Bee tattoos are cheerful designs that often celebrate sunshine and summer. They come in all shapes, sizes, and styles making them a diverse array of designs. This means that those who want a bee tattoo might need a starting point for the direction they want to take the design. There are so many things to consider including placement, color (or black ink), and how you want the overall end project to read to others.
Because these tattoos are so extremely popular, especially in summer, we wanted to round up a list of bee tattoo ideas that will help you narrow down the options and give you a vision for you to take to a tattoo artist to realize. Many of these designs have gone viral on social media for being as fabulous as they are and we think you will enjoy the following tattoo ideas.
Bee in Botanical Ornamentation
Let’s get this party started with one of the most celebrated bee tattoos on social media. This gorgeous design that finds a bee amid a sea of botanical, ornamental details has garnered tons of likes. If you’d like something similar, work with your artist to devise the perfect design scheme to surround your bee tattoo with.
Here’s one of our favorite bee tattoos on this list and it just so happens to be one of the strangest. There’s a sort of seal shield on this bee’s back and it sits on a lovely orange and pink background that evokes soft flower petals.
Bold In Black
Most non-color tattoos are black and grey with plenty of shading and gradient. With this black bee tattoo, you get none of that. It’s simply black or its skin here. A very cool design.
If you want your bee to look like it could fly off of your skin at any moment, find yourself a tattoo artist who is skilled with photorealistic designs. This bee looks so full of life!
Lots of Sun
If you’d like a sleeve or half-sleeve tattoo that’s bee-themed, it’s totally possible. This person has chosen a big sunflower at the center of their sleeve with some honeycomb pattern that acts as filler. As you can see, this is a watercolor tattoo that looks like the ink is swimming on the skin.
Micro tattoos are extremely popular today and that’s especially true for bee tattoos. Isn’t this little bee buddy adorable?
Fruit and bees go together like, well, fruit and bees. This citrus tree looks so smart with that little bee buzzing around it.
Don’t be afraid to lean into vivid color if it helps you tell your story. Bold purple, red, and orange inks all dazzle in this design that really makes a statement.
Glitch Bee Tattoo
3D and glitch tattoos are an emerging trend today. In most cases, we find the exact same lines duplicated next to one another in differing colors. Red and blue are the most popular, of course.
Queen bee tattoos are very popular in this class. Little crowns hovering over bees are the most popular way to illustrate the idea but as you will see as this list goes on, it’s not the only way to go.
Black and Red
Take a look at these super-fine lines. They look so delicate. We absolutely love red ink and it pairs well with black. If your on the fence about going with just one color for your tattoo, go with red and you won’t regret it.
A Whole Mood
Here’s a big piece that’s got tons of movement thanks to the motion lines and ink “spatters” that surround this magnificent bee. If you’re not shy, going full color really will pay off with your bee tattoo.
A common gag is to put a bee tattoo on one or both of your knees. This becomes a sort of joke, a realization of the old saying “bee’s knees.” It’s cute but just know you’ll be in good company if you decide to go with it.
Ever So Delicate
The lines of this bee tattoo are razor sharp. It leaves more of an impression than hard, well-defined lines. It’s about the size of a quarter so totally withing micro tattoo territory.
Lady head tattoos have been popular for centuries. They can depict goddesses or simply show the embodiment of a certain concept or idea. This bee lady tattoo might be interpreted as another queen bee tattoo thanks to the hive on her head or is she simply a summer goddess?
All About Texture
We love this modestly sized bee tattoo that is all about texture. Tiny lines cover the body of the bee to create a fabulous texture.
Tarot Card Bee
Tarot card tattoos are a huge trend at the moment. We find one for “The Sun” which includes a handsome bee tattoo.
One Bee, Two Ways
There are tons of directions to take your bee tattoo in. For instance, you don’t have to settle on just one style. You can split that bee in half and get it tattooed in contrasting style for a visually interesting design.
Here’s one of the darker bee tattoos on this list that utilizes a liberal amount of black ink. Our bee friend is worked into a mystical nature scene here that certainly looks original.
Like a Symbol
Really bold, think lines and sparse details make this bee tattoo read as if it’s a symbol of some kind. The eye on the back offers mystery and white ink highlights make the entire design pop.
One Cute Queen
Here’s another queen bee tattoo that includes a crown as well as a little diamond. Blue ink has been put to good use here as it really contrasts with the yellow ink. What a dream!
Long Live the Queen
We’ve got a couple of offbeat bee tattoos to share with you as we near the end of this list. Here’s a queen bee tattoo, unlike all the rest. “It’s good to be Queen,” banners flanking the main queen character say. We can’t argue with that.
Pick a Flower, Any Flower
If you’re torn about how you want your bee tattoo to come together. Just think of your all-time favorite flower and pair a bee with it. The orange blossoms sure look warm and inviting in this example.
Love Bee Tattoo
We find a little galactic bee in weird colors and with a heart symbol on it. Don’t be afraid to think out of the box. Tattoos are an ultimate form of self-expression so if it’s not showing off your own personal style and worldview, what’s the point?
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Bee the Cowboy
Bee-haw! We leave you with one strange bee tattoo that finds our friend wearing a poncho and a cowboy hat. Your tattoo does not need to make sense to anyone except yourself. Have fun with it and don’t be afraid to experiment with ideas while working with your tattoo artist.
There you go! Know you have some excellent bee tattoo ideas worth considering. While these bee tattoos are a great starting point, we urge you to work with an artist for your own original design that only you can claim. As you’ve seen, there are a variety of ways to go and we hope this list got your imagination going! Happy tattooing!
Andrew is an Assistant Editor for Mamas Uncut with over ten years of experience as a writer in the creative, marketing, and blogging spaces. After studying Film and Art History, he developed a passion for telling stories in a variety of mediums. Obsessively making lists, reporting celebrity news, and diving into emerging pop cultural topics are a few of his interests.
- 1 Bee in Botanical Ornamentation
- 2 Exciting Possibilities
- 3 Bold In Black
- 4 Photorealistic
- 5 Lots of Sun
- 6 Micro Bee
- 7 Citrus BeeBee
- 8 Vivid Color
- 9 Glitch Bee Tattoo
- 10 Queen Bee
- 11 Black and Red
- 12 A Whole Mood
- 13 Bee’s Knees
- 14 Ever So Delicate
- 15 Bee Lady
- 16 All About Texture
- 17 Tarot Card Bee
- 18 One Bee, Two Ways
- 19 Get Moody
- 20 Like a Symbol
- 21 One Cute Queen
- 22 Long Live the Queen
- 23 Pick a Flower, Any Flower
- 24 Love Bee Tattoo
- 25 Bee the Cowboy
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