When you have an affinity for elephants and you’re looking to get a tattoo, what combination could be better? There are so many options and ways that you can feature these majestic beasts on your skin and this gallery can start you off.
Whether you want something realistic or a little more fantastical, there’s something here to suit everyone’s taste and creativity with these simple elephant tattoos. If not, hopefully at least one of these will spark your imagination.
1. Detailed but Simple Elephant Tattoos
Of course, the most realistic or detailed-looking elephants make for the best kinds of tattoos. There are several in this gallery that are beautiful and impressive while capturing the elephant’s notorious nobility. Much care went into the shading and fine lines.
For instance, this set of elephants captures one elephant in a regal stride while the other could be running or frolicking. Regardless of the context, the detail takes the viewer’s breath away. The shading, light, and composition are superb.
Likewise, this dual image of elephants puts them in an almost human-like depiction. They’re chilling out next to each other with their trunks in the air. They appear as though they’re laughing and joking while they sit near a body of water or on a beach. It’s absolutely adorable to behold.
Even though not realistic, we designed our own detailed tattoo that gives this elephant a marble-like silhouette effect. You can check it out on our shop page along with other similar elephant tattoo designs.
Simple Cartoon Elephant Designs
If you’ve ever seen the quaint children’s cartoons, “Dumbo” or “Babar the Elephant,” there are plentitudes of images that reflect the quality, feel, and appearance of these animations. While the images don’t outright boast coming from these cartoons, the similarities are undeniable.
One of the more precious images that scream echoes of “Dumbo,” this depiction is simple yet profound. The teal heart at the tip of the trunk as the elephant looks up is cute beyond words.
This other elephant showing a heart-shaped balloon also falls in line with such a theme.
There are many more of these that appear to come right out of a Babar book. This one is simple, yet it looks like it belongs as part of Babar’s family.
Even though this next image isn’t exactly Babar, the composition definitely lends itself to comparison with this beautiful floral elephant tattoo.
Simple Henna-Like Elephant Tattoo Designs
If you have a penchant for all things Hindu or adore the look of elephants beset in subcontinent Indian style, there are a plethora of fabulous tattoo inspirations. If you go with something like this, you could even get it done in brown ink to make it look like a henna design. No one will know the difference unless they ask.
This adorable Indian-like image depicts an elephant with a headpiece complete with lotus flowers on its back and diamonds.
And yet, “cute” hardly describes this other elephant line drawing. It’s a Hindu-like rendition but there are musical notes streaming out of the trunk from this little guy. There’s a heart-pulling look in this animal’s eye as it displays its beautiful markings.
But, you could just get a portrait-style rendition of an elephant’s head with similar decorations, like this one of an elephant holding a lotus flower delicately placed in its trunk. It’s very stunning as an arm piece that shouts simple yet very elegant in its presentation.
Extra Minimal Elephant Tattoos
We like to include some extra elephant tattoo designs that aren’t categorized but could potentially help you find your design.
There are so many wonderful artistic portrayals of elephant tattoos in this gallery, you’ll get lost for at least an hour if not longer staring at their beauty. They give a glimpse at the real or fantastic and even some that echo how elephants display in India. Getting one with a splash of color helps bring attention to the elephant while providing an element of show-stopping charisma. By the way, check out our safari theme animal tattoos here.