Tattoos are a way to celebrate counterculture and the art of the sublime. Trippy tattoos have long been and will long be a popular genre of tattoos as these designs appeal to adventurous sensibilities and artistic interpretation. We decided to take a little trip into the world of psychedelic tattoos to discover what trends and creative designs are currently making waves.
We must admit, we were impressed by the variety, complexity, and artistry on display with these tattoos. Some common themes are full-color designs that often include an entire rainbow of colored ink. We also discovered that while tattoos of things like mushrooms are out there, most people go more personal and choose a subject matter that holds particular value to them. This fact contributes to the diverse array of psychedelic tattoos. Check out these 50 trippy tattoos that showcase a weird and fantastic aesthetic.
Let’s Get Weird With These Trippy Tattoos!
As promised, we did come across several mushroom trippy tattoos and the like. However, we felt the need to share this one with you to get a taste of what creative artists are adding to them. Here, these mushrooms look almost like coral or sea creatures. The pink and blue colors completely captivate.
This skull has swirling pink and purple shapes aplenty on top of an equally swimming background of contrasting green and yellow. The overall shape of the tattoo design gives movement as it is stretched and pulled in places as if by some sort of signal interference.
This cute and colorful ape is complete with a third eye with a bolt of electricity shooting from it. There’s an interesting line pattern on the monkey’s face that looks like a topographic map. We love the peach-colored ink that’s used in this design as a highlight for several shapes.
Spread Your Wings
Here, we find a butterfly that seems to be dotted with cheetah spots. There is a lovely ombre effect on display that begins as warm colors near the center and cools as your eye moves to the periphery. Very sharp!
This dynamic tattoo borrows some shape and design influence from Art Deco and cranks the abstract to the max. While this is clearly a flamingo, the circumstances we find the bird is not immediately clear. Is it being sucked into a vortex or merely standing in water? Is it alien with multiple moons surrounding it?
‘Eruption of Love’
The tattoo artist who shared this volcanic tattoo captioned the image, “eruption of love.” We are into that! The arms coming through the eyes here is slightly unsettling, but overall, this is a very interesting and fun design. It’s one of the strangest trippy tattoos on this list.
This floral alligator is imagined in blue and pink in front of fern fronds that transform into the same colors. The use of color here is really striking and makes for a stunning, psychedelic tattoo.
If you love pastels, you could do no better than this design which capitalizes on color. A face with black, flowing tears is embedded in the castle as if it is some sort of ghost. We absolutely love this playful, pastel dream.
Melt Your Face
A melting smiley face between two aqua-colored skeletal hands with mushrooms sprouting from them is a delight with the absence of black ink. The design looks as if it’s temporary or floating on air.
We find John Lennon here that also seems to be a melting totem pole. While most people with trippy tattoos go for more abstract concepts and designs, this was one of the few we found with a recognizable pop culture figure as subject matter.
We love this confetti or polka dot effect that makes the tattoo sparkle with visual appeal. Distinctly colored flames and a rainbow make this design most unique even among the other trippy tattoos on this list.
This weird moth is one of the few trippy tattoos we found to only use black ink. We find it applied in the shape of an abstract moth that’s filled with tiny dots to help bring shape and shade to the overall tattoo.
“Imagination Vacation: The Grand Finale,” the artist who shared this design wrote. We find celestial shapes in the form of moons and constellations coupled with vibrant waves of color that vibrate throughout.
The person who shared this tattoo described it as a haunted house in a desert for someone who loves all things creepy and who also grew up in Arizona. Okay! We find the ghost floating on top to be exceptionally cute.
This playful tattoo borders on optical illusion as it features the exact same tattoo done twice, in different colors, and slightly askew. The joke here is that it’s truly hard to keep your eyes focused as you look at the design.
“Cosmic Confetti Spider,” the artist who shared this rainbow-colored design wrote. The glowing red eye on the back of this eight-legged monster stays with you.
