Mesmerizing shading forest tattoo on the forearm

Forest Tattoo Ideas For People Who Care About Nature

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If you are a nature lover and thinking of a way to express that – a forest tattoo is an excellent choice. If done by a skillful artist – it’s one of the most impressive tattoos. In this article, we are going to look at the most favorite types of forest tattoos and their meaning. As always, we have gathered an incredible collection of ideas for you. So, scroll down to see them all!

Dotwork forest and black pattern tattoo
Dot-work forest and black pattern tattoo
Taiga tattoo on the wrist and forearm
Taiga tattoo on the wrist and forearm
Mystical forest tattoo on the forearm
Mystical forest tattoo on the forearm
Dotwork negative space woods and moon tattoo
Another dot-work, negative space woods and moon tattoo

Forest tattoo – a choice for nature lovers

Like any other nature-themed tattoo, a forest is a favorite type of people who like to spend their time in nature. Some of them prefer a single tree, leaf or a flower; others express their love by getting an animal tattoo. And there are those who are in love with forest tattoos that cover their hand with black ink. Moreover, they usually add some other elements to it such as silhouettes of the animals, stars, etc. Also, quite often we can see that forest appears as a background landscape in a bigger tattoo.

Forest at night landscape armband tattoo
Forest at night landscape armband tattoo

If most of your free time happens actively in nature – it is likely that forest tattoos are your thing. Outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, mountain biking or photography – are the things that inspire people to get a tattoo. As you spend more and more of your time in nature, you become very close to it. Even if you’re in the city, you can feel the wind and the sounds of the woods. If you think that you can’t live without nature and you need to escape from the stressful life – a tattoo of a forest is your thing.

Path in the middle of the woods
Path in the middle of the woods

Forests have been a crucial part of our planet long before humans existed. The history of the woods goes back to prehistoric times when ancient creatures lived. The forests were the homes of those beings. That’s why for many pagan religions, forests are a sanctuary. Thanks to them, there are still many people who feel the same way today.

Deer in the woods
Deer in the woods

Why forests matter?

There are many reasons why forests are crucial for us and the whole planet. First of all, they are cleaning our air by reducing the CO2 amount that we throw out every day. Forests not only clean the air but also regulate our climate and can even prevent some places from flooding.

Circular black forest tattoo
Circular black forest tattoo

It is a home of birds, animals and thousands of different insects. Moreover, according to researchers, more than three hundred million people are living in forests. It is their only home, not to mention that the industry of the wood which provides many people with the jobs. And of course, we use it for furniture, buildings and many more. If you would like to learn more about the importance of the forests, check out this excellent article by nature.org.

Mesmerizing shading forest tattoo on the forearm
Mesmerizing shading forest tattoo on the forearm

So, as you can see, a forest is a crucial part of our planet. Without forests, we would practically be doomed. And the problem is that we cut too much of them and we are unable to recover them that fast and easy. A mature forest needs about eighty years to grow. And with our demand for wood, we will not be able to regrow that much.

Forest armband tattoo
Another forest armband tattoo

Forest tattoo meaning

It is a symbol of life, rejuvenation, inner peace, fertility and many more. The definition of the forest has been changing over the years, and it does until today. Nowadays, the importance of it became much bigger, because of the dangers of the destruction of rainforests. So, there are many reasons to get it in the form of a tattoo. Not only it has a profound meaning, but it is also solidarity with the nature that is being tormented by the humans.

Forearm forest tattoo design
Forearm forest tattoo design with a Nordic compass

So, as you can imagine, a tattoo of a forest can have many different meanings. To begin with, they are a vital part of the earth’s climate; they are the lungs of the planet. Forests absorb CO2 from the atmosphere and in that way cleans our air. So, a tattoo of the wood symbolizes purity and rejuvenation.

