Whales have always been the symbols of different people’s emotions, both positive and negative. Living in the very depths of basins they are worth fascination and terrifying at the same time. That’s why there is no doubt they have found their own place in tattoo art.
Meaning of Whale Tattoos
According to the choice you may have the symbol of gentleness, motherhood, protection and guidance, patience and understanding, dedication and devotion.
Cultural and religious aspects of whale meaning.
Different cultures interpret whales from different sides. There is no one direct and correct meaning of this mammal unless you refer it to a certain origin. For example, in Chinese culture whales are sacred animals as some of them are believed to have hands and feet like humans and have ruled their water world from the ancient time. According to this belief, these “kings” are considered to be the symbol of power and strength.
In Vietnamese culture, whales are referred to divinity, so they are associated with purity of the soul.
However, there are some negative aspects, for example, in Christianity. In the Bible, whales are represented as “sea monsters” which is why in Christian religious aspect they symbolize evil and malice.
- Orca tattoos. One of the most famous and popular tattoos is orca or killer whale tattoos. Orcas are the most recognizable water creatures and they combine gentleness and danger, beauty and intelligence, power and strength.
- Tribal style. One of the most interesting styles being tattooed on different parts of the body is tribal style. This style shows the respect to these animals as they are believed to be gods of the seas and oceans. Tribal tattoos of whales connect people with nature, especially with the water, showing great respect to it.
- Application. Although there are different styles and whale tattoo designs, it is a person himself who chooses what meaning to insert in this or that particular tat.
Nowadays more and more women want to provide themselves with different tattoos. Killer whales are a great choice for them. The next pictures show how diverse can these tattoos be. They combine deep feelings of love and devotion which is one of the most widespread features of women’s character, strength which is common for females these days and beauty without which women can’t be themselves.
Killer Whale on the Lower Leg
Made with the help of many different lines it impresses with its realism. Very good choice for a lower leg place.
Killer Whale Tat on the Shoulder
Killer whale together with two starfish and a dolphin on woman’s shoulder. It looks very gentle and elegant because of the variety of the sea creatures and different colors and shades.
Killer Whale Tattoo on the Body Side
Very beautiful killer whale swimming somewhere in the sea tattooed on the body side. Also, it looks very friendly and nice because of such cosmic colors and different small details.
Killer Whale on the Foot
The Mayan style of the killer whale tattoo on the foot. Looks threateningly because of the color gamut of black and red and dangerous face.
Orca on the Lower Arm
Beautiful killer whale with the butterfly key on the arm. Nice and accurate killer whale against the colorful background.
Killer Whale on the Shoulder
Amazing wave transforming into the killer whale tattoo made on the upper arm.
Tattoo of the Killer Whale on the Arm
Very catching picture because of the contrast in color gamut – dark colors together with the sky-blue color looks charming especially on the inner side of the arm.
Two Killer Whales on the Upper Back
Two killer whales tattooed on the upper back can symbolize love and dedication of a child to a parent.
Orca Tattoo on the Back
Huge killer whale tattoo with lots of details on the upper back. Different details like a ship, swan ocean waves edit this picture and it looks like a masterpiece.
Killer Whale Tattoo on the Collarbone
No special effects, no backgrounds – that’s quite an appropriate choice for such a tat for women, especially on the collarbone.
Killer Whale Tat on the Ankle
Beautiful composition of the seaside view, a killer whale with wings and rope frame on the lower leg. Amazing colors, well-depicted details and finely made shadows look very catching.
Tribal Orca Tattoo on the Hip
The Mayan killer whale on the hip looks perfect for women because it is very nice thanks to the different ornaments and lines.
Tattoo of the Killer Whale on the Foot
Floating killer whale on the foot. Beautifully painted killer whale and gentle blue color look very tender.
Killer Whale on the Tight
Hip is decorated with the killer whale and decorations in the sharp of the waves. Looks nice and interesting.
Underboob Orca Tattoo
Great space background outlined in the shape of the killer whale with the stars has some mystery in it. Especially it looks good on the under breast side of the body.
Tat of the Killer Whale on the Leg
Killer whale tattoo on the lower leg, one of the most popular places for women’s tattoos.
Tattoo on the Leg
Old school style of the killer whale tattoo on the lower leg. It looks like an old sailor who is full of energy, though.
Wrist Tat of the Orca
Small killer whale on the wrist looks very accurate and can become a great decoration for every girl dreaming about the tat.
