101 Elephant Tattoo Designs That You’ll Never Forget

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Elephants have fascinated humanity since our first encounter and as a result the animal is seen in popular culture, folklore, and religion. Elephants are heralded for their beauty, their power, their memory, and their close knit family bonds. All of which are qualities that are considered desirable by us bipeds. This article reviews tattoos that feature elephants as the main image and discusses what qualities will separate your tattoo from the herd.

Elephant Herd Watercolor

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The silhouette of a herd of elephants walking trunk to tail is embellished with an array of watercolor smears.

Simple Elephant with Mandala Elements

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A simplistic rendition of an elephant is accented with mandala elements.

Lotus Flower and Elephant

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A stylized elephant covered in an ornate design sits atop a pink lotus flower. See: 30 Awesome Lotus Flower Tattoo Design

Cartoon Elephant

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A cartoon style elephant sits above a quote in a language I don’t recognize.

Cartoon Elephant

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Another example of a cartoon elephant is rendered on the wearer’s heel in black ink.

Elephant Outline

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A simplified outline of an elephant is rendered on the wearer’s wrist in black ink.

Elephant in Love with Giraffe

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A cartoon elephant and giraffe are rendered on the wearers’ ankles with a heart protruding from the elephant’s trunk to convey the love shared between the animals.

Multi-Colored Elephant

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This stunning portrait of an elephant utilizes a vast array of colors to create the very complex and striking piece.

Elephant with Mandala Pattern

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The head of an elephant is portrayed covered in a pattern reminiscent of those seen on a mandala in this black tattoo.

Sketched Elephant with Watercolors

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An elephant is portrayed in a sketch style with watercolor smears that utilize a varied palette of colors.

Elephant with Mandala Pattern

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Another example of an elephant covered in a pattern popularly seen on mandalas is seen in this black tattoo.

Black and Red Stylized Elephant

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This hyper-stylized tattoo shows an elephant adorned with an intriguing black and red pattern that draws the eye to the piece.

Bejeweled Elephant

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An elephant wears a bejeweled crown and is embellished with blue colors, pearls, and a pattern of repeating arrows along the ears.

Black and White Elephant with Mandala Pattern

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Another example of an elephant with mandala patterns is depicted in black and white ink.

Elephant with Floral Crown

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A stylized head of an elephant is portrayed with a flower crown and accents running along the trunk and tusks.

Cute Elephant with Watercolor Background

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An adorable cartoon-style elephant is portrayed in front of a background consisting of a blue and purple smear.

Simple Elephant

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A simplified rendering of an elephant is portrayed in black ink above the wearer’s elbow.

Mandala Elephant

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Another example of an elephant covered in a mandala pattern is shown with its trunk ascending up the wearer’s wrist and onto their hand.

Life-Like Portrait

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A hyper-realistic portrait of an elephant is portrayed in black and gray ink on the right side of the wearer’s torso.

Stylized Elephant Skull

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A stylized portrait of an elephant skull is portrayed in black and gray ink on the wearer’s forearm.

Red and Yellow Elephant Portrait

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A portrait of an elephant is created using a color palette of red and yellow and is embellished with geometric shapes at the base of the image.

Single Line Elephant Portrait

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An elephant portrait is created using a single line in this black and gray tattoo portrayed on the wearer’s right thigh.

Origami Elephant with Mandala Elements

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An origami elephant is accented with mandala elements and colored with a palette including blue, yellow, pink, purple, and white.

Watercolor Elephant

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A jumping elephant with a heart attached to its trunk is accented with a varied array of watercolors.

Mandala Elephant

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An elephant is embellished with a mandala pattern and hanging beads in this black tattoo rendered in the middle of the wearer’s upper back.

Middle Finger Elephant

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A simplistic rendition of an elephant is portrayed on the wearer’s middle finger in black ink.

Mother and Baby Elephant

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A mother elephant and her baby are shown embracing trunks above a series of roman numerals denoting a birthday.

Elephant Attached to Balloon

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An elephant is attached to a balloon filled with a cosmic pattern in this obscure tattoo.

Elephant Portrait with Blue and Red Smear

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A black and gray portrait of an elephant is accented with a blue smear and red smear on the lower left and upper right sides, respectively.

Watercolor Elephant Portrait

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An elephant portrait is colored with vivid watercolor smears in this tattoo that utilizes a vibrant palette to add complexity to the piece.

