor dragonfly tattoo on ankle by Simona Blanar

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.

Dotwork dragonfly tattoo on shoulder by Chris Jones

Lots of dots here as well as a mysterious 44.  (Photo: Chris Jones)

This blackwork forearm piece.

Dragonfly tattoo on forearm by Diana Severinenko

Focusing on the wings here if you couldn’t already tell. (Photo: Diana Severinenko)

This pretty watercolor dragonfly.

Pretty watercolor dragonfly tattoo by Pinks Ink

(Photo: Pinks Ink)

This abstract watercolor work.

Abstract watercolor dragonfly by Davide Casellato

(Photo: Davide Casellato)

This cute watercolor wrist tat.

Adorable watercolor wrist tattoo by Adrian Bascur

(Photo: Adrian Bascur)

These three dragonflies.

Three dragonflies by Sara Morales

(Photo: Sara Morales)

These eyes.

Large dragonfly tattoo on back by Max

(Photo: Max)

This sketched watercolor piece.

Sketched watercolor dragonfly tattoo by Kamil Mokot

(Photo: Kamil Mokot)

This stunning back piece.

Stunning watercolor dragonfly tattoo on back by Ewa Sroka

(Photo: Ewa Sroka)

This negative space back piece.

Negative space dragonfly tattoo on back by Atramors

(Photo: Atramors)

This blackwork dragonfly.

Blackwork dragonfly tattoo by Adam at Wolf and Wren

(Photo: Adam)

This tricep tat.

Dragonfly on tricep by Atramors

(Photo: Atramors)

This colorful abstract dragonfly.

Colorful abstract dragonfly tattoo by Wang Lei

(Photo: Wang Lei)

This small dragonfly tattoo on wrist.

Cute dragonfly tattoo on wrist by Caglar

(Photo: Caglar)

This bicep tat.

Dragonfly on bicep by Pari Corbitt

(Photo: Pari Corbitt)

This sketched dragonfly.

Sketch style dragonfly tattoo by Frank Carrilho

(Photo: Frank Carrilho)

This spray paint piece.

Dragonfly spray paint tat by Heather

(Photo: Heather)

This sprawling back piece.

Dragonfly tattoo on back

(Photo: Unknown)

This red and yellow dragonfly tattoo.

Red and yellow dragonfly tattoo by Faithful Father

(Photo: Faithful Father)

This dotwork mandala design.

Dotwork mandala dragonfly tattoo by Daniel Filippone

(Photo: Daniel Filippone)

This neck tat.

Dragonfly tattoo on neck

(Photo: Unknown)

This lowly foot tat.

Watercolor dragonfly on foot by Atomic Amy

(Photo: Atomic Amy)


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