Massive Killer Whale Tattoo on the Half Back
Magnificent half back tattoo. It seems like the author would like to tell us to try to reach our aims no matter what is going on as killer whales are the symbols of persistence and the place is such as this killer whale wants to jump out of the routine and reach its aim.
Neck Tat With Killer Whales
The school of killer whales on the neck. Looks beautiful and unusual.
3 Orca on the Leg
Quite a simple killer whale on the ankle. Black and white colors are minimal which adds beauty to the tat.
Killer Whale on the Ankle
It is tattooed in such a way that it seems this killer whale on the ankle floats together with you.
Tat of the Killer Whale on the Arm
Geometric style of the killer whale tattooed on the lower arm. Thorough lines and accurate work make this tat interesting and eye-catching.
Killer Whale Performed on the Foot
Minimal details and maximum beauty – this can be said about this tat made on the foot.
Killer Whale on the Shoulder
Killer whale together with white whale tattooed on the shoulder. Perhaps, they can be the symbols of close friendship. Small details such as flowers beautify this tat.
Killer Whale on the Body Side
It seems like there is nothing special about this killer whale. However, the saturated blue color of these water waves adds zest to this picture covering the body side.
Killer Whale Performed on the Upper Arm
Killer whale performed on the arm. The symbolism of the picture is that wherever you point with the arm the killer whale will be directed exactly to that place.
Lower Arm Killer Whale Tat
Interesting killer whale tattoo on the lower arm. Different ornaments and razzle-dazzles make this tattoo really eye-catching.
Colorful Tattoo on the Hip
Looks very attractive because of the style – it seems more like a painting on the leg rather than a tat.
Body Side Picture of the Killer Whale
Relief tattoo of the killer whale on the body side. Even though it is performed only in black and white colors it looks reserved and beautiful.
Killer Whale on the Leg
Good-looking tattoo of the killer whale on the lower leg. It looks magnificent because the killer whale is jumping out of the water which color gamut is just amazing.
Body Side Killer Whale Pic
Simple killer whale tattoo on the body side which is a quite common choice for women.
Killer Whale Tattoo on the Hip
Different embellishments inside the killer whale which is tattooed on the thigh add zest o the picture.
Killer Whale Tattoo on the Upper Back
Smooth and preserved colors together with the multicolor circles look perfect on the woman’s back.
Whale Tail Tattoo Ideas
Different variations of one whale tail can be shown in the following tattoo photos. There are various technique, styles and combinations of the same part of whales’ bodies.
According to the small details and decorations around these tails, we can see different messages sent by the people who wear these tattoos. Perhaps most of them symbolize the depth of their emotions and feelings and eternity as there is only one part on the surface and something more important is hidden under the water.
Tribal Whale Tail on the Ankle
The unusual design of the tail on the ankle is brilliantly depicted and razzle-dazzles inside the tail make this tat look like a mascot for the wearer.
Tattoo of the Whale Tail on the Back
Night sea with a whale tail looking out of it on the upper back. Black tat looks like a part of woman’s body. This tail can be a symbol of strength and not giving up even in the hardest times.
Whale Tail Tattoo Performed on the Lower Hand
Blacktail on the hand with some blank places which seem to be perfectly placed on the pic because they seem to be not gaps but sheen on the tail itself.
Black Tattoo of a Whale Tail on the Ankle
Greatly performed dotwork makes this tail on the ankle realistic despite the fact that the water surface is made of different embellishments.
Beautiful Tribal Tattoo on the Upper Back
Two parts of the tail reflect each other as the whole. Interesting embellishments make the tat look like a talisman on the back for the person who is wearing it.
Whale Tail and the Small Ship on the Lower Arm
This picture on the lower arm is quite symbolistic as it shows how small and helpless can people be as against the Mother Nature.
Sea Water and a Whale Tail on the Upper Back
This picture on the upper back is perfect in every detail. Interesting razzle-dazzles on the waves in contrast with a dotwork of the whale tail look great.
Whale Tail on the Upper Arm
Even though the picture on the upper arm is made in black color it looks very realistic. People falling out of the boat on the animal’s tail show its symbolism expressing how helpless we can be as against nature.
Colorful Whale Tail on the Shoulder-blade
The tat master did his best to express every detail on the picture on the shoulder-blade: water drops, waves, shadows, even sunset is visible thanks to the accurate color details.
Whale Tail on the Calves of the Leg
The view of the sea, clouds and a whale tail set in an interesting frame performed on the leg. Perfect line work shows all the talent of the tat master.
