If you’re on the hunt for a tattoo that embodies the concept of infinity, the ouroboros may be just what you’re looking for. This ancient symbol, depicting a serpent or dragon eating its own tail, has been used by various cultures throughout history to represent the cycle of life, death, and rebirth.
In modern times, it’s become a popular choice for those seeking a tattoo that symbolizes the infinite and eternal nature of existence. In this blog post, we’ve gathered 25 of the most stunning ouroboros tattoo designs that you won’t want to miss.
Get Inspired by These Thrilling Ouroboros Tattoos!
Simplicity Is Bliss
There’s something so pleasing and zen-like about a straightforward ouroboros tattoo like this one. You can skip the bells and whistles and keep things minimal for a similar look.
With Some Lion Action
This feels like it could be an elaborate door-knocker. At any rate, this lion is beautiful. Take a look at all of those fine lines employed to give its fur texture. You can pair your ouroboros tattoo with anything your heart desires!
A Bone to Pick
Snake skeletons are popular among ouroboros tattoos. After all, it is a symbol of life, death, and rebirth so a skeleton makes sense here. This is the first but won’t be the last example like this. If it interests you, keep reading because we have so much more to show you.
Intricate knotted ouroboros tattoos are also delightful. Isn’t it beautiful? Work with your tattoo artist to come up with the right shape for your design.
Dragons Are Also Great
Ouroboros tattoos aren’t limited to snakes. Dragons have classically been used for the symbol as well. This one is framing another symbol of life, death, and rebirth.
With Many Heads
Little flames around this ouroboros tattoo give it a ghostly quality, like it’s floating in a gentle breeze. These flames are understated but feel free to go as dramatic with the effect as you like. Further, you can add more than one head for your creature to offer more visual interest.
It’s a Wrap
Ouroboros tattoos that wrap around the arm or wrist are also extremely popular. After all, the shape is kind of made for it.
Symbols On Top of Symbols
Beef up your ouroboros tattoo with other symbols you value. They can help build a narrative that tells your own special story.
Here’s a dragon ouroboros tattoo that is formed into a figure eight. The person who got this design shared that it was a symbol of her family. We imagine the sword here is meant to express a fighting spirit.
Watercolor tattoos are one of the biggest trends today. We find the effect put to good use here with this vibrant blue and black ouroboros tattoo that looks like it has been applied with a paintbrush.
Wow! We find a really interesting ouroboros tattoo here that features a snake that wraps around a beautiful frame. There are also some dots in the center that further enforce a sense of balance.
If your mantra is “go big or go home,” you can turn your ouroboros tattoo into an entire sleeve or half-sleeve. The placement on the arm here is great because it is highly visible but we think it would also look fantastic on the thigh or calf.
Making It Pretty
Flowers make any tattoo better. We love the delicate ones featured in this ouroboros tattoo that really help to sweeten things up and bring the theme of life and rebirth to nature.
Life and Death
As promised, here is another ouroboros tattoo that features a skeleton. We get the best of both worlds here as there is also a fleshy snake. Does the pattern on it look like eyes to you?
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Among the Peonies
We are big fans of neo-traditional tattoos that celebrate the history of the art form but also bring something fresh and new to the table. For this ouroboros tattoo, we find traditional lines on the flowers and snake but pretty radical color. It’s a tale of contrasts.
A popular design scheme among ouroboros tattoos is to put an eye in the center, letting the snake’s circular shape act as a frame. We thing it gives a feeling of mystery. With the radiating lines we’ve got a really balanced design.
Splashy, right? We love the way the artist has filled the snake with creative shapes and patterns. The fade from dark blue to light is also lovely.
This ouroboros tattoo looks like it’s been engraved or from some ancient manuscript. We’re getting big time witchy vibes from this one and we love it!
Thinking outside the box can deliver singular results. This is one of the strangest dragons we have seen but we really love the storybook quality of it. Yes, we’re seeing stars here.