Circular tattoo of forest and fox
Circular tattoo of forest and fox

Since the olden times, the forest was a mysterious and sacred place. According to many myths and fairytales, it is a home of mystical creatures, and various dangers lie in it. In some cultures, the forest was a barrier which a teenager must pass to become an adult. It is a sanctuary that holds the secrets of nature. So, the forest is also a symbol of spiritual maturity. When a person is finally ready to face the dangers and struggles of life, he passes a symbolical forest and becomes an adult.

Forest landscape armband tattoo
Another forest landscape armband tattoo

Forest tattoo and other symbols

We can see connections between our lives and the forests. Like trees – we also experience cycles, and we face many challenges when we grow. For example, the autumn is a peaceful time, but when the harsh winter comes, it seems that everything is dead. However, the spring brings rebirth and new hope, while the summer is a time of happiness and beauty. So, a single tree may represent a human, and the forest can be a symbol of the whole of humanity.

Black dotwork negative space forest tattoo
Another black dot-work negative space forest tattoo

You can always combine a forest tattoo with other symbols like mystical creatures or animals. If you are fond of pagan religions, you can incorporate ancient magical symbols to make it even more meaningful. Quite often people add Norse or Icelandic staves or runes together with a forest tattoo.

Nordic symbol and forest negative space tattoo on the arm
Nordic symbol and forest negative space tattoo on the arm

Another way to add variety to the forest tattoos are things like mountains and rivers. A river stream may symbolize the bad and good experiences that you had in your life, while the mountain can express your inner strength. Or you can find your meaning and add some elements that are important to you.

Jumping fox with forest landscape tattoo on the right inner arm
Jumping fox with forest landscape tattoo on the right inner arm

Forest tattoo ideas

As you can see, it is a beautiful way to express your thoughts and perception of the world. The forest is a mystical and lovely choice for both ladies and gents. Take a look at our selection of the most beautiful forest tattoos. We are sure that you will find the inspiration for your tat.

Black forest tattoo on the forearm
Black forest tattoo on the forearm
Woods tattoo on the left forearm
Woods tattoo on the left forearm
Black forest tattoo on the right calf
Black forest tattoo on the right calf
House in the middle of the forest tattoo
House in the middle of the forest tattoo
Excellent black forest wristband tattoo
Excellent black forest wristband tattoo
Matching forest tattoo for brothers
Matching forest tattoo for brothers
Camping tent in the middle of the woods
Camping tent in the middle of the woods
Excellent shading work on this upper arm piece
Excellent shading work on this upper arm piece
Road in the middle of the woods tattoo
A road in the middle of the woods tattoo
Rhombus landscape with the mountains and trees
Rhombus landscape with the mountains and trees
Realistic woods tattoo on the forearm
Realistic woods tattoo on the forearm
Night sky over the woods tattoo
Night sky over the woods tattoo
Negative space gradient style woods tattoo
Negative space, gradient style woods tattoo
Mountains and forest tattoo on the forearm
Mountains and forest tattoo on the forearm
Little forest tattoo on the upper arm
Little forest tattoo on the upper arm
Mountainous landscape tattoo with the forest and cosmic background
Mountainous landscape tattoo with the forest and cosmic background
Gradient forest tattoo
Gradient forest tattoo
Forest tattoo with a yellow tree
Forest tattoo with a yellow tree
Deer family in the woods
Deer family in the woods
Forest tattoo with a reflection on the lake
Forest tattoo with a reflection on the lake
Black woods armband tattoo
Blackwoods armband tattoo
Forest lake and night sky landscape
Forest, lake, and night sky landscape
Mountains and trees legband tattoo
Mountains and trees tattoo on the leg
Forest on the left bicep
Forest on the left bicep
Small forest silhouette and night sky tattoo
Small forest silhouette and night sky tattoo
Tiny forest tattoo on the ring finger
Tiny forest tattoo on the ring finger
Forest tattoo on the left forearm
Forest tattoo on the left forearm
Forest tattoo on the upper back
Forest tattoo on the upper back
Colorful mystical forest tattoo
Colorful, mystical forest tattoo
Woods and moon in dotwork style
Woods and moon in dot-work style
Forest Tattoo Ideas For People Who Care About Nature
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