There’s actually not a man on the moon, instead, it’s a woman with excellent makeup. We adore the pink and orange clouds that are highlighted by a sharp yellow.
The artist who shared this design described it as a “dimension traveler.” We found a contrast in the sharp, blocky shapes and the organic-looking, wood-like grain.
“Psychedelic [Spiky] Boi,” the artist who shared this tattoo captioned it. We love this very strange, monolithic cactus with its watchful eye. Fans of surrealism, eat your hear out.
Here, we find stairs leading to a gateway that’s full of color and possibility. The contrast between colorful ink and matte black is striking.
What’s On Your Mind?
A rainbow-colored hand holding a deconstructed human skull with a mushroom growing from it might be one of the weirdest trippy tattoos on this list of strange ones. We have no idea what’s going on here but we’re into it.
Scoot That Boot
We have heard of shoe planters before but never seen one quite like this. We find a radical boot that washed in color containing eye-flowers that are partially shaded in blue. Be bold, do you.
We have seen a lot of melting objects on this trippy tattoos journey, but this one looks distinct with its sharp neat lines and bold colors. We love the way the color has been designed to turn cool and blue after it passes through the fingers.
An eye with a heart-shaped iris and pupil dazzles with a frame of thick black ink that bleeds out. This is both a glamorous and remarkable design that feels so fresh and new.
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This strange, devilish creature has three mouths, two of which are where the eyes should be while an eye sits in the middle of the forehead. Orange and purple give the skin a creepy look when contrasted with the blue and green of the eyelids and horns. It’s one of the funkiest trippy tattoos on this list and we love it!
Here’s one of the trippy tattoos that’s guaranteed to make eyes cross. We find a double broken heart in this tidy design.
Faces in the Flowers
We find beautiful botanical trippy tattoos in this design which finds faces among the petals of a chrysanthemum. Let your artist help you realize your psychedelic design and you will walk away with something no one else has.
Here we find a doubled-up Alice from Disney’s Alice in Wonderland. We could think of no better subject matter for trippy tattoos than the character.
Enter the Void
We are big fans of optical illusion tattoos and we find one here that contains a swirling vortex. It’s framed with a geometric Mandala-inspired design that adds even more visual interest.
A lot of trippy tattoos include melty imagery. This example is no exception. We find a statue-like figure of the gorgon Medusa. It’s rather creepy!
Here’s one of the cutest trippy tattoos on this list. We find a very minimalist snail applied in vibrant colors.
We find a three-eyed, purple goat with this entry from Florida. We do not know why it has been decapitated but it’s interesting to find that the creature bleeds purple blood.
Here’s a very cute trippy turtle that looks like it has been designed by Lisa Frank. Neon color will take your trippy tattoos to a whole new level. So, experiment with it and ask your artist to swing for the fences.
We find double photorealistic faces stacked on top of one another in this unsettling design. The eyes look so real!
For this tattoo, the artist has created a rainbow effect around the skeleton of a dog to make it appear as if you’re looking at some magical x-ray. The artist who shared the image also noted that the ink used glows under a black light. Pretty rad!
We’re not sure if this is supposed to be a flaming black hole in space, but that’s what we are taking away from it. Tattoos are all about self-expression and the weirder, clearly the better.
A Whole Mood
This very big psychedelic tattoo appears to be centered around a peony flower with an eye in the center. But there are many more subjects to feast your eyes on from the very long tongue to the eyes sprouting from the leaves.
An old-school Gypsy tattoo has been split in half for these trippy tattoos. In the center, we find a stairway to the heavens. It’s one of the few trippy tattoos on this list to take inspiration from traditional tattooing.
The lines of this tiger’s stripes get all messed with the inclusion of a little glitch. Glitch tattoos are a huge trend today and we really like the treatment of this cat.
We find this cat’s body spiraling out of control in this design which has filled our cat friend with stars. We don’t know what’s going on and we imagine that’s the point.