Here’s another example of a neo-traditional ouroboros tattoo that looks fantastic. The snake here is pretty classic but it’s composition and shape make it really stand out.
How cool is this ouroboros tattoo? We love the sharp “edges” here that make it look like a ring. A transition from warm to cool colors is also really thrilling.
The person with this ouroboros tattoo shared that they were inspired by medieval art. It does look like something you might find in an illuminated manuscript. Turn to art for ink inspiration and you won’t regret it.
We find the phases of the moon transitioning inside an ouroboros tattoo. Those phases reinforce the symbolic power and weight of the design.
As we mentioned before, natural elements really add so much to any tattoo. We have some little leaves and berries in this very delicate ouroboros tattoo. This is as fine as it comes, folks.
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We really get a sense of magic with this ouroboros tattoo the circles around a golden compass-like object. Take a closer look and your will see the finest of lines forming geometric shapes and stars inside. This is a real winner!
The ouroboros tattoo is a beautiful and meaningful choice for those who want to symbolize infinity and the cyclical nature of life. Whether you’re drawn to the ancient origins of the symbol or simply love its aesthetic appeal, there’s no denying that these 25 ouroboros tattoo designs are truly stellar. Remember to always do your research and work with a trusted tattoo artist to ensure that your new ink is something you’ll treasure for a lifetime.
If you want even more ink inspiration, keep reading. We’ve got the coolest snake tattoos ever to share with you!
Snake as Bracelet
Here’s an intriguing concept that brings to mind Ouroboros, or a snake eating its own tail. Simple black and grey proves effective more often than not with these snake tattoo designs.
Small Snake Tattoo
This handsome snake tattoo is small in scale but big on style. Clean lines are the name of the game here and you can find an artist who is capable of doing the same for you. Remember to use these tattoo ideas for inspiration and to work with an artist to create your own unique design.
Bold & Beautiful
Snakes make for gorgeous forearm tattoos but don’t take our word for it! The above example paired with beautiful botanical details really marries scary and sweet in a magical way.
Another Way to Go Botanical
You can go with a more pared down version of the snake meets botanical idea with something similar to this that finds a snake wrapped around the stem of a rose.
Express Yourself with Color
While most snake tattoos are black and grey there are some standouts done with colorful ink. Here, we see a flaming viper looking rather ominous yet vibrant!
The forearm is not the only place people get their snake tattoos. Here’s a great example of how a snake can be shaped to accentuate the natural curves of the shoulder blade.
Traditional Is Timeless
Traditional tattooing relies on classic motifs, simple shapes, and bold lines to bring designs to life. The old adage, “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it,” feels appropriate here.
Explode with Energy & Color
Here’s a very lush half-sleeve tattoo that finds a snake in a lush, natural scene complete with a handsome butterfly. There’s also a cosmic element near the shoulder that adds to the mystery and intrigue here.
One of the cool tattoo trends to emerge this year involves doubling up the tattoo to make it appear almost as if it should be stereoscopic. If this speaks to you, riff on the theme.
Make It Fierce
Wow! This snake looks rather menacing which might appeal to you. Obviously, for a “tougher” tattoo consider having your snake tattooed with it’s mouth open, ready to bite.
On Red Ink
We say this often, but we will say it again, red ink is incredible. It’s a really great way to add even more passion and energy to a tattoo with only the color choice. Red always reads hotter than black ink.
Here’s an interesting concept that sees a snake behind its scales. Bits of this snake’s body have been taken down to the skeletal level for a very interesting, and wholly unique look.
She’s a Lady
If you’re wondering, yes, you too can have a “viper lady.” It’s a most interesting design that finds a woman’s face inside the mouth of a viper. Part creepy, part romantic, this one’s something altogether its own thing.
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Snakes and skulls go together like a dream and it’s a common design scheme that will serve you well. This one features very fine, clean lines that present a sort of lightness.