Whale Tail Tattoo on the Wrist
Only one black line makes it the whale tail on the wrist. Quite a symbolistic tattoo showing that even such strong animals can be cute and nice.
Whale Tail Cover Up on the Wrist
Watercolor technique, black color and line work merge together into a beautiful picture of the whale tail on the wrist looking out of the sea surface as if the animal is hiding somewhere deep in the skin.
Whale Tail Tattoo on the Calves of the Leg
Perfect color gamut and old school style of the tat are perfectly depicted here. The old school sign “To the roots of the mountain” shows symbolism of the picture on the calves of the leg. It might mean that this person wants to find answers to the eternal questions, no matter how deep they are.
A Black Tat of the Whale Tail on the Wrist
The tail on the wrist looks quite ordinary except interesting razzle-dazzles inside the tail.
Black Whale Tail Tattoo on the Upper Back
Although the shape of the tat on the upper back is the whale tail, inside it, we can see the picturesque view of the mountain range. It is very symbolistic as it shows the close connection with different nature aspects.
Whale Tail on the Ankle
Despite the fact that the tat on the ankle is performed in one black color, every detail is perfectly depicted and it makes us believe in that the whale itself has hidden somewhere inside the human’s body.
Whale Tail Tattoo on the Palm
Line work of the whale tail and bird is simple. However, this hand can be a symbol of that even the smallest hope can appear in front of you like a palm opens showing the biggest animal in the world. And this animal is this small hope for better.
Tattoo of the Whale Tail on the Ankle
The picture on the ankle looks very impressive because of the performing style. Lines and shadows that smoothly come from spare skin parts into the picture are perfectly performed and it makes this tat more catching.
Accurate Whale Tail Behind the Ear
Nothing special about this small tattoo, just a tiny picture which makes us think that the animal itself is hiding somewhere deep in the human’s skin.
Big Tattoo of the Whale Tail on the Hip
The unusual combination of tribal and cartoon styles. Magnificent tribal whale tail and cartoon style of blue waves make an impressive whole picture on the hip.
Tattoo of the Whale Tail on the Upper Arm
Although this tat, covering the upper arm, is performed in black color, it reflects all the calm and quiet atmosphere of that view. The perfect combination of the land, ship and whale tail shows that people and animals can live together without any harm.
Whale Tails on the Legs
Two large black tattoos of two whale tails on the lower legs performed in minimalistic tribal style. Very interesting interpretation of tails. Smooth and sharp lines, black color and round details look amazing.
A Small Tattoo of the Whale Tail on the Upper Arm
Both tail and water are perfectly depicted with all the details. Water drops look very realistic and water surface makes us believe that the whale is hidden somewhere inside the skin on the upper arm.
Whale Tail on the Heel
Such small tattoos look more like mascots for their wearers and can’t show all the strength of whales. Instead, they describe these mammals as kind and gentle ones. Great decoration for the heel.
Whale Tail Half Sleeve on the Lower Arm
Tall and beautiful whale tail on the lower arm looks fantastic especially because of the black and white color gamut. Like it is the symbol of all the good and bad in the person. Two small waterfalls falling from the tail make it more mysterious.
Black Whale Tail Tattoo on the Lower Arm
There is nothing special about this tattoo on the lower arm except the fact that it looks like a charm showing the strength and stamina of the animal which can be this person’s characteristics.
Tattoo of the Whale Tail on the Side
Quite a usual style for such tattoos – dotwork. Every dot is perfectly depicted making the picture into one solid tat covering the upper back.
Tattoo of Two Whale Tails on the Hip
Together with all the tattoo details such as leaves, grass forest and mountains, it creates the perfect scenery tattooed on the hip which can be enjoyed somewhere in the open sea.
Large Whale Tail Tattoo on the Side
Unusual place for such a tat. Accurate and beautiful shade and color transitions look amazing in this picture on the body side.
Unusual Whale Tail Tattoo on the Neck
A good choice of the place (neck) for such a tattoo. The tail looks like a place where everything blooms and smells. Different details and embellishments make this picture very eye-catching.
Shoulder Tattoo of the Whale Tail
Large whale tail tattoo on the shoulder performed in the tribal style. Perfectly chosen color gamut and razzle-dazzles are well matched and look like a flawless masterpiece.
Wrist Whale Tail Tattoo
One more triangle tattoo of the whale tail on the wrist against the sea and sky background. Accurate and thorough dotworks makes it more beautiful and graceful.