‘A Passage of Time’
The artist who shared this image captioned it “A Passage of Time.” We believe this to be a tattoo that’s all about time travel given the vortex background. The face is haunting.
Everything Falls Apart
We find a Marilyn Monroe character with her face falling off in this odd design. It’s like a Monday morning in tattoo form. Melting is a big theme among these trippy tattoos and this will not be the last you will see of it on this list.
The person who shared this image described it as a “portal.” We guess the thing that travels through that portal is a blue alien-type being with antlers. Okay!
One of the most minimal trippy tattoos we found is this simple cloud design that pairs orange and greek ink. You will find both big and small raindrops in this understated and handsome design.
Another theme we’ve seen among these trippy tattoos a couple of times now is an inside look at a head. The face has been removed to reveal a little mushroom garden inside. It’s a very fresh take on a traditional design.
Here’s a face that’s been stretched in a very evocative and strange design. We don’t encounter black ink among these tattoos too often so it’s worth pointing out that the bold, clean, black lines look fantastic here.
Eyes, Eyes, Eyes
We believe this tattoo contains 14 eyes in total. It’s another one of the trippy tattoos that will make your own eyes cross. The tattoo artist who shared this creative image captioned it, “How many fingers am I holding up?”
One of the most understated trippy tattoos on this list finds swirling lines in rainbow colors filling the inside of leaves on a twig. We’re not sure this is a tattoo to express LGBTQIA+ Pride but we think it absolutely could be!
Give Them a Hand
“This lotus meditated on top of a mountain. It had a great vision of an eagle,” the artist shared. “Then an eagle appeared and flew it through the vast plains of space, through a wormhole and into another dimension.”
“There happened to be a Charlesthefirst show going on at a wild space club so the eagle put the lotus on its head as a hat and went and danced its eagle face off???????? the end?” the caption ends. Okay!
‘Space Portal Death Moth’
We leave you with this mesmerizing tattoo that the artist characterized as a “space portal death moth.” Can you see it? We love the elements of a face found in the moth’s wings. What a trippy delight!
There you go! 50 trippy tattoos that celebrate psychedelic works of art, supreme imagination, and plenty of vibrant colors. We hope you enjoyed these designs and all of the creativity on display here. Most tattoo artists would be flattered to be commissioned to work on an original piece like one of these amazing designs. So, go get a weird tattoo!
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 Let’s Get Weird With These Trippy Tattoos!
- 2 Magic
- 3 Psychedelic Wave
- 4 Evolution
- 5 Spread Your Wings
- 6 Funky Flamingo
- 7 ‘Eruption of Love’
- 8 Gleeful Gator
- 9 Castle
- 10 Melt Your Face
- 11 Trippy Lennon
- 12 Flower Power
- 13 Moth
- 14 Electric
- 15 Haunted
- 16 Focus
- 17 Confetti Spider
- 18 In Full
- 19 Interdimensional Panther
- 20 Spikey Vibes
- 21 A Journey
- 22 What’s On Your Mind?
- 23 Scoot That Boot
- 24 Melting Sun
- 25 Neon Tears
- 26 Colorful Creature
- 26.1 Heartbreaker
- 26.2 Faces in the Flowers
- 26.3 Alice
- 26.4 Enter the Void
- 26.5 Melty Medusa
- 26.6 Snail Friend
- 26.7 Severed
- 26.8 Neon Turtle
- 26.9 Two-Faced
- 26.10 X-Ray Vision
- 26.11 Flaming
- 26.12 A Whole Mood
- 26.13 Cosmic Shift
- 26.14 Glitch Cat
- 26.15 More Cat
- 26.16 ‘A Passage of Time’
- 26.17 Everything Falls Apart
- 26.18 A ‘Portal’
- 26.19 Fallen Rain
- 26.20 Broken Face
- 26.21 Stretch
- 26.22 Eyes, Eyes, Eyes
- 26.23 Rainbow Twig
- 26.24 Give Them a Hand
- 26.25 ‘Space Portal Death Moth’
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