Cosmic Portrait

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An elephant portrait is created using a palette of blue and purple and is embellished with white dots reminiscent of stars in the night sky.

Geometric Elephant 

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An elephant is comprised of a series of geometric shapes and is patterned with bold lines in this black tattoo.

Mandala Elephant

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A cartoon style elephant is covered in a mandala pattern in this black tattoo rendered on the wearer’s left shoulder blade.

Stylized Elephant

 

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An elephant is stylized with an ornate pattern in this black tattoo.

Cartoon Elephant Holding a Paint Brush

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A cartoon style elephant holds a paint brush with its trunk in this tattoo embellished with watercolor smears.

Watercolor Mother and Baby Elephant

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A mother elephant is shown walking with her baby, both animals are colored with a vibrant collection of watercolors.

Mandala Elephant

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Another example of an elephant covered in a mandala pattern is seen in the center of the wearer’s back in this tattoo.

Elephant and Dreamcatcher

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An elephant with a small headdress accompanies a dreamcatcher in this ornate tattoo that utilizes a color palette primarily consisting of blue.

Realistic Elephant Portrait

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A hyper-realistic elephant portrait is created using black and gray ink in this tattoo.

Mother and Baby Elephant

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A mother elephant is portrayed with her baby walking behind her with the babies’ trunk wrapped around her tail.

Origami Elephant

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An origami elephant is portrayed in black and gray ink in this tattoo.

Mandala Elephant Looking Upward

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An elephant embellished with a mandala pattern is portrayed looking upward in this black and gray tattoo.

“Elephant” 

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The word, “Elephant,” is written in a way that the word creates the outline of an elephant.

Simplistic Mandala Elephant

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A simplistic rendering of an elephant covered in a mandala pattern is portrayed on the wearer’s ankle.

Another Simple Mandala Elephant

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Another example of a simplistic elephant portrait covered in a mandala pattern is seen here.

Embellished Elephant Portrait

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A black and gray elephant portrait is embellished with an ornate pattern in the background.

Elephants Making a Heart

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A pair of elephants wrap their trunks into the shape of a heart in this black tattoo.

Single Line Elephant Portrait

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Another example of a single line composing a portrait of an elephant is seen in this black tattoo rendered on the wearer’s arm.

Mandala Elephant

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An elephant covered in a mandala pattern is rendered in black ink on the wearer’s hip in this tattoo.

Origami Elephants

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A trio of origami elephants are seen tattooed on various parts of the wearers’ bodies in this black and gray tattoo set.

Mother and Child Mandala Elephants

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This tattoo uses multiple elements of tattoos we’ve seen previously by combining the mother and child theme with mandala patterns.

Abstract Elephant

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An abstract portrait of an elephant is portrayed with absurdly long legs in this black and gray tattoo depicted on the left side of the wearer’s torso.

Simple Elephant Portrait

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A simplistic rendering of an elephant is portrayed in black ink near the wearer’s heel in this tattoo.

Mandala Elephant

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Another example of an elephant mandala is seen here with the design in the center of the elephant’s head colored with blue, orange, and yellow.

Traditional Style Circus Elephant

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A black and red elephant is illustrated in the traditional style as it stands atop a ball.

Mandala Elephant

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Another example of an elephant covered in a mandala pattern is seen here with its head lifted upward toward the sky.

Simplistic Elephant Outline

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A simplistic elephant outline is created using black ink and is illustrated on the wearer’s left breast.

Mandala Elephant

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Yet another example of an elephant covered in a mandala pattern is seen between the wearer’s shoulder blades in this tattoo.

Cartoon Elephant with Heart

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A cartoon style elephant is illustrated on the wearer’s foot in black ink with a heart at the end of its trunk in this tattoo.

Sketched Elephant Portrait

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An elephant inked in a style reminiscent of a sketch is portrayed on the wearer’s forearm in black and gray ink in this tattoo.

Elephant with Bulbous Trunk

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An elephant with a concernedly bulbous trunk is portrayed on the wearer’s forearm in black and gray ink.

Tripped Out Elephant

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An elephant that looks like its just dropped a bad tab of acid is surrounded by a colorful array of patterns in this vibrant tattoo.

Mandala Elephant with Pointillism Characteristics

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A faceless elephant is detailed with a series of dots and elements commonly seen on mandalas in this tattoo.

