There are many ways you can show off your love of cats through ink work. Why not take a more traditional design route like a realistic cat tattoo? This is a great design option if you’re after an uncanny tattoo that will never go out of style.
From frames to foliage, and face to body artwork the choices are endless. We’ve created a list of our top 40 traditional and inventive realistic cat tattoos to spur on your imagination for your very own design.
When one cat is not enough, get two! Showing the soft and cuddly side of the creature, this realistic cat tattoo is bound to make you fall in love with them. An incredible amount of skill has gone into creating shadow and texture on the striped cats. A small tattoo design packed full of detail.
This tattoo illustrates a more refined approach to the realistic cat tattoo style. Showing how you don’t necessarily need a full face or body portrait; this design is great for those after a subtle cat tattoo. A more playful approach can easily be adapted to color palette preference and breed.
A captivating tattoo achieved by the white fur coat of the cat alone, this design is set to wow those who are lucky to get a glimpse. Intricate shading has created realistic fur throughout. The addition of color within the nose, eyes, and geometric background adds dynamic to a perhaps somewhat simple design. A tattoo that will stand the test of time.
Featuring a cat with a more colorful coat, this tattoo is brought to life through a warm palette. Its contrasting blue eyes make you fall in love with this adorable tattoo. The fine details are what make this design, such as the heart-shaped collar, further adding to the cute vibe of this design.
Traditional by nature through the cat’s artwork and color palette, the addition of botanicals and foliage adds that extra zest to its design. If you fancy a hint of color, incorporate it into the botanical frame to add vibrancy. A great concept for a large tattoo.
A subtle tattoo design, perfect for those after their first tattoo. Whilst monochromatic, delicate shading and strokes have achieved a fluffy coat on the cat’s portrait. Illustrating youth, this kitten portrait is perfectly finished with a geometric frame of dots, fine lines, and arrows. This is one that will melt hearts.
For anyone looking for a space-themed cat tattoo, this design will pique your interest with this incredibly detailed cat with the planets, including the moon. We have a specific post all about moon cat tattoos here.
Taking the realistic cat tattoo to the next level, this is a great design for the sci-fi fans out there. Realism is achieved through the cat’s facial portrait which includes delicate shading. Playfulness and uniqueness are injected through its Star Wars accompaniment and background.
And those were our top 40 realistic cat portrait tattoos. We hope you’ve been inspired to have such a timeless tattoo design that you’ll cherish and admire for years to come. From the traditional design to something more unique, delve into a realistic cat portrait tattoo for your next ink work.