Pet Tattoo Ideas

Written by kyra sheahan
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Pet Tattoo Ideas
Use your pet to inspire your next tattoo. (Creatas/Creatas/Getty Images)

Pets can be an inspiration for a lot of things, including tattoos. If you have, or had, a pet that you want to remember forever, you can design a tattoo that encompasses a special memory of your loving animal. Make sure that you are one-hundred per cent certain on the tattoo idea before getting it permanently etched into your skin.

Pet Name

A simple way to capture the essence of your pet in a tattoo is to write its name somewhere on your body. You can keep the name inconspicuous by tattooing it in a spot where you cover with clothes, or you can display the name more prominently on your forearm. Think about the type of font you wish to use for your pet's name. You can even connect the font to the type of pet that you had. For instance, if you owned an Akita dog from Japan, you may wish to write the pet's name in Japanese characters.

Animal Prints

If you owned a dog, cat, rodent or other type of pet that leaves paw prints, consider making a tattoo out of the print. You can get a single paw print tattooed someplace on your body, or have a trail drawn with multiple prints, as if your pet were walking on top of you with muddy paws.

Pet Portrait

If you want a realistic image of your beloved pet tattooed on your body, bring in a picture of your pet and show it to the tattoo artist. See if the artist can recreate a pet portrait somewhere on your skin with tattoo ink. You might just want a tattoo portrait of your pet's face, or of the entire body. Something this detailed may take multiple visits to complete.

Pet Symbol

If there is a special symbol that reminds you of your pet, such as a dog collar, leash, bone, your pet's food bowl or favourite toy, you can have that image tattooed on you. The significance of the symbol will only be know by yourself and, perhaps, your pet.

Pet Wrap

If your pet happens to be a snake, you can forever have your pet wrapped around your arm, leg or other part of the body with a tattoo. Perhaps the concept of wrapping an image of your pet around you will keep you feeling safe or comforted.

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