Whale Tail Tattoo on the Lower Part of the Leg
It looks very interesting because the tail has its own plot inside it. The sky, sea, ship and killer whale interweave with each other showing the whole picture of the sea life on the leg.
Whales are believed to be the mascots for people who swim in the sea, the symbols of great power and strength, majesty and might. The following photos of hale tattoos depict that these animals also can be small and tiny, showing their power, however. Some of them are realistic and serious, some of them are cartoonish and funny, but all of them are greatly performed showing tat masters’ talents.
Whale on the Inner Side of the Elbow
Tiny and accurate tat on the inner side of the elbow with no special effects shows that sometimes even such grand animals can be small and defenseless.
A Small Tattoo of the Whale on the Wrist
Tiny whale performed on the wrist. Accurate dotwork and beautiful color and shade transitions look perfect here making this whale quite realistic.
Killer Whale Tat on the Ankle.
Quite symbolistic tattoo on the ankle showing respect to these animals as it was believed that our Earth was situated on three whales in the ancient times.
Whale Tattoo on the Foot
One more example of the mixture of whale and Earth performed on the foot. Such a space picture, even though it is black and white, looks fantastic and brings us somewhere in the space.
Whale Tattoo on the Ankle
Majestic whale against the blue triangle. This picture on the ankle shows all the grandness of this animal reminding us that although this animal is one of the biggest and is considered to be the king of the ocean, it is very calm and not dangerous at all.
Tattoo of the Whale on the Hip
Small black and white whale tattoo on the hip. The pose of the whale shows that it is somewhere inside the sea and it wants to reach some new heights going on the water surface.
Small Tribal Whale Tattoo on the Wrist
Very unusual and amazing tat on the wrist because of the tribal style. Every embellishment interweaves with other ones creating the whole picture.
Small Black Whale on the Upper Arm
Very realistic animal performed on the arm only in one black color with different shades and shadow transitions.
Humpback Whale Tattoo on the Side
Small whale tattoo on the body side without any special effects looks accurate and very nice because of it. Line work is very thorough and careful and the whale itself looks peaceful and calm.
Whale Tattoo on the Lower Leg
A small tattoo of the whale bringing some girl on the back against the triangle background performed on the lower leg. Perhaps it is a symbol of some defense and support because the girl is very small against the whale but she holds him very tight showing her trust to this animal.Source
Tattoos of the Anchor And the Whale on Both Heels
As anchors are the symbols of defense and safety, the whale can be a symbol of danger and that’s why this anchor defends the person, who may be a sailor, from the danger. Good pictures on the heels.
Tiny Whale Tattoo on the Lower Arm
Here arm looks like the ocean for this small animal. It seems like the whale knows where to swim, perhaps, to reach his dream and it is pointed right there.
A Small Tattoo of the Whale on the Ankle
Although it is very simple, perfect shadow technique shows all the beauty and grandness of these animals, making the tattoo on the ankle itself very eye-catching.
Tiny Whale Picture on the Heel
Because of the accuracy of the work, the tat on the heel looks very nice and pleasant showing no danger from the whale’s side.
Humpback Whale on the Lower Arm
Small gray tattoo of the whale on the lower arm against the night background. Perfectly made shades and the moon together with the ocean waves open very beautiful and romantic picture.
Cartoon of the Whale Made on the Wrist
The cartoon style is very unusual for whale tattoos but this one, performed on the wrist, is very funny and shows that these animals are not dangerous and can be very friendly to people.
Tattoo of the Whale on the Body Side
Quite a common style for these types of tattoos. Lines are very sharp and dots perfectly make the entire picture of the animal on the body side. Although there is no water around the whale, its pose shows that it feels in its element.
Humpback And White Whales on the Shoulder
Tattoo of one whale and three killer whales performed on the shoulder. It seems like killer whales are hunting and they have already found their victim. The tat is made in such a way that you can’t understand if the whale will escape from the killer whales or won’t.
Small Whale Performed on the Ankle
Black and white tattoo of the whale covering the ankle. It looks like it is swimming somewhere in the deep. The animal itself looks grand and majestic and because of the cool shade technique, it seems to be real.
Small Whale on the Ankle
Good-looking small humpback whale made on the ankle. Although it is made in black color, small water jet above its head shows that the author didn’t want to make it very serious and symbolistic.
A Small Tattoo of the Whale on the Hip
This is a usual example of such tattoos. Nothing to add, nothing to take away from here. Exciting hip tattoo. The whale itself looks very realistic because of the brilliant dotwork.