On Death Part II
On the other hand, you can go darker, bolder, and with heavier black details for a more evocative and creepy look. You better believe that snakes through eye sockets are a huge draw.
Heavy with Mood
We know that we’ve shown you a snake wrapped around a rose but it’s possible to take that same idea in a different direction. This one marries light and dark well to present a well-balanced tattoo that’s one of our favorite snake tattoos on this list.
You see that red ink? We told you it really pops and that’s especially true when paired with a touch of black ink.
As if a snake tattoo were not menacing enough, it can be paired with other elements that double the danger. Daggers are popular options but you can also consider a sword.
Fine and Femme
Despite this tight tattoo being enormous, this snake paired with peonies still reads feminine and gorgeous. Notice how the snake contrasts with the fineness of the flowers. Do the same for added depth.
Here’s another snake tattoo with a dagger. However, more attention has been paid to the dagger with tiny ornamental details that make it so very special.
Going small does not mean that your tattoo will not make waves. Micro tattoos of snakes are some of the most popular among the genre and you could easily walk away with a very stylish tattoo if you decide to go this route.
Remember that crusted dagger we saw a couple of tattoos back? You can employ those same elements to your snake tattoo for something very, very special. Think outside the box and reap the rewards.
A snake inked in black next to vividly colored flowers proves a smart color theme. Always consider contrasting your colors for a truly impactful tattoo.
Small Snake, Big Deal
Feast your eyes on this modestly-sized tattoo that is chocked full of minute details. From the tiny scales to the delicate leaves of the botanical elements, this design soars on every level.
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You can take your snake tattoo in a more abstract direction. One such way involves this cool brushstroke that has excellent texture that is understated and sophisticated. Despite it being the least “snakey” design on this list, it’s one we imagine many will gravitate towards.
There you go! What did you think of these snake tattoo ideas? We feel that they’re completely fascinating, mesmerizing, and a little bit creepy in the best sort of way. As you’ve seen, there’s no right or wrong way to go about your snake tattoo. The more you are able to express your singular point of view the better. Now, go get some ink!
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 Get Inspired by These Thrilling Ouroboros Tattoos!
- 1.1 Simplicity Is Bliss
- 1.2 With Some Lion Action
- 1.3 A Bone to Pick
- 1.4 Knotted
- 1.5 Dragons Are Also Great
- 1.6 With Many Heads
- 1.7 It’s a Wrap
- 1.8 Symbols On Top of Symbols
- 1.9 Figure 8
- 1.10 Almost Abstract
- 1.11 Intricate
- 1.12 Going Big
- 1.13 Making It Pretty
- 1.14 Life and Death
- 1.15 Among the Peonies
- 1.16 Blink
- 1.17 Cute Fill
- 1.18 Engraved
- 1.19 Whimsy
- 1.20 Neo Traditional
- 1.21 Supremely Unique
- 1.22 Medieval-Based
- 1.23 Phases
- 1.24 Enchanting
- 1.25 Golden
- 1.26 Snake as Bracelet
- 1.27 Small Snake Tattoo
- 1.28 Bold & Beautiful
- 1.29 Another Way to Go Botanical
- 1.30 Express Yourself with Color
- 1.31 Morning Glories
- 1.32 Traditional Is Timeless
- 1.33 Explode with Energy & Color
- 1.34 Double Trouble
- 1.35 Make It Fierce
- 1.36 On Red Ink
- 1.37 Seeing Skeletal
- 1.38 She’s a Lady
- 1.39 On Death
- 1.40 On Death Part II
- 1.41 Heavy with Mood
- 1.42 The Charmer
- 1.43 Double Danger
- 1.44 Fine and Femme
- 1.45 Drama, Mama
- 1.46 Micro
- 1.47 Ornamental
- 1.48 Contrast
- 1.49 Small Snake, Big Deal
- 1.50 Abstract
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