Cartoon Elephant

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A cartoon style elephant illustrated in black ink behind the wearer’s right ear in this tattoo.

Mandala Elephant

 

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A striking example of an elephant covered in a mandala pattern.

Mandala Elephant

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A simple rendition of an elephant covered in a mandala pattern.

Mother and Child Elephant

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A cartoon style mother elephant hands a heart to her child in this tattoo.

Elephant Portrait

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An elephant portrait is encapsulated in an ornate frame.

Ornate Elephant

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An elephant portrait is enlivened by covering the beast in an elaborate pattern.

Black Elephant

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A simple blacked out illustration of an elephant is portrayed in this photo.

Hyper-Realistic Elephant

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A hyper-realistic portrait of an elephant is seen here.

Origami Elephant Silhouette

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A silhouette of an origami elephant is seen in this photo.

Geometric Elephant

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Geometric shapes are used to comprise the portrait of an elephant.

Elephant Silhouette

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The silhouette of an elephant is seen next to a tree.

Blue Mandala Elephant

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An elephant covered in a mandala pattern is colored in a primarily blue palette.

Adorable Elephant

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Oversized eyes typically create a cute effect in illustrations as seen in this tattoo of an elephant wearing a headdress and holding a flower.

Mother and Child Elephant

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A mother and child elephant walk trunk to tail and are pictured above a quote.

Seated Elephant

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A seated elephant looks upwards toward a trio of hearts drifting into the sky.

Simple Elephant

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A simple depiction of an elephant is created using a black outline.

Seated Elephant 

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A seated elephant sits in front of a blue and purple background and blows hearts into the sky out of its trunk.

Mandala Elephant

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Another example of an elephant covered in a mandala pattern is seen here.

Mandala Elephant

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Once again, a mandala elephant.

Simple Elephant

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A simple elephant portrait is created using a black outline.

Mother and Child Silhouettes

 

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Silhouettes of a mother elephant and her child are seen on the wearer’s foot.

Hyper-Stylized Portrait

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An elephant portrait is embellished with an abstract background utilizing a palette of electric blues.

Abstract Portrait

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A graffiti-like portrait is created using a palette of blue, black, and red.

Cartoon Elephant Holding Ballon

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A cartoon style elephant holds a heart shaped balloon in this photo.

Elephant Silhouette

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A black elephant silhouette is seen behind the wearer’s right ear.

Elephant Head Portrait

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An elephant head portrait is seen on the wearer’s forearm.

Encapsulated Portrait

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Half of an elephant portrait is encapsulated inside of a series of circles.

Trio of Elephants

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A trio of elephants is illustrated using black outlines.

Mini Mandala Elephant

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Another, smaller, mandala elephant.

Mini Elephant

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A mini elephant portrait is illustrated near the wearer’s heel.

Elephant Outline 

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A bold, black outline creates the shape of an elephant holding an orange flower.

Mini Elephant 

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A small outline of an elephant is seen in this black tattoo.

Elephant with Flowers

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An elephant with a headdress is adorned with a headdress, beads, and flowers.

Seated Elephant Blows Stream of Colors

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A seated elephant blows a stream of colors from its trunk in this tattoo.

Elephant’s Head Portrait

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An elephant head is portrayed on the wearer’s index finger.

Watercolor Elephant

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An elephant portrait is colored with a blue and purple watercolor smear.

Mandala Elephant with Red Background

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An elephant portrait is embellished with mandala elements and illustrated over a red background.

Mandala Elephant

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If you’ve seen it once, you’ve seen it a million times, you’ve seen it a million times.

Mandala Elephant

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Oh, hey that looks familiar. For the love of god add an original element to the image!

Hope Elephant

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The word, “Hope,” accompanies the cartoon style image of an elephant.

Mandala Elephant

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At least this one has a jewel in the center of its head and a few flowers to accent the main image.

Half an Elephant Portrait

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Half a black and gray elephant portrait is seen on the wearer’s forearm.

Elephant Silhouette

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This photo shows an elephant silhouette, and just a dash of pubic hair.

Mandala Elephant

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It’s an elephant covered in a mandala pattern, pretty cool, huh?

Geometric Elephant

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An elephant is comprised of geometric shapes and mandala patterns in this tattoo.

Herd of Elephants

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A herd of elephants is created using black outlines in this tattoo.

Walking Elephant

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A complex portrait of an elephant is created using mindful line-work in this piece.

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