99 Powerful Elephant Tattoo Designs (with Meaning)

Animal tattoos have always been popular to get for both males and females. One of the biggest and strongest animals is the elephant. Elephants can weigh up to 8 tonnes and are generally considered the most dominant animal. Yet at the same time elephants remain the be very graceful and even tempered. They are not aggressive unless provoked. They are also incredibly loyal when it comes to family and are considered very sacred amongst many cultures.

So why is everyone rushing off to get elephant tattoos? Well they are also beautiful looking creatures. Their calfs are incredibly cute and the adults are grand and powerful with strikingly unique features that really make us curious about these seemingly ancient beasts. We have compiled 30 of our favorite powerful elephant tattoo designs for you to look at.

99 Powerful Elephant Tattoo Designs

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In many cultures it is considered good luck when the elephant has its trunk facing upwards like the above photo. Elephants are also particularly popular tattoos for people of hindu or buddhist beliefs as the elephant holds strong significance in their religions.

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There isn’t a much cuter animal than that of a baby elephant when it has not quite formed its tusks yet. Here is a great example of how a normally huge and powerful looking creature can look tiny and cute when drawn right.

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Elephants are also incredibly intelligent creatures and whilst it is frowned upon these days, they use to be the main attraction at the circus, often performing incredible stunts such as standing on their hind legs like you can see in the tattoo design above.

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Elephants are also common place in children’s stories and cartoons making us really fond of the creatures from a young age. Often people will get nostalgic cartoon characters tattooed to remind them of their youth.

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A popular tattoo nowadays is the finger tattoo. What was once considered a ‘faux pas’ as you would unlikely not get a job with a finger tattoo, is now common place amongst both young males and females a like. I guess you could say its a shot at the rules and conforming to old fashioned standards. Either way this is a great elephant design on the finger which you could easily hide with a ring if need be.

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Getting tattoos in matching spots is very popular amongst friends, they don’t necessarily need to be the same design but if you get them in the same spot it will become more symbolic and each time you look at the tattoo it can remind you of each other.

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This abstract elephant tattoo is actually a design by infamous surrealist painter Salvador Dali who most notably did the painting with the melted clocks. His designs are very popular amongst tattoo fans because of their unique and surreal look (not to mention that not many can afford one of his actual paintings any more).

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Another example of an abstract style elephant tattoo, this time made up entirely of brush strokes. The other thing that is interesting about this design is that they have chosen what is probably considered the least interesting side of the elephant (the behind) and used that as the basis for their design, yet for some reason it just really works well.

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This is more a hindu style elephant design. Traditionally elephants were painted for ceremonial purposes often with very intricate designs such as the design above.

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Getting a tattoo behind the ear is particularly common place amongst females these days and was some what popularized by singer Rihanna who has tattoos in the same spot. It is also a favored choice for a lot of females because they can easily hide it behind their long hair.elephant tattoo (13)

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