Two Whales on the Chest
Two fantastic and space whales perfectly performed on the chest. They look very extraordinary because they are very colorful and bright which is very unusual for these tats. A parent and a child swim together showing dedication and deep love to each other.
Small Whale Tattoo on the Ankle
The animal on the ankle looks majestic because of the color gamut (black and blue colors together with perfect shade transitions) which looks perfect and amazing.
Small Whale Tattoo on the Heel
Dotwork performed on the animal covering the heel looks amazing and nice.
Whale Tattoo on the Upper Arm
Linework of the tat on the arm looks amazing. The whale together with the ocean waves seems to be all-in-one-piece.
Tattoo of the Humpback Whale on the Lower Arm
Small triangle with the whale inside it made on the lower part of the arm. Mysterious black tat with the whale jumping out of the water against the night background. Amazing dot and linework makes this tat really must.
Tattoo of the Whale on the Wrist
Calm and peaceful animal on the wrist made in linework without any special effects which make this tat minimalistic but cool and nice.
Tiny Whale on the Wrist
Although the picture is very small the work on the wrist is made perfectly as there are great shade transitions, nice dotwork and sharp lines around the silhouette.
Black Tattoo of the Whale on the Wrist
Peaceful and calm whale on the wrist seems to be floating somewhere far away from the earth’s problems going to the better place.
Whale Skeleton on the Elbow
Many people get their tattoos because they want to show their care about these majestic animals. As the elbow tat is done in such a way, it seems that the wearer wants to tell all the people not to be indifferent to the problem of whale murders and their extinction.
Little Whale Floating on the Person’s Ankle
One more example of one of the most common pictures of these animals on ankles. Everything is good in this pic – lines and dots that mix together making a realistic picture of the mammal.
Tattoo of the Whale on the Hip
There are not so many colorful whale tattoos. However, this one, tattooed on the hip, can be a very interesting example because of well-depicted details such as glitters on the whale, sharp outlines and beautiful frame of grass.
Upper Leg Whale Tat
A mixture of a unicorn and a whale in one picture made on the upper leg. Pink and blue colors seem to tell us that fantasy is always good and you should express your creativity no matter in what.
Small Whale on the Wrist
Black and white colors of the wrist tat show the minimalism of the pic where there is nothing to add and nothing to take away.
Whale on the Upper Neck
Cartoon small whale hiding behind the ear and smiling because life is great even if you float in the ocean all your life.
Whale Tat on the Ankle
Small but colorful picture of the whale against the blue triangle on the ankle. The triangle might be the symbol of the frames which we are in all our life. The whale is the symbol of freedom saying that sometimes you should go outside these frames.
Tattoo of the Blue Whale on the Body Side
The color gamut is perfect and rhombic razzle-dazzles make a perfect body side picture of the entire animal.
Small Blue Whale on the Arm
Performed only in blue color it looks peaceful and calm, especially performed on the arm.
Collarbone Whale Tattoo
Grey color of the tattoo made on the collarbone shows all the quietness of the whale and perfectly painted lines make a well-done picture.
Small Whale on the Person’s Arm
Arm tattoo of the humpback whale. The zest of the picture is that the animal itself is made with the help of different pictures and embellishments inside it.
Small Whale on the Arm
It looks more like floating on the arm rather than swimming in the ocean. Beautiful shades and lines make this picture quite realistic.
Small Whale on the Lower Arm
Accurate and nice dotwork performed on the lower arm, well-done shadows – everything is great in this picture.
Whale on the Neck
Small whale made on the neck trying to swim somewhere higher. Good work for such a place.
Whale on the Shoulder
An unusual interpretation of the animal made on the collarbone because here it plays the role of the balloon floating in the sky and carrying a girl perhaps to her dream.
Killer Whale Tattoo on the Upper Arm
Really space picture because the killer whale is “swimming” somewhere among the planets made on the arm. The symbolistic picture which shows there will be no harm if you dream.
Small Whale on the Wrist
Tiny colorful wrist tattoo of the humpback whale. Extraordinary one as the majority of the whales is tattooed in the calm and quiet atmosphere. This one is very angry and cruel showing his anxiety to hurt someone who will cross his road.
Whale Tattoo on the Upper Arm
The upper arm is decorated with the whale set in the floristic frame.
Small Tattoo on the Ankle
The Happy animal on the ankle shows himself outside the mountains. Different decorations such as moon and stars make this picture mysterious.
Small Multicolor Whale on the Leg
Different colors in which this animal is performed is the zest of this picture because thanks to the gamut this picture on the leg looks admirable.