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20 Dolphin Tattoo Ideas Playful Like This Animal

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If you were to come up with the most playful and relaxed animal in the whole kingdom, you would probably think of a dolphin. These creatures always seem to be happy and sometimes, you would want to live the way they do. So, it’s no surprise that more and more people are choosing to get a dolphin tattoo (including yourself).

When it comes to their symbolism, dolphins represent a whole lot of things. They’re symbols of peace and harmony but at the same time, people see them as a symbol of freedom.

These loving animals can also represent community and friendship which is why some may choose to get matching dolphin tattoos to represent their love for each other. At the end of the day, they definitely carry a ton of positive meanings but none of them are as positive as their contagious energy.

Now, no matter if this is your first tattoo or if you’re a regular at a tattoo shop, choosing a design you want to go with is always a task. We want to make that process at least a bit easier by presenting you with some of the options we love.

Take a look at the following designs and see what you think of them.

1. Black and gray dolphin

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Dolphins spend their lives chasing the waves. So, when you’re looking to depict this loving animal in its natural habitat, it’s an obvious choice of what you’re going to get. We love this black and gray look since it will fit everyone’s aesthetic.

2. Fine-line dolphin

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Fine-line tattoos are a safe choice for all of you who don’t want to overcomplicate your designs. This happy little dolphin will look amazing on any part of your body but it’s definitely going to stand out better somewhere where you don’t have a lot of tattoos.

3. Family of dolphins

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Are you looking for a tattoo that’s going to represent the importance of family in your life? This is the design you need to embrace the love you feel for your closest ones.

4. Adorable dolphin

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Who could resist this adorable-looking dolphin that’s carrying a flower? With a couple of lines, you get this perfect tattoo you’re going to adore.

5. A combination of styles

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This tattoo is a perfect combination of a naturalistic and a Maori tattoo style. We love the way these lines flow into each other and create a stunning design on your skin.

6. Dotwork dolphin

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Dotwork tattoos take a steady hand, a lot of time and patience. But in the end, you get a perfect design that stands out in the best way possible.

7. A real summer tattoo

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What about a tattoo that consists of a couple of sea elements? This combination will make others realize that you can’t live without the sea.

8. Chasing the sunset

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We love the contrasting lines that make this tattoo stand out. They truly make it different from everything else you’ve ever seen.

9. Chasing waves

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Did you say simple? Minimalistic? Nothing complicated but cute at the same time? We got it! This tattoo has all it takes to become the cutest tiny tattoo on your body.

10. A combination of elements

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This design combines straight and curvy lines into a tattoo that looks so stunning even though it’s fairly simple. We think it’s going to look perfect on your wrist but you can always place it somewhere else if you’re not looking to get a tattoo on this part of your body.

See also: 22 Inspiring Ocean Tattoo Ideas For You To Dive In Right Now

11. Dolphin with a saying


To make your new tattoo more personal and more relatable, you can choose to add a saying or a quote you love. This will make it feel like your tattoo is truly yours.

12. Diver and a dolphin

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It doesn’t matter if you’re a professional or an amateur diver, you can choose to celebrate your love for the deep sea through a design such as this one. We love the subtle colors of this one and all the tiny details that turn it into a real piece of art.

13. Colorful dolphins

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Are you looking for a fun and colorful design? In that case, this tattoo ticks all of the boxes. It’s bright and unique and the best part is that it’s definitely going to become a conversation starter.

14. Naturalistic and geometrical elements


Do you love tattoos that include geometrical elements in their designs? We have to admit that we’re real fans of this combo of naturalistic, flowy elements and sharp and linear ones. Together, they look stunning.

15. Cute dolphin

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This tattoo may look girly but honestly, we love it. The combination of an adorable dolphin and black hearts will make this tattoo an everlasting symbol of love. That’s just adorable.

16. Colorful dolphin

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Are you tired of all the black-and-gray options or ideas that consist of a tiny bit of color? Are you looking for something vibrant but at the same time, want to stay on the smaller side? We believe that this tattoo makes all of your dreams come true.

17. Watercolor dolphin

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Would you consider getting this combination of an abstract design and a watercolor style? It’s a unique tattoo that may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but we think it looks great.

See also: 23 Immaculate Coral Tattoos For The Lovers Of The Deep Sea

18. Touch of color

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This design uses a tiny bit of color but honestly, it’s placed at all the right places. In the end, you get a dolphin that almost has a 3D effect.

19. Playful dolphin

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This is another option that’s more on the simple side and it’s perfect for people who love fine-line tattoos. You can always choose to enhance this design by including some other elements in it. Or, you can keep it simple and enjoy it the way it is.

20. Red dolphin

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Finally, we have an option that may work for everyone who loves their colors but doesn’t want to go with a complicated design. At first glance, people will assume that this tattoo isn’t permanent but once you share your story with them, we’re sure they’re going to love it.