51 Exceptional Elephant Tattoo Designs & Ideas

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They say that the lion is the undisputed king of the Serengeti but if you were to ask a lion, he would probably defer his royal crown to the elephant. After all, elephants are rarely threatened by measly little lions that weigh less than 1/40th of their overall weight. The sheer size of an elephant is usually lost in photos. To truly understand just how big they are you really have you see them in the flesh. Unsurprisingly enough, many African cultures revere elephants as a symbols of strength, wisdom, and stamina. In India—and many other South East Asian countries—elephants are worshiped as sacred animals and even Gods. From mandala inspired elephant tattoo designs to illustrations of Lord Ganesh, elephants are well represented in the world of body art and imagery. Below is a gallery of 51 elephant tattoos that will surely give you endless design ideas.

This single file line.

Elephants walking single file by Doctor Woo

(Photo: Doctor Woo)

This sketch style elephant.

This sketch style elephant by Inez Janiak

(Photo: Inez Janiak)

This watercolor elephant on thigh.

Watercolor elephant on thigh by Georgia Grey

(Photo: Georgia Grey)

This realistic black and grey ink elephant.

Realistic black and grey ink elephant by Doctor Woo

(Photo: Doctor Woo)

These small circles.

Elephant tattoo on forearm by Doctor Woo

(Photo: Doctor Woo)

This watercolor Dumbo design.

Watercolor Dumbo the elephant tattoo by Gina Fote

(Photo: Gina Fote)

This half an elephant.

Half an elephant tattoo on forearm by Lazer Liz

(Photo: Lazer Liz)

This stylized sketch style elephant.

Stylized sketch style elephant by Kudu

(Photo: Kudu)

This forest within an elephant.

Forest within an elephant by Martynas Šnioka

(Photo: Martynas Šnioka)

This patterned elephant.

Patterned elephant tattoo by Poppy Segger

(Photo: Poppy Segger)