Dragonfly Tattoo Ideas

Dragonfly Tattoo IdeasDragonfly Tattoo Ideas

Dragonflies are an amazingly popular tattoo genre predominantly favored by women. Although there’s no reason why guys can’t enjoy them too, these creatures just seem to go as well with feminine tattoo designs as the ever popular butterfly. Maybe it has something to do with those delicate, lacy wings or the metallic colors, but women really seen to love them.

Believe it or not, a talented tattoo artist can create a dragonfly tat that looks just like the real thing. A true-to-life drawing with the right perspective and shading can literally look like one of these beautiful creatures just landed on you.

There’s no limit to the number of dragonfly tattoo ideas you can come up with when you open your mind to the realm of fantasy. Here are some examples you can use for inspiration.

  • Patterned wings: Instead of using realistic wings for your tat, what about making your dragonfly’s wings the showcase of the piece? Think about psychedelic colors and unusual patterns. Fill the wings with tiny hearts for a “love bug”. Consider a paisley pattern for something truly unusual, or go with stripes, polka dots or plaid to express an offbeat character. You might even consider having eyes on your dragonfly’s wings similar to those found on butterfly eyes tattoos.
  • Dragonfly fairies: Keep the wings, but replace the insect body with a beautiful, slender fairy body.
  • Scrollwork dragonfly: The dragonfly’s elegant lines make a wonderful subject for conversion to a scroll style tattoo. The wings can be drawn as a series of loops, with smaller scrolls for antennae. You can even use wandering scrolls to show your dragonfly’s flight pattern.
  • Beadwork dragonfly: If you’ve ever looked at a collection of colorful seed beads, it’s easy to imagine a dragonfly body made from them. In fact, a skilled bead craftsperson could thread together a beautiful body made from these delicate beads to use as an example for a tattoo artist. The color combinations are limitless. You might choose metallics to achieve the feel of a real insect, but you might also work with primary colors to create a Native American style design.
  • Tribal: Tribal style tattoos are a genre unto themselves. You can use the bold lines and slashes to create the representation of a dragonfly, or you can use the typical insect design as the centerpiece in a tribal motif. Although women love tribal tats too, this is one genre suitable for anyone seeking a more masculine design idea for a dragonfly tattoo.
  • Celtic Dragonfly: Like scrollwork, the never rending knots of a Celtic style tattoo can be fashioned to resemble a dragonfly. This is another design choice that is easily adapted for men and women.

Once you decide on the basic style you want to use, it’s time to decide on the other elements of your tattoo. Of course, your dragonfly can fly solo, but many people like to incorporate other nature inspired elements into the design. This can include:

  • Flower vines: Imagine one or two small dragonflies hovering along a delicate green vine dotted with blossoms. A tattoo like this might make a good wrist or ankle bracelet.
  • Roses: Roses are always a favorite, but they look especially nice when accompanied by a dragonfly with silvery wings.
  • Grapevines: Similar to flower vines, a scrolling grapevine looks pretty winding up the leg with a dragonfly landing on it somewhere along the way.
  • Cherry blossoms: A dragonfly amongst a branch of cherry blossoms could make a lovely chest or back mural.