Tattoos are a great form of expression and are a perfect creative outlet. Many people love to share their love for animals through tattoos, one of the most popular and beloved dog breeds are Golden Retrievers.
Golden retriever tattoos can be minimal, detailed, and as creative as you want. We’ll be covering some of the best design ideas to get you inspired for your next tattoo. With over 100 designs in eight different styles including line art, abstract, and realistic designs – the possibilities are endless.
1. Framed Portraits
If you fancy placing your golden retriever tattoo front and center, accompany it with a frame. Whether it’s the thing that ties the tattoo together or you’re looking to add character, a frame can add that extra something. Be as minimal or as creative as you’d like. Place your furry friend in a simple thin line frame of a shape of your choice, or choose to frame it in some budding flowers.
Bring a retro vibe to your tattoo, framing your favorite golden retriever in a polaroid-like frame. A great idea to structure your tattoo and add a touch of your own personality to the design.
Think outside the box of a simple frame and choose a geometric shape accompanied by flowers. A great way of adding dynamic to a Golden Retriever tattoo, turning it into the main feature that’ll get people talking.
When it comes to borders or frames, you can easily add some writing. In this example, the top of the border contains the pet’s name with the birth and passing date on the bottom. A great way to honor your pet if you’re looking for a memorial tattoo.
2. Head Portraits
A great way to show off the Golden Retriever is through head portrait tattoos. Small, medium, or large, the tattoo design allows it to be packed full of detail to create a realistic image that lasts forever. Keep it cool with monochromatic ink or honor the breed’s golden hues with colored ink.
The great thing about tattoos is that they are completely customizable. So, whether you’re a fan of the breed or have your own Golden Retriever, there’s a portrait for everyone. Add a personal touch with the addition of your dog’s name or keep it minimal with a good-looking portrait.
Honor your wonderful Golden Retriever through a realistic head portrait. Add personality to the tattoo through the addition of personal relics relating to your favorite four-legged friend. Include a humoristic element to give the ink uniqueness and personality.
Keep your head portrait minimal yet detailed, bringing to life features and characteristics through intricate shading. Add a personal touch through the addition of your pet’s name; also a great way to pay tribute.
3. Line Art
If you’re a fan of simplistic tattoos, then line art is the way to go. This tattoo style can create various looks of golden retrievers. From the most minimalist, a single outline to a detailed line drawing, line art tattoos can create the vision you’re after.
Some designs also create a different feel to the tattoo e.g. flowy line art, geometric-like shapes, or something almost x-ray like.
We actually design tattoos here at Inku Paw, make sure to check out this cute Golden retriever design at our shop where you can download it for free. It can be used as a permanent or temporary tattoo.
Simple, elegant, and all things cute. A lovely and unique way of showing your love for Golden Retrievers. Keep it minimal or add a touch of color. A really nice small tattoo showing off your favorite pet.
Not all Golden Retriever tattoos have to be obvious dog illustrations. Sometimes it’s the bond between man or woman and dog that’s the most important thing. A great minimal tattoo showing your love for dogs.
Keeping to the theme of simplistic tattoos, another great avenue you can go down is silhouette tattoos. Continue to keep it simple with black ink or go for something more colorful with a different colored silhouette.
The great thing about this style is you can be as minimal or as detailed as you want with the design. Some like to feature fur texture whilst others accentuate shadows to create a geometric-like feel to the image.
A silhouette portrait is a great way to minimally show off your love for Golden Retrievers. Such design features intricate details in a subtle way to avoid the design of a dominating style tattoo.
Move away from the typical silhouette tattoo and have a design that focuses on the shadows to create the Golden Retriever structure. It also adds a geometric feel to the simple design.
The abstract tattoo style pushes boundaries when developing tattoo art. If a traditional tattoo is too simple for you, then this is the way to go. Choose from abstract frames or accompanying features such as abstract shapes to create the golden retriever portrait.
The design can be as complex or as minimalistic as you’d like. This is a great option to have a very unique golden retriever-style tattoo.
Take your Golden Retriever to the next level. Feature a range of geometric shapes and patterns within and around the dog silhouette. Intertwine foliage and flowers to add texture and a link to nature.
If you fancy the best of realistic and geometric tattoos, this is a perfect way of fusing your two favorite tattoo styles. See your favorite dog breed in two unique styles.
It’s all in the details with realistic dog tattoos. If you can’t get enough of the breed, realistic tattoos are a great way to show your love but also a tattoo artists’ skills.
Medium to large tattoos is best to get all the lovely characteristics the retriever has to offer. Show off their luscious fur in black and white ink work. Or if you want to show off their golden coats, go for colored ink work.
Don’t let a single strand of fur go unnoticed in a black and white realistic tattoo. Capture the Golden Retrievers coat perfectly alongside its friendly facial expressions, It’s uncanny!
Realistic yet animated at the same time, this tattoo perfectly captures the Golden Retrievers fur coat details alongside its playful demeanor. Adding character to a traditional style of ink work.
7. Colorful and Watercolor Portraits
Bored of the monochromatic ink work? Then this is the tattoo style for you! A great way to not only show off your love for the breed but also your love for color, such portraits will have eyes turning. Pay homage to the breed’s golden fur through color and make it stand out against splashes of bold and bright tones. A beautiful style to begin or spice up your tattoo collection.
Bring your tattoo to life through a splash of color. Whether it’s paint splats or watercolor strokes, add a playfulness to match the Golden Retrievers temperament.
Find new and fun ways of adding color to your tattoo through a vibrant background. Add some personality to your art through animated additions to your Golden Retriever friends.
8. Paw Prints
If a full-on dog tattoo isn’t your thing, take small paw steps to your dog admiring tattoo. Pawprints are a subtle way to show your love for the pet, and it’s a perfect idea that allows you to be as minimal or as creative as you’d like. Another bonus is they can be tiny, large, detailed, and simplistic – it’s very personalizable.
Be creative with the simplistic design of a paw print and incorporate a realistic tattoo within. A great option if you don’t fancy a dominating design. It’s an interesting and quirky one for the eyes.
A delicate and intricate tattoo. A lovely option in a subtle manner to illustrate your love for Golden Retrievers. It’s also a great way of incorporating a hint of color with the inclusion of flowers.
Now you’re left with the difficult decision of deciding what style of tattoo to get. There’s so much choice and inspiration out there, you’ll most definitely find a design for the perfect golden retriever tattoo. And if not, you can always create something new and unique just for you. Good luck with your dog tattoo quest!